Coveted Golf Masters Green Jackets Secretly Tailored in Ohio

The Masters Golf Tournament is often thought of as strictly a Georgia tradition. Held in the holy land of golf, Augusta, GA. Held specifically at the immaculate Mt. Olympias of golf—the Augusta National Golf Club. Furthermore, the tournament and the course were founded by Geogrian legend Bobby Jones.

Despite the pile of Georgia peaches, the iconic garment of the whole horse and buggy is 100% Ohio—the Green Jacket—the armor, the sash, the crown awarded to the winner of the Masters golf meet. 52 champion golfers have been awarded the prestigious Green Jacket as trophy for winning the tournament. And all 52 jackets have, in secret, been exclusively created by Cincinnati’s Hamilton Tailoring.

The ubiquitous jacket has rules attached to it not unlike the leather vests worn by outlaw bikers known as 1%ers—the 300 some club members were the Green Jacket for club functions and they are essentially never seen off Augusta Club grounds because they aren’t allowed off grounds. In fact, the honor to wear the forest green adornment off grounds is granted to only the Master’s Champion and the privilege is only for one year of public appearances. Then like the other 300 some jackets it must be returned and never leave club grounds. Whether this sounds more like the Skull and Bones Society or the Hell’s Angels, you decide.

The tradition of the Green Jacket is steadfastly guarded by the golf gurus, so much so that Hamilton Tailoring have chosen to be “off the gird”—they don’t even operate a website and they won’t tell you a thing about them.

A few facts, however, are known. The jackets are made exclusively in the Hamilton Tailoring grounds in Avondale, on Cincinnati’s northeast side. Each jacket takes about a month to make and whispers say they cost about $250 dollars. The materials, supposedly, include 2.5 yards of tropical-weighted wool in Pantone 342 (Rye Green). Each jacket includes 3 brass buttons with the Augusta National logo and each includes the official Masters patch. Each jacket includes a name label, stitched on the inside, to indicate the owner.

Don’t put on your tinfoil hat quite yet, but these exclusive jackets are all Ohio and part of an elite group of athletes and their history.

Opal Ashcraft’s “Pal Book”

An Ohio Spring means so many things to so many different people, but one thing that means a lot to Ohioans whether veteran bird watchers or casual nature lovers is the returning of the sights and sounds of our bird populations. Across our great state a multitudinous variety of birds will be found celebrating, nesting and hatching as the warm weather graces our state. Others, however, just make a pit stop in there spring journey north.

“Ohio Memory” has in its archives a one of a kind item that chronicles one years’ worth of bird watching, it is known as “Pal Book” and was kept by Opal Ashcraft who lived in Mercer County. She kept the birding memoir for her birding pal, Arlene Keunkel in Knox County (hence the title “Pal Book”). The “Pal Book” dates from December to December 1949-50. It appears as black three-ring binder, but inside reveals itself to be a treasure box of love—love of birds and friendship. The pages contain not only journal entries, but color pencil drawings, photographic snap shots, news paper and various clippings, pressed flowers and even bird feathers.

Opal collects all of this to chronicle the birds she hears and sees in Fort Recovery, her rural home, in addition to what she observers in her travels to the surrounding communities.

Opal’s reporting on April rub-crowned kinglets, nuthatches, juncos, blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, herons, meadowlarks, field sparrows, and flickers—to name a few. Opal also writes often of a friend “Pete”. He is a woodpecker who made a home of a garden post in Opal’s yards and she writes fondly of his life and loves throughout the seasons.

The “Pal Book” chronicles with the same depth of devotion and love the stories of her farm, family the community and her friends. She speaks of books she is reading and makes beautiful observations and sketches of nature in general.