Golf Hall of Fame to dissolve

The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame notified legislators today of its intentions to dissolve the state organization and relinquish control of its 17 acres in Augusta.

“The board felt that privatizing was the best road to long-term success of the GGHF,” said Chairman Bryan Persons of Macon, in a prepared statement.

The announcement comes a day after two Augusta legislators—Sen. Ed Tarver and State Rep. Hardie Davis—said they would schedule a Feb. 10 meeting to discuss eliminating the Hall of Fame and transferring ownership of its real estate to the city.

The group’s petition to the legislature asks that the hall of fame, and its governing board—both established in 1986—be dissolved effective at the end of its fiscal year on June 30.

Although Mr. Persons’ request indicates the organization would be re-established as a private, non-profit group with similar goals, Hall of Fame spokeswoman Robyn Jarrett said it is too early to offer any specifics about the new group, or even where it would be headquartered.

“Frankly, what we’re asking for at this point, is the first step to allow us to become a private entity,” she said. “It is very early in the process.”

The group intends to relinquish all control of its 17-acre site on Reynolds Street in Augusta that formerly housed the formal gardens. The area has been discussed as a possible location for a baseball complex.

Mr. Persons noted that the Legislature had directed the Hall of Fame last year to make efforts to become self-sufficient. “Therefore, dissolution of these governing bodies is the first step of the process in reorganizing as a private entity.”

Ms. Jarrett was unsure what would become of the Hall of Fame’s statues of famous golfers and other artifacts it collected during its years of operation.

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