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Georgia Tech Golf Programs and Guides

 Collection
Identifier: UP007

  • Staff Only

Abstract

This collection brings together the published programs and media guides published by Georgia Tech on the golf program at the Institute.

Dates

  • 1986-2005

Creator

General Physical Description note

(1 document case; about 9 bound and unbound volumes)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

Each of these annual publications contains photos and profiles of the current team and coaches; reviews of the previous season and outlooks for the upcoming season; a section on golf history and statistics; fundraising; schedules for the coming season; information on facilities; media information; and background on Georgia Tech itself. Most of the publications are intended as media guides.

Within the date range of this collection, several volumes are missing, including 1990, 1992, 1996 through 1998, 2001, and 2004.

History of the Golf Program at Tech

Georgia Tech first fielded a golf team in 1919, but it was not until 1931 that the team had its first coach, H. E. Dennison, a professor of economics and social science who remained as golf coach until 1955. Another long-term coach, Tommy Plaxico, succeeded Dennison in 1956, guiding the team as the sport expanded from playing dual matches to stroke-play tournaments. After Plaxico's retirement in 1982, Puggy Blackmon, a golf professional and teacher, took over. Blackmon is credited with moving the team to a perennial top-25 program. The Jackets won five ACC titles, 33 tournaments, and competed in 11 NCAA championships during his time as coach.

After Blackmon's departure after the 1995 season, Bruce Heppler, then an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, was hired as head coach of the golf team. As of 2010, Heppler had led the team to six NCAA championship tournaments, seven ACC championships, and three NCAA East Regional championships. Golf Digest rated Tech's golf team the best in the nation in 2005 and second in 2006.

Several Tech golf players have gone on to notable careers in the sport, including Bobby Jones, Watts Gunn (National Collegiate Champion in 1927), Charlie Yates (National Collegiate Champion in 1934), David Duval (1990-1993), Matt Kuchar (1997-2001), and many others.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Provenance

This is a collection that has been created by the Georgia Tech Archives from the publications produced by Tech relating to the golf program. The immediate provenance of the publications is unknown, although they were likely to have been deposited in the Library and Archives by the Georgia Tech Athletic Association's Sports Information Office. Accession number 2012.015.

Related Materials

See also the Georgia Tech Archives Vertical Files: Golf.

General Physical Description note

(1 document case; about 9 bound and unbound volumes)

Note:

The publications in this collection have been cataloged and assigned the call number GV961 .G46x. Many of these publications are also found in the Georgia Tech Library, but the Archives has the most complete collection.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in February 2012.
Title
Inventory of the Golf Programs and Guides (Georgia Institute of Technology), 1986-2005
Subtitle
UP003
Status
Completed
Author
Christine de Catanzaro
Date
Copyright February 2012.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Contact:
Library
Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA
404-894-4586