Neal Shipley’s Ohio State Teammates Gave Him Perfect Welcome Home After Successful Masters Week

The Buckeyes were eagerly awaiting the 2024 Masters low amateur's return on Monday night.
Apr 14, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; 2024 low amateur Neal Shipley poses for photos during the green jacket ceremony at the Masters tournament.
Apr 14, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; 2024 low amateur Neal Shipley poses for photos during the green jacket ceremony at the Masters tournament. / Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Network

Ohio State graduate golfer Neal Shipley had a week to remember as he won low amateur honors at the 2024 Masters Tournament on Sunday after shooting 12 over par at Augusta National.

During the tournament's final round Sunday, Shipley was partnered with legendary golfer Tiger Woods, who he grew up idolizing. Shipley shot a one-over-par 73 that round.

With all of this excitement surrounding him, it made Shipley's arrival back home to Ohio State even that more thrilling. His Buckeyes teammates were awaiting his return on Monday night and began spraying him with champagne and other drinks when he got back. It looked like an extra special reunion.

As the low amateur, Shipley was honored with the silver trophy at the green jacket ceremony on Sunday. He became just the second golfer from Ohio State to be the low amateur at the Masters and the first since six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus.

Shipley will compete at the U.S. Open in June at Pinehurst No. 2.


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