FOREST CITY, NC (WBTV) - It's called "a tradition unlike any other". One of the most popular sporting events next to the Super Bowl is the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
We found one man with his own tradition. This year will be Charles Hardin's 60th year at the Masters.
"I saw Art Wall Jr. hit a hole in one out there on that par 3 course and I thought that par 3 course was just fabulous," Charles said from his Forest City home.
That year was 1957. Doug Ford took home the green jacket. It was also the first time a teenage Charles got to go to the tournament.
"I graduated high school in 57 and the first thing I done was order tickets through the mail," Charles said.
In those days merchants were practically begging people to come see the greatest players of the game. Charles enjoyed it so much, he went back the next year, and every single year after that.
"Nothing… nothing is like the masters and most of the golfers say the same thing."
Augusta is such a special place, it ended up a beautiful coincidence; Charles has a beautiful granddaughter named Augusta.
A few years ago, at the tournament he loves so much, Charles walked in the front gate, and suffered a mild stroke. After two days in an Augusta hospital, he should've gone home but he didn't.
He went right back to the Augusta National and took his seat under the old pine tree on #7.
"I love golf, and I love that tournament. It's a really special feeling," Charles said.
Charles is pushing 80 years old. He says he'll continue making the trek to Augusta every April, as long as his body will let him.