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Arrest at Masters: Drunk Patron Sneaks on Sand Trap


A Pennsylvania man attending practice rounds for the Masters Tournament in Augusta was arrested Monday after sneaking onto the sand traps, marking the only arrest this week so far, authorities said.

David Fitzgerald Key, 47, was charged with disorderly conduct for being intoxicated in public, said Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay.

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“He decided to try to get in one of the sand traps on the course and he was intoxicated,” Capt. Gay said. “He got in the sand trap and we arrested him for being drunk and disorderly shortly afterward.”

The patron went into a restricted area and had to go under a rope line to get to it, the captain said.

The man had a license registered in Tennessee, but he is from Pennsylvania. He was arrested and booked into the Richmond County Jail before being released.

Key has been the only arrest associated with the tournament. There were reports of a few scalpers inching their way toward the course, but officers were trying to be courteous and explain state law to them.

Augusta National officials were confiscating some tickets administratively after finding that some were exchanging tickets within the restricted areas, Capt. Gay said.

“They are trying to sell tickets in the parking lot. So we interrupt them before they sell the tickets,” he said. “Traditionally, we have always tried to be courteous on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon It gets worse. … If a violation is there and we felt like they have been warned previously, we will act accordingly.”

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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