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4/1/11 - Golf Great Ray Floyd Statue Relocates to Augusta Regional Airport
Diane Johnston, Director of Marketing, Augusta Regional Airport
Press Release Augusta Regional Airport
The bronze statue of golf great Raymond Floyd, originally housed at the Golf Hall of Fame, was relocated to the Augusta Regional Airport today, April 1, on loan from the Augusta Museum of History. The statue, along with five other statues of golf legends, had been locked away in storage for years after state funds dried up for the Golf Hall of Fame. The Augusta Museum of History staff and Board worked diligently and ultimately gained possession of the six statues last year and has had them on display at the Museum since.
The Augusta Regional Airport Aviation Commission and Augusta Museum of History Board collaborated to place the statue on display at the airport in time for the influx of Golf enthusiasts expected to transition through the airport next week. The statue is located in the secure side of the airport and will be the first taste of Augusta golf history visitors will encounter.
"The airport is an important gateway to the community and we are happy to provide a glimpse of the golf history visitors to the area will enjoy by providing a home for the statue," said Gary LeTellier, Executive Director, Augusta Regional Airport. "We expect 12,000 to 15,000 passengers will see him as they transition through the airport this week alone, with almost 300,000 passengers able to view him throughout the year."
"We are excited to have the statue on display at the airport," said Nancy Glaser, Executive Director, Augusta Museum of History. "We believe this will be a tremendous opportunity to display a part of our golf legends collection to area visitors. We hope many of those visitors will stop by the museum to see the statues of Jack Nicholas, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones."