Welcome Senior Golfers Association of Atlanta
Dedicated to Good Golf and Fine Fellowship
Dedicated to Good Golf and Fine Fellowship
We were informed today, Thursday September 29, that Dave Visscher quietly passed away this morning while sitting in his recliner. Dave, commonly referred to as ""Santa Claus" was a member for 10 years. At the current time we are unaware of any service plans. If we become aware of any they will be posted.
Dave's life was our blessing, and he shall never be forgotten. Our sincerest condolences for the Visscher family's terrible loss. We hope they can find comfort in the memories they have of Dave.
We have the winners of our annual tournament. Pat Parisi is once again our club champion with a gross score of 274. For the flight winners see below. Congratulations to all the winners!
We wish to thank all who came out and participated. As well as all who worked behing the scenes to ensure that all went smooth. Also a BIG shoutout to the staff at Browns Mill. The staff was very helpful in ensuring that our event ran smoothly. The course was challenging (even with the shortened Par 3 at hole 14) and it was in excellent condition.
The eagles during the week were:
Mike Brown had an Eagle on #10 on 9/8
Steve Helm had an Eagle on #10 on 9/12
Jim Begnaud had an Eagle on #10 on 9/12
Pat Holder had an Eagle on #10 on 9/13
Pat Parisi had an Eagle on #18 on 9/14
Tommy Meeks had an Eagle on #10 on 9/20
Once again Pat has garnered the Club Championship with a four round gross score of 274.
Net score - 266
Net Score - 266
Net Score - 265
Net Score - 275
Net Score - 281
So you had more important things to do during our other out of town trips. Here is your last chance this year to enjoy a great golf trip with some awesome individuals. Members who have previously joined us on this trip have raved about it. So why not join us?
The Eagle's Nest Golf Course at Lake Guntersville State Park is your premiere golf destination! Our golf course underwent some major renovations during 2009 and now features Dwarf Bermuda Tiff greens as well as a state-of-the-art irrigation system. The renovation and redesign of the golf course was done in cooperation and guidance of pro golfer Jerry Pate. Unique on its own, the golf course at Lake Guntersville State Park is located on top of Taylor Mountain, adjacent to the Lodge & Convention Center, and offers golfers majestic mountain scenery. Elevation changes throughout the course make each hole an exciting challenge. The fairways are wide and provide tree-lined variants for added challenging holes. The scenic rolling hills combined with the occasional stroll of a deer across the fairways make this course unique and a must-play on any golfers list.
For the available packages and the reservation form, click below
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
The big day may have come and gone, but please plan on attending one of our trips next year
As we come to the last quarter of our year, we start to prepare for the new one. Per our Bylaws, we will hold an election at our end of year luncheon to elect a new president, a vice president, a secretary, and three members of the board of directors.
The gentlemen below comprise the official list of candidates for the 2023 Senior Golfers Association of Atlanta and are the only names on the ballot.
After the list of candidates, yo will find an official ballot. Eithe complete and mail (as per the directions on the coument) or, better yet, bring it with you when you attend the luncheon
Larry Fauconnet joined the SGAA in 2015. Larry is currently Vice President and is serving as the chairman for the Table workers.
Larry is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, completing 28 years of commissioned service in 2008. Larry was an intelligence officer (with specialization in tactical and counterintelligence) for the bulk of his time in service. While with the Army he served with 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division, 513th Intelligence Brigade, Army Environmental Policy Institute, 10th Special Forces Group, 5th Special Forces Group, and in other assignments. Larry is a combat veteran of both the Gulf War (operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Provide Comfort) and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom). However, Larry knows that even with 28 years in uniform, his service still can’t compare with the significant service of the Vietnam Vets who served just before him.
In his civilian life, Larry worked as a competitive strategist with AT&T and continues to work, along with his wife, Dede, as a competitive intelligence and strategy consultant with Inovis – a Swiss-based market insights firm - where Larry advises a number of fortune 500 companies
regarding competitive strategy.
Larry holds a BA from Carson-Newman College in TN, an MA from Towson University in MD, an MBA from Mercer University in GA, and has graduated from the Army’s Command & General Staff College.
Larry and his golf-supporting and very understanding wife, enjoy working with several Dog Rescue groups in GA, SC, and France. They have two grown children (Laurance II who works with NASA and the JPL and Brittany who works in movie production in California)
Ron Wade joined the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. after graduation from Mississippi State University in 1960. As of his retirement in 1995 he was Regional Managing Partner of Andersen offices in western Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. He has extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations having served two terms as Board Chairman and as Campaign Chairman of the Greater Kansas United Way and two terms as Board Chairman of the Pensions and Benefits Board of the Evangelical Covenant Church, among others.
After his retirement, Ron and his wife Dot, to whom he has been married (and who he has obeyed assiduously) for over 60 years, moved from Kansas City to Reynolds Plantation. They moved from Reynolds to Snellville in 2014.
At Dot’s specific direction Ron took up golf after his retirement (there was mention of too much idle time in her house). After some initial resistance to the idea, he found, as others have, that the game can be addictive. He joined SGAA in 2017 and has served on a registration table for the last 4 years.
Faith is an important influence in Ron and Dot’s lives. Both are active in The Church on Main in Snellville.
I’ve been a member of SGAA since 2007. I am a widower with 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; I served in the U.S. Navy 1959-1966. I was born in Tennessee and have been a resident of Georgia for 59 yrs. I retired after 37 years with AT&T; and having served as an Officer of CWA Local 3250 for 30 years. I have been an Elder of Covington Christian Church for 22 years. I served as Table captain 3
years, Table Chairman 2 years, Vice President 2010, President 2011, Board member (2010-2022) Co-Chair for in-town scheduling committee 6 yrs.; Nominating committee 2012-2022; and served on various other SGAA committees, SGAA Executive Committee 9 years, Secretary SGAA 2015-2022
I would consider it a privilege to serve as a member on the Board of Directors for the Senior Golfers Association of Atlanta (SGAA). In this capacity, my focus would be to promote initiatives designed to increase membership, and enhance our organization’s relationship with both existing, and potential golf course partners.
After serving 20 years as a Naval Flight Officer, I retired as a Commander (O-5) from the United States Navy Reserve. During my flying days, I deployed on the USS John F.Kennedy (CV-67), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CV-69), and USS Constellation (CV-64). In addition to my at-sea deployments, I served 4 years in Ramadi, Iraq, as a Senior Economic
Advisor on the U.S. Department of State’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). After my service In Iraq, I deployed to Afghanistan at a Team Leader for a Human Terrain Team (HTT), first in Logar Province, and later in Herat Province. Upon returning home from Afghanistan, my wife, Cindy, and I purchased, and have successfully operated, the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Snellville, GA.
Cindy and I have been married for 38 years. We have four children Ashlyn (Scott), Nathan (Suemy), Haley, and Olivia. We are also the proud grandparents of Isabel, and Phoebe.
I joined the SGAA full-time upon retiring in 2018. Before retiring I played as a guest. I have enjoyed every round of golf with the organization, the good golf days and the not so good golf days. I now work on the Tuesday table and seek to join the Board of Directors.
The wife and I have been married for 48 years which produced two children and two grandchildren.
I was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. My introduction to golf was during my teenage years as a caddy at Newport and Wanumetonomy Country Clubs. I played on my high school golf team for three years which gave me a passion for the game that is still with me today.
In October 1967 I was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in South Korea on the DMZ for 15 months. Upon returning to the states at the rank of Sargent (E-5) and completing my two years I was honorably discharged.
I studied at Salve Regina University and received my degree in Business Management. Moving to Atlanta in 1985 I worked for Mitsubishi Motor Sales as a District Manager for the Southeast Region. After 11 good years I took a position with the consultant firm of Automotive Dealer
Management Inc. as a Field Operations Manager.
Currently I live in Cumming with my wife, Maggie and our two Shizu puppies Bella and Lucy.
We are members of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Johns Creek.
For all the members I have not met, or had the pleasure or pairing up with on the course, let me introduce myself. My name is Ward Humphreys and I have been nominated for a position on the Board of Directors of SGAA. Originally from Lakeland, Florida, I moved to Athens, Georgia in the mid-sixties to attend the University of Georgia, earning a BBA '69. Go Dawgs
With my soon to be wife Laura, I moved to Atlanta in 1972 and started a twenty five year career in retail motorcycle sales, parts, and accessories. After selling the motorcycle business in 1998, I began a second career in retail grocery, continuing to the present in a contract grocery merchandising capacity.
Laura and I have lived in Duluth for thirty plus years enjoying our two grandchildren in close by Suwanee.
Searching for a safer hobby than motorcycles, I took up golf and joined SGAA in 2012. As a proud member, I have enjoyed the golf, but especially enjoyed the fellowship and friendships made with a great group of guys. During my ten years in SGAA I have been impressed with the
volunteer participation and leadership and figure it's time for me to 'pitch in.’
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Solon High school, in Cleveland, I was a member of the golf team and served on the Student Council. I earned a degree in Business Administration from Clayton State College.
I worked in the logistics industry for fifty years and was an active member of the Atlanta Air Cargo Association. In 2002 I was founder and owner of Pro Air Cargo Sales, Inc. I retired in November 2020.
I currently attend Community Bible Church in Stockbridge, Georgia
Gary became a member of SGAA in 2015, serving as rules coordinator for
the last three years. It's been a wonderful time of fellowship and enjoyment of the
Gary is a native from Loganville, Georgia. He and Chris have been married for 46
years. They have two daughters, son-in-law and three granddaughters.
He worked for AT&T as an electronic technician. During those years, he was in the Georgia
National Guard for six years. Gary retired from AT&T with 31 years of service. Upon his
retirement, he went to work for Atlanta Equipment Company and retired from AEC with 15
Gary always enjoyed running and basketball. Playing basketball in high school and until he was
55 years old. He ran in two half-marathons, 100 10K’s and collected 29 Peachtree Road Race
t-shirts, running in the very first race. Gary started playing golf shortly after joining AT&T, giving
it up only to coach his daughters in softball and basketball.
Do you have or know someone who has some great ideas to improve our organization? Then GET INVOLVED. Elections for President, Vice President, Secretary and three Board Members will be held at our End of Year Luncheon. You can nominate yourself or, if your friend agrees, a friend.
Send your nominations to Wendell Jackson by Sept 15
We have had fewer people attending our beginning and end of year events. Why don't you mark your calendars to attend the end of year event at Monroe Country Club on Nov 17? Cost is $20 for a buffet lunch and the chance to brag about your accomplishments during the past year.
Look for tickets to start selling soon for our annual raffle for some great golf gifts.
As we approach a new year, we have several LONG TIME table workers deciding to retire. Without the table workers we cannot have our weekly events. Why not step up and volunteer to help?
Starting Sept 6, you will be able to register for our weekly events. Registration will open seven days before the event, For more info see the registration page Registration (sgaofatlanta.org)
One of the most common faults when a player wants to hit a shorter shot with the club is to slow down the swing through impact. Slowing down only causes the club to get out of plane and will lead to a flub shot or one that flies well left of the target. The best way to hit a shorter shot with any club is to choke down on the handle and make an aggressive swing through impact. The ball will fly low and straight.
Jim Means (Captain) 770.718.8410
Kevin Anderson 404-513-6347
J.D David 404.627.8928
Rick Gross 404-729-0132
John Cyran (Captain) 404.272.1571
Danny Boyles 770.329.6316
Dennis Hanson 770-359-9004
Pat Holder 706.386.6469
Ron Wade (Captain) 706.318.2379
Jim Begnaud 678.428.0663
Tom Gryder 404.232.9741
George Shingler 404-218-9312
Bob Remich (Captain) 404.822.1379
Ed D’Arata 770.856.3014
Jim Goldsack 770-978-3813
J. J. Goldsack 404.375.8657