Monthly Archives: March 2021

Masters 2021: A tournament unlike any other

Following an unprecedented Masters last November due to a COVID-19 delay, the illustrious golf tournament will return to its traditional April slot next week. Tournament week begins on Monday, April 05 with a practice round in each of the first three days at the beautiful golf course in Augusta, Georgia. The legendary tournament, with its loaded pool of talent, will officially begin on Thursday, April 8.

The Masters is a tournament unlike any other, and its traditions are special.

The green jacket is the most notable tradition. Beginning in 1949, Augusta National began awarding a unique green jacket to the winner of the championship each year. With this prestigious jacket comes a lifetime of perks, benefits, and honor, including a lifelong membership within the exclusive golf club. Though the champion must return the jacket to Augusta after a year, they may wear it whenever they visit. Masters champions also receive a permanent locker in the Champions Locker Room, an area visitors—and even regular, non-tournament-winning members—are restricted from.

The previous winner is also responsible for hosting the Champions Dinner each year on the Tuesday evening before the Masters main event on Thursday. According to the tradition, defending champions plan the menu as a host to honor the previous champions. Usually, they plan a cuisine from their home region, which is cooked by a group of Masters’ Chefs from that region. As part of the tradition, the winner from the previous year also presents the jacket to the present winner when play concludes on Sunday.

This year, that man is defending champion Dustin Johnson from Columbia, South Carolina. It’s no surprise that DJ is the odds-on favorite to reclaim the green jacket. Besides becoming the first player in Masters history to card multiple rounds of 65 strokes or better, he’s the current 1-ranked player in the world and has been on a tear of late. In his past nine events, he hasn’t missed a cut, has won twice, been a runner-up, has four top-10 finishes, and has five top-25 finishes.

Fan favorite Jordan Spieth is also a strong contender, and he’s currently playing his best golf in years. In his past five PGA starts, he has three top-five finishes and a 15-overall finish on the back of some great ball striking to go along with his consistently elite short game. He also has a fantastic course record at Augusta, compiling a win, two runner-ups, and a third in seven career starts at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy, always a fierce competitor, also has plenty of motivation. The winner of four total major tournaments, he’s captured trophies at the U.S. Open (2011), the PGA Championship (2012, 2014), and the British Open (2014). The Master’s is the only major that’s eluded him, and he’s still one of the best players in the world. Watch out for McIlroy to complete the Grand Slam.

CBS and ESPN are the broadcasters of the tournament. While ESPN holds the rights for early-round coverage, CBS will cover the main event. If you wish to stream golf on the go, download the CBS app and log in using your TDS credentials.

Call before you dig!

Spring is here and it’s time to think about outside projects like planting trees, shrubs, flowers or installing a fence or deck. Before you put shovel to the ground, think about what might be underneath. Power lines that run from your house to the garage, or phone, cable, water or gas lines could also be… Continue Reading

How to spot scam emails

Let’s say you get an email about a charge to your credit card for something you aren’t expecting or don’t want. Your first instinct may be to immediately call the company or respond to the email and to stop the payment. Scammers know that, and are taking advantage of it in a new phishing scheme.… Continue Reading

Meet 4 TDS women working as field technicians

It’s Women’s History Month, TDS (BendBroadband’s parent company) interviewed four women who are currently working or have worked as TDS field service technicians. Meet these trailblazing women and learn why they enjoy their jobs. If you ask any field service technician, they all have stories of making customer connections, but for TDS’ Catherine of Wisconsin,… Continue Reading

Bring on March Madness!

Hoops fans, rejoice! While it feels like a lifetime ago that Tony Bennett’s Virginia squad defeated Texas Tech in the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the greatest month-long spectacle in sports—March Madness—is returning soon.This year, Hoosier fans will have a front row seat for the tournament. To limit traveling and exposure to COVID-19, the entire tournament… Continue Reading

Winter PrideFest planned for end of March

Mark your calendars for Winter PrideFest 2021! Tentatively planned for March the (pending COVID Restrictions). “While things may look a bit different this year, we hope to do our best to continue promoting inclusion in outdoors with this LGBTQ+ Ski Weekend,” said outcentraloregon.com. Below are the tentative plans events, final details to follow early March:… Continue Reading

BendBroadband employee voted Volunteer of the Quarter

BendBroadband employee voted Volunteer of the Quarter

Who said volunteering can’t be something you truly love to do? Kim Lyon, an administrative assistant in Bend, Oregon, is one of BendBroadband’s newest volunteers of the quarter. Since she was eight years old, she’s been training puppies into guide dogs to help blind and low-vision individuals gain independence. For nearly 23 years, she’s been… Continue Reading