On your first trip to the Master’s Tournament, you figure it will take a little time to settle into your game—unless you’re Elmhurst, IL native Mark Wilson, who shot a hole-in-one on his first day of play in the Par 3 Championship, which officially opens the Master’s each year.

Check out the video of Mark's fantastic shot by clicking on the picture below:

 (Video courtesy of http://kansascity.sbnation.com.)

Wilson didn’t win the Par 3 competition, which was shortened by bad weather, but he has high hopes for his chances in the real tournament at Augusta National. And the one-shot hole certainly should help his confidence.

It’s been somewhat of a winding road from his Elmhurst home to Augusta, GA for Wilson. When he watched the Master’s as a spectator ten years ago, he promised himself that the next time he came it would be to play.

After winning the Honda Classic in 2007, Wilson assumed he had qualified for the Master’s. But a change in the qualification rules shut him out that year and again in 2009 when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

Qualifying for this year’s tournament came by a two-shot victory at the recent Sony Open in Honolulu.  Because rain washed out the first round, Wilson had to survive playing 36 holes in one day to take the win. He shot eight birdies and no bogies the entire day.

So finally getting to play Augusta is a dream come true, if not a little nerve-wracking, but Wilson says he’s ready to make his first cut in a major tournament. Based on his first day, it’s very likely.

As the days go on, all of Elmhurst will be watching and rooting for their native son to play his best, and show the world that the Master’s is right where he belongs.

Both in golf and real estate, perseverance and a focus on excellence make all the difference.  If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate or properties in the surrounding area, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.