Monday, April 2, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- There are few tournaments with the history quite like the Masters. While there's no museum dedicated to it, there is a gentleman who has amassed an impressive collection.
Some memories at Augusta National stick out more than others for Dustin Raymond
"I was sitting right below the actual scoreboard on the 18th hole," said Raymond. Like this one, April 1997. Tiger Woods buries the putt on 18 for his first green jacket
"That's Tiger Woods doing his famous fist pump there."
It's hard to believe he didn't get kicked out when, as a crazy college student, he did a big no-no. Don't even think about sneaking a camera in. No, really, don't.
"Living in Augusta, you have to be interested in golf," added Raymond.
In 1992 a trip to the mall of all places sparked that interest. One item quickly turned into hundreds, some dating back more than 150 years
An invoice from Fruitland Nursery that transformed into Augusta National 50 years later. "Dated on the back 1875...its just a very historical piece," he said.
"There's known to be only thirty copies in existence that are from the original Masters" added Raymond
"it's signed by every single Masters champion," he said.
Lots of autographs. It may seem like a lot of stuff, but that's really why he collects.
"It's a lot of memories that I have...have had...at Augusta National and the Masters, and to think that I own little bits and pieces of it."