2014-03-07 / Sports

Masters badge drawing set for March 25

Public Affairs Office

Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Marines who want the chance to walk the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during tournament week can register for a chance to purchase coveted Masters badges.

The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will conduct its drawing for the right to purchase Masters badges March 24 at 1 p.m. in Darling Hall’s Room 229B. Registration for the drawing began Monday. The tickets will be sold to drawing winners for $63 each.

Golf’s most elite players and patrons from around the world will gather in Augusta for the Masters tournament April 10-13, preceded by 3 days of practice rounds. Badges to attend the tournament routinely sell for thousands of dollars, but the Masters Credentials Committee annually makes a number of badges available for purchase by military personnel for $63. DFMWR purchase the badges and resells them to drawing winners.

Active duty military personnel assigned for Fort Gordon or the Gillem Enclave (Title 10 personnel) or on temporary duty at Fort Gordon for school other than initial entry training are eligible to participate in the badge drawing. To participate in the drawing, all personnel must register in person at room 260 in Darling Hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by 4 p.m. March 21. During registration, participants must select a particular day during tournament week for their badges and will only be in the drawing for that day’s badges.

Winners’ names will be posted in Room 260, Darling Hall, beginning March 25. Winners are responsible for checking the list or calling 791- 8664/ 2625/ 2012 to verify that they were selected. Winners must pay for their badges no later than 4 p.m. March 31 or forfeit their badges to alternate selectees. Each badge is good for a single day, and must be picked up by 9:30 a.m. on that day (except Thursday badges, which can be picked up on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All badges must be returned to Room 260 at Darling Hall by 9 p.m. on the same day of they were used except Sunday badges, which must be returned by 4 p.m. the following day.

Failure to return the badges on time will result in a $63 per day late fee and command notification. Participants must present an active duty military identification card when they register, pay, pick up and return the badges.

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