A Slice of Our History: Troup County Golf and Golfers
Just in time for summer, Legacy Museum on Main is opening its latest exhibit: “A Slice of Our History: Troup County Golf and Golfers”.
Troup County has played an often unrecognized role in the history of golf. Several different people and events played key roles in golf locally. In the 1920s, Bobby Jones lost twice at Highland Country Club during a time when he was beating everyone else. In the 1930s, Ely Callaway won a couple of tournaments locally and then, a few decades later, he established Callaway Golf. Also in the 1930s, two caddies won national tournaments in Atlanta. In the 1960s, Suzanne Jackson played on the boys team at LaGrange High and went on to become one of the first women golf professionals and even officiated at the Masters. In the 1980s, Tad Moore left his job in the industrial park to start a major golf club manufacturing company. Allen Doyle went from winning several amateur tournaments to winning the Senior Golf Open in the early 2000s.
The role of these people and many others plus the history of local golf courses are unveiled using photographs, artifacts, newsclippings, and more. Doug Cox, Gordon “Sweet Pea” Smith, and Highland Country Club have assisted with the exhibit.
Legacy Museum on Main is located at 136 Main Street in LaGrange. The reception on June 17 is open to the public. The museum is open free of charge. “A Slice of Our History” will be on display until September 12. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.