Par 3 Party: Second Masters Week event canceled

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Thursday, March, 6th, 2014

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Downtown was hopping as visitors came to the Par 3 Party at Augusta Common. (April 6, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

Augusta, GA (WRDW)- Two staple Masters week events cancelled. First the the Mayor's Masters Reception and now the par 3 party. Both had the Augusta Common filled with party goers, but not this year.

"I'm extremely disappointed," said Bobby Whittington

"Particularly the Par 3 party that's something I always looked forward to," said Robbie Harrell.

Wednesday of Masters week is known for the Par 3 contest and that night it's known for the Par 3 party downtown.

Organizers with the Arts Council say they took a look at past events, and with limited people and limited resources they didn't think that throwing the party was feasible this year.

"A lot of our board members and volunteers go out of town and we just decided we brought in some new initiatives that we're working on, that we would concentrate our limited resources on. Some things that would have a greater impact," said Brenda Duran.

Some of the new programs are art for social change and the listening projects, and while the Par 3 party is a good time, Brenda Durant says the cancellation is somewhat of a relief.

"We're really excited to have the time to focus on really what we do best," said Durant.

"I do enjoy the activities down town because this is the week that we shine," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

Commissioner Davis says she doesn't think not having these events will hurt, but they added something to Masters Week in Augusta.

"Anything we can do as a commission I'd like to be involved with and let's see what kind of support we can give it and bring it back next year," said Davis.

For Davis like many others her favorite event is the Mayor's Masters Reception.

"I love just having the mayors handing over the key to the city and it just it highlights downtown," said Davis.

Buddy Whittington goes to both events every year.

"A lot of the masters the local folks don't get to enjoy and so the Par 3 party and the Mayors party was part of that and everyone got to go and mix and mingle," said Whittington.

"I think its really sad. I think those are some great traditions and I think it's really bad for the city of Augusta as a whole and in particular downtown," said Robbie Harrell.

Back at the Arts Council, Durant is focused on the future.

"There's still loads to do in the community I don't think it's going to rock the boat too much," said Durant.

Brenda Durant said that at this moment they are not-considering doing it again, but the Mayor's Masters Reception will be back on next year.