A rare piece of Augusta history was found in a local home. A Grovetown woman found a program to the 1935 Augusta National Invitational Tournament, the second year of what would become the Masters.
Augusta National Golf Club issued programs for the first two years of the tournament's existence, until the National started making them again in the 1990's. Which makes the 1935 program a crown jewel for Augusta.
"I was going through boxes of magazines and finding ones that were in very good condition. Ones that were sellable for Ebay," says Lexie Hollingsworth of Grovetown, GA.
In her search, Hollingsworth came across hundreds of old magazines, some as old as 1910. And even though many of the magazines are worth hundreds of dollars, they don't come close to the value of what Hollingsworth calls Augusta's holy grail... a 1935 Masters Tournament program.
"My initial reaction was wow, this is really cool, but not being very familiar with the golfing world, I didn't realize exactly how cool it really was," Hollingsworth says.
Earlier this year, another 1935 Masters program sold for more than 12-thousand dollars on GreenJacketAuctions.com. Hollingsworth thinks her copy may by worth more because it has character. The program has a handwritten hole-by-hole scoring of the famous playoff between Gene Sarazen and Craig Wood. And because there are only six of these programs known to be in existence, Hollingsworth is getting a lot of attention.
"It started with a newspaper article and the next thing I knew I had emails and phone calls from all over the states," Hollingsworth says.
She has received plenty of offers, but none she was willing to accept. She says Augusta National Golf Club even invited her out to talk about the program.
"It was just an incredible feeling to drive through the gates with that book. It was like taking it home after 78 years or however many it has been. That was actually a profound thing for me and I really have no attachment to golf so," she says.
Although Hollingsworth would like to see the program stay in Augusta, she says it will go to the person with the best offer.
If you are interested in purchasing the 1935 Masters program from Hollingsworth, you can email her at email@example.com
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