Michigan Native Randy Lewis will be in the field Thursday morning when the 2012 Masters begins. Lewis is part of the 2nd tee time, 8:01 AM, paired with Robert Garrius and Jose Maria Olazabal. "It's incredible, at 54-years of age it's like a dream come true. Everybody when you start playing the game you think about playing in the Masters some day" Lewis said.
Lewis is playing in the Masters for the first time after winning the Mid-Amateur Championship in 2011. "I had came close in '96, I lost in the US Mid-Am Finals so I had 15 years to sit back and watch the Masters and go ahhh I came so close so to be able to do that last year was pretty special, pretty exciting" Lewis said.
Lewis, who currently lives in Alma, is graduate of Central Michigan University. He knew that this was probably his last chance to get to Augusta. "The window was closing and I knew as I was going through the match play bracket that it was probably now or never, if it was ever going to happen it had to happen there and then" Lewis said.
Lewis played a practice round on Monday with Tom Watson, who was an inspiration for him to believe he could still play at this level. "I had always kind of held out the hope that I could find a way back and I had changed careers about 12 years ago so I was busy doing that, I wasn't playing a lot of golf and my left knee wasn't in good shape so I finally got that scoped, business has been pretty good and I'm finally at a point in my career where I can play more golf" Lewis said.