Golf Hall of Fame to dissolve

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 4:16 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 3:52 PM
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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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HillGuy
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HillGuy 02/04/09 - 05:20 pm
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It's about time... what a

It's about time... what a waste of taxpayer money that whole farce was.

DodgeD50
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DodgeD50 02/04/09 - 05:25 pm
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Now they need to dissolve the

Now they need to dissolve the dunderheads at Civic Center

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Little Lamb 02/04/09 - 05:46 pm
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Let's wait for the other shoe

Let's wait for the other shoe to drop. They want the government out of their hair, but they (the board of directors) probably want to hold title to the land free and clear. If so, we will be hearing the familiar sound of Ed Tarver's whining.

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justsaying 02/04/09 - 05:57 pm
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Another example of the boys

Another example of the boys with the green jackets sticking it to Augusta . They demamnded the thing...then didn't support it. Same way they stopped development acroos from them on Washington Rd., never thinking about the lost revenue for the city.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 02/04/09 - 06:23 pm
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A golf hall of fame in

A golf hall of fame in Augusta just made no sense in the first place, because the official golf hall of fame already exists in St Augustine, FL. This was just a "Georgia Golf Hall of Fame".. only golfers from georgia could be inducted. Now who is going to come all the way to Augusta just to see statues of golfers only from georgia?? No Tiger Woods, no Jack Nicklaus, etc... just Larry Mize. Boy that was really going to bring the tourists in by the busloads.

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sprintman 02/04/09 - 06:54 pm
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Actually the food lion plaza

Actually the food lion plaza across from the master's. Is coming down on washington rd. So i don't think they stopped the development. They just wouldn't allow 8 story condo buildings. But i do think some type of residential/commercial/retail will be built there. I think they said it can be no higher than 6 stories. For safety reasons. Also the national hills plaza is adding a bigger fresh market. And i think the old dillars building will be turned into residential.

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FedupwithAUG 02/04/09 - 10:41 pm
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I wish our hair brain Mayor

I wish our hair brain Mayor could find a better use of the property then a ball field. How many more millions need to be wasted? What we need to do is not spend the money and pay off some bills so our tax bills don't go up.

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