AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Andy Duckett has two loves -- architecture and golf memorabilia -- so it's only natural for him to combine his passions.
After creating a 3,000-block Lego replica of Augusta National Golf Club's clubhouse in 2014, the Stone Mountain native has assembled another piece -- this time a 40-pound model of the official Masters Tournament leaderboard.
"I'm constantly looking for something extra to spice up my golf display, and this idea sort of came to me," Duckett said. "As an architect, I've always been interested in Lego bricks, and the availability of pieces in Atlanta is unbelievable. My scoreboard has more than 5,000 pieces."
The leaderboard reproduction is on display at Trends & Traditions Antique Mall on Washington Road, where Duckett has rented space for years. Duckett, a 1979 graduate of Georgia Tech, is an avid collector of Masters memorabilia.
According to Augusta Chronicle archives, his collection started with golf balls and bag tags from courses he visited and grew into thousands of items, many of which are displayed at Trends & Traditions.
"Late last summer, I started thinking about doing a model of the St. Andrews clubhouse, but then I saw a Golfweek magazine cover with a beautiful photograph of the Masters scoreboard," Duckett said. "It was such a striking photo that I decided to build the scoreboard because it's not a complicated shape. The complicated part was how 'Masters' was written in block letters at the top."
Duckett began constructing the massive piece -- 65 inches long, 16 inches high, 5 inches deep -- late in 2015 and brought the finished piece to Augusta in March.
"It's an incredibly solid piece," he said. "In the beginning, I had no clue it would weigh 40 pounds."
Duckett sold his Augusta National clubhouse replica -- which weighed 10 pounds -- for $1,700, and he plans to sell the leaderboard model. The architect made it clear this won't be his last Lego project.
"I'd eventually like to replicate a hole at Augusta National but it would have to be a recognizable one, probably one with water," Duckett said. "I'm thinking about doing No. 12 or 16, but I also think No. 10 would be interesting because there's such a dynamic elevation on that hole."
This article was written by Doug Stutsman from The Augusta Chronicle, Ga. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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