Georgia Tech Tee Club

Thanks to the generosity of Georgia Tech alumni and friends, there is one other revenue-producing sport at the Institute. Football and basketball have traditionally generated sufficient funds to pay for their operations and others, but golf has become a money maker.

Through the golf booster club, known as the Tee Club, and through the newer scholarship endowment program, the team is financially self-sufficient. This financial autonomy does not conflict with the overall mission of Tech's Athletic Association. On the contrary, it helps free funds that would otherwise be earmarked for golf for use in other sports.

The growth of Tech's golf booster system has been extremely rapid in comparison to other top programs in the country. Beginning in 1981, with the backing of Dr. Homer Rice, Tech's director of athletics at the time, efforts were made to identify a group of alumni who would and could provide financial backing for a team that had not won a tournament in 10 years.

Golf does not have the built-in fund-raising advantages of some other sports, such as ticket sales, game programs or an outfield fence for which to sell advertising. The best way to raise funds is through contributions, and that comes primarily through the booster club.

The Tee Club began as a small committee made up of distinguished Tech alumni that began working with Dr. Rice on the revitalization of the golf program in the early 1980s. This group provided the first private financial support for the program, and within a year the committee had grown from five to 12 members, and is now composed of 16 people.

A new, exciting way to become involved with Tech athletics had been initiated, and the boosters soon became too numerous to be called a committee. The name was changed to the Tee Club, and its membership grew to approximately 300 in just seven years.

Soon, it became evident that the Tee Club could produce enough funds to cover operating costs, but not enough to pay for scholarships for the golfers. A scholarship endowment program was established and has grown to over $3.8 million, which is invested so that its returns can finance the education expenses of Tech golfers.

For their donations, supporters of Tech golf receive many benefits, including playing in an annual tournament. Therein lies the greatest incentive for many alumni -- being able to play the game with some of the nation's finest collegians. Golf is perhaps the only sport where two individuals of divergent talents are able to compete together fairly and enjoyably, and that is what attracts many donors to the program.

Golf is one of the few sports where alumni can actually interact with the players. They understand golf, they like golf, they play golf, and it is the only sport where players can get out and participate with the alumni.

As a direct result of the Tee Club and the endowment program, the golf team is able to do many things now that simply would not otherwise be possible. The team has competed in recent years in distant locales ranging from Las Vegas, Nev., Tucson, Ariz., Bandon, Ore., and Pebble Beach, Calif., to Tokyo, Japan, Kona, Hawai'i and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tech's golfers can compete in the best tournaments regardless of location.

The financial support allows the coaching staff to attend national junior events for recruiting and cover the cost of prospective student-athletes that visit Tech.

The Tee Club deserves much of the credit for the golf team's meteoric rise to national prominence. It is the Tee Club's goal to completely endow all scholarships and operating costs for the golf program.

2010-11 Tee Club Sponsors

Captain's Level - $5000
Anonymous, Atlanta, Ga.
Gene Brooks, Atlanta, Ga.
John Carter, Atlanta, Ga.
Jim Dellinger, Cartersville, Ga.
Dave Dorman, Atlanta, Ga.
Shawn Fowler, Mableton, Ga.
Doug Hertz, Atlanta, Ga.
Bud Parker, Atlanta, Ga.
Scott Price, Tempe, Ariz.
Tripp Rackley, Atlanta, Ga.
Julian Saul, Dalton, Ga.
Ernest Scheller Jr. Villanova, Pa.
Hugh Sprill, Sea Island, Ga.
Mark Teixeria, Dallas, Texas
Marshall Wingo, Austin, Texas
Bobby Jones Golf, New York, N.Y.
Karsten Manufacturing and John Solheim, Phoenix, Ariz.
Mizuno USA, Norcross, Ga.
Titleist/FootJoy Golf, Wally Uihlein, and Jim Ahern, Fairhaven Mass.

Double Eagle Level - $2500
Hamilton Arnall, Cashiers, N.C.
Andy Bargeron, Chatsworth, Ga.
Art Brannen, Atlanta, Ga.
Charles Brown, Duluth, Ga.
Tom Dozier, Augusta, Ga.
Jere Drummond, Charlotte, N.C.
Travis Huffines, Alpharetta, Ga.
Walter Jenkins, Kingwood, Texas
Jim Lemon, Norcross, Ga.
Kris Mikkelsen, Atlanta, Ga.
Bryce Molder, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ben Raney, Atlanta, Ga.
George Smith, Duluth, Ga.
Mike Spears, Norcross, Ga.
John Stanford, Atlanta, Ga.

Eagle Level - $1500
Candler Broom, Decatur, Ga.
Frank Brown Jr., Rome, Ga.
John Chapman, Atlanta, Ga.
Tom Goetter, Pensacola, Fla.
Terry Hall, Alpharetta, Ga.
Dave Hopson, Cumming, Ga.
Toby and Wes Latimer, Canton, Ga.
Brannon Lesesne, Atlanta, Ga.
Brian Love, Atlanta, Ga.
Bob McDonnell, Suwanee, Ga.
Jay McLendon, Doraville, Ga.
Jeff Metcalf, Atlanta, Ga.
Scott Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga.
Frasier Smith, Marietta, Ga.
Milton Stewart, Vero Beach, Fla.

Birdie Level - $1000
Taz Anderson, Atlanta, Ga.
Andy Andrews, Raleigh, N.C.
Art Brannen, Atlanta, Ga.
Harrison Brown, Cleveland, Tenn.
Russell Chandler, Atlanta, Ga.
Jimmy Cleveland, Atlanta, Ga.
Wayne Clough, Washington, D.C.
Morris Ewing, Atlanta, Ga.
Allan Fuller, Birmingham, Ala.
Quill Healy, Atlanta, Ga.
Roger Huggins, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Robert Hochman, Duluth, Ga.
Willard McBurney, Atlanta, Ga.
Sam Nunn, Atlanta, Ga.
Joseph Perry, Atlanta, Ga.
Alfred Sams, Macon, Ga.
W.T. Underwood, Roswell, Ga.
Mike Werenski, South Hadley, Ga.
Butch Woodyard, Sandy Springs, Ga.
Dan Yates, Atlanta, Ga.

Par Level - $750
Buddy Baker, Florence, S.C.
Harry Beck, Marietta, Ga.
Bill Blalock, Atlanta, Ga.
James Broom, Decatur, Ga.
Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.
Brad Childress, Alpharetta, Ga.
Dallis Copeland, Cashiers, N.C.
William Dick, Alpharetta, Ga.
David Dragoo, Scottsdale, Ariz.
John Edgar, Atlanta, Ga.
George Gwaltney, Atlanta, Ga.
Jim Hale, Dunwoody, Ga.
Joe Harris, Atlanta, Ga.
Jim Heard, Roswell, Ga.
H. Scott Howell, Alexander City, Ala.
John Hunter, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Jim Kloess, Marietta, Ga.
Jim Jarboe, Decatur, Ga.
Robert Marsden Jr., Atlanta, Ga.
Charlie Moseley, Atlanta, Ga.
Jess Newbern, Roanoke, Va.
Jay Nichols, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Mike Owens, Atlanta, Ga.
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga.
Jack Rowan, Long Beach, Calif.
Greg Spangler, Grayson, Ga.
Joe Taylor, Atlanta, Ga.
Wendell Turner, Gainesville, Ga.
Ben Turnipseed, Atlanta, Ga.
W.T. Underwood, Roswell, Ga.
Vince Zarzaca, Flowery Branch, Ga.