September 12, 1990
Ron Townsend, president of Gannett Television Group, has become the first black applicant accepted for membership in the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, the golf club confirmed Tuesday. An announcement from Gannett said Townsend has direct responsibility for six of the company's television stations. Townsend, 48, was director of field services for the Children's Television Workshop and was involved in the children's programs, "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."
March 16, 2010 |
Tiger Woods released a statement Tuesday announcing that he will return to golf at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club., which begins April 8. We can now start counting the days (23) until he returns to competition at Augusta National , which will take place after a four-month hiatus that started when he became embroiled in a scandal over extramarital affairs. [Updated at 9 a.m.: "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in the statement.
November 12, 2002 |
Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she was surprised only by the timing of Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson's message that the club would not alter its membership policy to admit a female member.
April 1, 2014 |
Augusta National Golf Club could resemble a hospital ward at the start of the Masters next week. With Tiger Woods already announcing Tuesday he's out at Augusta after back surgery, Phil Mickelson and other top players are limping toward the first round on April 10 with persistent injuries. A pulled muscle forced Mickelson to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open last week. Hunter Mahan failed to complete the Arnold Palmer Invitational with hip problems, and Jason Day could not even get to the first tee after a thumb injury flared up during practice.
September 9, 2013 |
Nearly eight decades have passed since Horton Smith won the 1934 Masters, so he isn't exactly a household name among golf fans. But for aficionados who collect memorabilia from the sport, Smith is a Holy Grail-type figure because he received the first green jacket ever awarded by Augusta National Golf Club. The hallowed garment was only recently discovered by a family member -- it had been hanging in a closet all this time -- and was promptly put up for sale. According to Green Jacket Auctions, it fetched $682,229.45 from an unidentified bidder over the weekend.
April 4, 2012 |
If you're thinking about heading to Augusta, Ga., and trying to score a ticket to the 2012 Masters golf tournament this week, be warned: The rules for buying and selling tickets on the street are rigid, apparently not very well advertised -- and strictly enforced by local law enforcement. There's a chance that you and your sporty knit polo and your Titleist visor might end up on the floor of the Richmond County jail. Steve Crawford of the Augusta Chronicle reports 24 people were arrested just outside the Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday.
March 31, 2012 |
Few institutions revel in the reputation of being a dinosaur like Augusta National Golf Club, host of the Masters Tournament . Augusta has never admitted a woman to membership, and has even tried to portray its adamantine stance as a virtue: When activist Martha Burk launched a public challenge to its males-only membership policy in 2002, then-Chairman Hootie Johnson declared that the club would admit women at some time in the future, but...
September 2, 2012 |
GOLF URBAN LEGEND : Augusta National Golf Club changed their rules to keep an African-American player from possibly qualifying for the Masters in 1962. With the recent news that the Augusta National Golf Club has added a female member to their club, I thought it would be interesting to examine another controversial period in Augusta history, the years before Lee Elder became the first African-American player to compete in the Masters Tournament in 1975. Charlie Sifford was a pioneer among African-Americans in the world of golf.
October 16, 1990 |
The heavy rains and flooding in east Georgia also hit the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters tournament, heavily damaging the legendary "Amen Corner." The green on No. 11, the first of the three holes that compose Amen Corner, was washed away when Rae's Creek overflowed its banks late last week. The water also damaged a bunker on No. 12, damaged the Byron Nelson Bridge and destroyed the members' tee box at No. 13. Workers were removing mud and sand left on the No.
April 5, 2012 |
Mitt Romney agrees with President Obama on at least one thing: Women should be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. In response to a reporter's shouted question about the issue at a campaign appearance Thursday, Romney said, “Well of course. I'm not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify -- my golf game is not that good -- but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, but of course I'd have women in Augusta. Sure.