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Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 10.16.14 All the latest news from the local golf scene... ...Next WEEK! Click our Icon to Subscribe! Long-time Alabama Golf Association Executive Director Buford McCarty to retire at the end of 2015 It was recently announced that long-time Alabama Golf Association Executive Director Buford McCarty will retire at the end of 2015. The Alabama Golf Association has been in existence since 1915, but it was not until December 1985 that its first, and only, paid executive director was hired. McCarty, when he re- tires, will have been in the job for right at 30 years. His mark has been immense. The State Amateur Championship began in 1915 and will celebrate 100 years in 2016 (it was not played for two years during World War I). The State Junior began in 1946 and the State Four Ball in 1983. All other championships have been added under McCar- ty's watch. They are the State Mid-Amateur (started in 1989); State Senior Four Ball (started in 1995); State Net (started in 1996, but discontinued a few years later); State Senior Ama- teur (started in 1998); and State Match Play (started in 2001). Of course, the AGA has also run the five women's state championship since 2008 when the Women's Alabama Golf Association merged with the AGA to form one entity. The AGA also runs and/or officiates at countless other events including the State High School championships and Alabama Golf Association Executive Direc- tor Buford McCarty will retire at the end of next year. This photo is from when he was inducted into the Birmingham Golf Asso- ciation's Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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