President Carol Lell with Sadie Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient - Everette Kelley
HOOVER, Ala. (February 23, 2019) -- On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Alabama Golf Association’s Annual Meeting, Board of Directors meeting and Awards Luncheon was hosted by Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills.
Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting
A historic moment highlighted the election of a new slate of officers and board of directors at the Alabama Golf Association’s Annual Membership meeting held at Old Overton Club. Carol Lell of Birmingham was elected as the first female President in the 104-year history of the Alabama Golf Association. Lell was instrumental in the merger of the Women’s Alabama Golf Association and the Alabama Golf Association in 2010. Other officers elected to a one year term are Steven Hudson of Birmingham (Vice President); Walker Grant of Montgomery (Secretary); and Derrel Curry of Birmingham (Treasurer).
Re-elected Alabama Golf Association Board of Directors members are: Alan Allgood of Fairhope; Jan Berry of Madison; Flip Bradley of Huntsville; Forrest Crabtree of Mobile; Derrel Curry of Birmingham; Austin Davis of Birmingham; Patrick Drummond of Birmingham; Joey Dzwonkowski of Mobile; Freeman Fite of Anniston; Nancy Gavin of Jacksons Gap; Walker Grant of Montgomery; Kathy Hartwiger of Birmingham; Brinson Holder of Point Clear; Joey Holley of Troy; Hoyt Howell, Jr. of Anniston; Steven Hudson of Birmingham; Travis Hudson II of Jasper; Sharon Kellum of Leeds; Lucie King of Tuscaloosa; Larry Kniseley of Daphne; Carol Lell of Birmingham; William Lewis of Tuscaloosa; Marvin Lynn Lowe of Gadsden; Chris Marr of Mobile; William McGowin of Montgomery; John Miller IV of Birmingham; David Pearce of Selma; Grantland Rice III of Birmingham; Stan Sherlin of Montgomery; Will Swift of Birmingham; Jim Teel of Auburn; Sam Vann of Dothan; Phillip Weaver of Tuscaloosa; Cody Wesley of Greenville; Susan West of Tuscaloosa.
At the Board of Directors meeting, three members were elected to serve a one year term on the AGA Executive Committee along with the four officers: Joey Dzwonkowski of Mobile, Immediate Past President Grantland Rice III of Birmingham and Susan C. West of Tuscaloosa.
Annual Awards Luncheon
The Alabama Golf Association recognized the Sadie Roberts Volunteer of the Year, Players of the Year, All-State Junior Teams and 2018 champions at an awards luncheon that followed the annual meeting.
Sadie Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award: Everette Kelley of Birmingham received the Sadie Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award. Kelley has served as the association’s course rating captain for the past 22 years. During his tenure, Kelley has visited every golf course in the state, recruited and trained dozens of volunteers and been involved with hundreds of course ratings which is a core service provided by the Alabama Golf Association.
Alabama Players of the Year: The Alabama Amateur Player of the Year awards are presented to the number one ranked individual in each of six categories at the end of the calendar year based on the AGA’s state amateur ranking system except for the two junior awards that utilize a September-August calendar year. The Men’s Player of the Year Award was first created in 1994 to honor Alabama amateur golfers who had exceptional individual tournament performances during the year. Since then, the awards have been expanded to include Women (2010), Senior Men (2016), Senior Women (2016), Junior Boys (2017), and Junior Girls (2017).
2018 Players of the Year
- Men: Clay Guerin, Hoover
- Women: Cammie Bentley, Northport
- Senior Men: Claud Cooper, Birmingham
- Senior Women: Susan West, Tuscaloosa
- Junior Boys: Nick Dunlap, Birmingham
- Junior Girls: Michaela Morard, Huntsville
Alabama All-State Junior Teams: All-State team selections are determined from junior golfers performance over the past 12-months (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018) using the Alabama State Junior Golf Rankings System. The top 15 boys and girls are awarded and placed into First, Second and Third teams based upon their final ranking.
2018 Alabama All-State Junior Teams
Boys First Team
- Nick Dunlap, Birmingham
- Gordon Sargent, Birmingham
- Reynolds Lambert, Birmingham
- Thomas Ponder, Dothan
- Hunter Battles, Tuscumbia
Girls First Team
- Michaela Morard, Huntsville
- Ally Williams, Athens
- Elisabeth Preus, Auburn
- Erika Allen, Berry
- Caroline Waldrop, Birmingham
Boys Second Team
- Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills
- Jordan Plunkett, Sterrett
- Max Johnson, Fairhope
- Hal Dove, Dothan
- Padraic Sim, Spanish Fort
Girls Second Team
- Carson McKie, Hoover
- Lauren Gilchrist, Spanish Fort
- Mikayla Dubnik, Hartselle
- Allison Howard, Newton
- Lauren Thompson, Midland City
Boys Third Team
- Jacob LeCroy, Anniston
- Ford Clegg, Birmingham
- JP Cave, Mobile
- Harrison Davis, Fort Payne
- Dawson Garrett, Fort Payne
Girls Third Team
- Sarah Utley, Hampton Cove
- Morgan Jones, Auburn
- Mary Mac Trammel, Mountain Brook
- Emilia Smith, Enterprise
- Emma Pittman, Pike Road
About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)
The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 130 member clubs represented by nearly 18,500 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.
AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 19 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.
For more information about the Alabama Golf Association, visit www.alabamagolf.org.