Program from First Masters

Program from first Masters up for auction

A program from the first Masters Tournament, formally known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, is up for auction this week.

Leland's, which specializes in sports memorablia, is offering the rare item. The program opened with a starting bid of $1,000 and was up to $1,610 on Wednesday afternoon. Bidding ends at 10 p.m. Friday.

The tournament started by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts began in 1934. It was not formally recognized as the Masters until 1939 when the name was changed.

Programs were produced for the 1934 and 1935 tournaments. There is no record of other programs being produced until 1990, when the club launched the Masters Journal as its preview magazine.

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