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Pat Shingleton: "Ike and His Trees..."

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Posted: Apr 9, 2014 5:26 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Loblolly Pine. The Masters, Augusta National. Eisenhower

In 1943, Augusta National, home of The Masters, suspended play; transformed back into a farm to help the war effort. German prisoners-of- war provided renovation work to erect the famous bridge over Rae's Creek. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, became a member of Augusta and a landmark bears his name -The Eisenhower Cabin. The other landmark was a loblolly pine, 210 yards from the tee on number 17. Ike hated the tree because his low draw compromised his second shot. Last February an ice storm toppled the 125 year old pine and it wasn't replaced. "Ike" was honored with the naming of another tree at the Dalmeny Golf Club in Scotland in 1946. An acorn from the tree was forwarded to Augusta to replant his tree.

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