A major win for Bubba
Alumnus Bubba Watson (BSFCS ’08) in April became the first former UGA golfer to win a major golf championship when he won the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Watson got the win after besting South African Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. It was his fourth PGA tour win since he went pro in 2001, leaving UGA just shy of completing his degree in housing and consumer economics. Watson later worked with administrators in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to finish his degree, which he received in 2008. In 2011, Watson joined former UGA golfer Chip Beck (ABJ ’78) to co-chair the Nationwide Tour Stadion Classic at the UGA Golf Course. While on campus, Watson presented a check to UGA for $50,000 for Play Golf America University, a PGA program designed to help college students learn to play golf and understand how golf can be used as a business tool in the professional world. The Masters win capped an already exciting year for Watson, who with wife Angie Ball Watson (BSEd ’01), a former UGA basketball player, adopted a month-old baby boy, Caleb, in March. You can follow Watson on Twitter @bubbawatson.