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Long-time Alabama Golf Association Executive
Director Buford McCarty retired at the end of 2015,
with Andy Priest assuming the role in November.
Saturday night there was a retirement party
held in McCarty's honor at Hoover Country Club. A
large crowd was there to wish McCarty and his wife
Marsha well as they head into retirement.
The Alabama Golf Association has been in ex-
istence since 1915, but it was not until December
1985 that its rst paid executive director was hired.
McCarty was 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 June (it was
not played for two years during World War I).
The State Junior began in 1946 and the State
Four Ball in 1983.
Former Alabama Golf Association Executive
Director Buford McCarty's Retirement Party
All other championships have been added
under McCarty'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 (start-
ed in 2001).
Of course, the AGA has also run the ve wom-
en's state championship since 2010 when the
Women's Alabama Golf Association merged with
the AGA to form one entity.
The AGA also runs and/or o ciates at count-
less other events including the State High School
championships and prominent college events such
as the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the
Shoal Creek Invitational hosted by Graeme Mc-
Dowell, plus all area USGA quali ers.
Marsha and Buford McCarty at the recent Alabama Golf
Association retirement party held in Buford's honor.
Wanda Gilliland, Assistant Director for the Alabama High School
Athletic Association and Buford McCarty.