We in the Lundeberg family tend to enjoy sports, and we also enjoy golf, which is sort of a sport but not really. Still, it is fun for what it is.
Among the biggest golf nuts in the entire clan is my 23-year-old son Bob, who not only likes to play but also reads about it and even watches it on TV, even the bottom-feeder tournaments.
But his favorite tourneys are the four Grand Slam events, and his top among those is the Masters.
Most of you likely know this, but the Masters is played each April at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga. The storied club is known for its spectacular beauty, the almost paranoid control exerted by its leadership, and like a lot of Southern institutions, its history of exclusion including racism and sexism.
That’s why, even though I don’t really care for Tiger Woods, it was nice to see him crush the Masters field in 1997, forcing the white elitists to drape the winner’s green jacket on a black guy.
Anyway, irrespective of everything else, I’ve always loved the Masters/Augusta National logo, thought it was one of the best the sporting world had to offer. And so does Bob, maybe even more so than I do.
That’s why I was so excited Sunday evening at Goodwill to stumble onto, for $3:
“It’s a sweet hat, and the logo is awesome,” I told him after telling him I had bought it for him.
“It is definitely one of the top sports logos,” he said.
“It is, though it is basically a white-collar version of the Confederate flag, which of course is also really cool looking.”
“Yep,” he said. “Say what you want about those Southern guys, they can really design good flags and logos.”
btw, when I was describing the high-quality construction of the cap, which includes a bronze buckle in the back that also bears the logo, Bob told me something I didn’t know but that also didn’t surprise me: That everything that comes with the Augusta National logo on it is actually issued by the club itself, as in they don’t want any riff-raff messing with their look.
“There is no knockoff Masters stuff,” Bob said.
Bob, incidentally, has one other piece of Masters gear: A kids-sized shirt that he got second hand. He has it in a frame, hanging in the bedroom of his house in Corvallis.