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Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Inducts James Mason of Dillard and 4 Others

Mar 10, 2016 03:53PM ● By Brian O

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After having announced the 2016 class last April the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame inducted 5 new members including James Mason of Dillard, Ga. The event was held at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club which has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2014 US Amateur.

Receiving honors were:
James Mason, Dillard, Ga.
Nanci Bowen, Travelers Rest, S.C.
Christopher Jay (Chris) Haack, Bogart, Ga.
Stewart Maiden (posthumous induction)
C. Layne Williams, Marietta, Ga.

Mason attended Duluth High School before walking-on to the Auburn University golf team, where he became a four-year letterman. In 1972, he won the Atlanta Amateur Championship (now the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship).

Following his amateur career, Mason was a leader in the industry running Sky Valley Country Club - Sky Valley, GA and teaching as a PGA Golf Professional.

He enjoyed success playing in professional events having won Georgia PGA Player of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 2000, and was Georgia PGA champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Perhaps most notably, he qualified for and competed in the PGA Championship held at Winged Foot Country Club. 

On the Champions Tour, he competed in nearly 200 and won the NFL Golf Classic in 2002 contributing to more than $3 million in career earnings.

In a 2014 interview with ForeGolf, Mason reflected on his Champions Tour career as “a fantastic run. I never dreamed I’d do what I did. I can’t really put it into words.”

Mason and his wife Suzie reside in Dillard, GA along with their two sons.

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