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September 19, 1991

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ The Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters Tournament, has rehired one of two employees fired earlier this year for their roles in the sale of a gun used by the club’s former chairman to commit suicide.

Charles Young, the club’s chief of security from 1974 until his dismissal, confirmed Wednesday that he was reinstated to his former job more than a month ago.

Frank Christian, who served as a club photographer for more than 23 years before being fired along with Young, has not worked for the club since February, according to his brother, Paul Christian.

Jim Armstrong, Augusta National general manager, said the club ″would have no comment″ on the matter.

Augusta National chairman Jack Stephens of Little Rock, Ark., could not be reached for comment.

It was through Young and Christian that Clifford Roberts’ suicide gun left the Augusta National grounds and eventually turned up in a 1990 auction catalog. The weapon was pulled from the catalog after much national publicity. Christian and Young were fired when club officials traced the sale of the gun to them.

Roberts was chairman of the club from 1932 until he committed suicide on club grounds in 1977.

Since Young and Christian were fired, the club’s chairmanship has changed hands. Stephens, an Augusta National member who has served on the club’s executive committee since 1975, replaced Hord Hardin, who retired in May.

Young said ″it crossed my mind″ at the time Hardin stepped down that the new chairman might ask him to return.

Young said his pension and other benefits have been restored. He said the club contacted him about six or eight weeks ago.

″Everything is back just like I had,″ Young said. ″Mr. Stephens was very gracious.″

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