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Smylie finishes 29th in Masters with Buffalo’s Alpern on the bag

Jordan Spieth’s playing partner on Sunday in the Masters was Smylie Kaufman, who entered the final round one shot off the lead. That meant a fair amount of TV time early in Sunday’s broadcast. And if you looked carefully, you might have spotted Kaufman’s caddie, Aaron Alpern of Buffalo.

Alpern even wore a Buffalo Sabres T-shirt under his white caddie uniform. Alpern is a 1996 graduate of Nichols School who grew up playing at Cherry Hill Club in Fort Erie, Ont. He previously caddied on tour for Jason Kokrak before switching over to Kaufman, a PGA Tour rookie.

Kaufman, a Georgia native who played golf at Louisiana State University, shot a final-round 81 and went from second place to a tie for 29th.