Masters News of the Weird

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 9, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga -- Every April, the Masters tournament takes Augusta by storm, and so do the bizarre events that always seem to come along with it.

On a course known for it's prestige and tradition one picture is one for the record books. Last year, this ticket holder misunderstood the meaning of the practice round. He came decked out, clubs in hand, ready to give the course a go---but the only thing that had to go was his tee time.

And who could forget this story? A CBS freelancer hired to work the most exclusive tournament in the world, accused of doing more than admiring the green but taking it; arrested for robbing a Gordon Highway bank.

31-year-old Michael Alan Crane walked away with an all inclusive pass to the Richmond County jail. His case was later dismissed, but the trend has not. Since 2001, 10 bank robberies have occurred in and around the week of the tournament in Augusta alone

This year, a teenager also got a lot of police attention, but maybe not in the way he wanted.

18-year-old Evan Campbell went to this year's Mayor's Masters Reception costumed as a police officer, but investigators say he was an impostor with a very real prop.

Campbell was allegedly carrying a stolen loaded handgun with 15 rounds of ammunition, handcuffs, a police baton and pepper spray. He was later arrested and charged with a felony.

Another one hit wonder, a bullet to golfer Tom Lehman's Escalade in 2006.His SUV, one of at least two vehicles Troy Smith randomly targeted. Investigators say he spent his masters week just firing at vehicles.

That same year, another story to wet your whistle--one of the biggest moonshine busts in Richmond county history, 580 gallons to be exact.

Just in time for our guest to take tales of the old south home with them as a souvenir and odds are stories like these -- will keep on giving.


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