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No Masters trip for county officials

April 02, 1998

If Tiger Woods wins a second straight Masters next week, three top county officials won't be there to see it.

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop and Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis said Wednesday that they won't travel to Augusta, Ga., for The Masters this year.

Last year, INVESCO, the firm that manages the county's $30 million pension fund, had arranged for the three to receive tickets to the tournament at the $100 a day face value.

Masters tickets reportedly were being scalped for as much as $8,000.

Snook said INVESCO officials didn't offer to arrange a trip this year, and that he probably wouldn't have gone had the offer been made.

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"I still feel that I didn't do anything wrong. I was aboveboard. I paid more than my fair share. Even the ethics board said that," he said.

Shoop said he wouldn't have gone this year for personal reasons. Shoop and Davis said if they could do it over, they wouldn't make the trip they did last year.

The Washington County Ethics Commission investigated the trip, and ruled that although "it was not a bright idea," it didn't violate the county's ethics ordinance.

- Steven T. Dennis

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