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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 233
I T was 83 years ago this week when one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs inaugurated the Augusta National Invitational which, five years later, would become known as the US Masters. Horton Smith, who was playing in the shadow of Augusta’s co-founder Bobby Jones, held a share of the lead every day, and remains one of only six players to go wire-to-wire at Augusta. The Hall of Famer had rounds of 70-72-70- 72 for a four-under 284 to beat Craig Wood by a single stroke. The difference was a 20-foot birdie putt Smith holed on the 17th green, now the 8th hole. He received the US$1,500 winner’s cheque, a silver plaque with gold bar as well as a gold medal. The total prizemoney on offer was US$5,000. The first ‘Masters’ Champion spoke highly of Alister MacKenzie’s masterpiece. "There is nothing monotonous about that course, and it is one of the most beautiful I ever played," Smith (pictured) said. "Each one of the holes presents something new." Smith didn’t receive a green jacket for his victory as the first of these wasn’t awarded until 1949 – after Sam Snead and his famous straw hat recorded a three-stroke victory. But Augusta National retroactively awarded jackets to each former winner. And Smith, who was recognised as Augusta’s first Master, received a jacket that recently sold for over US$650,000. Bobby Jones, who by 1934 was no longer contesting big events, recovered from an opening round 76 to finish tied for 13th and was the leading amateur in the inaugural event. E it happened this week in... 1934 • Don Bradman announces the 1933/34 season will be his last for NSW and will play for South Australia at the end of the year. • The Australian team for the British Empire Games to be held in London is announced. The 12 member team features one woman, diver Lesley Thompson, from Victoria. • Australian golfer Joe Kirkwood and the now legendary Gene Sarazen arrive in Puerto Rico for the first of a series of exhibition matches on their world tour.. • Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow kill two police officers near Grapevine, Texas. They were shot by police seven weeks later. Making news this week in 1934 AUGUSTA’S FIRST MASTER VIDEO: THE BIRTH OF THE U.S MASTERS WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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