Thursday, May 10, 2012

Classic Masters moment you didn't see

An Ohio man who was arrested during the final round of this year's Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., for a failed attempt to steal sand from a bunker had his case dismissed on Thursday.

The hilarity was in the court proceeding, though. Clayton Price Baker, a native of Ohio, was the culprit in the case. According to published reports, the 40-year-old slipped under ropes after the end of the tournament and attempted to fill his cup with sand from a bunker.

Security and sheriff's deputies chased Baker, apprehended him and charged him with disorderly conduct.

Richmond County sheriff's Captain Scott Gay said Baker was drinking heavily at the time of the incident. His attorney, Roger Claridge said the incident has caused Baker money and embarrassment. He lost his Masters badges (i.e. tickets) and the meter was running on his private jet he booked to fly home while he sat in jail.

"Let me make sure I understand this, he rode a jet to Augusta to collect dirt?," asked Judge Willaim D. Jennings III.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, Claridge said Baker came to see the Masters.

"So he came here to collect special dirt?," Jennings said. "Had he been successful in his attempt, what, pray tell, would he have done with it?"

Claridge said Baker collects dirt from ballparks and other sports venues he attends as a hobby. Jennings eventually dropped the charge, saying what Baker's endured already is punishment enough.

"You tell him I said, 'Dictum sapienti sat est," the judge said, using a Latin phrase that translates, "a word to the wise is enough."

"Tell him I also said good luck with his dirt," Jennings said.


- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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