The Dallas Morning News

After getting a hole in one, Matt Kuchar autographe­d the ball and gave it to a young fan wearing a Sam Snead-style hat.

After hole in one, golfer signed ball for 10-year-old

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — To get an autographe­d, hole-in-one ball handed to you at the Masters sounds like a golf fan’s dream. Matt Kuchar made an entire family’s dream come true.

Kuchar gave the ball he used to ace the par-3 16th hole Sunday to 10-year-old Owen Lockaby of Bradenton, Fla., who comes from a family of Masters fans. Owen was wearing a straw hat like golf great Sam Snead wore. It was adorned with a button Augusta National gave out as a tribute to the late Arnold Palmer.

Kuchar hit a 7-iron off the tee from 170 yards away, landing it just right of the green. Then he and the gallery watched the ball curve toward the cup and roll in.

After Kuchar retrieved the ball, he signed it and handed it to Owen.

“I figured this would make a kid’s day and make a kid’s year,” Kuchar said.

The 16th hole typically provides the best chances for a hole in one. Last year, there were three aces there, and all of them occurred in the final round.

Kuchar said he did not know Lockaby. He just noticed the Snead-style hat and said, “That’s the kid I’m giving it to.”

Owen was still stunned by Kuchar’s gift long after the golfer moved on.

“I just sat there. Then Matt gave me the ball,” Owen told The Florida Times-Union.

His mom, Tracy Lockaby, told the newspaper that Owen’s father, Jay, has been coming to the Masters for 30 years, and Owen has never missed one. She said she got him the hat “because I thought it might get him noticed for some autographs.”

Green jacket fetches $139,000: An authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club that was once bought for $5 at a thrift store has sold at auction for more than $139,000.

Green Jacket Auctions says the distinctiv­e sport coat worn by members of the famed Georgia club and presented each year to the winner of the Master’s tournament was sold Saturday, a day before the final round of this year’s Masters.

The auction house says in its listing that the jacket was discovered in 1994 in a Toronto consignmen­t shop. The tag shows it to be from the 1950s, but the original owner’s name has been cut out. The club has confirmed its authentici­ty.

The auction house also sold the putter Arnold Palmer used to win the 1964 Masters for more than $97,000.

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