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THE BOBBY CHAPMAN BOARD WINS FAZIO AWARD

Posted by on February 14, 2015 7:26 AM

SOUTH CAROLINA GOLF ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2015

For more information contact Happ Lathrop, SCGA Executive Director

Email – happ@scgolf.org

Phone – 803-732-9311

JOHN LOPEZ ELECTED SOUTH CAROLINA GOLF ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

On January 10, 2015 at the South Carolina Golf Association’s annual meeting, John Lopez was elected to a second term as the President of the Association. The 68-year-old Lopez has served on the SCGA’s Executive Board since 1997.  Officers elected to the SCGA Board joining Lopez include: Vice President Steve Fuller of Bluffton, Secretary Vic Hannon of Camden and Treasurer Ron Swinson of Blythewood.  Re-elected Board members include: Mike Whitaker (Greenville), Justin Converse (Spartanburg), John Durst (Columbia), Rick Cloninger (Ft. Mill), Rick Miller (Pawleys Island), Rob Reeves (Greenville), Mike Murphy (Bluffton), Jay Self (Greenville), Jeff Connell (Blythewood), Jim Eskew (Mt. Pleasant), John Moore (Anderson) and Larry Biedelman (Dataw Island).  Joining as new board members are David Seawell (Aiken) and Ben Zeigler (Florence).  Kent Hungerpiller (Myrtle Beach) remains as the Immediate Past President.

The South Carolina Golf Association was formed in 1929 to serve the golf needs of member clubs and the golfers of South Carolina. The SCGA has some 287-member clubs with over 57,000 individual golfers on their membership system.  The SCGA office also houses the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

The SCGA’s annual meeting was held in conjunction with Golf Day which recognizes the SCGA’s year-end award winners and also the 2014 South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame ceremonies. During the day the SCGA named the Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island as the Club of the Year.  Ben Zeigler, an attorney from Florence, was awarded the Charles Drawdy Distinguished Service Award for his volunteer work with Junior Golf including the Grant Bennett Florence Junior Invitational.  The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational Tournament Board was given the Tom Fazio Service to Golf Award for their exceptional work and performance for the twenty years that the event has existed.  Rick Cloninger of Ft. Mill won his third straight Senior Player of the Year.  University of South Carolina senior Will Murphy, captured the SCGA’s Player of the Year title.

Bill Smunk, a 64 year old player from Kingstree, who has been winning tournaments for four decades and is the only individual to capture the South Carolina Amateur, SC Mid-Amateur and SC Senior Amateur Championship titles, was inducted as the 64th member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame.

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