Golf Georgia May/June 2014 : Page 6

FIRSTCUT constructed Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy will open allowing Drew Charter School to expand enrollment to include more high school students. MATTHEW SPEAKS AT BOBBY JONES DAY T he Friends of Bobby Jones Day gath-ered at the Atlanta Athletic Club to honor the life and memory of the game’s greatest amateur, a lifelong member of the club, who was born 112 years ago on March 17. The guest speaker was noted author and Jones historian Sid Matthew, who remind-ed the crowd that the record of winning four major golf championships in the same year is the oldest continuous record of suc-cess in the United States. OLD UNION GOLF COURSE “On top of the fact that he was a great golfer, he was just a great guy,” said Atlanta Athletic Club chairman Davis Stewart. AUTHOR SENTELL PUBLISHES NOVELLA tlanta-based writer and Golf Georgia contributor Todd Sentell has pub-lished his second book, a novella called “Why Golf is So Exciting,” which is published as an adjunct to the paperback version of “Toonament of Champions,” published in 2007. “Why Golf is So Exciting” chronicles a round of golf and the emotions felt by protagonist Waddell Tiddybumpus as he makes his way around the fictional Pine Cone Country Club. Sentell, formerly a director of sales and marketing at a private club, is currently teaching history, literature and fine arts at an independent school. He is a longtime volunteer with GSGA. A “It’s really exciting to add the new facilities and provide a new sporting venue in North Georgia,” said Ryan Scott, Old Union’s director of golf. “Integration of traditional golf and FootGolf is major to our concerns. Fortunately for us, the Old Union layout provides a lot of flexibility on how we will arrange the FootGolf to be compatible with our exist-ing golf operations.” The move is a natural one for Old Union. Denis Griffiths, the designer and owner of the course, helped design, build and maintain the Gwinnett Soccer Association complex in Lilburn. ATHLETIC CLUB CELEBRATES WOMEN’S ACHIEVEMENTS AUTHOR SID MATTHEW (LEFT) SPEAKS WITH BILL O’CALLAGHAN AT BOBBY JONES DAY. “Why do we celebrate Bobby Jones?” Matthew asked. “Because we have never seen anyone quite like him.” Matthew reinforced the image of Jones as a sportsman by showing several newspaper clippings with negative headlines about Jose Canseco, Pete Rose and Michael Vick. “We have let ourselves down in the hero department,” Matthew said. “Jones wasn’t just a hero on the golf course, he was a hero after 5 o’clock. What you see is what you get. There was never any smirking aspect of Jones, which is the definition of a hero 24/7.” Matthew told stories about many of Jones’ friends, including Atlanta Athletic Club members Charlie Yates, Watts Gunn, Tommy Barnes and Augusta National co-chairman Clifford Roberts. Matthew reminded the audience that Jones won 42 percent of the major championships in which he competed, compared to 30 per-cent for Tiger Woods, 17 percent for Ben Hogan and 12 percent for Jack Nicklaus. T OLD UNION FIRST TO OFFER FOOTGOLF O ld Union Golf Course in Blairsville signed an agreement with the Amer-ican FootGolf League to become the first “FootGolf” course in Georgia. The relatively new sport began in Europe around 2009 and migrated to the United States in 2012. FootGolf is a preci-sion sport where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in the least number of shots as possible. The rules are similar to golf. New facilities are being created in combina-tion with existing golf courses to use natural settings to enhance the experience. Old Union is expected to open its FootGolf course in May. Old Union is planning 18 holes of regulation FootGolf and a short course to allow all levels of players to enjoy the new sport. he Atlanta Athletic Club culminated its Women’s Golf Legacy Celebration by unveiling a new giclee print of three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur cham-pion and club member Alexa Stirling. Stirling is one of the most decorated women in the history of golf in Georgia. She joined with the legendary Bobby Jones, Perry Adair and Elaine Rosenthal to form the “Dixie Whiz Kids” and toured the country in a series of fund-raising matches for the Red Cross during World War I. Stirling is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. The daughter of a Scottish doctor, Stirling won her first club championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake course when she was 12. When she was 18, Stirling won the first of three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. She also was runner-up three times. Stirling won the Southern Amateur three times, the Canadian Amateur three times and was runner-up twice. Stirling married a Canadian doctor in 1925 and moved 6 GOLF GEORGIA

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