News 12 at 6 o'clock; April 9, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The Masters brings lots of visitors every year. All those golf fans mean extra opportunities for people to make money.
It's that week of the year when you'll see lots of tents like the ones lined up on Washington Road. That's because Masters means money for some and people News 12 talked to say they just want to cash in.
Drive down Washington Road this week and you'll find kids, waving at you.
"Ten dollars," they yell.
Their families are renting out their front yard for Masters parking.
"It gives a guy that has to work for somebody else a chance to work for himself," says Karl Gantz.
That, and a chance to make some money.
"Thirty-six cars at ten dollars a car," says Karl.
It's their second year doing it and Karl says he loved the opportunity.
"We spread the money out, every which way we can," says Karl.
That's money easier to make when there are so many people here for the Masters.
"Business has been very good," says Scott Maurer.
One company, "Gotta Have It Golf" comes all the way from Miami, Florida to sell golf memorabilia. It's a 14 hour drive, but Scott says it's worth it.
"We see a lot of pictures so it's economically beneficial for us," says Scott.
Waitress Amanda Thacker says working at Wild Wing Cafe this week is a pretty big job.
"We had so many people in here, you couldn't hardly move," she says.
With all those people to serve, the restaurant is even bringing in more help and being busy will be great for tips.
"It's definitely a lot of fun and a lot more money this week," says Amanda.
Karl says any extra money is good, especially in this economy.
"Who's not ticked off about three dollars or more a gallon?" he asks.
He's just glad his yard is in such high demand and he knows who to thank for it.
"If it wasn't for the tournament in Augusta, Augusta wouldn't be Augusta. We'd just be another little spot on the map," says Karl.
He says he's probably going to use that money for necessities like his kids schooling, but also for some fun stuff like a trip to the beach. He says he'll keep parking people in his yard as long as the Nationals are around so I'm guessing that'll probably be for a while.