In 1945, William Morris Jr. bought a controlling interest in the oldest continuously published newspaper in the South, The Augusta Chronicle. Morris did not play golf and didn’t particularly care for it. But every year his door in the News Building on downtown’s Broad Street was darkened by a familiar figure from the Augusta National Golf Club begging for support.
Jerry Franklin was an original member at Bobby Jones’ golf club off Washington Road. He would eventually outlive all of his fellow charter members — he was the only one left to attend the plaque dedication after co-founder Clifford Roberts’ death in 1977. When the club decided for financial reasons that it needed to continue playing host to the Masters Tournament after its three-year hiatus during World War II, Franklin served as a door-to-door salesman at local businesses trying to drum up funds.
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