Posted March 31, 2011 10:35 am - Updated March 31, 2011 10:38 am

The Masters preview section

88 pages. 4 sections. Print, online, iPad.  5 trips taken to various places by reporters and photographers.  The numbers are pretty impressive.

We start work on the next year's preview section the day after Masters Sunday.  Quite literally.  The Masters 2011 folder we keep in our system is now 359 days old. 

Ideas for stories and photos are thrown around and trips are planned.  On the photo side, staffer Zach Boyden-Holmes went to Arkansas for a story, while Corey Perrine went to the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September, then to Houston for a story at the beginning of the year.  And I went to Doral for three days to get fresh pictures of golfers we needed for the sections and to focus on Phil Mickelson for potential cover shots. 

Page designers and editors began the layout process at the end of 2010 and momentum has been gaining ever since, right up until today when the last section was printed ahead of this Sunday. 

It's a huge amount of work put in by everyone at The Augusta Chronicle, immediately followed by the hardest (and most fun, I'd say) week all year.  I can already smell the Tea Olives and taste the egg salad sandwiches.

-RAE