A long line of Georgia football fans stretched around the inside of Julian Smith Casino on Tuesday night to take pictures with and get autographs from coach Mark Richt.
In front of a sometimes boisterous crowd of about 200 offering up dog “woofs,” Richt received a warm reception at the Augusta Bulldog Club less than two weeks after another Georgia sports figure left the city amid great fanfare.
Richt sat glued to the television April 8, watching the final round of the Masters Tournament unfold.
He had a vested interest in the event, with former Bulldog golfer Bubba Watson charging to his victory, winning on the second hole of sudden-death.
“I really enjoyed it,” Richt said. “It was very easy to get excited about what was happening at the end. You had a Georgia boy doing his thing.
“When he was in the trees on that playoff hole, I was thinking it was over. My goodness. He hit such a great shot. He finished it out in style. I’m super happy for Bubba and for Georgia.”
Richt said he’s hopeful the university will honor Watson during a football game in the fall.
“We ought to do something for him,” Richt said. “He’s done a lot for Georgia.”