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Mayor's Masters Reception won't be held this year

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 3:45 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:30 PM
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The Mayor’s Masters Reception will not be held this year, organizer Wayne Hawkins confirmed Tuesday.

Craig Stadler sits with his wife at last year's event.  FILE/STAFF
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Craig Stadler sits with his wife at last year's event.

No Masters Tournament participant would commit to attend the annual event, which was held the Monday of each Masters Week.

“We never could get a yes,” Hawkins said. “Got a whole lot of nos, and we ran out of time.”

The reception, which began in 1999 and had been held for 15 consecutive years, featured a golfer who was given a key to the city. The event included a sampling of food from area businesses and restaurants.

Past participants include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. The 2013 honoree was 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler.

The Mayor’s Masters Reception featured several golfers at its beginning, then shifted its format to honor a single golfer beginning in 2004, Hawkins said.

“There’s not that many of the old ones left,” he said.

Hawkins said he will try again for 2015 and will work with the committee at an upcoming meeting.

“We’ll discuss what direction we want to go in,” he said.

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raul
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raul 03/04/14 - 05:00 pm
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wow. that is surprising.

wow. that is surprising.

Graymare
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Graymare 03/04/14 - 05:17 pm
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Really?

They declined an invitation from the Augusta's mayor? Well, they really care about Augusta, don't they? No, they don't.

KSL
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KSL 03/04/14 - 06:06 pm
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I don't know what to think.

I don't know what to think.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 03/04/14 - 06:15 pm
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Something's in the air

The ticket debacle....now this.....whats going on this year?!?

Why couldn't the city keep the "reception" going without a "golfer"? Many people enjoyed this event...its the unofficial kickoff.

It is funny though....the Mayor's office was turned down.

willie7
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willie7 03/04/14 - 06:22 pm
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I enjoyed this event
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I enjoyed this event immensely.The mayor should have it anyway.
Let call him!!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/04/14 - 06:24 pm
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Sad, but traditions die!

Hate to say it but our younger generation and even the younger golfers don't understand traditions. Just another case of us losing touch with our youngsters.

Ours is becoming a disjointed society.

ungowa
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ungowa 03/04/14 - 06:26 pm
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Couldnt find an honoree?

Maybe, they should honor the fallen tree on 17?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/04/14 - 07:17 pm
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They should ask John Daley.

They should ask John Daley. He's always at his trailer on Washington Rd, selling stuff. I wouldn't think he'd be too busy to turn down our mayor. And continuing the reception would still allow alot of homeless people to still be able to enjoy all that free food.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/04/14 - 07:48 pm
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Someway, somehow, life will

Someway, somehow, life will go on.

SJL1204
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SJL1204 03/04/14 - 07:50 pm
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John Daley

From what I have heard about John Daley, he has asked before to participate in an Augusta event. Wants payment.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/04/14 - 08:55 pm
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To Paraphrase...

" I am the eggman They are the eggmen He is the Walrus!

Butterman
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Butterman 03/04/14 - 10:51 pm
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Can't blame them
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Maybe they don't want to be associated with Augusta's gutless wonder boy.

Sonny Pittman
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Sonny Pittman 03/04/14 - 11:12 pm
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Thanks Wayne!

Thanks Wayne! Sorry it didn't work out.

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stuaby 03/04/14 - 11:38 pm
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People had more time to waste

People had more time to waste in the earlier years. There's just not enough time nowadays for this kind of thing.

Jake
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Jake 03/04/14 - 11:46 pm
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There used to be.....

.....a parade on Broad St during the Masters and that is also gone and no one seems to mind.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/05/14 - 12:06 am
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The one time out of the year
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The one time out of the year when Augusta is in the spotlight and attracts some tourists and the city does virtually nothing to capitalize on it. Unless you have a ticket to the event, there is really nothing else going on in town. Yes you would think downtown merchants would sponsor a Master's Parade. or there would atleast be some event downtown. Even the Rock for Dough has moved out to Evans.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/05/14 - 12:30 am
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In that case.........
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I'm not going to attend the tournament. I urge everyone else to do likewise. Skip this boring Spring ritual and have a few beers with John Daly down at Hooters.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/05/14 - 05:47 am
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big surprise!

big surprise!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/05/14 - 07:40 am
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Master's Week

It used to be all about hospitality and still could. It is used for the Red Carpet Tour to bring potential business and industry to the area to show the resources available to them here. I agree, the various governments in the CSRA, Aiken, Columbia, Richmond and Burke Counties should work together to show more hospitality to Master's visitors, not just the big movers and shakers. There are thousands of patrons from all over the world who, with a good experience, could become a major employer for this area if they were shown some good old Southern Hospitality. No, I'm not talking about Gone With the Wind, but the Southern Culture here is becoming like Atlanta, so diluted that real hospitality is becoming rare. Real manners are a treat, not a staple.

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triscuit 03/05/14 - 11:34 am
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Use the money saved and put

Use the money saved and put it toward storm cleanup.

lgr
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lgr 03/05/14 - 12:12 pm
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masters week

went once and it was not what i thought it would be. people yelling that they wanted a bigger plate of free food. you had to stand in LONG lines to get any food. maybe they should still have it, but charge for the food, that would change it to where tourists might want to go.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 03/05/14 - 09:38 pm
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Agree with Triscuit

That money could be put to better use in Augusta. Thirty days after the tournament... the streets will be filthy.... as they usually are.

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