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Thompson teesoff "Alabama's Golf Insider" teesoff Thompson teesoff 11.20.14 No issue next week due to Thanksgiving. ...Next WEEK! 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. Click our Icon to Subscribe! 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!

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