The Masters’ Timeless Art Of Scorekeeping
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | No detail seems
Consider, for example, how long
to be too small for the folks at Augusta
National. Even when it involves the
simple matter of keeping score.
they have employed leaderboards at
The Masters. Rather than having just
one by the 18th hole, as was custom-
ary in golf at the time, tournament
co-founders Clifford Roberts and
Bobby Jones stationed leaderboards
throughout the property, so spectators
could keep better track of the action.
Today, there are 11 leaderboards
strategically positioned around the
Augusta National course. Manually
operated by volunteers, they list the
top 10 players at any given time as
well as their scores relative to par.
The boards also feature a scoring
standard, which relates the names
and scores of the players currently
playing the hole on which the boards
are located, and have places for
weather warnings and other emer-
gency messages. And the information
they provide is augmented by the main
Masters scoreboard to the right of the
first fairway, which lists tournament
players and their scores for each hole.
Augusta National was the first to have
leaderboards stationed throughout the
property, like the one seen here (right)
during a 1950s Masters.