By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 22, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the anniversary of an elite tournament.

Small Ball, Small Holes

Golf was developed starting in the Middle Ages in Scotland.  It spread slowly, and began to gain popularity in rest of Britain, the rest of the British Empire and the US in the late 19th century.

The idea of an elite golf tournament germinated in the US and a plant and tree nursery was turned into a golf course in Augusta, Georgia – the site of the Masters.  The first Masters Golf Tournament opened on March 22, 1934, so it has its 90th anniversary.

While there were many winners, some winning multiple times, the 1960s and 1970s were dominated by three: Arnold Palmer, Glary Player and Jack Nickolaus.  The youngest player to win is Tiger Woods at age 21.

There are many traditions and rules.  The green jacket awarded to the winner is the most iconic.  Caddies can play an important role for golfers, but only since 1983 could one bring their own, as previously the caddies were assigned from the local pool to players.

Colton’s 1855 map of Georgia is presented here.

Georgia – Circa 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.