Four young Augusta friends hope an idea born just two months ago develops into the next Masters Week tradition.
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, www.birdiesandbogeysbenefit.org, 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.