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Birmingham native, Sadie Gillespy Roberts dreamed of a state organization of women golfers who would hold an annual championship as the men's Alabama Golf Association did. She made a tour of Alabama towns promoting a state golf association. She talked with clubs in Gadsden, Anniston, Selma, Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville, and all agreed to join.

Sadie Roberts
First President of WAGA

In 1928 the Women's Alabama Golf Association was born. The first Amateur Championship was held at the Country Club of Birmingham in 1929.

The purpose of the Association is to:

  • promote and conserve among the women and junior women amateur golfers throughout the State of Alabama the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions;
  • adopt, enforce and interpret rules for playing of this game in all Association events; and
  • conduct a Women's Amateur Championship, a Girl's Junior Championship, a Women's Senior Championship and a Stroke-Play Championship annually, and to decide where and under what conditions they shall be played according to the USGA Rules of Golf.

Sadie's work as president of the WAGA, a position she held from its beginning in 1928 to 1956, is a remarkable achievement. She became an expert on the USGA Rules of Golf and tolerated no infractions. As knowledge of her expertise spread, she was called on to make rulings for men's tournaments as well as women's. In 1967 Sadie Roberts was elected to the Birmingham Golf Association Hall of Fame.

(Author- Mary Virginia Pounds Brown)


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