National treaure up for grabs

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For teens in and around the Augusta area, Masters Week is a great time to work. The flood of people coming to see the tournament opens up part-time jobs at local businesses that need extra help during the hectic time. Babysitting positions are also widely available because everyone wants to get out without toting along small children.

But probably the most obvious and rewarding job opportunity during spring break is to work at Augusta National Golf Club.

One of these Masters Week workers is Collier McLeod, 16, a junior at Augusta Preparatory Day School, who will work for Augusta National's transportation department.

"I'm really excited. I think it'll be a lot of fun," she said.

Collier's not the only one joining the ranks of employees at the course. There are so many positions that need to be filled that, lucky for teens, jobs on the driving and putting ranges are reserved specifically for high school students.

"You can get a job doing almost anything," Collier says.

To show you what she means, here's a condensed list of positions for local teens -- litter control workers, golf shop employees, concessions workers, practice board workers, runners for magazines and newspapers, and drivers for golf carts and cars.

But the paycheck isn't the only perk. Employees often get to keep their uniforms as clothing souvenirs, check out the course and they get a better chance to meet the golfers.

And don't forget the passes.

Some teens get a badge that will give them access to Augusta National during the entire tournament, including the two days they usually have off.

So how do you score a job to work at the tournament? Knowing people who have worked there in the past or asking friends who are members of Augusta National for a recommendation seems the best way.

"It's a great way to earn money over the break and an awesome experience overall," Collier says.

Maryclaire Regan is a junior at Augusta Preparatory Day School

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