This year’s Mayor’s Masters Reception has been cancelled.
Organizers of the 16-year-old event were unable to secure a commitment from a potential honoree and have run out of time to plan a substitute event at Augusta Common, event Chairman Wayne Hawkins said.
Founded by Mayor Bob Young, the Mayor’s Reception was intended to give the public a way to mingle with professional golfers during Masters Week.
It was cancelled two years ago when organizers couldn’t get an honoree. Last year it honored Carl Jackson, an Augusta native and longtime caddie for two-time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw.
Last year’s musical guest, country-rap artist and former pro golfer Colt Ford, wasn’t sufficiently promoted and the annual fundraiser barely broke even, Hawkins said.
This year, planners looked to PGA players, golf media personalities, the LPGA and beyond but found no one to spotlight and present the annual “Tee to the City.”
Previous honorees have included former Masters winners Crenshaw, Billy Casper, Tom Watson, Craig Stadler, Larry Mize and Fuzzy Zoeller.
Mayor Hardie Davis, who clashed with Hawkins over the event’s planning last year but has since left it in Hawkins’ hands, didn’t return a request for comment.