About the Georgia State Golf Association
The Georgia State Golf Association, founded in 1916, is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving the game of golf and its membership of more than 360 member clubs and their 85,000 members.
The mission of the Georgia State Golf Association is to promote and preserve the traditions and integrity of golf in Georgia and to enhance its enjoyment.
A committee of interested golfers from around the state formed the Georgia State Golf Association in 1916 following the first Georgia Amateur Championship. According to early records, the primary purpose of founding the Association was to conduct a state amateur championship. A 14-year-old Atlantan named Bobby Jones captured that first Georgia Amateur at Capital City Club in Atlanta. The GSGA was incorporated in 1924 and was managed solely by volunteers over the next five decades. Among its milestones, the GSGA began rating courses in 1961, added the Junior Championship in 1966 and began administering the handicap system in 1972 before adding its first full-time staff director in 1973. The following decades saw extensive growth in members, volunteers, staff and services as the GSGA expanded its competitions program to include 18 statewide events and four interstate matches, computerized the handicap system, formalized the course rating program, established a charitable foundation and began publishing Golf Georgia magazine.
The GSGA is an organization consisting of approximately 360 Member Clubs – private, public, military and associate. There are more than 85,000 men and women who are individual members at these clubs. Member Clubs are billed annually by the Association for membership dues based upon the club’s total number of golf members at the current annual individual rate of $22.
The GSGA is governed by a Board of Directors, which meets annually to review the activity of the Association and to conduct business. The Board of Directors elects an Executive Committee to manage the business affairs of the Association during the year and to report to the Board at the Annual Meeting. Other categories of volunteer service include Directors Emeritus and Committeemen. The GSGA has a staff of 15 to administer day-to-day operations.
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