The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office needs to take a fresh look at its policies regarding the scalping of Masters Tournament badges and practice round tickets.
Looking at other sporting events for precedent (i.e., Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, World Series, or Super Bowl) is not the answer. Unlike any other major sporting event that I know of, a large percentage of Masters ticket and badge holders share their tickets daily by agreeing to meet friends or relatives after a half-day of viewing, handing off the ticket and allowing the other party to also get into the Masters. In my own situation, I have done this on dozens of occasions.
With tickets in such high demand, it is very common for people to “share the wealth.” I am positive Augusta National Golf Club folks could give us the numbers of tickets and badges that come through the gates more than once for any given day.
What needs to happen is for the sheriff to establish a zone near Gates 6 and 10 so people can meet up and hand off tickets without fear of arrest and embarrassment. The zones need to be publicized and policed – unless, of course, the goal in the first place is to embarrass and arrest as many as possible.