A Los Angeles man who paid $2,000 for a ticket to the Masters Tournament was stopped at a gate and escorted from the course Friday when it turned out he’d bought a badge someone else had lost.
Bruce Waggoner, 52, told Richmond County deputies he got the ticket after his friend, Paul Wolfe, 73, of North Augusta, received a call from an acquaintance, asking if Wolfe knew of anybody looking for tickets to this year’s tournament, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
On Wednesday, Wolfe met the seller at a home in the 1100 block of Magnolia Drive in Augusta, where he paid for the ticket in cash. When Waggoner arrived later that day, he repaid Wolfe, according to the report.
When Waggoner went to Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, an employee who was scanning tickets at Gate 6 told Waggoner that his ticket was not valid because it had been reported lost. Waggoner’s ticket was confiscated and he was escorted off the property after he filed a report indicating that he had purchased the ticket secondhand.
Police tried unsuccessfully to locate the seller at several nearby bars and restaurants.
Also Friday, two men were arrested when they continued to buy and sell tickets near Augusta National Golf Club after being asked to leave.
Douglas Weinstein, 71, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Alvin King were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct at the intersection of Washington and Berckmans roads, Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said. King’s age and city of residence weren’t immediately available.
Both men were advised that they weren’t allowed to sell tickets so close to the course, but both continued to do so, Gay said.
At one point, Weinstein attempted to complete a transaction by walking into traffic on Washington Road, leading to his arrest. The circumstances surrounding King’s arrest weren’t immediately available, Gay said.
State law requires buyers and sellers to maintain a buffer zone of 2,700 feet of Augusta National Golf Club in order to complete a transaction.
The arrests were the first this week involving illegal ticket sales.