March 13, 2019 - Mississippi Golf Association Names New Executive Director
Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Golf Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successor to longtime Executive Director, Margo Coleman. Russell “Carter” Page has been named the new Executive Director, effective April 1, 2019.
Upon Margo’s departure in January, directors began a search for the best candidate. Their focus was to select the finest individual to continue the progress and growth that both the Mississippi Golf Association and Mississippi Junior Golf Association witnessed with Margo at the helm.
Carter Page has been with the West Virginia Golf Association for the past five years in the position of Senior Director, Rules and Competitions. Previously, Page was with the Texas Golf Association as Tournament Director and prior to that, the Tennessee Golf Association as Director of Course Rating and Member Services. The experience Carter brings in all facets of association business will be of great benefit moving forward. As you know the state golf association is responsible for a growing membership, handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Ratings, Rules of Golf education, growing the game, championship golf and a number of other tasks, all of which Carter has been involved with in his past rolls.
“I feel extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to be the new Executive Director of the Mississippi Golf Association,” Page said. “I look forward to building upon the success, relationships, and history that Margo, staff, and members of the Association have built within the MGA and look to utilize by experience, vision, and love for the game to elevate the Association in all areas. My family and I could not be more excited for the opportunity and we look forward to joining the community of Mississippi.”
The Mississippi Golf Association and Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Carter to the Mississippi family of golfers and member clubs. See these remarks in MGA President, Ben Snow's Letter to MGA Membership.
Please join me in extending a warm Mississippi welcome to Carter as you see him throughout the season.
January 26, 2019 - Memorable Night at the 2019 Celebration of Golf Dinner
Jackson, MS - It was a beautiful evening at the Country Club of Jackson where over 300 people gathered together to celebrate all of the great accomplishments from the 2018 season. The night began with the recognition of all 2018 Champions, followed by honoring our two Robbie Webb Award recipients, Hal Graves and David Huggins. Hal and David have made outstanding contributions to Junior Golf in Mississippi over the years, most notably for their hard work and effort towards the Big I National Championship and are both very deserving of this award. You can view the complete list of Robbie Webb Award winners here.
Next up was the awarding of our 2018 MGA and MJGA Players of the Year. These competitors showed great resiliency and consistency all year long and are very worthy of all of their accomplishments. Our MGA and MJGA Players of the Year are as follows:
Men's - Ben Snow
Women's - Sheila Haynes
Men's Senior - Robert Sanford
Women's Senior - Shannon Adams
Men's Super Senior - Greg Brooking
Women's Super Senior - Pam Posey
Boys Overall - Jake Kight
Girls Overall - Madeleine Yu
Boys Division B - Cohen Trolio
Girls A (16-18) - Presley Baggett
Girls B (13-15) - Madeleine Yu
Boys Division C - William Marshall
Girls D (10-12) - Harper Anne Hinckley
Boys D - Grayson Davis
Girls E (9 and under) - Karstyn Altese
Boys E (9 and under) - Jackson Knight
The last event of the night included the induction of the first class into the Mississippi Golf Hall of Fame. The first class of inductees consisted of James Ray Carpenter, Cissye Meeks Gallagher, Ken Lindsay, Michael D. "Mike" Taylor, and Robert A. "Robbie" Webb, Sr. Each one has made a significant impact on the game of golf in Mississippi throughout their lifetime and there is nobody more deserving than these five outstanding inductees. For more information and bio on all of the inductees, click here.
The night got pretty emotional as we said goodbye to our leader for the past 17 years, Margo Coleman. The sacrifices she has made for so many people that have played this game will never be forgotten. She has truly taken the game of golf in Mississippi to unparallel heights. We thank her for all of her hard work over the last 19 years and best of luck with her new job with the First Tee of Central MS.
We couldn't have asked for a better night of celebration, fellowship, and recognition of all the great accomplishments the game of golf has brought to the state of Mississippi. Thank you to all of our sponsors, the Country Club of Jackson staff, and our MC, Derrel Palmer, for all of their hard work and support in making the dinner a huge success. We are looking forward to another great season in 2019!
January 9, 2019 - Coleman steps down as Executive Director of the Mississippi Golf Association
Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Golf Association announces longtime Executive Director, Margo Coleman, will step down to pursue other golf opportunities in Mississippi. The letter below was sent to the Mississippi Golf Association membership upon the announcement of her departure.
"Today, as I celebrate 19 years with the Mississippi Golf Association and the Mississippi Junior Golf Association, I also announce that I am stepping down as the Executive Director. I would like to thank the Mississippi Golf Association Board of Directors for giving me an opportunity to start my career in golf administration in 2000. I am forever grateful for the time spent serving our membership over the past 19 years.
On January 1, 2019, I began a new chapter, as the Executive Director of the First Tee of Central MS. As most of you know, junior golf is my passion and this is an opportunity to introduce more kids to the game of golf and allow me to spend more time with my family. When I became a mom in 2013, it was one of the best days of my life! My son, Mac, is now 5 years old and I want to be able to spend as much time as possible with him and my husband Eddie. I plan to play a little more golf on the weekends and get Mac involved in junior golf.
In 2000, when I started with the MGA, as the Public Relations Director and GHIN Coordinator, I wore many hats and my duties were much more than growing our membership. That was the same year the MJGA was established, along with the Robbie Webb Award. The MJGA has grown into a large junior program and produced thousands of junior golfers. It has been fun watching the MJGA grow from only a boys' junior amateur championship to a successful junior tour, with our juniors competing in two sets of junior cup matches and the BankPlus Junior Pro Am during the Sanderson Farms Championship.
In December of 2002, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to become the Mississippi Golf Association’s Executive Director. New programs have been established, our Player of Year system has over 16 categories, our membership has tripled and our Championship schedule includes over 50 tournaments, qualifiers and events. The association is growing and the events and programs will continue to flourish. I am so very happy to see the MS Golf Hall of Fame being established this year and the first class to be inducted on January 26th at the Celebration of Golf Dinner. The association has been successful because of our board of directors and their vision for Mississippi Golf. None of these things could have been accomplished without our volunteers, PJ Boatwright Interns, Emily Sullivan-Director of Membership, and all of the former MGA staff members. I am forever grateful for their work and service to the association.
I do not think I will miss the 16 hour days or the 10 day tournament stretches, but I will miss the people. I plan to keep up with my USGA Rules of Golf knowledge and would like to volunteer as my schedule allows. Each of you are a friend to me and I think of you as family. I will cherish the friendships I have made and the memories created over the past 19 years. My last day as Executive Director of the MGA will be January 31, 2019.
I will miss seeing you on the MGA and MJGA Tour, but I am hopeful that our paths will cross again soon. The golf world is a small one. Always know that each of you will always be my friend and if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know and keep in touch."
The Mississippi Golf Association and Board of Directors appreciate the dedication and hard work that Margo has put into growing golf for all in Mississippi. They extend a heartfelt congratulations to her and wish Margo the best in her future endeavors.