A 'Master' manager

Jim Armstrong's tenure at Augusta National saw tremendous success

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Normally, this newspaper does not comment editorially on retirements, but this week a special retirement occurred in Augusta that we feel worthy of attention. Jim Armstrong retired as executive director of the Augusta National Golf Club, having held the position for 35 years, longer than any other in the club’s history.

Under his management, the Augusta National has grown beyond the dreams and hopes of its founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, to become what is truly one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in the world.

During Jim Armstrong’s career, the Augusta National has continued to grow, not only as a club but also as the sponsor and operator of the world’s greatest sporting event. The world has many great sporting events, but very, very few have the quality and class of the Masters Tournament.

This superlative position did not come about by accident. For the past 35 years, it has been Jim Armstrong’s single focus and consistent mandate, as he worked with, encouraged and successfully guided the past five chairmen of the club to make it better than they found it.

Just 31 years old when he took over as club manager, Armstrong quickly embraced the goals and standards of the founders and built a staff to implement them. He always felt that things could be better and he was able to motivate and lead his staff in that direction.

Over the years, the Augusta National has seen numerous changes and improvements, such as the installation of a course-wide irrigation system, the establishment of bentgrass, the rehabilitation of most all the greens and numerous other improvements designed to take into account the many technical innovations and advanced skills now in the game.

Armstrong also planned and oversaw a beautiful new practice area made possible by the pastoral development of areas west of Berckmans Road that provides parking for Masters patrons. During his administration, numerous buildings and structures were added to the course, among them a new press and media center, new television studios, tournament sponsor buildings and other facilities necessary for a tournament the size of the Masters, such as concession stands, rest facilities, caddy facilities and pro shops.

While Jim Armstrong’s career has affected the club and its activities behind the fence, it must not go unnoticed that Augusta, the State of Georgia and yes, our country, have benefitted tremendously from $500 million of economic impact this tournament annually provides. This, in addition to the event being one of the most significant annual contributors to charitable and civic initiatives in the CSRA.

We join with the members of the Augusta National and Jim’s friends throughout Augusta in congratulating him on a job well done. We are all beneficiaries of his hard work and success. Thank you, Jim.

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deestafford 10/18/13 - 11:50 pm
The thing I like the most about Augusta National is

their attitude of "This is our tournament and we will run it the way we think is best for golf, The Masters, and Augusta National".

Riverman1 10/19/13 - 06:33 am
A Job Well Done

We are so blessed to be the home of the world's greatest sporting event. A job well done, Mr. Armstrong.

carcraft 10/19/13 - 08:46 am
As I watch the dismal

As I watch the dismal crashing failure of the affordable care act contrasted by the Annual masters tournament it becomes clear the differance between competence failure. Well played Mr. Armstrong, best wishes on a well earned retirement!

soapy_725 10/19/13 - 08:56 am
How about managing the PATCH? LOL LOL

How about managing the PATCH? LOL LOL

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