Skip to comments.Masters patron charged in sand trap theft
Posted on 04/09/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT by rawhide
A 40-year-old Masters patron was arrested Sunday after, police said, he attempted to steal sand from the sand trap.
Richmond County sheriffs Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes following the tournament and attempted to put the sand in his cup.
After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriffs deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct.
Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at the time of the incident, was unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup
Clayton Price Baker
What’s that...”Larceny Under $1.00” ?
Is the sand somehow ‘special’?
Would that be MIGHTY uncomfortable?
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Actually the title of the story is misleading, he wasn't charged with theft at all, but disorderly conduct. This was probably a good call by the authorities as it would be hard to convict on larceny theft for picking up some sand. There was a case similar to this when I was an intern at a law office back in my college days. The gist of it was the owner of a mobile home park wanted a resident charged with theft because they filled up large a tank with water from his spigots. However because he provided the water free of charge and didn't specify a limit, the courts viewed it as having no value regardless if a customer used 1 gallon or 50,000 gallons.
I think I saw this idiot jumping up and down on camera. Wow, that’s funny. I was wondering because he wasn’t “acting” like most of the surrounding patrons seated next to him. Must be the beer courage or bourbon fame he had on board.
Why didn’t he just mount the shoes he wore all day on the hallowed ground? ;-)
Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes
Grand Theft Sand?? How many years of hard time is that??
I can’t imagine why they didn’t just ignore the fool.
Just how many GRASS THIEVES got away?!?!
You didn’t even TRY to arrest them!
That would be MY defense!
1st prisoner: Psst buddy, what are you in for?
2nd prisoner: Trying to steal a cup of sand.
This is what happens when you have rent-a-cops with nothing to do.
I lived in Augusta for a number of years. The Augusta National takes itself very very seriously, indeed.
The club and tournament logos are copyrighted and they prosecute every possible infringement.
This guy is lucky he didn't get any sand and that he only got disorderly conduct. If he'd got the sand and, say, tried to sell it on eBay or something he'd probably be in real trouble.
I never actually set foot on the course nor ever attended even the practice rounds. My late in-laws lacked the foresight to get on the ticket list back in the day when it was possible to do so and I kept putting off going to the practice rounds till you couldn't easily do that, either.
Now I live far away and don't miss it a bit, though I'd love to see the course (it was built on the site of a plant nursery). I came to loathe the tournament because it totally disrupts life; smart locals take the week off and go somewhere else.
Been terrible if this was a small child! The kid would be locked away until he was 18.
Tradition has it this is the holy sand trap from which the prophet Mohammed pole vaulted into heaven.
Or was that broad-jumped?
Hmm...I get a little confused insofar as the specific details are concerned...
Patrons don't just walk onto the grounds, whether having a ticket or buying one at the gate. It's strictly controlled. A limited number of tickets are made available through a random drawing. However, most have been made available in the past through waiting lists, which have been closed for some time.
For a short example on how things are run, here's an example. Scroll down to the "Prohibited Items List" for an idea. They don't fool around, and this guy had it coming to him.
I don’t see where acoustic guitars, bongo drums, or even bagpipes are banned. Seems you could have Burning Man there.
Ten years as someone’s wife in a state prison farm will teach this thug not to steal sand.
Hmm looks like he “had a lot of sand” to try and steal sand...
“Why don’t you people live where THE FOOD IS?”...OH-OOHHHHHH!!
Give it a try in 2013 if you’re so inclined. Let me know how it works for you...
New nickname: Sandy Burglar....
Why did golf become a sport where drinking is more important than actually watching the game?
When I was a kid, you never saw people drunk at the Master’s. It wasn’t until the 90s this started becoming an issue.
Then there is the folks who think is is cool to yell after every shot.
What is with that?
Downtown Agusta hasn`t improved much since I was at
Gordon `69 I gather
Two cousins of mine who were there this week end
said they wouldn`t want to be there after dark
Awesomely beautiful course
Always wondered how many people it takes to maintain it
That dofus looks like one of those idiots that
scream “get in the hole”
Book `em Danno
Anybody see how POWs got rid of sand in The Great Escape?
This guy Baker, if he was a bit smarter, would have fitted his pants with the reverse... a trigger in his pocket would extend a snare out his pants bottom - bell bottoms would really work well to grab all the sand he could use. All then he’d need to do is learn to whistle REALLY GOOD, and nonchalantly wander aimlessly around the sand trap, gathering his precious sand while whistling some tune...
Ha! Good one
How do do actually prove that any sand you stole was actually from Augusta? Just like people who would try to sell a piece of the Colosseum? There's no way to prove it unless Rome officials authorized sale of pieces and marked them as such. That idea is inherently ridiculous. Anybody who would buy junk like that deserves to be locked up for terminal stupidity.
Could he claim entrapment?
Why, yes. Yes it is.
For one thing, it's from my home state. Specifically, it's quartz, a byproduct of feldspar mining near Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
Click here for more information on Augusta National's dazzling white sand.