Cost of Masters badge increases

Patrons must use automated system and pay online

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 12:10 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 1:34 AM
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One of the most coveted tickets in sports will cost Masters Tournament patrons an extra $50 this year.

And, for the first time, they’ll have to pay for it with their credit card via an automated process online.

Tournament patrons who receive series badges each year were notified this week by e-mail that the cost of a Masters badge is now $250. It is the first increase since 2009, when the price went up $25 to $200.

Augusta National Golf Club told patrons that application renewal and payment must be completed online by Jan. 31 or their ticket allocations will be forfeited.

The tournament is moving to the online process for greater efficiency, a club spokesman said. For patrons who do not have computers, tournament personnel are walking them through the process.

Augusta National announced in April it would hold a lottery and allow fans who currently don’t receive series badges a chance to get daily tickets for the coveted tournament rounds. That process was handled online and completed during the summer.

The Masters will continue with its Junior Pass Program, which was implemented in 2008. The program allows accredited patrons to bring a child (age 8-16) to each of the four tournament days.

A Masters badge has long been considered one of the toughest tickets in sports. A waiting list for series badges was established in 1972 and closed in 1978 when demand far exceeded the club’s supply.

Ticket prices for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds will cost $50 each in 2012, up from $36 for Monday and Tuesday and $41 for Wednesday.

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southern2
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southern2 01/05/12 - 01:27 pm
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Still a bargin...Ill take

Still a bargin...Ill take two, please.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/05/12 - 01:59 pm
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mmmmm tuna mints

mmmmm tuna mints

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/05/12 - 02:07 pm
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The fever which surrounds the
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The fever which surrounds the Masters badge is a complete mystery to me.

Golf is a sport made for television. Walking around the course or sitting on the bleachers around a green or tee-box, one cannot see 10% of what is shown on CBS. Neither does one have a sense of where things are really heating up or going sour elsewhere on the course. Getting a feel for the bigger picture, so to speak, is much more difficult.

The National is a place to go visit once, like the Grand Canyon, then go home, put your feet up and watch it all play out on the big screen TV.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/05/12 - 02:57 pm
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That's it, I'm out.

That's it, I'm out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 03:32 pm
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JTF. $40 was my top. I'm out,

JTF. $40 was my top. I'm out, too.

iLove
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iLove 01/05/12 - 03:40 pm
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STILL A BARGAIN for what you
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STILL A BARGAIN for what you get....TRUST!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/05/12 - 04:06 pm
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River, still no problem

River, still no problem getting two grand per ticket on the black market, if you are wont to do so.

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walrus4ever 01/05/12 - 04:07 pm
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"coveted"? not by me.

"coveted"? not by me. Ya'll enjoy jumping thru hoops for the "privilege"

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/05/12 - 06:42 pm
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Anyone want free tickets,

Anyone want free tickets, just contact the Richmond County Board of Ed! They've got'em and are apparently willing to divy them out....just keep your mouth shut!!

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bdouglas 01/05/12 - 11:53 pm
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This isn't news. When they

This isn't news. When they launched the lottery for badges in the spring it said the cost would be $250 then.

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David Parker 01/06/12 - 09:34 am
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call me a hoop-jumping

call me a hoop-jumping coveter. I love strolling the grounds on Sunday and being apart of the pageantry, just waiting for that day when a stray ball smacks me upside the head and i get an autographed glove.
"You know I'm a dreamer. But my heart's of gold...."

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