Patrons endure chilly day at the National

April 7, 2009

AUGUSTA---You could say Augusta National is so beautiful it takes your breath away. Today, something else did: the weather.

"I am from Treasure Island, Florida," said patron Holly Hickman.

"So you are freezing?" we asked her.


And she wasn't the only one. Hats, earwarmers, scarves, gloves, and more. And those who didn't arrive bundled up were willing to buy more layers.

The gift shop is always popular at Augusta National, but you can bet on a day like today that jackets were flying off the shelves. The most popular item, though, was the Masters beanie. They sold out by early afternoon.

But some patrons we saw might have needed more than a hat.

"I saw a fellow walk in with shorts and a short sleeve shirt!" one patron exclaimed.

And he wasn't the only one showing a little leg. News 12 cameras caught several others in shorts.

"Why are y'all in shorts?" we asked a group of men.

"We are from Florida," one of them said. "This is nice."

"You should be cold if you're from Florida," we countered.

"We just came from 75 degree weather," one of the men replied.

Others came from a lot colder than that, like Graeme Russell of Scotland--who was wearing a kilt.

"You know what? This kilt is very warm," Graeme said. "Plenty of people in Scotland wore them when it was a lot colder. So it's not as cold as you think."

"But your legs are exposed!" we said.

"I'm warm enough," Graeme replied. "This is like a summer day back in Scotland."

But it's not; it's just what spring can look like in Augusta.

It could have been worse--it could have rained! And we actually didn't hear anyone complaining. Why would they? After all, they're at the Masters.

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