Tallahassee, Florida attorney Sid Matthew is in Augusta, Georgia this weekend to be a part of the estimated 35,000 fans at the Masters Golf Tournament. He's been there for more than 20 years and if you need proof, just step inside this golf collector's kingdom.
Matthew has been practicing law for years, but for more than two decades he has put away his legal papers to step on the green at Augusta National. You don't believe he's been there? Well, take a look inside the golf sanctuary at his home to see the proof. Matthew has a huge collection of golf artifacts from the Masters.
"One thing led to another and of course the disease is never ending."
Of course, his collection goes beyond the Masters Tournament. He has pieces of golf memorabilia that are centuries old. Around this time though, his stuff from one of the country's most prestigious events stands out.
"Basically, historical artifacts remind us of the historical antecedents that lead to fascinating stories."
The fascination for Matthew started when he was just 5 years old. He always loved the game of golf and remembers following his favorite golfer of all time, Bobby Jones. When he was handed his first authentic Bobby Jones club, the collecting addiction took off.
"Golf clubs, golf balls, golf tees, bags, you name it, trophies. There's a story behind every one of them and usually there's an extraordinary person attached to it." That person for Matthew was none other than Jones. He's written eight books on the Masters co-founder.
"A hero should be 24/7. It should be what you see is what you get and Jones was an American hero."
For golf collectors, Matthew may be their hero. "The friendships I've made along the way have just been extraordinary and the greatest treasures."
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