News 12 @ 6, Jan 29, 2008
AUGUSTA, GA - The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame recognizes the passing of Hall of Fame Members, Charlie Harper and Emory lee. Mr. Harper passed away January 11, at the age of 85 and Mr. Lee on January 22, at the age of 79.
Inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in January of 2005, Charlie Harper was born April 15, 1922, in Columbus, Ga. He played on the Valdosta High School Golf Team and the Louisiana State University Golf Team before enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1942. He won the Florida State Amateur in 1946 and the Florida State Open in 1947. He turned professional in 1948. As a professional, he won the Georgia State Open, the Georgia PGA Championship, the Southeastern PGA and the Georgia/Alabama PGA. He played in four U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. Mr. Harper became the Head Golf Professional at Columbus Country Club in 1953, and retired in 1986 after 33 years.
Inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in January of 2003, Emory Lee was born in Felton, Ga., on January 13, 1929. After serving in the Marine Corps for eight years, Mr. Lee served as the Head Golf Professional at Canongate I for 32 years before his retirement in 1996. Mr. Lee's impressive golf wins include: the 1955 All Marine Championship, the Georgia State Open, and the Georgia PGA Championship. He also won the Georgia Senior Open twice. In addition, Mr. Lee participated in the PGA Senior Championship 10 times, qualified for the U.S. Senior Open three times, and played in the 1968 U.S. Open. Mr. Lee served as president of the Georgia PGA from 1977 to 1979. He was named Georgia PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1973, and again in 1977.
According to Michael Paull, Executive Director of the Georgia Section PGA and Ex-officio board member of the GGHF, "Our state has lost two outstanding PGA professionals and members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. We certainly cannot thank them enough for their accomplishments and their dedication to the game of golf."
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame board and staff would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Mrs. Mary Ellen Harper, Mrs. June Lee, and their families.