Apr 6, 2014; Augusta, GA, USA; Azaleas in bloom near the clubhouse during a practice round for the 2014 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

The Masters: Meet and Greet and Grow the Game

There’s as much action off the course as on the course this week at Augusta National Golf Club.  Golf.com reports that among the many side stories unfolding off the golf course this week at the Masters is one of enormous optimism and great hope.  Somewhere between the blooming azaleas and the spreading live oaks, Masters invitee Laze “Les” Perchevski, president of the Macedonian Golf Federation, is doing a lot of talking to people who can make things happen.  Perchevski wants a golf course in Macedonia.

If you’re a little weak on Balkan geography, Macedonia is just north of Greece and just east of Bulgaria, a landlocked state with a population of about 2.1 millions.  The terrain is mountainous and there’s an abundance of water, both lakes and rivers.  A well-designed golf course could take full advantage of topographical opportunities to created a place of great beauty and great technical challenge.

Perchevski, who’s lived in Austria and the United States for the past 40 years, can envision that golf course.  This week he’s trying to take some steps toward realizing that vision.

We have practice facilities and junior programs . . .  However, Macedonia has never had a golf course. We’re hoping to build a nine-hole course by the end of the year.

Laze Perchevski, President, Macedonian Golf Federation

Perchevski is a special invited guest at the Masters.  He’ll be among the officials presiding Sunday night at the 18th green when they award the trophy and green jacket. 

Until then, he’s going to watch some golf and talk to some people who may be able to help him make that golf course get built.

 

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