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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 6, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 I I  INSIDE TODAY  This guide contains a detailed map of downtown Aiken.  nushaway  cancer 2A  What's up with the purple jotty?  Wednesday, April 6,2011  \ O { i V L o c íi I S () 1 f V c e Sill c v 18 ( ) 7  www.aiken8tandard.com  MHtawMMMMMMMM^^^HS  500  Aiken family survives storm damage  Ml Thousands of Aiken residents were without power Tuesday while crews worked to restore it, but one Aiken family was just happy to be alive.  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  Almost'50,000 South Carolina residents lost power after Monday night's storms, and thousands in Aiken County were without power for much of Tuesday, but few will remonber the storms like Scott and Cindy Brazier.  The Aiken couple and their 8-year-old son, Nicholas, left for Clarks Hill Park at Thurmond Lake over the weekend with plans to spend a "relaxing spring break" on  the South Carolina side of the campgrounds, Scott Brazier said.  They were asleep in their RV when early Tuesday, shortly after 1 a.m., the storms moved in.  Brazier said he woke up and listened as the wind blew and heavy rains pelted the family's RV.  He said he wasn't overly concerned with the storm activity.  Around 3:15 a.m., Brazier said he stepped outside the pop-up camper while his  wife and son were still asleep inside.  He said he got into his truck to warm up a bit and then watched in horror as a large tree crashed down onto the camper.  Brazier ran to his wife and son.  "The best sound I ever heard was, after screaming my wife's name, I heard her voice," he said.  Both Cindy and Nicholas Brazier had escaped without injury.  The camper was destroyed, but Brazier said there wasn't a. "scratch on anyone."  "It fell about 6 inches above their heads," he said. "Had I still been in bed, it would have  Please see STORMS, page 5A  Photo submitted by Scott Brazier  Aiken residents Scott and Cindy Brazier and son Nicholas narrowly escaped with their lives during the stormy weather after a tree fell on the camper in which Cindy and Nicholas were sleeping.  NINE DAILY FACTS TO MASTER THE WEEK  ThescHedale '  On ihg schsduis: 8 s.m. Qstss op^n 9 to 11 a.m. Masters - On The Range live video coverage 12:30 p.m. Par 3 Contest starts at approximately 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Live video coverage from the Par 3 Contest 3 to 5 p.m. Live Coverage of the Par 3 Contest on ESPN 3 to 5 p.m. Masters 3D live video coverage Gates close approximately 6:30 p.m.  What to do in Aiken?  Polo Tavern at Hotel Aiken: Karaoke with Tom Mitchell at 9:30 p.m.  Tlpsey McStumbles: The Mason Jars at 9 p.m.  • Also search for AIIAboutAiken on Facebook to find out about other events happening in Aiken, or post your own events.  Hole of the Day - Nandina  Hole No. 17, par 4,440 yards.  The tee recently was extended 15 yards, making the Eisenhower Tree to the left of the fairway more prominent and 210 yards from the tee, requiring another accurate tee shot.  Key anniversary  25 years ago: Jack Nickiaus was 46 and thought to be washed up, at least according to one Atlanta columnist. Starting the final round in a tie for ninth, four shote behind Greg Nonnan, Nickiaus began his famous charge with a birdie on the ninth hole. Then a 4-iron to about 15 feet on the 15th began an eagle-birdie-birdie stretch that canied him to a 30 on the back nine for a 615. He won by one shot when Seve Ballesteros hit into the water on No. 15, Nomian's late rally ended with a shot into the gallery on the 18th for bogey and Tom Kite missed a birdie putt on the last hole. Nickiaus won Ns sixth green jacket, atong with his 18th -and last > professional major. Nick Price became the first player to shoot ^ at the Masters in the tNrd round.  The Par 3 contest  From 3 to 5 p.m., watch live coverage of the Par 3 contest on ESPN. It is one of the lighter moments of the tournament; you're sure to get some wann fuzzies when kids often serve as caddies to their dads, and the players keep it fresh and fun with crowd interaction.  Speaking of the Par 3  The Curse of the Par 3 is well documented (no Par 3 winner has won the tournament). Last year's winner, Louis Oosthuizen, didn't make the cut.  Quoteworthy  "I don't think he'll finish in the top five. The shots he was hitting at (the WGC Cadillac Championship) Ooral last month were very inconsistent. You can't afford to hit shots like that on this golf  course and get away with it." — Ian Poulter when asked about Tiger Woods (From an article by James Corrigan)  The weather  Today will be balmy, with a high of 73 and a low of 42. There is a 0 percent chance of rain.  Poulter  Woods  Golf spectators journey from across the globe  Full forecast 114C  Masters trivia question  Who is the oldest Masters champion?  a.) Jack Nickiaus ^  b.) Raymond Floyd" . - r ^ /C'-  c.jGaiy  By JEREMY TiMMERMAN  Staff writer  Andrew Thirkill and his family came a long way to watch golf at Augusta National this year.  Thirkill is from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, which is more than 4,000 miles from the , golf course that hosts the Masters each year. Thirkill doesn't mind the distance, though, because of the caliber of the course.  "Just the whole experience; it's sensational," Thirkill said. "It's especially nice, sophisticated,"  Thirkill is renting a house in Augusta with his wife, Jill, and their son, Jonathan. Andrew and Jonathan came to Augusta for the 2009 Masters, but this is Jill's first experience at Augusta National,  North Augusta native and gallery guard David Abnond said that "the history, tfie beauty" of the course bring spectators from such distant locales to the area.  Almond went on to say that he has encountered "numerous" people from foreign countries in his 22 years working the tournament, and he may quit working it one day, but "not for a while."  "It's the most prestigious  Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman  Les Alderson, of Tuscon, Ariz., was at the Masters for the first time on Tuesday.  course in the world," Almond said.  Andrew Thirkill was more specific in his comparisons to the courses closer to his home.  "I go to the (British Open) every year," Thirkill said. "For a start, it's links golf, so thè ground's harder."  He added that the patrons are louder at the British Open courses, and heìiad a bit of trouble putting words to his thoughts of Augusta National.  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