Gone from this current draft is at least $9.5 million of debt that would have been incurred by constructing a new clubhouse few were clamoring for. (A parking lot renovation of about $4 million is still in play.)
Gone is a proposal for a significant hike in junior fees, which would have hampered city high school golf programs.
I really disliked the Butler Cabin ceremony at Augusta. I always felt that the best thing to do would be to go right to the public presentation of the green jacket, with emotions still at a fever pitch and all the people and a national TV audience there to see it. To go inside the flower-infested catacombs of the Butler Cabin and watch the club chairmen perform the ceremony they were helpless — really let the air out of the balloon. One year Hord Hardin asked Bernhard Langer how he pronounced his name. Another year he asked Seve how tall he was. I would watch this with my face in my hands, but the club wouldn't have it any other way. Oh, well. FRANK CHIRKINIAN