Lexie Hollingsworth had no interest in golf – at least, not until earlier this month.
That’s when the Grovetown woman unearthed a rare piece of Masters Tournament history while helping a friend go through boxes of old magazines and newspaper clippings. Hollingsworth found a 1935 program for the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. It contains information on the field, course and members of the private club. Only a few copies of the 40-page program are believed to exist.
Augusta National Golf Club produced programs for its inaugural event in 1934 and for the second year. There is no record of other programs being produced until 1990, when the club launched the Masters Journal as its preview magazine.
The program has a dark-red cover and features an early version of the Augusta National logo, with the U.S. outline and a flagstick pinpointing Augusta.
The 1935 Masters was won by Gene Sarazen, who made his famous double eagle on the 15th hole in the final round to force a playoff with Craig Wood. Sarazen prevailed in a 36-hole playoff the next day.
The program has some handwriting on a couple of inside pages, including hole-by-hole scoring of the playoff between Sarazen and Wood.
Hollingsworth and her friend have found dozens of vintage magazines, including early editions of The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies’ Home Journal. She is selling those on eBay.
As for the program, Hollingsworth would like to see it stay in the area but has been in contact with an auction house. A 1935 program sold for more than $12,000 in April at greenjacketauctions.com.
“It’s for sale,” she said. “All offers considered.”