Portraits of Augusta

April 05, 2005
April 05, 2005

Table of Contents
April 5, 2005

The Table of Contents
2005 Masters: Starters
  • Who will win next week's Masters? ¬†One of these 10 players, according to a PGA Tour pro who, on the condition of anonymity, critiqued and ranked the contenders

  • In 1986 an ugly duckling of a putter was turned into a swan

  • If the Masters turns into a chipping contest, short-game specialist Retief Goosen will be tough to beat

  • SI recently polled more than 50 Tour players on golf and other matters. Some of the players declined to answer certain questions (so the percentages that follow are for respondents only), while others offered -- under the cloak of anonymity -- some choice one-liners, the most telling of which are included

  • Meet the local fixtures and recognizable faces who make the city more than simply another name for the National

Teeing Off

Portraits of Augusta

Meet the local fixtures and recognizable faces who make the city more than simply another name for the National

Caddie Shack

This is an article from the April 5, 2005 issue

Back when only hometown caddies worked at the Masters, the Sand Hill Grill was their postround hangout. Today, they still meet there to relive the glory days. Fred (Hop) Harrison (against wall) was on the bag for Raymond Floyd when he won the green jacket in 1976.

Pork Barrel

Over the last 49 years Sconyers BBQ has been such a pillar of the Augusta community that some wonder if the restaurant's owner, Larry Sconyers, wields more influence in that role than he did when he was the city's mayor from 1996 to '98.

The Wrangler

Clyde Lester oversees restrooms, checks the stands and helps at the lost and found at the Masters, but the 61-year-old retiree is best known for his other passions. He hosts a radio show about gardening and a TV show on Westerns. Known as Cowboy to his friends, he has a room full of vintage artifacts from the Old West in his Forest Hills home.

Political Partier

State senator Charles Walker is known throughout Augusta for his political activism. Among members of the African-American community he is also renowned for the party he throws every year on the Thursday of Masters week. He entertains about 300 people at his home.

Cut Line

Durden's Barber Shop has been a fixture on Monte Sano Avenue since Morris Durden (left) opened its doors in 1957. Morris has since been joined by his son Tim. Among their clients is Charles Howell, who's been going there since he was a kid.

Martha Troubles

Forget Martha Stewart, Augusta has Vera Stewart, owner of the 22-year-old VeryVera catering company. During Masters week her staff of 200 services as many as 40 events a night. Her only problem? The other Martha. "Martha Burk really hurt my business," Vera says.