Scoreboard one of many Masters traditions

By: Tom Campbell
By: Tom Campbell

No trip to the Masters would be complete without at a stop--and maybe a picture--at one of the Augusta National's best-known landmarks.

Not long after you enter the main gates, you're greeted by the large scoreboard on the right side of the fairway.

A volunteer worker on a ladder is constantly posting the scores on the great board for all to see.

At the front of the board you'll see boxes full of numbers.

A five-man crew takes turns picking up the numbers and double-checking so that the right score is inserted by each golfer's name.

You might see a great shot or hear the roar of the crowd...but at any one time this team is the first to know how all the golfers are playing, no matter where they are on the course.

"The National is known for its traditions," says Kevin Wilson of Belvedere, South Carolina, who works the scoreboard. "They put technology along with tradition. We get our scores on computer. We still post them. We no longer write the number in like we used to."

This is Kevin's twentieth year working the scoreboard. He says he wouldn't trade it for anything.

Some of the same faces come back year after year and pull up a chair.

That's how they watch this tournament.

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