UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel recalls Augusta National

Fri, Aug 19

It's not unusual to find a football coach who enjoys a good round of golf.

A relaxing round on the links can provide a needed dose of sanity in an otherwise hectic professional life.

UCLA's Rick Neuheisel is no exception. He's a member at the famed Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, and he greatly enjoyed playing at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., during his tenure as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

Neuheisel is also fortunate enough to be among the select number of golfers who can truthfully say they've played Augusta National, which of course is the site of the Masters each April.

"I've been able to play Augusta twice, which was the thrill of a lifetime," Neuheisel told Page 2 during his recent visit to ESPN headquarters. "I shot 77 the first time I ever played there and was even par on Amen Corner. Promptly doubled 14, but came back with a birdie on 15."

Nicely played. Of course, any round at Augusta National which doesn't end up on TMZ should be considered a victory.

[Editor's note: Page 2 interviewed all the Pac-12 head football coaches during their recent visit to ESPN headquarters. Look for more excerpts next week in the Page 2 blog. Page 2's Pac-12 questionnaire -- where coaches voted on the most attractive cheerleaders, best mascot, most dapper coach and much more -- will be posted next Thursday, along with Q&A interviews from all 12 coaches.]