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Brief History of the SGAA
The SGAA is a non-profit association of senior golfers from across the State of Arkansas. The Association was established in 1967 by Jim Porter, Junie Dowell and Loyd Ramer to provide senior Arkansas golfers a venue to continue to play golf in a competitive environment while also providing the opportunity for its members to meet and enjoy the fellowship of the events.
Prior to the formation of the SGAA, Jim Porter was a very successful businessman in Little Rock who had retired to Naples, Florida. Junie Dowell was a successful businessman from Walnut Ridge who had been playing on the United States Senior Amateur tour for many years. He recently had won the American Senior Championship and ranked the #1 Senior Amateur in the country. Loyd Ramer was friend and associate of Jim Porter. As is so ofter the case, golf brought them together providing an environment for discussion of mutual interests.
After retiring to Florida, Porter had joined the Southern Senior's Golf Association and related his positive experience to his friends, Ramer and Dowell. After some discussion, they decided to pursue formation of the Seniors' Golf Association of Arkansas as a non-profit corporation.
Jim Porter was the first President and Loyd Ramer, the first Executive Secretary. The initial Board of Directors also included Carl Glover, Travis McCoy, Walter Daniels, Osro Cobb and Cliff Shaw. Membership was initially for golfers aged 50 or older with a limit of 300 total members. he Association enjoyed success from the start and in 1980 the minimum age was raised to 55 years old and the limit on regular, active members limited to 500, which does not include Past Presidents and Honorary Members. The first tournament was held at the Hot Springs Country Club in the fall on 1967. For the next several years, tournaments were held at the Hot Springs CC in May and August of each year. The May tournament was a fourball and the August tournament was both a fourball and individual format. From 1981 through 2009, the Fall tournament was held in Pine Bluff. The 2010 Fall tournament will be held at the Maumelle Country Club. In the early 1980's, the Spring tournament was divided into two sessions to accommodate the demand, and the individual stroke play tournament was established as the Loyd Ramer Memorial to be played in the June time frame. The tournament was so named in memory of our first Executive Secretary, Loyd Ramer, who served until 1979.
Roy Peterson served as our second Executive Secretary from 1979 until 1993 at which time Ross Holiman became Executive Secretary. Ross, with his wife Barbara, served until the Fall of 2008 at which time he was made an Honorary Member for Life and given an Outstanding Service Award by the Board of Directors. Alan Holland served as Assistant Executive Secretary to Ross in 2008 and was named Executive Secretary effective October, 2008. He and his wife Ruthie have served since then.
In 2016 the SGAA and the ASGA formed a partnership for the ASGA to assume administrative duties by 2017, which will coincide with the retirement of SGAA Executive Secretary Alan Holland. The crossover to the ASGA will be a seamless transition in terms of scheduling, membership renewals, etc. Alan Holland has also been elected to the ASGA Board of Directors and will help guide the current ASGA staff while serving as a consultant in 2017 and future years as needed. This partnership is viewed by both Boards of Directors as providing expanded capabilities and efficiency to both organizations and in general to the senior golf community across Arkansas.
Happy Holidays! Office Closed Dec. 23 Through Jan. 3
The ASGA office will be closed Friday December 23rd for the holidays and will reopen Tuesday January 3rd. We wish you all well this hoiday season and look forward to a great 2017 year! read more >
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