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Golf exhibit attracting more visitors during Masters Tournament

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(April 8, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 This Morning at 6 o'clock / Friday, April 8, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The spotlight on the Masters tournament this week, but patrons are also stopping by the Augusta Museum of History to see their golf exhibit. One that has attracted people from all corners of the world.

It is home to some of golf's greatest treasures. From the first wooden golf ball to one sweet shot, museum registrar, Amanda Klaus says the coveted items here showcase Augusta's rich connection to the game. "The green jacket that's what people come to see. That's what they come to take pictures of and that's what everyone is enjoying this week," said Klaus.

For some patrons learning more about the sport helps them enjoy their trip to Augusta National even more. "I think personally it makes it more exciting because you see the sport has such huge history, you can read books about it," said Dominik Senn.

These special moments preserved in time help some relive their own memories. "Brings back all the memories of growing up as a kid. Watching all the majors like Jack and Phil and today Tiger," said another patron, Bill Hendrickson.

"It's absolutely important. The Masters is such a big event for the Augusta area and the citizens, to celebrate that here and have people come and learn that history and take pride in it, I think is important," said Klaus.

She says the hardest gems for her to acquire were the famous green jacket and President Eisenhower's gift to the Augusta National, a silver tea set. One room is dedicated entirely to Augusta's golf courses, and the other shows the evolution of the game. "It features images of players, going back to roman time, evolution of golf tees and fashion and golf clubs," Klaus explained.

As for the heroes, from Tiger to Nicklaus, all the way back to Bobby Jones, all their golden moments are captured in time here.

If you want to visit the museum this weekend they will be open from 10 to 5 pm through Saturday. Sunday they will be open from 1pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for student aged 6 to 18.

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