Posts tagged with: "Billy Payne"

QUICK TAKE: Payne Leaves Rich Legacy At Augusta National View More
Billy Payne and Condoleezza Rice at the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals. The addition of female members and the junior program are two elements of Payne's legacy. (Getty Images)

QUICK TAKE: Payne Leaves Rich Legacy At Augusta National

Billy Payne has spent a lifetime bringing grand visions and inspirations to life. Two, in particular, stand out: More than 30 years ago, Payne convinced the world to bring the Olympic Games to Atlanta. And, in his 11 years as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Payne took the famously…

NEWS: Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne To Retire; Fred Ridley Named Successor View More
Chairman Billy Payne speaks in honor of the late Arnold Palmer as Palmer's jacket lays on a chair during the ceremonial tee off to start the 2017 Masters. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

NEWS: Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne To Retire; Fred Ridley Named Successor

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters for the past 11 years, will retire from his position on Oct. 16, the club announced Wednesday. The new chairman will be Fred Ridley, who currently serves as the chairman of the tournament’s competition committee. Payne, 69, oversaw a…

QUICK TAKE: Cell Phones Not On Augusta’s Horizon

QUICK TAKE: Cell Phones Not On Augusta’s Horizon

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – The Masters is everything – and more – anyone could want from a golf tournament. Unless you are attached to your cell phone. If you’ve been to The Masters, you know. Tank tops would be more welcome at Augusta National than cell phones. If getting a Masters…

QUICK TAKE: Tribute To Arnie On Tap For Thursday

QUICK TAKE: Tribute To Arnie On Tap For Thursday

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – It will be different Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on the first tee at Augusta National because Arnold Palmer won’t be there. But he will be there in many ways. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are scheduled to hit the ceremonial opening tee shots but before that happens,…

Augusta National Responds to Speculation about Hole 13 View More
Is Augusta National really planning to change the iconic 13th hole?

Augusta National Responds to Speculation about Hole 13

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | It didn’t take long Wednesday for Augusta National chairman Billy Payne to be asked if the club intends to lengthen the iconic par-5 13th hole. There have been reports the club has paid approximately $27 million for a piece of Augusta Country Club’s land behind the 13th…

Palmer, 86, Resigns From Hitting Ceremonial Tee Shot View More
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Palmer, 86, Resigns From Hitting Ceremonial Tee Shot

Arnold Palmer intends to be on the first tee at Augusta National on Thursday of Masters week but without a driver in his hands. Palmer informed club chairman Billy Payne that he won’t join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in hitting the ceremonial tee shots to begin the tournament this…