2019 Induction Ceremony

30th Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

MARIETTA, Ga. - The Georgia State Golf Association is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame:

•    William P. "Bill" Blalock, Atlanta, Ga., has given more than 40 years of volunteer service to the Georgia State Golf Association and has helped elevate golf in Georgia...

•    Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga., is one of the most accomplished players in Georgia winning on every level of amateur golf from junior golf tournaments to national championships...

•    George Kelnhofer, Norcross, Ga., was a pioneer of golf instruction on the national and international level and helped produce some of Georgia's finest champions...

•    Randy Nichols, Roswell, Ga., is a world-renowned golf course superintendent from Cherokee Town & Country Club who has served the golf industry on the state and national levels...

The 2019 Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will take place Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

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William P. "Bill" Blalock, Atlanta, Ga.


William P. "Bill" Blalock of Atlanta, Ga., has given more than 40 years of volunteer service to the Georgia State Golf Association and has helped elevate golf in Georgia.

Born in Atlanta in 1951, Blalock attended the Lovett School and later Georgia Tech. He earned his degree in 1973 while also earning a scholarship along the way to play golf. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Blalock went to work for the family business - Blalock Machinery - which was started by his grandfather in 1927. In 1976, he and his brother took over the business.

Blalock has maintained the highest standard of service and stewardship to the GSGA ever since being elected to the Association's Board of Directors in 1984. Over the years, he has served on no less than 14 different GSGA committees and has chaired at least 10. Blalock has served on the GSGA Executive Committee three different times, including 1978-1989, 1994-2002 and 2007-2012. He was the Association's President in 2000-2001.

His interest in making the GSGA the best it could be has included involvement with committees and staff in handicap service, information technology and bringing the Association into the computer age, membership growth and activity, championship and competition development, financial matters and working closely with the GSGA's allied partners across the state.

One of his true passions is the GSGA Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the GSGA, which provides educational opportunities through two scholarship programs. He most recently served as Foundation President in 2017-2018. In recognition to the many years he has devoted his time to giving back, Blalock was presented the GSGA Foundation's first $100,000 endowed scholarship in his name.

Blalock was the recipient of the 2012 Bill Todd Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a GSGA volunteer.

A longtime member of both East Lake Golf Club and Capital City Club, Blalock has been instrumental in the preservation of each club's deep and storied history and remains a fixture at both today.

On the golf course Blalock maintained his skills as a player over the years ever since teeing it up for the Yellow Jackets. He has won three GSGA titles, including the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship (1976, 1988) and the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship (2011). He represented Georgia three times in the Billy Peters Cup Matches (1989, 1993, 2007).

Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga.


Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., is one of the most accomplished players in Georgia winning on every level of amateur golf from junior golf to national championships.
 
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1957, Hanzel found success in golf early and often, winning over 30 junior golf tournaments in the state of Ohio, including the 1974 Ohio State High School Championship. He continued that success at Kent State University where he was a four-year letterman and served as team captain in 1978-1979. He led his team to win the 1977 Mid-American Conference Championship, and twice earned All-Conference recognition in 1978 and 1979.
 
After his time at Kent State, Hanzel enrolled in Medical School at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He then moved to Savannah, Ga., in 1989 and his success on the golf course followed him south.
 
Hanzel is a fixture on the amateur golf scene in Georgia. He won the 2004 Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club in Bogart, Ga., and the 2006 Georgia Four-Ball Championship (with partner Bob Royak) at Wilmington Island Club in Savannah, Ga.
 
Once Hanzel turned 50 and became eligible to compete as a senior, the wins started piling up. He is a three-time winner of the Georgia Senior Championship. He won in 2012 at Reynolds Plantation-Great Waters in Eatonton by 16 strokes. He then won back-to-back at Doublegate Country Club in Albany in 2014 and Brickyard Golf Club in Macon in 2015 by 13 strokes. Hanzel (with partner Jack Hall) has won the past three Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championships – only team to ever win three-straight. He has earned multiple GSGA Senior Player of the Year honors, including the recipient of the Tommy Barnes Award, signifying the GSGA’s overall Player of the Year, in 2012 and 2013.
 
Hanzel has certainly left his mark on the national circuit. Having qualified for several United States Golf Association national championships, the highlight came in 2013 when he won the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. He has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship 13 times, the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship five times, the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship four times and the U.S. Senior Open five times. Hanzel represented Georgia at the USGA Men’s State Team Championship twice.
 
In 2012, he became the only player ever to advance to match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship, U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and earn low amateur honors at the U.S. Senior Open in the same year.
 
Hanzel was inducted as a member of the Northern Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Kent State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

George Kelnhofer, Norcross, Ga.

George Kelnhofer of Norcross, Ga., was a pioneer of golf instruction for over half a century on the national and international level and helped produce some of Georgia's finest champions.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1938, Kelnhofer became one of the most knowledgeable golf instructors in the country.

He mastered the science of the golf swing and is the pioneer of numerous setup and swing concepts that are widely used today by instructors across the country.

He has influenced many notable golfers including major winner and Georgia Golf Hall of Famer, Stewart Cink, and PGA TOUR winners, Charles Howell III and David Duval.

He was recognized as the 1995 Georgia Section PGA Teacher of the Year.

One of his many achievements included the development of a technique called Accelerated Golf which used "Hot Lines" technology to speed up the learning process. He was the eighth person in the world to receive a Doctors degree in Golf (golf stroke engineering doctorate).

His influence was vast as many golf instructors from across the country have traveled to Atlanta to learn from Kelnhofer and adopt his techniques.

Randy Nichols, Roswell, Ga.


Randy Nichols of Roswell, Ga., is a world-renowned golf course superintendent from Cherokee Town & Country Club who has served the golf industry on the state and national levels.

Born in 1947, Nichols found success in golf at an early age capturing the Mississippi State Junior Championship in 1965. He would go on to play golf for Mississippi State University and earned the Outstanding Senior Golfer Award in 1969.

Nichols found his way to Georgia where he served as superintendent at Cherokee Town & Country Club for 25 years. By combining his scientific knowledge and research results, he became recognized and relied upon in the industry as the "go-to" superintendent for management practices.

He has been a member of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA) since 1972. He served as the chapter's president from 1985-1986 and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation. In 2011, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association Hall of Fame.

Not only did he serve the golf industry here in Georgia, but he also dedicated much of his life to serving the profession on the national level.

From 1993-1994 he served as president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. His leadership was critical during that time in rejuvenating the members and the more than 100 affiliated chapters.

He is the only Georgia superintendent to serve as president of both the Georgia Chapter GCSA and the national GCSAA.

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