Our History

A committee of interested golfers from around the state formed the Georgia State Golf Association in 1916 following the first Georgia Amateur Championship. According to early records, the primary purpose of founding the Association was to conduct a state amateur championship. A 14-year-old Atlantan named Bobby Jones captured that first Georgia Amateur at Capital City Club in Atlanta. The GSGA was incorporated in 1924 and was managed solely by volunteers over the next five decades. Among its milestones, the GSGA began supporting turfgrass research in 1959, rating courses in 1961, added the Junior Championship in 1966 and began administering the handicap system in 1972 before adding its first full-time staff director in 1973. The following decades saw extensive growth in members, volunteers, staff and services as the GSGA expanded its competitions program to include 18 statewide events and four interstate matches, computerized the handicap system, formalized the course rating program, established a charitable foundation, started publishing Golf Georgia magazine and began managing the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

 

 

Georgia Junior Golf: Summer Series Underway

Georgia Women’s & Senior Women’s Match Play Begins May 31!

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David Denham of Athens Wins #GSGAMidAm at Cartersville CC!

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Eight players advance to Sectional Qualifying! #RoadToErinHills

Relive the first GSGA/USGA #Play9Golf outing in Georgia

Pairings Posted for 2017 Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship

It’s #ThankASuper Week!

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Eight players advance to Sectional Qualifying! #RoadToErinHills

Youth on Course -  Play Golf For Just $5 -  Join Today!

New Member Benefit: “GSGA Getaways - Experience More For Less!”

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Golf Georgia: May/June Digital Edition Now Online!

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Jeff Belk, Robert Sheats Win Georgia Four-Ball Championship

GSGA Getaways - Experience More For Less!

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2017 Unique Feats & Double Eagles

GSGA Member               Location of Feat Description
Jim Cauthen Summit Chase Country Club 427 yard double-eagle
Steve Long Raintree Golf Club 471 yard double-eagle
Ted Sawyer Reunion Country Club 369 yard double-eagle
Joel Willis Brunswick Country Club              436 yard double-eagle
Chet Austin Pinetree Country Club Shot 87 at age 89
Stanley Butler Milton Country Club Shot 79 at age 80
Bernard Dailey The Fields Golf Club Shot his age (67)
Dave Linde Stone Creek Golf Club Shot his age (78)
Steve Long Raintree Golf Club Shot 61 at age 66
Al Lupatin Polo Golf & Country Club Shot 79 at age 80
John Mendoza The Providence Club Shot 71 at age 78
Al Perry Waterford Golf Club Shot hia age (78)

2017 GSGA Hole-in-One Club

 

GSGA Member Location of Ace Hole Yardage
Steven Baugh Polo Golf & Country Club 5th 154
Therea Borczon Jekyll Island Golf Club 17th 134
Richard Boyle The Georgia Club 12th 158
Bill Bullard Doublegate Country Club 2nd 176
Barry Coleman Hawk's Point Golf Club 18th 150
R.C. Coleman Southern Hills Golf Club 5th 170
Wayne Colston Chattahoochee Golf Course 12th 140
John Davies Creekside Golf & Country Club 8th 105
Ray Desana Creekside Golf & Country Club 10th 124
Erin Dorsey Mossy Creek Golf Club 2nd 130
Kenneth Eads Butternut Creek Golf Club 17th 120
Bob Ferris Brookfield Country Club 8th 170
Becky Franklin Laurel Island Links 8th 120
Mark Franklin Milton Country Club 12th 139
Norm Gage Summit Chase Country Club 11th 136
Joe Gay Maple Ridge Golf Club 13th 105
Doug Griffith Deer Trail Country Club 4th 160
Jean Harrell Ocean Forest Golf Club 1st 97
Rodger Hassler Woodland Hills Golf Club 8th 101
Jim Haygood West Pines Golf Club 3rd 160
Kathryn Heriford Cateechee Golf Club 13th 89
Anita Herndon Pine Forest Country Club 11th 100
Kathy Hoerler Smoke Rise Country Club 14th 116
Thomas Howe Gordon Lakes Golf Club 6th 136
Charles Ikerd Augusta Municipal Golf Club 10th 128
David Johnson Polo Golf & Country Club 7th 136
Steve Kerrigan Ocean Forest Golf Club 17th 140
Jinu Kim Traditons of Braselton 14th 125
Sang Kim Olde Atlanta Golf Club 3rd 181
Peter Koch The Landings Club-Plantation 17th 140
Tom Kollman The Landings Club-Palmetto 12th 141
Bert Larsson The Landings Club-Plantation 3rd 115
Linda Madden Cateechee Golf Club 16th 100
Paul Mangieri Waynesboro Country Club 11th 175
Sam Martin Summit Chase Country Club 11th 148
Victor Miltiades Marietta Country Club 5th 189
Bob Newsome Doublegate Country Club 11th 170
Michael O'Donnell Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek 17th 150
George Otwell Kingwood Golf Club & Resort 11th 131
Dana Peissig Crystal Falls Golf Club 17th 175
Jim Penham Milton Country Club 17th 137
Charles Purkey Bartram Trail Golf Club 3rd 148
Brady Rackley IV Waterfall Club 17th 125
Brady Rackley, Jr. Harbor Club 6th 135
Bill Ross Crooked Creek Club 6th 157
John Stenhouse Olde Atlanta Golf Club 13th 165
Mike Taxter Savannah Quarters Country Club 4th 157
JoAnn Timm Sun City Peachtree 11th 113
Ken Urban Planterra Ridge Golf Club 3rd 129
Joe Waller Flat Creek Country Club 3rd 132
Mike Wetherbee Doublegate Country Club 2nd 162
Mike Wilson The Landings Club-Plantation 12th 131
Jamie Wood The Georgia Club 2nd 124

Pairings Posted for Georgia Four-Ball Championship

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Winners crowned at Senior & Super Senior Match Play

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Form Your Own Club

If you are part of a group of golfers who enjoy playing together, you can start your own club and take advantage of valuable GSGA benefits.

4 Easy Steps!

STEP 1 - Fill Out the Form Below - Get the process started by providing us 
with your club information. Fill out the application below!

STEP 2 – Get Handicap Certified - A representative of your club must complete the 
handicap certification process as established by the USGA. Click here to begin!
Authorized Golf Association = Georgia | Club Status = Member Club of Golf Association

STEP 3 – Complete Compliance Checklist - To be an official GSGA club, you must 
comply with the checklist below which includes having at least 10 golfers. 

STEP 4  Bylaws - You may choose to accept the sample GSGA set of bylaws or you 
can create your own. See sample bylaws below.   

Responsibilites of a GSGA Member Club
A GSGA golf club must agree to abide by all policies and procedures of the USGA Handicap System, including the club compliance checklist.





Still have questions?
678-324-5973 or membership@gsga.org

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Branton, Stewart Win Four-Ball Tournament

British Amateur Champion, Scott Gregory, wins 2017 Georgia Cup

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Register Now for the Georgia Amateur Championship!

Women’s Competitions Open for Registration!

Junior Golf Week Heads to Statesboro in June!

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Registration Open for Georgia Junior Golf Summer Tournaments!

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Why Should You Play Golf?

Highlights from the 2017 GSGA/GPGA Rules of Golf Workshop

Charles Harrison on his match with The King & The Hawk

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#GolfRules2019: Modernizing Golf’s Rules

Golf Georgia: March/April Digital Edition Available Online!

Birdies for Charity - Donate today!

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Laura Coble inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame!

Youth on Course -  Play Golf For Just $5 -  Join Today!

COMING TO A COURSE NEAR YOU 

MAY 30, 2017

Come support the launch of the GSGA Youth on Course Program on Tuesday, May 30, at Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta. Click the button below to register your team of three to be paired with a Youth on Course Junior or donate rounds of golf.

             
          

 

  • A $20 GSGA / Youth on Course membership allows juniors age 6-18 an incredible opportunity to play affordable golf. Members can play for just $5 per round at participating courses.
  • Already a member of Georgia Junior Golf? Great news - you are automatically enrolled in the program! Bring your Youth on Course membership card to any participating facility and play golf for just $5.

Step 1 - Sign up for $5 golf:
Sign up below by filling out the form.

*If you experience problems, please visit the Youth on Course website to sign up.

 

 

 

Step 2 - Get out and play!
Once you have joined the Program, you will receive your official GSGA / Youth on Course membership card in the mail.
Simply show membership card at participating GSGA clubs and play golf for just $5!

 

With your GSGA/YOC membership card you are also eligible to play at all of these participating YOC courses across the United States!

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Get Social with the GSGA!

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2017 Member Play Day Entries Now Open!

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Georgia Junior Golf hosts annual College Day

Friendly Super Bowl wager between GSGA and MGA! #MGAvsGSGA

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Entries Now Open for First Four GSGA Competitions

Highlights: Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Welcomes Class of 2017

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David Burke Elected President at GSGA Annual Meeting

David Burke Elected President at Annual Meeting


MARIETTA, Ga. - David Burke of Canton was elected president of the Georgia State Golf Association for a two-year term, highlighting the Association's 2017 Annual Meeting at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta on Saturday, January 21.

A 1988 graduate of Georgia Southern University, Burke has enjoyed a 28-year career in the Insurance and Employee Benefits field and is currently the Regional Sales Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. 

Burke is a member of Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw and has served the GSGA as a Rules Official and has sat on various committees, including chairman of the Junior Golf Committee. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2013. Burke and his wife, Kelly, reside in Canton and have two grown children, Adam (25) and Katie (23). 

Belinda Marsh of Johns Creek, a member of Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, was elected to begin a two-year term as president-elect. She will serve in this capacity and then become president upon the conclusion of Burke's service.

Kris Mikkelsen of Atlanta, a member of Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, was elected to serve a one-year term as GSGA's secretary-treasurer.  

Other Executive Committee members who will continue in their current terms in 2017 are Laura Coble of Augusta (Augusta Country Club), Hal Hayes of Savannah (The Landings Club), Jim Ingram of Marietta (RiverPines Golf) and Chuck Kennedy of Atlanta (Peachtree Golf Club). Bill Blalock of Atlanta (Capital City Club) is the President of the GSGA Foundation until June 30, 2018, and will serve on the Executive Committee until that time.

Dave Ballard of Woodstock (Indian Hills Country Club), whose term as GSGA president concluded at the 2017 Annual Meeting, remains an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee as immediate past president while Burke serves as president. 

Jimmy Singer of Atlanta (Indian Hills Country Club) was reappointed as the GSGA's general counsel.

GSGA welcomed three new members to the Executive Committee: Charlie Anderson of Johns Creek (Atlanta Athletic Club), Ralph Stokes of Atlanta (Atlanta Country Club) and Dave Turner of Canton (Woodmont Golf & Country Club). 

The management of the Georgia State Golf Association is vested in its Board of Directors. The Board meets annually to review the activity of the Association, transact any business and elect a new slate of officers and directors. The GSGA Executive Committee, which includes the Officers, meets quarterly to manage the business affairs of the Association between annual meetings.

Colin Bowles Wins 2016 Tommy Barnes Award

Colin Bowles Receives GSGA Tommy Barnes Award

 

MARIETTA, Ga. - In a year that included many dominating performances, Colin Bowles of Albany, winner of the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship, was selected as the Tommy Barnes Award winner, signifying the Georgia State Golf Association's overall player of the year for 2016. Bowles was honored at the GSGA's Player of the Year Luncheon, held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta on January 21, 2017.

The Bowles victory made him the youngest ever to win the Georgia Amateur Championship since the very first winner 100 years ago, and that was a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Jones.

The award's namesake, Tommy Barnes of Atlanta, was one of Georgia's legendary amateur golfers. Among his many accomplishments, Barnes captured the 1941 Georgia Amateur Championship, won the 1947 and '49 Southern Amateur titles, qualified for 16 consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships and played in the 1950 Masters Tournament. In 1989, at age 73, Barnes shot 62 to break Bobby Jones' 67-year-old record at his home course, East Lake Golf Club. He also had a long history of service to the GSGA and other golf associations, and was a member of numerous Halls of Fame. Barnes passed away in 2007 at age 91.

In honor of this special gentleman, the GSGA established the Tommy Barnes Award in 1983-84 to recognize its Men's Player of the Year. Beginning in 1998, the Tommy Barnes Award was given to the annual overall player of the year.

Six other golfers received GSGA Player of the Year distinction and were honored during the luncheon. Players of the Year are annually awarded in seven categories: Men, Women, Junior, Girls', Senior Men, Super Senior Men and Senior Women.

Men's Player of the Year: Chris Waters, Atlanta
Chris Waters of Atlanta had an impressive season on the GSGA circuit, earning him his first GSGA Men's Player of the Year award. His year was highlighted with a win at the 28th playing of the annual Georgia Public Links Championship at Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth. The win was his second in three years at the event. Waters advanced to the round of 16 at the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship at Capital City Club-Brookhaven, and tied for fifth at the Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at Augusta Country Club. He made it to the semifinals of the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, and partnered with Billy Mitchell of Roswell to earn a runner-up finish at the Georgia Four-Ball Championship at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville.

Women's Player of the Year: Janet Mao, Johns Creek
Janet Mao of Johns Creek earned her first GSGA Women's Player of the Year honor after many top finishes in 2016. Mao was runner-up in the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship (conducted by the Georgia Women's Golf Association), and tied for runner-up honors at the Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee. The Northwestern University golfer also advanced to the round of 64 at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Junior Player of the Year: Colin Bowles, Albany
Colin Bowles of Albany had a special year in 2016 with his victory at the Centennial Georgia Amateur Championship. Celebrating its Centennial, the state championship changed formats to match play in honor of its first champion - 14-year-old Bobby Jones - 100 years ago in 1916. The event was held at Capital City Club in Atlanta, host site of the inaugural championship, where the 16-year-old Bowles became the youngest winner since. Bowles won five matches in three days.

Girls' Player of the Year: Louise Yu, Duluth
Louise Yu of Duluth turned in a terrific 2016 campaign highlighted with a win at the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton. Yu tied for fifth at the Georgia Women's Amateur Championship (conducted by the GWGA) and also placed fifth at the Georgia Top 60 Women's Classic at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee. She finished fourth at the Georgia PGA Junior Championship.

Senior Men's of the Year: Doug Hanzel of Savannah
Doug Hanzel of Savannah had another dominant year in 2016, earning his fifth-straight GSGA Senior Men's Player of the Year award. Hanzel partnered with Jack Hall of Savannah to repeat as champions at the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton. He finished third at the Georgia Senior Championship played at The Legends at Chateau Elan in Braselton. On the national scene, Hanzel advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Senior Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Super Senior Men's Player of the Year: Bill Leonard, Kennesaw
Bill Leonard of Kennesaw put together a successful season with multiple titles to his name, giving him the GSGA Super Senior Men's Player of the Year honor. Leonard won the Georgia Super Senior Championship at Heron Bay Golf Club in Locust Grove and also the Georgia Super Senior Four-Ball Championship (with partner Don Marsh of Johns Creek) at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. He advanced to the round of 16 at the Georgia Senior Match Play Championship at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell. In USGA competition, Leonard qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Senior Women's Player of the Year: Laura Coble, Augusta
Laura Coble of Augusta continued her storied amateur golf career in 2016 by winning her third-straight GSGA Senior Women's Championship at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry. On the national circuit, the Georgia Golf Hall of Famer advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. This is her first GSGA Senior Women's Player of the Year award, but has been named the GSGA Women's Player of the Year a record 14 times.

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January/February Issue of Golf Georgia Available Online!

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2017 GSGA Competitions Schedule

Monday Mulligans: 2017 Competitions Schedule Released

GSGA Adaptive Golf Outing for Veterans at Horseshoe Bend CC

Seven Georgians land on 2016 All-Amateur team

Happy Thanksgiving from the GSGA!

Tickets Now On Sale for 2017 GGHOF Induction Banquet!

Hall, Hanzel Defend Title at Senior Four-Ball Championship

Matt Vanderpool Named New Executive Director!

Illinois Men, Duke Women Win East Lake Cup!

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Cartersville Country Club Wins Georgia Team Championship

2016 East Lake Cup Preview

Team GSGA Falls Short To Georgia PGA At Billy Peters Cup

Stan Gann Jr. Wins Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship

Relive the Verizon GSGA Junior Skills Challenge at East Lake GC

#TeamGeorgia Competes at USGA Men’s State Team Championship!

Carlson, Yun Win Georgia Women’s Team Championship

Chris Waters Wins Georgia Public Links Championship

Matt Williams Stepping Down as GSGA Executive Director

Four Qualify for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Renewing Yates Scholars - Class of 2019


Tristan Bowen
Arnold Blum Endowed Scholar;
Toccoa Falls College;
Idle Hour Club 

Elizabeth Buttram
G. Gunby Jordan II Endowed Scholar;
ABAC;
Green Island Country Club 

     Delaney Frank     

Univ. of West Georgia;
Braelinn Golf Club

 

Zachary Hodge
 
Ga. College & State Univ.;
Country Club of Roswell
 

Preston Kell

University of North Georgia;
The Chimneys Golf Course 
 
Mahtab Khanezarrin

Georgia State University;
Cherokee T&CC 

Alex Kicklighter

University of Georgia;
Dublin Country Club


Forrest Lybarger

Georgia State University;
Country Club of the South


Amelia Pittman
Tom Cousins Endowed Scholar;
Georgia Southern Univ.;
Dunwoody Country Club 

Chanley Reeves

Don W. Sands Endowed Scholar;
Georgia Southern Univ.;
Atlanta Athletic Club

Jackson Renner

University of Georgia;
Chapel Hills Golf Club


Hunter Roberson

Stuart Blandford Named Scholar;
Georgia Southern Univ.;
Idle Hour Club

Marion Roberts

Georgia Southern Univ.;
Idle Hour Club


Alex Solorzano

Bili Marcus Named Scholar;
University of Georgia;
Atlanta Country Club 

Nicki Sperry

Univ. of North Georgia;
Horseshoe Bend CC/

GC of Georgia

Miranda Stinson
Roger Cordes Named Scholar;
Georgia State University;

Cherokee T&CC

Molly Vinson
Young Harris College;
Kingwood Country Club


Jack Wise

University of Georgia;
Glen Arven Country Club 
 

Verizon GSGA Junior Skills Challenge at East Lake Golf Club!

Go behind-the-scenes at the 2016 TOUR Championship

September/October Issue of Golf Georgia Available Online!

Chris Hall Wins Georgia Senior Championship!

Laura Coble Wins Georgia Senior Women’s Championship

Six Qualify for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Seven Qualify for the USGA Senior Amateur Championship

Georgia Wins Women’s Southeastern Challenge Match

Georgians Competing in the U.S. Senior Open Championship!

Matt Kuchar Captures Bronze Medal for Team USA

Seven Qualify for U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship