Grovetown woman finds rare Masters Tournament program

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Lexie Hollingsworth, of Grovetown, recently found a program from the 1935 event, won by Gene Sarazen.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Lexie Hollingsworth, of Grovetown, recently found a program from the 1935 event, won by Gene Sarazen.

Lexie Hollingsworth had no interest in golf – at least, not until earlier this month.

That’s when the Grovetown woman unearthed a rare piece of Masters Tournament history while helping a friend go through boxes of old magazines and newspaper clippings. Hollingsworth found a 1935 program for the Au­gusta National Invitation Tour­na­ment. It contains information on the field, course and members of the private club. Only a few copies of the 40-page program are believed to exist.

Augusta National Golf Club produced programs for its inaugural event in 1934 and for the second year. There is no record of other programs being produced until 1990, when the club launched the Masters Journal as its preview magazine.

The program has a dark-red cover and features an early version of the Augusta National logo, with the U.S. outline and a flagstick pinpointing Augusta.

The 1935 Masters was won by Gene Sarazen, who made his famous double eagle on the 15th hole in the final round to force a playoff with Craig Wood. Sarazen prevailed in a 36-hole playoff the next day.

The program has some handwriting on a couple of inside pages, including hole-by-hole scoring of the playoff between Sarazen and Wood.

Hollingsworth and her friend have found dozens of vintage magazines, including early editions of The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies’ Home Journal. She is selling those on eBay.

As for the program, Hol­lings­worth would like to see it stay in the area but has been in contact with an auction house. A 1935 program sold for more than $12,000 in April at greenjacketauctions.com.

“It’s for sale,” she said. “All offers considered.”

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/25/13 - 10:25 pm
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@ Lexie

You go, girl! I hope you get some scratch.

Lexieholli
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Lexieholli 07/26/13 - 12:29 am
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Treasure

It was a thrill last week when I took the yearbook back to the Augusta National for it to be authenticated after 78 years of absence. I felt as if I had taken it home.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/26/13 - 04:41 am
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That's a cool story! Good

That's a cool story! Good luck with it.

southern2
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southern2 07/26/13 - 06:54 am
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What a find! I can't even get

What a find! I can't even get "selected" for a practice round ticket.

AugustaGirl
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AugustaGirl 07/26/13 - 08:14 am
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Augusta National 1935 program

Ms. Lexie, can you tell me if there were any pages that had text and maybe hopefully photos of any of the caddies? And I really hope someone that buys the program will donate it to the Augusta Museum of History so that a lot more people can enjoy it.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/26/13 - 09:45 am
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Contact one of the reality

Contact one of the reality Treasure Hunter programs and see if they want to put in a bid. That's a pretty big deal. I'd have a hard time dropping it at 12k. Only 40 copies. I'd start the bidding above that amount. Congratulations!

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