The 2014 BGA Junior Tour schedule is complete and is now posted
The Junior Tour schedule for 2014 is complete. Access it by clicking the Schedule tab to the top left and then select Tournaments. Online sign up to join the Tour is NOW OPEN.
Sign up for individual events will not open until Monday, April 7 at 6:00 pm.
If you played last year, you can renew your membership by logging into your account to the left in the Player's Club and following the steps. Forgotten your ID and/or PWD? No worries, click on the Forgot your password? link beneath the Player's Club and it will be emailed to you. Once you access your account, click on Register to rejoin the tour. Make sure you check all information is still accurate and that YOU CHANGE YOUR CHILD'S AGE GROUP, IF NECESSARY.
If you are a new member, click the Become a Member! button to the top left and go from there.
As a reminder, for your Junior Tour membership fee you get to play in UP to six regular season events, with the chance to qualify for the Junior Championship at the end of the season.
The events at Mountain Brook, Shoal Creek and the Country Club of Birmingham are considered premium events and, as such, you may play in a maximum of up to TWO of these three. ALSO, SHOAL CREEK IS ONLY OPEN TO CHILDREN PLAYING 18 HOLES, SO JUST 12-13, 14-15 AND 16-17 ARE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THIS EVENT.
Again this year we will have a nine-hole division for girls combined across all four age groups (10-17). This will appeal to all girls just wanting to play nine holes or if they don't feel they are not ready for or don't want to play 18 holes. Girls wanting to play 18 holes will remain in their relevant age group as they did in 2013.
BGA Adult-Child event concludes the 2013 season
On Oct. 19, at the Short Course at Oxmoor Valley, the BGA hosted our second annual Adult-Child event. Thirty teams took part and we managed to beat the rain.
Contraulations to all who took part. Overall results are listed within the tournament schedule. Teams who placed in each flight follow:
1st, Baker, Baker
2nd Hartwiger, Hartwiger
1st, Dyer, Dyer
2nd, Loveman, Loveman
1st Walker, Donegan
2nd, Roberts, Roberts
1st, Doyal, Doyal
2nd, Tabor, Tabor
3rd, Thompson, Thompson
4th, Smith, Smith (scorecard playoff)
1st, Brewster, Cancinenne
2nd Maze, Maze
BGA Junior Tour concludes with championship
Conley Miller, overall champion, proudly holds the Elbert S. Jemison trophy.
The Birmingham Golf Association Junior Tour featured 20 one-day events, and almost 290 players, from late May to late July. The top 96 finishers, spread across five age groups, qualified for their two-day Junior Championship, which was contested Aug. 5-6 at Shoal Creek.
The following children placed in the top three in the season-long points lists:
Girls, 10-17, nine-hole division
1st Erika Allen
2nd Grace Wann
Tied-3rd Rhea Nathan
Tied-3rd Erin Hartwiger
1st Will Patrick
2nd Ryan Eshleman
3rd Gordon Sargent
1st Matt Stuart
2nd Austin Coggin
3rd Ethan Hagood
Tied-1st Frankie Wade Jr.
Tied-1st Harrison Mink
3rd Spencer Hollon
1st Trey Hanvey
2nd Canaan Mularski
3rd William Walker III
Click here to see photos of the season-long points winners.
The following children placed in the top three in their age groups in the championship:
Girls, 10-17, nine-hole division
1st Grace Wann
2nd Rhea Nathan
3rd Caroline MacVicar
1st Ryan Eshleman
2nd Gordon Sargent
Tied 3rd Will Patrick
Tied 3rd Evans Gross
1st Dylan Ford
2nd Austin Coggin
3rd Ethan Hagood
1st Harrison Mink
2nd Trey Rose
3rd Jake Awbrey
1st Conley Miller
2nd William Walker III
3rd Trey Hanvey
Click here to see photos of the BGA Junior Championship top finishers in each age group.
BGA Adult-Child event
On Oct. 13, 2012 at the Short Course at Oxmoor Valley the BGA hosted our first ever Adult-Child event. It was a great success in great weather and 33 teams teed it up. We were thrilled to have so many players!
Check out the leaderboard on the tournament information page.
The top three teams in each group follow:
10-11 1st, Ben and Kathy Hartwiger - 50; 2nd, Pride and Chris Dyer - 54; 3rd, Ryan and Eric Eshleman - 55.
12-13 1st, Spencer Hollon, Johna Smith - 52; 2nd, Reed and Mark Hereford - 53; 3rd, Colin and Ian Thompson - 54.
14-15 1st, Douglas and Andrew Burke - 53; 2nd, John and Roy Roddam - 53; 3rd, William Walker III and Cole Lankford - 54.
Thanks to everyone who played and to Oxmoor Valley for hosting us.
Feel free to contact BGA Executive Director Ian Thompson with any questions via email:
Metro Amateur sign up is NOW OPEN
Online sign up for the Metro Amateur Championship, which will return to Hoover Country Club, is NOW OPEN. Simply click on the Schedule tab on the top left of this page, select Tournaments, choose Metro Amateur and select Register. Follow the prompts from this point until completing registration. Or you can download the entry form by clicking here to print it out and mail a check to enter that way.
The two-man, best ball format will remain in place and the championship will be played April 5-6, that's the weekend before The Masters.
Playoffs needed to decide both age divisions of the Metro Amateur Championship!
The Birmingham Golf Association's Metro Amateur Championship was contested April 20-21 at Hoover Country Club, with playoffs needed to decide the titles in both divisions.
Mark Woods and Dave Loftin (70-69) ended up tied in regulation with Jimmy Finnerty and Clint Provost (69-70) on 139 in the two-man, best ball format. Loftin's tap-in birdie on No. 18, the first playoff hole, secured the Mid-Amateur (ages 25-49) title for he and Woods.
Overnight leaders Doug Davis and Tommy Coggin (67-73--140) finished third.
The Senior division (50+) also went to a playoff, this time starting, and ending, on No. 13. Earle Bidez and Jon Golden (68-69) tied with Hoover CC members Dave Williams and Del Wood (68-69) on 137 before Golden's three-foot putt for birdie won it in overtime for he and Bidez.
Overnight leaders Mark Miller and Ted Sartin (67-72--139) finished third.
Click here for results from both divisions.
BGA Hall of Fame 2013 inductees
The Birmingham Golf Association inducted Steve Hudson and Dr. Ben Dowdey into their Hall of Fame on April 20 at a dinner held at Hoover Country Club.
They are the 64th and 65th inductees into the BGA's Hall of Fame in its 48-year history and are both most deserving candidates.
Hudson, who grew up in Jasper at Musgrove Country Club under the watchful eye of his late father long-time club professional at the club Travis Hudson, joins his older brother Travis "Tab" Hudson II, who was inducted in 2011.
Steve Hudson has had, and continues to have, a storied amateur career.
He has three times been named the Alabama Golf Association's Player of the Year (2004, 2009 and 2010). (Will Swift is the only other three-time winner.)
It took Hudson a long time to win a State title, but once he got a taste of a statewide victory, there has been no stopping him.
He captured the State Mid-Amateur Championship at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery in 2010. This was something he had been trying to do for almost 40 years as he first played in an AGA championship as a 12-year-old in the State Junior.
In 2010 he also qualified for, and made the cut in, the U.S. Senior Open.
In 2011 he turned right back around and won the State Senior Amateur, as well as again qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open.
And last year he won the State Mid-Amateur again.
Dr. Ben Dowdey was equally deserving of this honor.
Very active in the game, both playing and administratively with the Alabama Golf Association and the United States Golf Association in the 1980's and 90's, Dowdey, 65, plays the game socially, but not competitively anymore.
He won the State Four Ball Championship four times with Joe Frank Terrell in the 1980's and they were also the runners-up one time.
He was Alabama Amateur of the Year in 1987.
He played in four U.S. Amateurs, four British Amateurs, three U.S. Mid-Amateurs and a U.S. Senior Open.
He played a key role administratively on the AGA's Board of Directors from 1980 to 2001, including being on their Executive Committee for eight years, and remains a Director Emeritus to this day. And he was president of the AGA in 1993-1994. (Hudson is also on the AGA's Board of Directors).
He was involved with the AGA and the USGA during the same time frame, being on the initial USGA Mid-Amateur committee for 18 years. During that time he served as a Rules Official at numerous U.S. Opens, U.S. Amateurs, and U.S. Mid-Amateurs.
He helped found the State Four Ball and State Mid-Amateur championships, and had many other key roles within the AGA for 20-plus years.
He is a true student of the game and is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and Royal Dornoch Golf Club, also in Scotland.
Click here to view the program from the 2013 Hall of Fame.
BGA awarded Community Services Grant
Birmingham Golf Association Executive Director Ian Thompson and State Senator, Senate District 15, Slade Blackwell hold a check for $5000 awarded to the BGA by the State of Alabama as a Community Services Grant.
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees announced
Mary Isbell and Gene Hallman were inducted into our Hall of Fame on March 31, 2012 at a dinner to be held at Hoover CC in conjunction with the Metro Amateur.
BGA Hall of Famers gathered March 31 at Hoover CC for this year's dinner and induction ceremony
2012 BGA Hall of Fame inductee Gene Hallman
2012 BGA Hall of Fame inductee Mary Isbell
The Birmingham Golf Association Hall of Fame has a long and storied history dating to 1965.
CLICK HERE to read more about this year's inductees:
Woodie Eubanks and Will Swift win the 2012 Metro Amateur Championship
Congratulations to Woodie Eubanks and Will Swift who shot rounds of 63-62--125 to win the Mid-Amateur Division of the Metro Amateur Championship at Hoover Country Club. This HCC team beat another HCC team (Andy McRae and Max McClain) by six shots. The runners-up shot 65-66--131.
BGA Metro Amateur Mid-Amateur champions Will Swift (center) and Woodie Eubanks (right), with BGA Executive Director Ian Thompson (left)
The Senior Division was won by Pine Tree members Mike McFarland and Alan Seigel who beat Steve Hudson and Jimmy Tom Goosetree and Rick Clay and Don Manuel in a multi-hole playoff after all three teams finished on four-under-par 140.
BGA Metro Amateur Senior Amateur champions Mike McFarland and Alan Seigel