AUGUSTA (Georgia): Drew Weaver (pic) was struggling to contain his excitement at playing in his first US Masters on Monday, just a year after having to deal with the tragedy at Virginia Tech University.
The week will be one of contrasting emotions for Weaver, who narrowly missed being caught up in the gunfire of the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16 which left 32 fellow students and the gunman dead.
The emotional pendulum will swing to the other end of the spectrum tomorrow, when Weaver, dressed in Virginia Tech colours, launches his opening shot at the Masters.
One of the things that I talked with my parents and my coach and everybody about, and one of the things I really wanted to do, was to wear the Virginia Tech logo, Weaver told reporters following Monday's practice round at Augusta National.
Just having something with the Virginia Tech logo instantly you get associated with April 16th and it's very unfortunate.
People, when they talk to you about it, it's always in a very supportive way.
It's nice to have all of the support. We definitely needed it and we still do, even the one-year anniversary coming up.
You've got to really appreciate the small things after being so close to something that bad.
As life slowly returned to normal, so did Weaver's focus on golf, the 20-year-old American going on to win the British amateur title last June and earn an invitation to the Masters.
Weaver will spend Masters week living in the famed Crow's Nest which sits on top the players' locker room at Augusta National and has been home to some of golf's greatest names including Tiger Woods.
It's just such an incredible week and I just can't believe that I'm actually a part of it and playing in it, Weaver said. Today definitely made me realize that I was here, and playing the practice round was just an incredible feeling. Reuters