Championship Trophy Case

Keith Hensel (left)
2020 SSGA Champion
Presented by President Jack Helms

The 2020 SSGA Annual Championships featured 100 member golfers from all over the US (our modern, expanded version of "Southern Seniors"). Members competed in the Senior Division, Grand Senior Division and Ladies Championships on the two championship courses at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Florida.

The Championship Flight in the 90th Annual Southern Seniors Championship was contested as individual match play at scratch. The title of "2020 SSGA Champion" was earned by Keith Hensel from Lakeland, FL.  Jim Cooper from Kingsport, TN was runner-up and John Green (Boynton Beach, FL ) and Rusty Boyd, (Birmingham, AL) were semi-finalists.

All flights other than Championship Flight in each division competed in the traditional match play NET scoring format with Flight Champions, runners-up and consolation winners recognized. Several new friendships were created even when not recognized with trophies!



Gordon Jones (left)
2020 Grand Seniors Champion
Presented by Preident Jack Helms

SSGA Grand Senior Division Championships

The Grand Senior Championship Flight played match play from 6,000 yards at scratch on the Ponte Vedra Clubs Ocean and Lagoon courses. The regular Grand Senior Flights played the traditional match play format with net scoring at 5700 yards. Again, more friendships were created than trophies awarded! 

The title of "2020 SSGA Grand Senior Champion" was earned by Gordon Jones from Asheville, NC.  Jerry Lancaster, from Santa Rosa Beach, FL was runner-up and Elmo Greer (London, KY ) and Hank Homes (Lutherville, MD) were semi-finalists.


Annual Champions

1930A. Paul BagbyWilliamsburg, KY
1931Howard G. PhillipsPinehurst, NC
1932Charles H. JenningsMiami Beach, FL
1933Charles H. JenningsMiami Beach, FL
1934Francis C. RobertsonPinehurst, NC
1935Francis C. RobertsonPinehurst, NC
1936Bryson W. BiggsRaleigh, NC
1937Bryson W. BiggsRaleigh, NC
1938Robert LowryShamokin, PA
1939James T. KilpatrickGreensboro, NC
1941Bryson W. BiggsRaleigh, NC
1947W. Latimer BrownCharlotte, NC
1948Richard S. TuftsPinehurst, NC
1949Arthur F. LynchScarsdale, NY
1950Ben F. Kraffert, Jr.Titusville, PA
1951Ben F. Kraffert, Jr.Titusville, PA
1952Ben F. Kraffert, Jr.Titusville, PA
1953Frank B. EdwardsSpartanburg, SC
1954John W. RobertsColumbus, OH
1955J. Walcott BrownNorth Palm Beach, FL
1956John W. RobertsColumbus, OH
1957J. Walcott BrownNorth Palm Beach, FL
1958J. Walcott BrownNorth Palm Beach, FL
1959Quentin G. McCombsBurlington, NC
1960William S. TerrellCharlotte, NC
1961Dorsey NevergallPompano Beach, FL
1962Dorsey NevergallPompano Beach, FL
1963James EdwardsKingsport, TN
1964John S. ConnnollyArlington, VA
1965Nolan S. HatcherFlorence, AL
1966Nolan S. HatcherFlorence, AL
1967Curtis PersonMemphis, TN
1968Curtis PersonMemphis, TN
1969Norton HarrisKey West, FL
1970Elliott B. SmithGreenville, TN
1971Norton HarrisKey West, FL
1972Norton HarrisKey West, FL
1973B. C. McCallChattanooga, TN
1974George W. PottleSouthern Pines, NC
1975Neill CroonquistEdina, MN
1976Dale MoreyHigh Point, NC
1977John P. MorrellClover, NC
1978Harry Lee WelchSalisbury, NC
1979W. Brown McDonaldWarner Robins, GA
1980Dale MoreyHigh Point, NC
1981W. Brown McDonaldWarner Robins, GA

1982John P. MorrellClover, SC
1983John P. MorrellClover, SC
1984John P. MorrellClover, SC
1985John P. MorrellClover, SC
1986Tom GreenKerrville, TX
1987Edward A. IngleChattanooga, TN
1988Roger T. McManusMt. Pleasant, SC
1989Richard E. Goerlich, Jr.Tampa, FL
1990Richard E. Goerlich, Jr.Tampa, FL
1991Richard E. Goerlich, Jr.Tampa, FL
1992Richard E. Goerlich, Jr.Tampa, FL
1993Jay BaumgardnerBristol, TN
1994George GilbertDataw Island, DC
1995Tom RaneyLittle Rock, AR
1996Raymond "Bubba" NelsonHouston, TX
1997Tom MetzgarHaines City, FL
1998Dave DanielsRichmond, VA
1999Ben CornettDunwoody, GA
2000Cliff PerryWinston-Salem, NC
2001Bill LeeCharlotte, NC
2002Bill LeeCharlotte, NC
2003Gordon HueyVirginia Beach, VA
2004Tom MetzgarHaines City, FL
2005C. W. MayesAndersonville, TN
2006Steve ScovilleBinghamton, NY
2007Joe TippettSan Antonio, TX
2008Dwight DukeDuluth, GA
2009Steve ScovilleBinghamton, NY
2010Don KronewetterN. Myrtle Beach, SC
2011Steve ScovilleBinghamton, NY
2012Steve ScovilleBinghamton, NY
2013Steve ScovilleNaples, FL
2014Steve ScovilleNaples, FL
2015Steve MacIsaacMooresville, NC
2016Pat ParcellsMoneta, VA
2017Steve MacIsaacMooresville, NC
2018Wes ClarkCharlotte, NC

2019

2020

Steve MacIsaac

Keith Hensel

Mooresville, NC

Lakeland, FL

Grand Seniors Champions

1994Clifford M. Kirkland, Jr.Atlanta, GA
1995Jay BleakleyHilton Head Island, SC
1996Clifford M. Kirkland &Atlanta, GA
Jack RathboneBaton Rouge, LA
1997George GilbertDataw Island, SC
1998George GilbertDataw Island, SC
1999George GilbertDataw Island, SC
2000Marion HatcherOrlando, FL
2001Ed IngleChattanooga, TN
2002Frank QuimbySt. Simons Island, GA
2003Dick FlynnNaples, FL
2004John SterchiKnoxville, TN
2005Ed IngleChattanooga, TN
2006George SkeltonBristol, VA
2007Jerry DempseyGreenville, SC
2008George SkeltonBristol, VA
2009George SkeltonBristol, VA

2010Sam WallaceHartfield, VA
2011Walter GrossIndianapolis, IN
2012Jerry LancasterSanta Rosa Beach, FL
2013Jerry LancasterSanta Rosa Beach, FL
2014Bill BeebeWest Chester, OH
2015Fritz BlaicherVero Beach, FL
2016Lynn McPheetersNashville, TN
2017George McInnisPanama City Beach, FL
2018George McInnisPanama City Beach, FL

2019

2020

Dick Horton

Gordon Jones

Nashville, TN

Asheville, NC



Five-Time Winner John Morrell (L), Champion in 1977,
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985.
Thruston Pettus, runner-up (left)
and Curtis Person,
1967 Champion