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Patron who has attended 53 Masters Tournaments reflects on changes

Augusta National Golf Club (WFXG) -

It's hard enough for many people to attend the Masters Tournament even for one day; but for Augusta native, Greg Scurlock, that isn't the case.

He's spent more than a half of a century going to the Masters Tournament.

He remembers the first time his father dropped him off at the Augusta National Golf Club.

"It must have been 1960, I was about 12. My dad came and got me out of class, put a ticket on me,

dropped me off in front of Magnolia Lane on Washington Road and said walk in there and I did," said Scurlock.

Now 53 years have passed and Scurlock hasn't missed going to the Masters even one year.

He says out of all his trips behind the National's gates one memory stands out from the rest.

"Watching Ben Hogan at the age of 58 shoot a 30 on the back 9 for a 66 for the last round he ever played at Augusta National," Scurlock, said.

He says in those years patrons could get much closer to the players.

"Back in those days you could walk and see every shot, every put, you know it was a little different," he said.

He also says it wasn't as hard to come by Masters badges.

"Tickets were almost sold door to door in downtown Augusta; my dad bought them that way," said Scurlock.

Even though things have changed a lot through the decades, Scurlock says the changes are improvements.

He said his favorite change to the Masters Tournament is the viewing stands that are now installed across the Augusta National Golf Club.   

But one thing he's glad hasn't changed with the years is the affordable concessions.

"You can get a drink and a bag of chips for $5, it's just unheard of," Scurlock, said.

He says his many years at the Masters Tournament have given him great memories and he's sure there are even more to come.

"That's the thing about the Masters; it gets a little better every year I think," he said.

Scurlock tells Fox54 in recent years he's given his two badges to his children for most of Masters Week. But he says he plans to attend the Masters this year on Sunday.

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