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The Black Caddies of Augusta National

Story by Farrell Evans  | Published on 4/12/2019


Playing with Eisenhower that day in 1961 on the club’s par-3 course were New York stockbroker Clifford Roberts—who had, with legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones, cofounded the club, in 1933, and the Masters Tournament, in 1934—and Jack Stephens, an Arkansas financier. Stephens’s caddie was an African American teenager named Carl Jackson, a lanky 13-year-old who, that fall, had quit the 9th grade after a single day, devoting himself to caddying at the club full-time to help his single mother support his seven siblings. Two years earlier, Carl had followed his oldest brother, Austin, to Augusta Country Club, the older though less exalted course next door, where dozens of African American young men shagged practice balls for 75 cents per day. When he graduated to caddying his first 18-hole loop at Augusta Country Club, Carl, hungry and tired, took his $3 pay to a neighborhood store, bought a thick slice of bologna and a honey bun, and brought the rest of the money home to his mother. Click here to read more