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The Augusta Collection




The Augusta Collection of pictures and items has been collected by Lee for a number of years. Lee had been going to the Masters for over 50 years and built countless personal relationships with members. Many of the items Lee collected came with the help of Frank Christian, Jr., who was the official photographer at Augusta for many years. Christian, Jr. succeeded his father, who was the first photographer when the club was started in 1934. When browsing through the museum, notice both the Augusta and Masters items. Many little trinkets, like badges and watches, come from the Masters tourament, while pictures and stories giving the history of Augusta National and why it was built are treasured in several displays in the musum.

Much of the history is presented in the Bobby Jones area. Jones and his partner, Clifford Roberts, planned and discussed the layout of the grounds for Augusta National. Their intention for a special Invitational was a driving force behind opening an exclusive club. Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones was arguably the best amateur of all times, and the museum highlights Jones' career, both as a player and as the founder of Augusta National.

Also incorporated in the Augusta area are items which belonged to Augusta's most famous member, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His member's green jacket is on display with his name embroidered on the inside of the jacket. It is one of the special pieces in the museum. Since Lee was in the military and an avid golfer, he made a special trip to Augusta in 1952 from Ft. Gordon where he was stationed, hoping to see the President elect at the time. If you knew Lee, you wouldn't be surprised to know that he indeed found him on the first tee and shook hands with Mr. Eisenhower, but not before the Secret Service apprehended him. The full story is in the video interview on the Main Museum Page. Lee's collection of items from and about Augusta National and the Masters is enought to spend a morning looking at. He was every proud of each and every item he purchased or was given relating to the Masters. It held a special place in his heart.

Eisenhower's Green Jacket

Pictured from left: Masters Plate featuring each hole's plant; Dwight D. Eisenhower's Green Jacket; Bobby Jones' flicker books


Lee and Frank Christian, Jr., enjoying the Masters from the veranda at Augusta National



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