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The Creation of Augusta National and the Masters Tournament


Daniel Reardon’s responsibilities at Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul, Minnesota, include helping manage the Trust’s operations as a grant-making foundation. Otto Bremer Trust supported the Junior Achievement Company Program for the third year in a row in 2016 with a $1 million grant. Among other activities, Daniel Reardon enjoys playing golf.

The Master’s tournament is one of golf’s Grand Slam events on the PGA tour, and it takes place at one of the premier golf courses in the world, Augusta National. The course was built during the Great Depression, when many of the nation’s golf courses were going bankrupt. 

The Augusta National Golf Club was the result of the vision of golfing legend Robert T. ("Bobby") Jones Jr. and his friend Clifford Roberts. They wanted to create a private club with an annual tournament to celebrate the great golfers of the time. 

Jones had retired from competitive golf at the age of 28 after winning the Grand Slam in 1930, and by 1931, he and Clifford had selected the Fruitland Nurseries in Augusta as the site for what would become a national treasure. 

Augusta National hosted the first Master’s tournament in 1934, and despite being the fan favorite, Jones finished the tournament tied for 13th place.

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