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series: Augusta's Master Plan: From Sherman's March To Arn
air date: 12/08/12 4:00 AM
AUGUSTA'S MASTER PLAN: FROM SHERMAN'S MARCH TO ARNIE'S ARMY tells the surprising story of Augusta, Georgia's evolution from a small river town to the center of the golf universe. The fascinating account, based on the books of golf historian Stan Byrdy, begins with the Civil War and General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea. After 1865, the influx of wealthy northerners brought with them a new game - golf. Soon, Augusta would attract golf-playing U.S. Presidents William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding and Dwight D. Eisenhower, characters like baseball great Ty Cobb, and later, a young Bobby Jones. This documentary follows the twists and turns of the sport's growing popularity and concludes at the height of Arnold Palmer's career in the 1960s. (His dedicated fan base called themselves "Arnie's Army.") Palmer, along with Bobby Jones IV and 98-year-old Ernie Ball, the only surviving participant from the first Masters, give rare interviews about the course's unique qualities.
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