Birdies and Bogeys Benefit seeks to become another Masters Week tradition

Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:41 PM
Last updated 10:53 PM
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Four young Augusta friends hope an idea born just two months ago develops into the next Masters Week tradition.

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George and Montie Claussen (from left), Charlie Wall and Clayton Boardman hosted Birdies and Bogeys, a fundraising event Thursday at Julian Smith Casino.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
George and Montie Claussen (from left), Charlie Wall and Clayton Boardman hosted Birdies and Bogeys, a fundraising event Thursday at Julian Smith Casino.

The first Birdies and Bogeys Benefit started around 7 p.m. Thursday at Julian Smith Casino, after the first day of Masters Tournament play.

One of the party’s organizers, George Claussen, said a friend in Charleston, S.C., suggested in February that he throw a Masters party, then e-mailed a guide to doing it.

Within a few days, the party Web site,, was up, and before the group of 20-somethings knew it, Birdies and Bogeys was off to a raging start.

“I’m just astounded,” Claussen said, of the 400 tickets purchased for the sold-out event.

From 7 p.m. until close, guests got to eat, drink and dance to a band and DJ for $50.

As interest quickly built, the group determined what was simply “a party for all of our friends” should double as a fundraiser for local charities, said organizer Clayton Boardman, of Atlanta, the son of Augusta businessman Clay Boardman.

“As we continue to grow, we might have to have a bigger venue,” the younger Boardman said.

While the event was organized by four younger Augusta adults, the party attracted all ages, including “a lot of parents,” Claussen said.

All proceeds after expenses from the party go to three charities: Press On to Cure Childhood Cancer, the William Weston IV Fund and the Elaine Clark Center for special-needs children.

The group, which includes Charlie Wall and Claussen’s sister Montie, has applied for nonprofit status and hopes to continue the tradition and potentially hold more events soon, he said.

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seenitB4 04/06/12 - 08:06 am
Good for the young

Good for the young kids......they might as well learn at an early age...smooze & entertain---learn to mingle......pays off..:)

Clausseniv 04/06/12 - 08:53 am
I want to give a special

I want to give a special thanks to our decoration committee MaryVincent Pursley, Katelyn Gibbs, Mary Hull Palmer, Chrissy Cunningham, and Natalie Paine We couldn't have done it with out you. Lauren Williamson thanks for all the help with the site!

avidreader 04/06/12 - 09:49 am
I am very proud of all the

I am very proud of all the efforts these young adults have displayed. "With great privilege comes great responsibility". I hope that all of you continue to live by this creed.

Riverman1 04/06/12 - 12:27 pm
It sounds like a great event.

It sounds like a great event.

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