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.
At the site of the 1973 Southern Amateur Championship, Richard S. Tufts of Pinehurst, North Carolina was inducted into the SGA Hall of Fame.
When one thinks of the contributions, dedication and inspiration to the game of golf, the name of Dick Tufts is a shining light. Few men have contributed so much of themselves to maintain the excellence of golf than Dick Tufts.
He served as a Director of the Southern Golf Association from 1938-1952, Vice-President in 1947-1949, and was elected a Director Emeritus in 1953, a lifelong honor.
In 1946 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. He served as Secretary of the USGA in 1950 & 1951, Vice-President from 1952-1955, and was elected President in 1956 and served for two years. Following his term as President, he continued his service to golf as a part of the Advisory Committee of Past Presidents of the United States Golf Association.
Dick Tufts indelibly left his mark on many aspects of the game, from rules to handicapping to turf grass to amateur status. The Southern Golf Association is proud to have such a remarkable person as Richard Tufts in its Hall of Fame.