Executive Committee

» Mr. Mack Johnson, President
» Ms. Martha Clark, Vice President
» Ms. Johanna E. La Rosa, Treasurer
» Mr. Sam Brown, Corresponding Secretary
» Mr. Ernest Kearse, Recording Secretary
» Mr. Riley Davis, Tournament Director
» Mr. Gregory Vereen, Handicap Director
» Mr. Granville Scott, Parliamentarian
» Mr. Bernard McClinton, Chaplin

Who is the SSAGA?

Sunshine State Amateur Golfers Association, Inc. is Dedicated and Devoted To The Development of Minority Golf Participation Through Junior Golf Programs and Adult Activities Related To Golf.

A Brief History

In the early 1970's Black golfers were having problems playing organized golf in the state of Florida. In 1972 Robert Saffold of Sebring, Florida talked with several Black golfers during the "Sephia Open (Pro-Am) Golf Tournament" being held in Sebring at the Harder Hall Golf Course. During this meeting, the golfers discussed the formation of a statewide organization that all Black golfers could join and participate in friendly tournament competition. Included among this pioneering group of Black golfers were Ed Henry, Ernest King, James Hastie, Danny Sutton, Eddie Postell, Leonard Wilson and Robert Saffold. This notable list of golfers noted that several cities in Florida at that time had established tournaments such as Tampa (Rogers Park), Jacksonville (Moncreif), Ocala (Compton #2), and Miami (North/South @ Miami Springs). They started the dialogue which led to this concept becoming a reality.

Preliminary discussions of this intial group led them to invite others to the planning sessions. Participation in these initial stages constituted the formation of a central planning body and the birth of an association called the Sunshine State Golfers Association. The association started with five (5) small clubs: Palmview Golfers Association (Ft. Lauderdale), Elite Swingers (Pinellas County), Florida Sportsmen's Association (Sebring), Miami Par & Birdie of Lakeland. Ernest King of Ft. Lauderdale served as the first President from 1972-1975.

Messrs. Leonard Wilson (1976-78), Robert Saffold (1979-81), and Maurice Wallace (1982-85) followed as Presidents. Under their continuous outstanding leadership, the organization's constitution and by-laws were revised, affiliate membership increased, tournament standards were developed, and the tournament competition improved with participation at quality golf courses. In 1984 the organization was officially registered with the state of Florida as a not-for-profit corporation under the name Sunshine State Amateur Golfers Association, Inc. In 1989, the organization received its 501(c)(3) tax exemption certificate from the Internal Revenue Service. Other elected presidents included Ms. Ella Morehead (1986-89), Charlie Pelham (1990-93), Willie Jones (1994-97/Miami), Edward Maynor (1998-2001), Clewis Wright (2002-2005), Curtis Williams (2006-2009) and Herbie Pitters (2010-2013). The current President is Mack Johnson from Boynton Beach, Florida.

The SSAGA is the only principally African-American statewide association of male and female golfers in the United States. It is now comprised of thirteen (13) clubs and involves approximately 1,000 golfers of all ethnicities from Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Naples/Ft. Myers, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Ft. Pierce/Vero Beach, Titusville, Sebring, Lakeland, and St. Augustine. Through regularly scheduled tournaments, members, associate members and camaraderie among those who love the game. The SSAGA contributes more than $800,000 annually to Florida's economy through the hosting of local and state tournament and other golf related activities.


Champions Corner

2015 State Champion
Mack Johnson
Fairview Golf Club, Inc.
2014 State Champion
Nathaniel (Nick) Clark
Fairview Golf Club, Inc.
2012 State Champion
Emmanuel Antonio - Broward Ebony Golf Association
2011 State Champion
Roy Willis, Sr. - Broken Tee Golf Club
2010 State Champion
Betsy Pearson - Broward Ebony Golf Association
2009 State Champion
Bruce Alexander - Fairview Golf Club Inc.
2008 State Champion
Sam Brown - Fairview Golf Club Inc.
2007 State Champion
Ray Alexander - Broken Tee
2006 Herbie Pitters - Broward Ebony
2005 Low Net Champion Donald Moore – Tri-City
2005 Low Gross Champion Robert Willis – Broken Tee
2004 Bruce Alexander, Fairview
2003 Karl Mackey, Tri-City
2002 Albert Esaw, West Coast Connection
2001 Orsie Anthony, Six Irons
2000 William Sands, F.C.A.A.
1999 Cornal Chappin, Tri-City
1998 Milton Strickland, Fairview
1997 Robert Saffold, Florida Sportsmen
1996 Robert Dexter. Tri-City
1993 and 1994 Charles Anderson, Fairview

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