The only superintendent to have hosted a men's U.S. Open championship in Georgia is among three men who are being inducted into the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Hall of Fame.
Bobby McGee, who passed away in 2005, prepared Atlanta Athletic Club for the U.S. Open in 1976. McGee is being inducted along with William Shirley, CGCS, at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta and Ron Sinnock, who retired in 2005 after a nearly 40-year career in the business.
They will be honored Dec. 8 at the Georgia GCSA's annual awards banquet at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island.
McGee, who was a 37-year member of GCSAA, began his career as an assistant at East Lake GC. After going to Atlanta Athletic Club, he also served on the Georgia GCSA Board of Directors and was president in 1975-76. McGee also served on the USGA Green Section committee for more than two decades.
Shirley began his career at Newnan CC in 1980. He was working in the pro shop at the time when club leaders encouraged him to take the superintendent position, which opened that year. He did. In 2011, Shirley was named Superintendent of the Year.
Sinnock served as a Georgia GCSA director during his years as a superintendent at Chattahoochee Golf Course and Coosa CC. He was a pioneer of bentgrass in the state, converting both courses from the coarser bermudagrasses of that era.