John Heisler | April 21, 2017
University of Notre Dame assistant men's golf coach Scott Gump found himself riveted to every moment of the Masters golf telecast last weekend.
"I watched every second of it," he says. "We had a couple of days off over the weekend-and for golfers it's like Christmas morning.
"I'm such a golf geek, and I just love the stories. Golf is all about stories, and there are so many at the Masters. What a place."
Gump-whose own pro golf career included two starts in Augusta--felt a particular connection as he watched Sergio Garcia win his first major.
"I played in 2000, and they have a little cocktail party for the first-time pros," says Gump. "So I was there (after previously playing at the Masters as an amateur in 1988) and so was Sergio because it was his first year playing as a pro (he played the previous year and finished as low amateur)."
Check the final leaderboard that year and Gump's name is one of two tied for 46th place at 296 (75-70-78-73). Among the six players a shot ahead at 295 was Garcia.
Gump, who also played four times in the U.S. Open, three times at the PGA Championship and once at the British Open, brings all sorts of his own stories to his fifth season in 2017 as Jim Kubinski's assistant coach with the Irish.
He played with Rocco Mediate at Pebble Beach in 2000 when Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 shots.
"In 2000 when I made the cut at the Masters I played with Colin Montgomerie in the third round. I shot 78 when the wind came up and I spun a wedge back into the water on 13.
"The experience being there, the history . . . I enjoyed playing even when I wasn't playing well. I just love golf in general."
The Masters produces a hardcover, full-color book (with a green cover, of course) as a recap of each tournament, and the 2000 version Gump received lists his name in a box on the pages that recap Friday action when he shot his 70.