Thanks to reader Doug for John Boyette's story on an official Augusta National (forest) green jacket up for auction. You can view the auction preview page here. Love the old ANGC logo!
The two-button wool jacket features a patch with the letters "ANGC" on the left breast. The initials "RTJ" are also sewn onto the jacket.
The auction house says the Jones jacket dates to 1937, when Augusta National members began to wear them. The idea was to have Augusta National members be easily identifiable so they could answer questions from patrons.
Winners of the Masters began receiving the jacket in 1949.
According to Heritage, Jones gave the jacket as a gift to the artist who painted his portrait that hangs in the Augusta National clubhouse. Thomas Stephens painted portraits of Jones, Clifford Roberts and President Eisenhower that hang in the Trophy Room of the clubhouse, but it is not known if Stephens was the artist who received the jacket.