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Albany Chosen As Home Of SIAC Golf Tourney
TUCKER, Ga. — The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Albany Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to announce the Contemporary Era Inaugural SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Men’s Golf Championship to be held in Albany on April 20-23, 2008.
The tournament will be held at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course. The Recreation and Parks Department recently won a bid to host the tournament for three years: 2008 – 2010.
Dr. William E. Lide, Commissioner of the SIAC, said “We truly believe the City of Albany and the Recreation and Parks Department have all the necessary tools to make it an annual signature event. It is good for the SIAC to be back in Albany, Georgia, with a championship event.”
“We are excited to host the SIAC’s resurregence of the golf championship at one of south Georgia’s outstanding golf courses — the city’s Flint River Municipal Golf Course,” Suzanne Davis, Director of the Recreation and Parks Department expressed.
A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 11:30 am at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course. Those in attendance will include Mayor Willie Adams, City Manager Alfred Lott, Albany State University President Dr. Everette J. Freeman, Albany State University Athletic Director Dr. Joshua Murfree and Dr. William E. Lide, SIAC Commissioner.
The SIAC was introduced to Golf as a sport as early as 1938 on a course that Cleve Abbott of Tuskegee built in 1926. The course was a nine hole 3,400 yard, par 35 Golf Course on the campus of Tuskegee University. In 1938 the first Intercollegiate Golf Championship was held at Tuskegee.
The SIAC stopped Golf as a sport due to World War II but would see a resurregence in 1947 as an official conference sport. 1947 was the first official SIAC Championship for Golf with Morehouse taking the title.
Golf was a mainstay in the conference from 1947 until 1980 when golf was discontinued. Although the SIAC never developed a Women’s Golf Championship women were playing golf during the Men’s championships as early as 1938.
Althea Gibson of Florida A&M was one person that blossomed during this era.
The SIAC has a long history of stellar golfers including Billy Holden and Paul Crawford of Alabama A&M who represented the SIAC in the Division II Golf Tournament in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Holden was the first and only representative in 1977.
NOTE: For more information please visit www.thesiac.com.