Many hoping economy won't affect Masters business

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

News 12 at 6, April 5, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Today starts the week the whole world has their eyes on Augusta, but this Masters week some people are a little worried about how the economy may affect them, while others think it will help.

"Just like the rest of the world, everybody wants to come to the Masters and we do, too," says Roger Gilchrist, who works for Gotta Have It Golf, from Miami.

The company has been coming 14 years and is hoping this year the economy won't drive sales down.

"There are...people that are totally unaffected by that and those are the kind of people that come to the Masters," says Gilchrist.

Some ticket sellers say they already see some affects, though. Some say they're having a hard time buying tickets thinking the ticket-holders can't get the price they want for them, those with tickets are deciding to go on the course instead.

Andy from Arkansas hopes that will help him when he goes to buy some practice round tickets for him and his son.

"Some years the tickets are pricey and some years they're not. And so hopefully, we're hoping, not having every day we need, we might pick them up a little cheaper," he said.

Those ticket sellers are pushed a little further out this year. Because the Augusta National has expanded by adding a parking lot off Berckmans Rd. Ticket sellers have to be about a block further away, now no closer than Sherman Road from the west.

The new parking lot also affecting Gotta Have It Golf's operations. They moved one of their two locations closer to the new parking lot,
a decision Gilchrist says should pay off.

"We're going to do great. We've already done great," said Gilchrist.

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