From what I heard and read, they were not scalpers who were trying to make a bundle of cash, but sincere, honest golf fans who just wanted a chance to see the tournament. They could have been anybody – you, me, our kids. It’s easy to understand why the Augusta National Golf Club and the traffic-control people don’t want mobs hanging around the gates. Arresting people, however, doesn’t seem like the best solution.
Here’s a harebrained scheme. I wonder whether it could work. Maybe it could help the National, the fans or even the sheriff’s department and the hospitable image of Augusta. What if some convenient drop-off spots could be established – places convenient to the course, but not too close, so that they caused no traffic problems? The spots might be in restaurants on Washington Road, or maybe Surrey Center, for instance.
People with practice-round tickets, who were leaving the course for the day, could drop their tickets off. Those looking for practice tickets could pick them up, after making a “donation” – say $10 or $20 for each hour left in that day. The money collected could go to some charitable organization. More fans could get to see the course and a little bit of golf, and a charity could be the beneficiary.
Just a thought.