Dancing to the music at the Mayor's Masters Reception Sunday, April 2, 2023 at the Augusta Common. Mike Adams/Augusta Good News
Dancing to the music at the Mayor's Masters Reception Sunday, April 2, 2023 at the Augusta Common. Mike Adams/Augusta Good News

Mayor’s Masters Reception to honor female caddie and NFL cornerback

The 2024 Mayor’s Master Reception will be Saturday April 6.

It moves from the Sunday prior to the practice rounds to the Saturday, according to a news release from Mayor Garnett Johnson’s office.

“Moving the event to Saturday provides us the ability to have a relaxed, family-friendly event that won’t interfere with the tournament,” said Johnson in the news release. “It’s also an excellent way to kick off tournament week with our community.”

Presented by Parker’s Kitchen, the event serves as a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting Masters City Little League. It will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Augusta Common.

This year, the event will honor legendary caddie Fanny Sunesson, the first female caddie to win a men’s major golf championship, and Jaylen Watson, a Lucy Craft Laney High School graduate who plays cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs and is a two-time Super Bowl winner. Various high school state championship teams from across the region will also be recognized, and Johnson will also present the 2024 Distinguished Service Award, the news release said.

The 2024 Mayor’s Masters Reception will once again include regional leadership.

“This year’s event will continue to be a local leadership effort,” Johnson said. “The impact of the tournament is felt across the region, and the Mayor’s Masters Reception should reflect that.”

City of Aiken Mayor Teddy Milner, North Augusta Mayor Briton Williams and Columbia County Chairman Doug Duncan will be at this year’s event.

The 2024 Mayor’s Masters Reception will feature DJ Brandi Renae and live music by Tara and the Snacks and King Size. Dee Griffin will serve as this year’s emcee. There will be a variety of food trucks as well as bounce houses and yard games for children. The event will conclude with fireworks.

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