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AUGUSTA NATIONAL
Jaime Diaz
April 05, 1999
James Byrnes, who served as a Supreme Court justice (1941-42), lived in Aiken, S.C., just across the Savannah River from Augusta.
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April 05, 1999

Augusta National

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James Byrnes, who served as a Supreme Court justice (1941-42), lived in Aiken, S.C., just across the Savannah River from Augusta.

In 1975, Lee Elder, having qualified by winning the Monsanto Open, became the first African-American in the Masters. He missed the cut.

Before he shipped out to France and became the most highly decorated American soldier in World War I, Alvin York received his basic training at Camp Gordon, in Chamblee, Ga.

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, claims Augusta as his adopted hometown.

Danny Yates, a marker, saw Jeff Maggert's double eagle at 13 in '94, and Jack Nicklaus's second eagle in three days at the 5th hole in '95.

With a hole in one at the 6th in the final round in '54, amateur Billy Joe Patton took the lead over Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. Patton faltered on the back nine and wound up third.

Bobby Jones, a reluctant participant in the first few Masters, never broke 70 in the tournament and withdrew for good during the 1940 event.

On March 22, 1934, R.S. Stonehouse strode to what is now the 10th tee and hit the first shot of the first Masters. Stonehouse finished 16th.

Before he became a successful lightweight boxer who often fought in Madison Square Garden, Beau Jack shined shoes at Augusta National.

The Bon Air, once Augusta's top hotel and home base for players, fans and press, fell into disrepair in the '60s and later became a nursing home.

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