The Centennial Member/Member Tournament

A capacity field of 72 teams competed in The Centennial Member/Member Tournament April 26-28, 2012.  The action started off with the annual Thursday evening festivities- long drive, short game and putting contests followed by a steak dinner.  The field was split between Ansley and Settindown for Friday and Saturday's play, with both courses offering excellent conditions.  The larger field brought renewed energy to Saturday Night's Dinner/Dance, as celebration and revelry filled the air.

In honor of our Centennial, the six flights were named after historical figures from Ansley's past:

Edwin P. Ansley acquired the present day Ansley Park property in 1904. After graduating from the University of Georgia, and an initial stint with the law firm Calhoun, King and Spalding, Edwin laid out Ansley Park using the principles of Frederick Law Olmstead and, as early as 1905, platted the northeast section as a golf course and polo grounds. His company built the 9-hole, 2509 yard course which was opened originally as a semi-private course.

A.A. Doonan (“Al”) is credited with laying out the course initially in 1910, with modifications in 1912. Al was a founding member of the Ansley Park Golf Club and the GSGA, and was a recognized leader in amateur athletics of the time. He was Chairman of Athletics at the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Director, Southeastern Region, of the Amateur Athletic Union. He was also a semi-finalist in the Ansley Park Golf Club’s first club championship.

Stewart Maiden is credited with assisting Doonan in the course layout, bringing a more traditional golf expertise to the design of the course.  “Kiltie” came to the U.S. in 1908 and to East Lake when his brother, the first pro at East Lake, was offered the job at the Nassau CC on Long Island. Stewart is credited with being the mentor of Bobby Jones, Alexa Stirling, Perry Adair and Watts Gunn. A superb craftsman of golf clubs, he was nicknamed the “First Doctor of Golf” by Bobby Jones.

G.C. Jones, Sr. was Ansley’s first President. The club was incorporated in order to finance and build the first clubhouse, and the public was no longer able to play the course. He was the father of five boys who grew up during the construction and early years of the club, living at 72 Westminster Dr.  His youngest son, G.C. “Billy” Jones, Jr., was club champion at 16 in 1922.  A portrait of G.C. and a picture of the family picnicking on the 8th fairway are located in the lobby outside the Ansley Room.

Lewis Grizzard is a southern treasure, an Atlanta legend and an icon of Ansley Golf Club.  A nationally celebrated humorist, Lewis spent many of his best days and nights at Ansley on the golf course and in the men’s grille, where he was a pillar to the strength of clubhouse entertainment.

Ewing Pomeroy lived on Golf Circle and played in three major championships while he was Ansley’s Head Professional from 1953 - 1960.  He placed 35th at the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, won by Billy Casper.  He played in the final PGA Championship that was competed in match play format in 1957, and again in 1958 when he won $100 for placing 63rd in the stroke play competition.

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