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Sign up for the 2014 BGA Junior Tour is OPEN and ONGOING

 

Access the Junior Tour schedule for 2014 by clicking the Schedule tab to the top left and then select Tournaments. Online sign up to join the Tour is NOW OPEN, as is sign up for individual events.

 

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:

Girls

1st, Baker, Baker

2nd Hartwiger, Hartwiger

10-11

1st, Dyer, Dyer

2nd, Loveman, Loveman

12-13

1st Walker, Donegan

2nd, Roberts, Roberts

14-15

1st, Doyal, Doyal

2nd, Tabor, Tabor

3rd, Thompson, Thompson

4th, Smith, Smith (scorecard playoff)

16-17

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

 

10-11

1st Will Patrick

2nd Ryan Eshleman 

3rd Gordon Sargent

 

12-13

1st Matt Stuart

2nd Austin Coggin

3rd Ethan Hagood

 

14-15

Tied-1st Frankie Wade Jr.

Tied-1st Harrison Mink

3rd Spencer Hollon

 

16-17

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

 

10-11

1st Ryan Eshleman

2nd Gordon Sargent

Tied 3rd Will Patrick

Tied 3rd Evans Gross

 

12-13

1st Dylan Ford

2nd Austin Coggin

3rd Ethan Hagood

 

14-15

1st Harrison Mink

2nd Trey Rose

3rd Jake Awbrey

 

16-17

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:

ithompson@bgagolf.org

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Steven Groover and Lance Goodson win Mid-Amateur division in Metro Amateur; Del Wood and Mark Miller win Senior Division 

The Birmingham Golf Association's Metro Amateur Championship, a two-man best ball tournament open to residents of seven counties in and around Birmingham, was played April 5-6 at Hoover Country Club.
    The Mid-Amateur Division was won by Lance Goodson and Steven Groover, who shot rounds of 68-67--135, for a nine-under-par total. Goodson, a former Alabama State Amateur champion and collegiate player at Vanderbilt, partnered his good friend Groover, who played for Auburn.


Lance Goodson, Steven Groover


    Their two-day total saw them win by three from overnight leaders Vic Kyatt and Jake Nolen (66-72--138). Four teams finished tied third on 139.

    The Senior Division was won by the same 135 score, which was posted by Del Wood and Mark Miller, who shot 65-70. They won by three from defending champions Earle Bidez and Jon Golden (68-70--138) and overnight leaders Frank Vines and Jim McDaniel (64-74--138).

Mark Miller, Del Wood

Click on the tournament schedule to the upper left to view all the results.

BGA Hall of Fame inductees 2014 class

 

 

Hall of Famers gathered for the 2014 induction ceremony

 

    Also on Saturday night, in conjunction with the Metroa Amateur Championship, the Birmingham Golf Association inducted Buford McCarty, Luther B. (Barney) Lanier and John Gibbs into their Hall of Fame, making their 66th, 67th and 68th inductees. The BGA was formed in 1965, so this class of inductees represents it's 50th class…quite the milestone.

 


  Buford McCarty


    McCarty is the Executive Director of the Alabama Golf Association, based in Birmingham, as well as the Executive Secretary of the Southern Golf Association. He has run the AGA since 1986 and has directed its continued growth and watched it go from strength to strength under his watch.
    He has worked closely with the United States Golf Association on a number of projects including the development of the GHIN (Golf Handicaps and Information Network) system and TPP (Tournament Pairings Program).
    He was a recipient of the Joe H. King Award from the AGA in 2009. This is the AGA's highest award and received the USGA's Ike Grainger Award two years later for 25 years of service to the USGA.
    "What an honor! I didn’t get started with golf until after college and then settling in Birmingham in the late 60’s. At some point after that I was made representative to the Birmingham Golf Association Board by my club and as a result the BGA became a huge influence in my golf life. Now to look at those who are in the BGA Hall of Fame, people I grew up in the game admiring and respecting, and to think I am going to be a part of that is almost overwhelming," McCarty said.
    He is a member of Hoover Country Club.

 


   

Luther B. (Barney) Lanier


    Lanier has long been associated with the game of golf in Alabama and the Country Club of Birmingham.
    A fine player in his own right, he has competed in three U.S. Amateur Championships (1982, '83 and '84), won the 1971 BGA Junior Championship and has won the Country Club of Birmingham Invitational.
    He has served on numerous Alabama Golf Association committees, and was AGA president in 1997-98. He has also served various roles at the Country Club of Birmingham including chairman, as well as chairing multiple golf course renovation committees at the club over the years.
    "I am very surprised and humbled to be recognized with this honor. To be included on a list with Charley Boswell, Elbert Jemison, Joe King and so many others is very special indeed," Lanier said.
    Lanier is a member of the Country Club of Birmingham.