The Atlanta Chapter of Pro-Duffers USA was founded at the behest of Johnny Thomas (a Pro-Duffer at large) and Ocie Irons following their attendance at the 1995 Pro-Duffers’ National Convention in Jamaica. The rationale for the formation of the Atlanta Chapter was to serve the members common interest in golf. In addition, it was felt that there was a community need to involve underprivileged youth who may not otherwise be exposed to the game of golf.
C. C. Jones, a Memphis Pro-Duffer, formally installed the Atlanta Chapter of Pro-Duffers USA, on January 19, 1996. The sponsor for the Atlanta Chapter was Pro-Duffers USA, South Memphis. Pro-Duffers from the Memphis and Dallas Chapters present were Dan Evans, Wilson Clayton, Foster Kidd, Leon Griffin, C. C. Jones, Charles Campbell, Clyde Saunders, Larry Colbert, Bill Terrell, and J. McClure.
Sixteen charter members were inducted into the Atlanta Pro-Duffers. They were Thomas Arnold, Mark Brinkley, Obie Clayton, Francis Davis, Carver Fortson, Earle Harris, Ocie Irons, James Johnson, Bobby G. Jordan, Wilbur Leaphart, Robert Manley, William Shropshire, Leo Smith, Johnny Thomas, Ira Turner, and Craig Williams.
Our chapter was a proud bunch of men. We were looking forward to being a stalwart in Pro-Duffers USA. Our play indicated otherwise. Our first club champion was a transplant from the Dallas Chapter. He left after the first year. Our next club championship had a first day leader by 18 strokes and lost by three. That same year we hosted the Nationals (1997) and were admonished as being great dressers but poor golfers. We have come a long way, as our chapter won the 2003, 2006,
2007 and 2012 National Club championship.
The Atlanta Pro-Duffers Constitution provides for three (3) general meetings at the beginning of each year, the 2nd Saturday of January, February and March. An Annual Awards Meeting is also authorized. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. The president presides according to the conditions at hand and pursuant to an approved agenda. At this time, new members are considered and accepted or rejected. Dues, annual budget, play schedule and particular community and scholarship activities we plan to support are discussed, voted on and approved or modified. Pursuant to the National Constitution, the Atlanta Pro-Duffers’ Annual Tournament is cosponsored with the Marriott Marquis Bell Staff in June. This
tournament provides a percentage of the funding for community projects that we sponsor. The projects we presently support are these: