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Grovetown woman finds local buyer for rare Masters program

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 2:48 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 1:35 AM
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A rare 1935 Masters Tournament program isn’t leaving Augusta, after all.

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Lexie Hollingsworth sold the 1935 Masters program that a friend found in his grandfather's old house in Grovetown.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Lexie Hollingsworth sold the 1935 Masters program that a friend found in his grandfather's old house in Grovetown.

The program, discovered by a Grovetown woman last month while helping a friend go through boxes of old magazines and newspaper clippings, was sold to an Augusta resident over the weekend.

Lexie Hollingsworth said she strongly considered consigning the piece to an auction house but is happy she was able to find a local buyer.

“I really wanted it to stay home,” she said Monday. “I’m glad a local Augustan got it. That meant a lot to me, actually.”

Hollingsworth did not reveal the purchase price or the identity of the buyer. She said, however, that it sold for “considerably” more than the last one that went to auction and fetched more than $12,000.

“One of the first people who had contacted me had given me a generous offer,” she said. “I reached back to them and countered with a slightly higher offer and they said yes.”

Augusta National Golf Club produced programs for its inaugural event in 1934 and for the second year. Only a handful of copies of the 1935 program for the Augusta National Invitation Tournament are believed to exist.

Hollingsworth initially contacted Augusta National about the program, but said she could not reach a deal with the private club.

She will split the proceeds with the friend whose house she was helping clean out. Her friend is not employed, and that factored into the decision, she said.

“Getting money faster for him, it was better for him,” she said.

What does she plan to do with her share of the windfall?

“My husband’s daughter just got married,” Hollingsworth said. “I’ve got some credit cards to pay off.”

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/12/13 - 03:18 pm
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Yay! Good for her! I'm glad

Yay! Good for her! I'm glad this lady was able to make some money...pretty good money, actually!...for herself and her friend. I'm sure the buyer is happy as well.
It'd be great if the Chronicle could get in touch with the buyer, allow him to be anonymous if he so chooses, and post pictures of all the pages of the program so that we all can enjoy it!

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David Parker 08/12/13 - 03:32 pm
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Drinks on Lexie!!!

Drinks on Lexie!!!

grinder48
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grinder48 08/12/13 - 04:21 pm
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AGNC
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That she not reveal the buyer's identity or purchase price sounds very much like the purchase mase by the Augusta National ...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/12/13 - 05:45 pm
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Make sure you and your friend

Make sure you and your friend put a little back for the IRS and Obamacare. I don't know how much you got but the government is going to want their "fair" share.

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nocnoc 08/12/13 - 06:08 pm
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Well played

Well played.... enjoy it.

I would have only asked for 2 Master tickets for life & 2 following generations.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/13/13 - 06:54 am
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Finding a treasure

This is one of those delightful endings where the proverbial blind hen DOES find a kernel of corn! Congratulations - what a thrill for both - one being down on his luck and the other having 'inherited' a new daughter in law! The Augusta National had just bought a new parking lot - could not afford it, I guess.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 08/13/13 - 09:34 am
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Ownership??

How, exactly, does Lexie have any claim on this program? She was helping him go through HIS property. She doesn't deserve a cent! If someone is helping me sort through my stuff, they don't get to sell a valuable they find and act generous about "sharing" the proceeds.

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Lexieholli 08/13/13 - 01:21 pm
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Values of Friendship

I was "given" boxes and bins of unwanted newspapers and magazines which were destined for the dump. Where my friend saw clutter and trash I saw history and value. eBay was the perfect marketplace to list the vintage magazines and they slowly began to sell. Thus far, I've sold dozens of magazines and split the profits right down the middle. The 1935 Augusta National Program was a remarkable find! Once I discovered its rarity and value, I offered to "GIVE" this buried treasure back to my friend who refused to accept it. We were partners in this transaction but not before we were friends.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 08/13/13 - 02:12 pm
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bitter lou
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lou, why do you care that she got a share? what kind of mindset focuses on what someone else gets, has, makes or acquires legally? tell us lou. do you know their agreement? sounds to me like a case of " half of something is way better than all of nothing". this type of arrangement happens daily and occurs regularly in business. one person has an idea, the other the property and they run with it, splitting the proceeds if successful. think elvis,beatles got all the money? steve jobs of apple, bill gates of Microsoft and on and on. why are you so bitter lou?

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Lou Stewall 08/13/13 - 05:44 pm
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Not according to the article

That is not what the article said. It said you were helping him sort through his stuff. It never said he gave you the stuff. My husband and I both had the same impression from both articles and remarked on it both times. I'm glad you are friends, and the article was inaccurate.

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