Police seize 43 tickets, charge six at Masters

When a ticket broker asked Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay to sell his Masters practice round ticket while he was on the Augusta National golf course, the deputy first ignored the offer.


But after being pressed a second time, Lt. Gay, who was dressed in plain clothes, decided to haggle.

"He said $40, and I said $60, so we agreed to the deal and I handcuffed him," Lt. Gay said.

In total, deputies seized 43 tickets from 14 different people during last week's Masters Tournament, according to Richmond County sheriff's Col. Gary Powell.

Six of those were arrested on disorderly conduct charges for selling too close to the Augusta National Golf Club.

All of the arrests were made during the practice rounds, which is typical, Col. Powell said.

Deputies would make arrests if they actually witnessed a sale take place. Otherwise, the subject was warned and any tickets held were confiscated, Col. Powell said.

Individuals are prohibited by state law from selling tickets within 2,700 feet of a venue where there are 15,000 or more in attendance.

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