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Southern Golf Association
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Hoover, AL  35216

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Birmingham, AL  35266-0149

 

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The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame was established in 1972 by the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association. The following qualifications were established as criteria for nomination of an inductee, but an inductee does not have to meet every single criteria. The candidate must have: 1) Outstanding competitive career; 2) Outstanding administrative contributions; 3) Outstanding promotional contributions; 4) The candidate must have met the above criteria while a member of a Southern Golf Association Member Club. The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame is unique in that it does not necessarily induct a member each year, nor does it select multiple inductees.

 

Charles R. Yates of Atlanta, Georgia was inducted into the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame at the time of the 1986 Southern Amateur held in July at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

 

Charlie's involvement with the Southern Golf Association as a competitor began in 1937, when he was both the medalist and finalist at the Southern Amateur Championship at the Charlotte Country Club, losing to Fred Haas, Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana 1 up. Ironically, partnered with Dick Garlington of Georgia in the SGA's Southern States Four-Ball Championship, they defeated Haas and his partner Edwin McClure, both from Louisiana, that same year. He repeated as Southern States Four-Ball Champion in 1938, that time with Julius Highes.

 

Highlights of his competitive career:

1931

Georgia State Amateur Champion

1932

Georgia State Amateur Champion

1934

National Intercollegiate Golf Champion

1935

National Intercollegiate Golf Champion

1935

Western Amateur Champion

1936

Walker Cup Team Member

1937

Southern States Four-Ball Champion

1938

Southern States Four-Ball Champion

1938

British Amateur Champion

1938

Walker Cup Team Member

Charlie was non-playing captain of the 1953 Walker Cup Team and in 1971 was the principal speaker at the 50th Anniversary Jubilee Dinner of the Walker Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland.

 

In 1980 he was the recipient of the Bob Jones Award of the USGA.

 

Administratively, Charlie was a Director of the Southern Golf Association in 1946 and 1947 and served as secretary of the Augusta National Golf Club, where he continued to contribute to golf through his untiring efforts to promote The Masters.

 

Outside golf Charlie was well-known in the Atlanta area for his civic contributions. His honors in this area include Presidency of the Atlanta Arts Alliance, 1973-1983; President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1962-1965; President and Director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Rotary Club of Atlanta; President of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, 1952-1977; and President of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 1975-1977. In 1984 he was presented the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Georgia Tech.

 

Upon receiving the Bob Jones Award in 1980, the comment was made: "Charles Yates has approached golf in much the same spirit that Bob Jones did - as a great game in itself, but also a game that can lead to life-long friendships. In his own way, Charlie has become an institution on both sides of the Atlantic."

Charles Yates