"Alabama's Golf Insider"
No issue next week due to Thanksgiving.
indeed organized on July 22, 1915 at the wonder-
fully named Roebuck Springs Automobile and
Golf Club. This was in conjunction with Roebuck's
second annual invitation tournament and Thurs-
day, July 22 marked the first round of the cham-
pionship. That very evening the AGA came to life
under the eye of John M. "Jock" Inglis, head of the
Greens Committee at Montgomery Country Club.
Fast forward to the evening of Sept. 5, after
the first round of the first Alabama Championship
Tournament (the precursor of the State Amateur),
and George Stuart of Montgomery was installed
President of the Alabama Golf Association and
Inglis was named Secretary and Treasurer.
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The early days of the Alabama Golf Association
and the Women's Alabama Golf Association
The Alabama Golf Association will celebrate
100 years next year and I was commissioned to
write a book (Alabama Golf Association: The First
100 Years) to celebrate this signal milestone. The
manuscript is now close to completion and the
book will be available by the second quarter of
next year. Much more information regards this
closer to the time of publication.
With permission from long-time AGA Executive
Director Buford McCarty, please see a taste of the
book below regards the beginnings of the AGA in
1915 and the genesis of the WAGA in 1929.
During my initial research and according to
Alabama Golf Association documentation, I had
determined that the AGA began life on Sept. 8,
1915 with their initial meeting at what was then
called the Beauvoir Country Club (it would be-
come Montgomery Country Club) in Montgomery.
However, this proved to be only partially true
as a newspaper account in the Montgomery Adver-
tiser dated Sept. 5, 1915, which was about the first
State Amateur Championship to be played at the
Montgomery Country Club later that week, talked
of the Alabama Golf Association being organized
in July in Birmingham.
Hence my research led me to the archives of the
Birmingham News, where I unearthed a story in
the paper dated July 18, 1915, that the AGA was
An undated photo of an early State Amateur match.
Notice the large crowds surrounding the green!