AAC Winner’s Lofty Augusta National Goals

Jasper Stubbs heads to the United States tomorrow in preparation for the Masters Tournament. Picture by AAC.

Melbourne, Australia: Jasper Stubbs in not heading to the 88th Masters Tournament simply to make up the numbers. As winner of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at Royal Melbourne last October, Stubbs earned himself a starting spot at Augusta National the week after next.

Ahead of what promises to be the trip of a lifetime, Stubbs told Golf Australia how he’s been preparing and the goals he’s setting himself for his Major championship debut.

“I’ve set myself some gradual goals,” said Stubbs, who outlasted the Chinese duo of Ding Wenyi and Samson Zheng in a tense sudden-death play-off in the AAC some six months ago.

“The first one is to get there and enjoy the week and the next one is to make the cut. Once we’ve done that, the goal is to push towards the top-12 which gets you an invite for next year.

“There’s a few different levels on what success would look like for me for the week but the biggest goal, above all else, is to walk away with a green jacket.”

Stubbs is scheduled to fly to the United States tomorrow. He’ll spend his first few days in America at Australian Golf House in Florida … and then it’s on to Augusta.

It won’t be his first trip there. Accompanied by a good friend, Stubbs had his first opportunity to experience Augusta National in mid-February.

He said: “It was awesome and something I’ll remember forever, getting to play there for the first time. Just a good mate and myself at Augusta for three rounds with a local caddie and no crowds.

“For the first round, I decided just to play the course with one ball and try to take it all in. That got the excitement of being there out of the way and the next two rounds I concentrated on practice and getting to know the course a little better. To be able to chip to some different pins and different hole locations was cool.

“Part of day one included a tour of the clubhouse, which was amazing. They have so much history set up on the walls and rooms dedicated to the history of the golf course.

“Seeing the people who have been there before, to remember some of the special shots that have been hit before with some of the golf clubs hanging on the wall was pretty spectacular.”

Stubbs expects butterflies to form in his stomach prior to the opening round.

“I’m going to be pretty nervous when it comes to that first tee shot in round one. I’ve been pretty nervous in different situations over the past couple of years. Everything is just building from those experiences I’ve had and putting it all into action at The Masters.

“It’s going to be one big step up. Taking a lot of deep breaths is going to be the key, I reckon.”

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