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Clifford Roberts (March 6, 1894September 29, 1977) was an American golf administrator. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (66th in leap years). ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Born in Morning Sun, Iowa, he served as Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 1931 through 1976 and was named "Chairman in Memoriam" after his death. He also served as Chairman of the Masters Tournament from 1934 through 1976. Morning Sun is a city located in Louisa County, Iowa. ... Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, is one of the most famous and exclusive golf clubs in the world. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ...


An astute investment banker, Roberts made his mark on Wall Street as a partner with Reynolds & Company. The New York financier, along with golf legend Bobby Jones, formed a partnership with noted golf course designer Alister MacKenzie to plan the Augusta National Golf Club and to establish The Masters golf tournament. In the early years, he and Jones personally extended invitations to the tournament. Moreover, his friendship with America's 34th president led Dwight Eisenhower to make Augusta National his retreat during the 1950s. Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... NY redirects here. ... Bobby Jones won the first Grand Slam of golf in 1930. ... Perhaps the greatest golf course designer of all time. ... Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, is one of the most famous and exclusive golf clubs in the world. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ...


Roberts was sometimes described as a 'benevolent dictator' and had a poor track record concerning race relations. It wasn't until 1975, that Lee Elder became the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament (although he wasn't the first non-white golfer to compete, for example Sukree Onsham of Thailand played in 1970 and 1971). During his tenure, there were no black members of Augusta National, and in 1977, he was quoted as saying "As long as I'm alive, golfers will be white, and caddies will be black". 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Lee Elder (born Robert Lee Elder) b. ...


Roberts committed suicide by gunshot in 1977. It has been suggested that The Pros of suicide be merged into this article or section. ...


He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978. // The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in St. ...


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@ugusta & SIonline: The Masters - Golf Plus (5019 words)
Roberts negotiated the television deals, all 21 of them while he was alive, and he wrote personal notes of criticism every year to CBS executives.
Roberts had the good sense and management skills to listen carefully to suggestions, and he understood the importance of being the first on the block with a new idea.
Clifford Roberts was cremated and his ashes are buried on the grounds of Augusta National, although the exact location is not disclosed, and all club officials involved were sworn to secrecy.
Tiger Woods - Roberts a study in contradictions (2539 words)
Roberts, who shot himself to death at Augusta National on Sept. 29, 1977 at the age of 83, was as complex as the institutions he created.
Roberts did issue Mackenzie two notes, each with a face value of $1,000, but warned the architect that trying to cash them in Augusta, where the club's financial state was well-known, would be fruitless.
Roberts left instructions that he be cremated and his ashes buried or scattered on the grounds.
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