Southern Amputee Golf Association or S.A.G.A. had it's beginnings
in 1957 in Warm Springs, GA. The Franklin Roosevelt foundation
hosted and housed all participants and families on the premises.
The foundations course was a menacing 9-Hole Lay-Out with two
sets of tees designed for the President by Donald Ross.
Joe Avans and
Several friends, primarily World War II Veterans, held the first
golf outing and little did they realize this tournament would
survive the test of time. Allowing amputee golfers to not only
enjoy the game, but also to provide inspiration and encouragement
to all with disabilities.
This 2010 event,
once again, displayed what can be accomplished when a person
sets his or her mind on achieving goals no matter what circumstances
prevail. Players like Mike Carver from Holcomb, MS shooting 78
in the opening round. Mikes accomplishments are awesome when
you consider he plays the game with 1-Arm - 1-Leg and 2 1/2 Fingers.
was Pennsylvania's Kelly Valentine, an above elbow 1-Arm amputee
young lady whose swing was the envy of all who witnessed. John
Novak, a Seven Springs member and arm amputee, was the overall
champion shooting a final round 74 to overtake Mike Carver. The
competition was impressive the camaraderie and mutual respect
was something to behold.
Designed by premier
architect Ron Garl, the semi-private Seven Springs Golf and Country
Club is located just outside Florida's metropolitan hub of Tampa
Bay, close to the Gulf of Mexico beaches and many nearby area
attractions. With 36 holes of fantastic golf which include the
lush fairways and manicured greens at their par 72 Championship
golf course, and a par 64 Executive course nestled among majestic
pine, tawny cypress stands and a host of shimmering lakes.
One of Pasco
Countys most popular golf courses, Seven Springs Golf and
Country Club also offers its members and their guests fine dining
and practice facilities that include a state-of-the-art driving
range, putting green, and chipping/pitching area. For tournament
inquiries at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, call 727-376-0035.