Mississippi has produced a number of historic golfers who have left a lasting legacy on the game in Mississippi. These individuals made great contributions to the game through their talent as well as leaving memorials in their name for the Mississippi Golf and Mississippi Junior Golf Associations. Below we remember those individuals who saw the game of golf grow during their lifetime and hoped to sustain it into the future.
Hunter George "H.G." Weddington (April 18, 1917 - January 13, 2016) A graduate of Meridian High School, Mr. Weddington was also an alumnus of the University of Mississippi (1935-37) and Yale University (1942-1943). It was at Ole Miss that he first made his mark as one of the most prolific amateur golfers in Mississippi history, never losing a single match while playing for the Rebels. He went on to win the Mississippi Men’s State Amateur championship three times (1939, 1947, 1948) and recorded two other runner-up finishes. In total, he amassed 83 tournament championships in his storied career, including a record number of club titles at his home course, Northwood Country Club. He notched an incredible 30 holes-in-one along the way. In 1983, Mr. Weddington was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, and when his daughter, Lou, was inducted into the Hall in 2007, they became the only father-daughter duo to earn such an honor in Mississippi history. He was also a member of the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Weddington played in 56 Mississippi state amateur championships, more than 40 in a row, including his first in 1936. Mr. Weddington considered himself like “It’s a Wonderful Life’s” George Bailey “the richest man in town” because of all of his friends.
Hunter George (H.G.) Weddington, a three-time state champion golfer who had been the oldest living member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, died today in his hometown of Meridian, three months shy of his 99th birthday.
Weddington won the State Am three times. Perhaps more impressively, he played in 56 Mississippi state amateur championships, more than 40 in a row, including his first in 1936. He won the state’s amateur championship for the first time in 1939, before serving in World War II.
Weddington won more than 100 golf tournaments, either individually or teamed with daughter, Lou, or her twin brother, Alex. The Weddingtons lived in a home just off the 18th tee at Northwood Country Club, a virtual breeding ground for many of Mississippi’s greatest golfers. In Meridian the stories are legendary of Hunter George driving his old, three-wheeled, yellow golf cart around Northwood with either Alex or Lou — or both — in tow. If one of the twins wasn’t available, H.G. often had his dog ride along.
“H.G. loved the game as much as anybody I’ve ever been associated with,” longtime Northwood Professional, Jimmy Gamblin continued. “He respected the game. He was a gentleman and he respected his opponents, but he didn’t necessarily need one. He could go out by himself and play nine holes and thoroughly enjoy it, competing against the golf course the whole time.”
Said John Lang, another Northwood product who won two State Ams, “Hunter George Weddington had more fun doing what he loved to do than anyone I’ve ever known.”
Stan Hall (January 28, 1961 - January 16, 2016) Stan Hall was born in Greenville, MS on January 28, 1961 and graduated from Beeson Academy in 1978. Hall attended University of Mississippi and the University of Texas. He was an avid fan of the Rebels and the Longhorns. Stan was an accomplished golfer, having won many tournaments throughout the Mid South, including 2014 and 2015 Mississippi State Senior Four-Bal; the Reunion Club Championship; Norman Bryant Invitational. Stan and his father have also won the State Father-Son Four-Ball Championship and the HCC Mid-South Four-Ball Tournament. He also served on the Mississippi Golf Association Cup Teams and the Governor's Cup Team.
Stan had plans to to represent Mississippi proudly throughout the 2016 golf season before his passing in January. He qualified for the 2016 Governor's Cup team and MS Cup teams and will be remembered during the matches by not only the Mississippi teams but also the Arkansas amateurs and Mississippi PGA professionals.
Jack Pannell (August 5, 1929 - July 1, 2015)
Janey Pannell (May 11, 2017)
Robbie Webb (August 11, 1939 - August 2, 2012) Longtime golf enthusiast Robbie Webb, passed from this life this morning in the comfort of his home. Mr. Webb speant many good years at The Country Club of Canton, where he was the Head Golf Professional. Mr. Webb became a member of the PGA in 1965. He was also a longtime member of the MPGA and served as president, secretary, and treasurer. He was a member of the Mississippi Cup Team in 1967 and 1970. Mr. Webb was named Gulf States Section Pro of the year in 1970 and 1984. He was inducted into the USM sports Hall of Fame in 1976. Many golfers of today attribute their talent and love of the game to Robbie Webb. He was certainly a Godfather of the game for junior golfers across the state of Mississippi.
Jay Jordan (July 28, 1963 - June 17, 2009) Jay was born in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Clinton High School in 1981 and Mississippi College in 1985. Jay was a member of the PGA since 1985 and was head golf professional at Castlewoods Country Club when he passed. Hay was an accomplished golf instructor and led the Northwest Rankin HIgh School golf team to win the State Championship in 2005. He was a loving hisband, daddy, son and brother to his family and was loved by many friends. Jay is remembered for his love of the game and dedication to growing the game amongst the youth in Mississippi.
Bob Travis ( - December 5, 2008) Known for many years as Mississippi's "Mr. Golf," Bob began his love of the game at age 15. In high school, he played on the golf team and won the Big-8 High School Championship. At Ole Miss, he was a 4-year letterman and captain of the team and coached by the legendary Junie Hovious. During his half century of tournament fold, Bob qualified for and played in 3 USGA national championships: U.S. Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur, and the U.S. Senior Open. A partial list of Bob's championships includes Army Open Division at Ft. Belvour; MS State Amateur (twice); MS State Open; MS State Four-Ball; Laurel Labor Day Four-Ball (5 times); Colonial Invitational (3 Times); Batesville Invitational (5times); Oxford Invitational (3 times); Tupelo Invitational (twice); Tallulah, LA Regional; MS State Seniors; MS State Senior Four-Ball; invitationals and four-balls events in Meridian, Hattiesburg, Clarksdale, Greenville, Jackson and Vicksburg. From 1952-1957, he was either winner or runner-up in the Country Cub of Jackson Men's club championship. Throughout his career, he made 10 holes-in-one and 2 double eagles, one at the famed Pebble Beach Course.
Bob was a founding member of the Mid South Golf Association, which hosted Cup Matches with teams from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. He played as a member of the Mississippi team for more than 10 years. In addition, he served as president and board member of the Mississippi Golf Association.
For Bob, golf was life's greatest delight. His joyous love of the game and his infectious high spirits brought that delight to countless courses and competitors. Bob's favorite quotation was from Grantland Rice: "When that one great scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes not that you won or lost but how you played the game." Bob Travis played it with style and grace.
Randy Sullivan (July 31, 1959- February 6, 2002)
Wilson Reeder (September 14, 2017)
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