For those who have never been to The Masters — or even if you have — the goal of my blog is to paint a vivid picture, from a unique perspective, of the greatest event on the planet. The logistics, forward planning and resources that go into putting on this tournament are unmatched. It would be impossible to describe every detail…but let’s just say that Augusta National gives the patrons, the players and the viewers at home, the experience of a lifetime — and they do it every year. Everything is carefully orchestrated toward the ultimate crescendo when one of the players dons the most famous garment in sports.

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Ray Floyd, Jr. 43 years old — Born in 1974 in  Miami, FL, son of Raymond, Sr. and Maria Floyd (d. 2012), brother Robert 41, sister Christina Didonna 38. Graduated Wake Forest with a speech communication degree in 1998. Four-year lettermen on the golf team. Currently divorced and reside in Old Greenwich, CT with my 4 daughters, Josephine 10, Victoria 8, Annabelle 7, and Elizabeth 4. Moved to NYC in 1999 to pursue a career in finance. Worked at Lazard from 1999-2004 and at Weeden & Co (Greenwich, CT) from 2004-present

IMG_4409My goal for this blog is to bring the experience to life, not just for The Masters but for other golf events as well. The US Open this year is right down the road at Shinnecock Hills, and that was the site of Dad’s lone US Open win and I will be in attendance. What I am going to do is change the look of this website after my last post on the Sunday evening of this year’s Masters to make it geared toward the next major in June on Eastern Long Island. Then after that we will see where it takes me. While I doubt I will make it to Paris for this year’s Ryder Cup, I think I can still give some thoughtful insight on the event as a whole, and being that Dad has played in nine, captained one and vice captained two I would say I know a lot of the ins and outs, and can provide some “out of the box” thinking as I am well versed, through the trickle down theory, in this event and would like to also share that experience with you.

The Famous Masters Pimento Sandwich

At the end of the day I know that I would have never made it this far without you, the reader. I do this just for fun, but it is a passion of mine and I love the feedback that I have received from each and every one of you throughout the years. I want to keep this going and that is only possible with suggestions, comments, criticism, and feedback from you. Anyone on here is more than welcome to reach out to me by leaving a comment in the “contact” section of this site, but the best way to get ahold of me is through my Instagram account I set up to run parallel to this blog, and that handle is @back9blog.

A quick story about the birth of the back9blog. I’ve been training for the last 2+ years or so at a gym in Stamford, CT named Prentiss Hockey Performance (PHP). I’ve become very close friends with my trainer Brian Elser. I’ve gotten to know his family and his father, Steve Elser, is a marketing guy who knows branding and web development. He helped me put together the back9blog…logo, website, planning, strategy, etc. So if you need some help in this area you can reach Steve Elser by clicking on his name.  I can assure you that without his help and guidance I would still be sending this blog out via email, and he made this transition much easier than I ever thought was imaginable.

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