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Published on April 17, 2024
Ex-Augusta National Employee Charged with Swiping Millions in Masters Memorabilia, Chicago Federal Court Tees Up CaseSource: Google Street View

Former Augusta National Golf Club employee Robert Globensky has been charged with a serious slice into the sports memorabilia world. According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Chicago and reported by the Chicago Tribune, Globensky, 39, is accused of stealing millions of dollars' worth of Masters Tournament memorabilia. Allegedly transporting these items from Georgia to Florida for over a decade, the man finds himself in the rough facing federal charges.

The charges claim that during the years spanning 2009 to 2022, with the stolen goods accruing in value, Globensky moved the valuable merchandise knowing full well they had been unlawfully obtained, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. His Atlanta-based defense attorney, Thomas Church, when we last checked, still hadn't made any public statements on the matter.

Much like the elusive holes-in-one, the specifics of the Chicago connection in this case remain unknown. What is known, however, is that this news surfaced just after the 88th annual Masters Tournament, where golfer Scottie Scheffler donned his second green jacket. The charge sheet came to light without revealing the exact nature of the memorabilia involved or Globensky's precise role at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Renowned for its exclusivity and stringent rules, Augusta National has fallen victim to theft before, as found in court records. Such acts are especially scandalous considering the club's protective nature over its official memorabilia, most notably the iconic green jackets – symbols of golfing glory that even caught the attention of the Atlanta auction scene when they suspiciously appeared outside their hallowed halls, brought there by hands that didn't swing the winning putts.

Historical mementos that are part of the heritage of the sport find themselves at the center of this controversy. It's a narrative that echoes past incidents where the club had to take legal swings to protect its storied regalia. Whether Globensky's story is one of history repeating itself remains to be seen in the courts, as the case unfolds over the alleged 13-year run of a memorabilia mole within one of the most hallowed grounds in golf.