Six months on the job, Jeff Marks likes the direction Perry Country Club is heading.
Marks has been the head professional at the course since the middle of last year after working as the director of golf at Pine Oaks Golf Course at Robins Air Force Base for 16 months. The move to Perry Country Club, Marks said, was a natural one.
“It’s right near my house, so it made a lot of sense,” he said with a laugh. “I had worked at the base’s course, so it kind of worked out nice.”
He certainly sounds pleased with the way things have worked out at the club.
“What’s nice about our course is we’re a semi-private club, but we kind of treat the public as members,” Marks said. “Most folks can get around our golf course in less than three hours, and you don’t see that very often. People always remark how enjoyable the course is.
“It’s kind of flat, and it’s a good walker’s course. It’s well-bunkered, and the greens have some nice challenging contours.”
Middle Georgia’s four major tournaments have been set. Here are the dates:
Cherry Blossom tournament, March 17-18 at Bowden Golf Course.
Peach Blossom tournament, May 4-6 at Idle Hour Club.
Macon-Middle Georgia Championship, June 16-17 at the Brickyard at Riverside.
The Honors, July 21-22 at Healy Point Country Club.
Sam Macfie’s golf documentary “Playing It Down” will be shown at the Macon Film Festival next month.
The documentary is about the struggle for respect by black caddies and golfers. It also covers the efforts by black golfers to integrate Bowden in 1961. It also includes interviews with Charles Glover, the instructor for Macon Golf for Kids, as he talks about what it was like to learn and play golf and caddie.
The documentary will be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Douglass Theatre and at 3:30 on Feb. 17 at 567 Cherry St. For more information on the film festival, go to www.maconfilmfestival.com
International City Golf Club will host its Super Bowl outing Feb. 5 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $30.
Houston Lake Country Club will hold its annual Club Car three-man scramble Feb. 25-26. The cost is $390 per team.
Milledgeville’s Ashlan Ramsey was named the GSGA’s Co-Girls Player of the Year with Riverdale’s Miriah Stackhouse.
The award is Ramsey’s first GSGA player of the year distinction.
She finished fifth at the Georgia Women’s Open, which is conducted by the Georgia Section PGA, and she qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, where made it through the stroke-play qualifying to the round of 16. Ramsey also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, and she made it to the round of 64.
Ramsey, who attends John Milledge, was selected to represent the United States on the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup team, and she helped Team USA retain the Cup. She also was selected to the 2011 Rolex Junior All-America girls first team.
The other GSGA winners were Marietta’s Brenda Pictor (Tommy Barnes Award winner for player of the year); Dalton’s David Noll Jr. (Men’s Player of the Year); Augusta’s Laura Coble (Women’s Player of the Year); Kennesaw’s Bill Leonard (Senior Player of the Year); and Augusta’s Greyson Sigg (Junior Player of the Year).
Four new members were inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday at the Atlanta Athletic Club in the 23rd induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame.
The were Richard Crawford, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Alfred “Tup” Holmes and Gene Sauers.
Crawford spent time as a golf professional at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Jennings Mill Country Club in Bogart and Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta
Goetze-Ackerman was one of Georgia’s most decorated female golfers at the national level. She won two U.S. Women’s Amateur titles, captured the NCAA title as a freshman at Georgia and represented her country four times in international team events before enjoying a long career on the LPGA.
Holmes was inducted posthumously into the Hall. He was an outstanding amateur golfer who made an impact on the game by virtue of his leadership in the opening of Atlanta’s golf courses to black citizens, which became an important step for equality in the sport.
Sauers was a successful junior and college golfer in Georgia and a three-time winner on the PGA Tour.