In 1957, Joe Avans and several of his friends held the 1st Southern States Amputees golf Tournament at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation Golf Course in Warm Springs, Georgia . Little did they realize this tournament would survive the test of time and allow so many of us to enjoy this annual event.
From 1957 to 1976 Joe Avans presided as the president of this organization. Other founding members of the Southern State Amputee Golf Association include Ray Rice, Wally Baskovich, Cluade Ellard, Stan Nave, and many more.
The SAGA currently has a board of directors and executive officers that work hard each year to make our regional tournament better every year. Our officers also participate in the other tournaments in the south along with tournaments in other parts of the country and world.
The tournament is set up in divisions based on the type of amputation the person has. Examples of divisions include below knee and above elbow. Depending on the number of entries there will also be a certain number of flights within each division.
We encourage new members to come out and join us. Kenny Green, the current vice president, has also held a position as an assistant golf professional. He would be glad to assist beginners or anyone wanting to improve with instruction.