Wednesday, April 8, 2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A famous pine tree lives on in a couple of ways.
During Billy Payne's news conference on Wednesday, plans to keep the big lob-lolly pine tree that was lost in an ice storm last year alive were unveiled.
They're preserving pieces of the tree.
The tree used to be 65 feet high and was 90 years old. The Eisenhower tree stood in the left fairway of the 17th hole until an ice storm did what a president could not do, take it down.
"As all of you know, last year we lost an iconic symbol of Augusta National Golf Club, the famous Eisenhower Tree which connected us to our beloved member, U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower," Augusta National Chairman, Billy Payne said.
The cross section will be heading to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas and another one just like it will remain at Augusta National.
"And while we know the Eisenhower tree is irreplaceable in terms of its historical significance, I am pleased to announce that we have been successful so far in preserving this famous tree's genetics." Payne said.
Chairman Payne revealed pictures of the next generation of the tree on Wednesday; the Eisenhower seedlings.
"What you now see are three surviving and so far thriving results of two successful grafts and one seedling of the Eisenhower Tree. Not surprising, they have already become some of our most loved and cherished possessions here at Augusta National," Payne said.
The cuttings will remain another Augusta National mystery.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne told the public in his annual news conference before the Masters that they are working on preserving a piece of Augusta history.
Payne says a cross-section of the Eisenhower Tree that was damaged by the ice storm last year will be put on permanent display at the Eisenhower Library.
Payne also mentioned that they are working to preserve and grow the seedlings from the tree, but plans for those seeds have not been established.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Major damage has been done to the Eisenhower Tree after an ice storm hit the Augusta area, the Augusta National Golf Club confirms.
The tree lost most major branches and was removed this weekend, Billy Payne, the Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, confirmed.
"The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept," Payne said.
He said the golf course sustained no major damage otherwise and the storm has not affected the 2014 Masters Tournament.