Many weigh in on golf statues

Monday, Aug 17, 2009 9:40 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10:41 PM
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The statues of six prominent golfers have been in storage for more than a year. Their future remains undetermined.

Where should the statues ultimately go?

Here's what some people say:

- "I would like to see them displayed locally. If at all possible, I'd like to see them on permanent display in Augusta." - Mayor Deke Copenhaver

- "I've heard the Commons. I've heard the airport. They need to stay in Augusta. That's my goal." - Augusta Museum of History Executive Director Nancy Glaser

- "Potentially, the Museum of History, perhaps on a temporary basis. I think the TEE center would be a natural place, to have them in the open areas." - Barry White, the president and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau

- "We're looking forward, as a community, to building the TEE center, and if you had the statues to put inside or around the facility, it would certainly make it more attractive." - State Sen. Ed Tarver

- "The Commons. The airports. The library. The museum. Somewhere where they could be seen and protected." - City Commissioner Jerry Brigham, who earlier this year got a resolution passed asking the Golf Hall of Fame to display the statues somewhere in the city in time for Masters Week, which wasn't done

- "We very much would like to retain our Byron Nelson statue back so we can display it somewhere in the Augusta area. ... I would love to see them all pulled out and polished up so the people of Augusta could enjoy them. But where is that spot? I don't know." - Phil Harison , the president of the Creel Foundation, the donor of the Nelson statue

- "I don't know what I'd do, but they need to put them somewhere. They need to do something with them. It's sad that they're there and basically mothballed. I don't know where, but anywhere aside from where they are. It can't get worse." - PGA Tour golfer and Augusta native Charles Howell III

- "While the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is currently in a transition period, we fully expect the hall to open again soon. We're confident the statues once again will be displayed in a suitable manner." - John Reynolds, a member of the golf hall board of directors and the vice president of global business development for Club Car Inc., donor of the Ray Floyd statue, in a written statement

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