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Springtime in Augusta Georgia

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Spring has officially begun, Masters week is underway in Augusta Georgia.

The first “Augusta National Invitational” Tournament, as the Masters was originally known, began on March 22, 1934, and was won by Horton Smith. The present name was adopted in 1939.

Initially the Augusta National Invitational field was composed of Bobby Jones’ close associates. Jones had petitioned the USGA to hold the U.S. Open at Augusta but the USGA denied the petition, noting that the hot Georgia summers would create difficult playing conditions.[10]

Gene Sarazen hit the “shot heard ’round the world” in 1935, holing a shot from the fairway on the par 5 15th for a double eagle. This tied Sarazen with Craig Wood, and in the ensuing 36-hole playoff Sarazen was the victor by five strokes. The tournament was not played from 1943 to 1945, due to World War II. To assist the war effort, cattle and turkeys were raised on the Augusta National grounds.

In addition to a cash prize, the winner of the tournament is presented with a distinctive green jacket, formally awarded since 1949, and informally acquired by the champions for many years before that. The green sport coat is the official attire worn by members of Augusta National while on the club grounds; each Masters winner becomes an honorary member of the club. The recipient of the green jacket has it presented to him inside the Butler Cabin soon after the end of the tournament, and the presentation is then repeated outside near the 18th green in front of the spectators. Winners keep their jacket for the first year after their first victory, then return it to the club to wear whenever they visit. The tradition began in 1949, when Sam Snead won his first of three Masters titles.

The green jacket is only allowed to be removed from Augusta National by the reigning champion, after which it must remain at the club. Exceptions to this rule include Gary Player, who in his joy of winning mistakenly took his jacket home to South Africa after his 1961 victory (although he has always followed the spirit of the rule and has never worn the jacket); Seve Ballesteros who, in an interview with Peter Alliss from his home in Pedreña, showed one of his two green jackets in his trophy room; and Henry Picard, whose jacket was removed from the club before the tradition was well established, remained in his closet for a number of years, and is now on display at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, where he was the club professional for many years.

By tradition, the winner of the previous year’s Masters Tournament puts the jacket on the current winner at the end of the tournament. In 1966, Jack Nicklaus became the first player to win in consecutive years and he donned the jacket himself.[15] When Nick Faldo (in 1990) and Tiger Woods (in 2002) repeated as champions, the chairman of Augusta National put the jacket on them.

There are several awards presented to players who perform exceptional feats during the tournament. The player who has the daily lowest score receives a crystal vase, while players who score a hole-in-one or a double eagle win a large crystal bowl. For each eagle a player makes he receives a pair of crystal goblets. The winner of the par 3 competition, which is played the day before the tournament begins, wins a crystal bowl.

In addition to the green jacket, winners of the tournament receive a gold medal. They have their names engraved on the actual silver Masters trophy, introduced in 1961, which depicts the clubhouse. This trophy remains at Augusta National; since 1993 winners have received a sterling silver replica. The runner-up receives a silver medal, introduced in 1951. Beginning in 1978, a silver salver was added as an award for the runner-up.

In 1952 the Masters began presenting an award, known as the Silver Cup, to the lowest scoring amateur to make the cut. In 1954 they began presenting an amateur silver medal to the low amateur runner-up.

Enjoy this years tournament its always comes down to the back nine, check out the official Masters site for updates

thanks to wikipedia for the information in this article

Columbia County Georgia Home Report

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Columbia County Georgia Existing Home sales are off to a strong start in 2015. The Columbia County market has seen improvement over the past year but the increase in closed sales and pending sales(under Contract) in the 4th quarter of 2014 and the start of 2015 are off the charts. The inventory levels have been decreasing over the past year but we expect those levels to rise over the spring & summer. Please contact us with any questions about your home or the market in general.

Open House Augusta

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

   Summertime is here!! The Real Estate market in Augusta is improving every month. Now is a great time to start looking for your new home. is a great way to begin searching Augusta’s inventory of available homes. We make it easy to browse homes you are interested in weather you are at home or on your mobile device. Blanchard and Calhoun’s mobile search has the same  power as our desktop version. The most up to date list of homes are always at

 We also recommend visiting our weekly open houses around Augusta, Martinez, Evans, Grovetown and across the river in North Augusta SC. You can check out our open houses on our main page or visit . We put all upcoming open houses on our page by every Thursday. You can get directions, view the property online and ask our agents questions about the property or set up an appointment that fits your schedule.

 Homebuyers today have many tools to help them navigate through the home search but a walk thru your potential new home can give you the confidence you are making the right decision for you and your family.

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Video Housing Report Update

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Ugh!!, What’s Wrong with My Garage Door ?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Widespread problems involving garage door openers are now affecting the CSRA. The problem is affecting 40 million people around the country…and thousands of homeowners here in Augusta.

We have been tracking down information on this problem all day Monday and we learned that garage door openers use a frequency that is not licensed. That means…the frequency is up for grabs…

As part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s new state of the art communication system, the military has taken over the unlicensed frequencies which are mostly used by garage door remote openers, cordless phones, and even baby monitors. But, what’s deemed a help for military safety is a headache for local neighbors.

People in one typically quiet Augusta neighborhood have been clamoring over a problem that can’t be seen or heard…but it’s left a bad feeling.

“It was in the whole neighborhood. The guy up on the corner about two or three people in this block was complaining. Next door, the guy was complaining,” says homeowner William Bell.

Bell is among thousands of local residents who started having problems remotely opening their garages last Wednesday. It turns out, new frequency activity has rendered their remotes useless…shutting the door on their wireless access.

Garage door repair businesses like Overhead Door Company, in Augusta, were warned about the potential problem years ago. However, Steve Garrett says they were told WHAT could happen…but not WHEN…

“At the time that notification was sent out, we didn’t experience problems, so we thought we were fine. Since last Wednesday, we were swamped with several calls,” says Garrett.

We contacted Fort Gordon about the problem. In a statement, the command says, “Garage door openers operate on ‘unlicensed basis’ within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on radio frequencies, known as FCC Part 15 rules. Because garage door openers operate as FCC Part 15 unlicensed devices, they must accept any interference that may occur from the authorized users of radio frequencies.”

Garrett says the problem can be solved, though. “You’ve got two options: either use of an external receiver, or replacing the unit,” he says.

For neighbors, that means amplified radio signals at Fort Gordon will lead to amplified inconvenience at home.

“I got to get out the car to open the garage door when I usually mash the button and it flies up,” Bell says.

According to an FCC Public Notice, issued in 2005…”the garage door opener manufacturers will help consumers who are experiencing problems. In some cases…they will provide a replacement transmitter and receiver to operate on a different frequency.”

If you live near Fort Gordon and have been having issues with your garage door opener? Fort Gordon officials may know why.

Read the text of the release below from the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office:

“Unlicensed garage door openers near Fort Gordon may experience problems as local military radio systems transition to a new frequency range

Land mobile radios (LMR) used by the military at Fort Gordon and around the world are transitioning to use new frequencies, often the same frequency range used by some unlicensed consumer devices, such as garage door openers. This gradual transition has continued across the Defense Department since 2004; Fort Gordon began testing the system on the new frequencies last week.

Fort Gordon intended to conduct widespread public notifications on this transition; however, testing began earlier than expected.

Garage door openers operate on “unlicensed basis” within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on radio frequencies, known as FCC Part 15 rules. Because garage door openers operate as FCC Part 15 unlicensed devices, they must accept any interference that may occur from the authorized users of radio frequencies. Some manufacturers of garage door openers, deeming that their risks of interference are generally low, have chosen to operate on frequencies between 380 MHz and 399.9 MHz that have been reserved for the US government and military services since World War II. DoD and the US military are fully authorized to use these frequencies, particularly for LMR systems that are necessary for force protection, law enforcement, firefighting, transportation management, and emergency medical first responders on military bases and installations.

Consequently, some consumers located near military bases may occasionally experience radio frequency interference to their garage door openers which can temporarily reduce the operating range of the wireless controls or cause the wireless control to stop functioning. This interference will not cause the garage doors to open or close by themselves, but rather they will temporarily simply not operate wirelessly. However, the installed hard-wired controls inside or outside of the garages will not be affected whatsoever by radio frequency interference, and will continue to electrically open and close the doors normally.

According to FCC Public Notice DA 05-424 of February 15, 2005, the garage door opener manufacturers stand ready to help consumers resolve any interference to their systems, including, in some cases, making available for consumer purchase, a replacement transmitter and receiver to operate on a different frequency than that used by US government or military services and mobile radio systems.

Consumers who experience problems with the garage door openers should contact their manufacturer or local repair shops for assistance.”
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Thanks to our friends at WJBF News Channel 6′s and Dee Griffin for this story.