The origin of the Anthracite Golf Association has been traced to a group of meetings conducted at the Fox Hill Country Club in 1951. Hosted by legendary locals like Don and Pooch Allan, John Moore, Dr. Ben Marshall, Sam Spencer, Frank Cummings and Fox Hill Professional Felix Serafin, the fledgling organization had immediate credibility. The AGA's main concerns, as written in the by-laws of the organization, were to conduct tournaments for members of clubs belonging to the AGA, promote the sport of golf and good fellowship, and in all ways, further the best interests of golf.
We know by their many golfing victories that these men had competitive golf on their minds when they formed the AGA. But, fortunately for all of us, they also made room for good fellowship in all of their golfing events. These gentlemen loved the game and were determined to promote it at every opportunity. They saw the need to form an organization that would oversee all of the competitive events in the area. And so, the AGA was formed. Initially, the AGA was merely a scheduling body. Area clubs would attend a yearly meeting to assign their golfing events for specific weeks throughout the summer. Many of the events were initially scheduled for the same weekend, and since these clubs might invite many of the same golfers to play in their events, a conflict would sometimes occur. This would not be in the best interests of either of the AGA clubs involved, so the AGA's executive committee agreed to coordinate a yearly golf schedule with the full support of its clubs and their membership. As the years passed, the AGA began to conduct its own events, starting with the Coal Scuttle Championship. Later, they created a Junior Championship and the George Montgomery Senior event.
The Association was content to perform its scheduling responsibilities in relative obscurity until John Moore was elected AGA President. Mr. Moore, an avid golfer, began to reorganize the executive committee. Through his efforts and the collective wisdom of gentlemen like Paul Fahringer, John Spencer, Larry Kramos, Vaughn Carson, Florian Hines, and Bob Spencer, the AGA was poised to make a radical move into the future. Mr. Moore expanded the size of the executive committee, adding men like Don Allan, Jr., Rollie Schmidt, Joe Cominsky, Vince Scarpetta, Sr., Carlyle Robinson, Bill Lawler, Dennis Corvo and Dr. Jim Cunningham to that impressive group. From that moment in time, the AGA moved to revise its operations with an eye toward increasing golfing events in Northeastern PA. Happily, their plans have come true. Our golf schedule is ever growing and improving.
The AGA currently provides many other services in addition to scheduling and running golf events. These include USGA slope ratings, golf scholarships, and an incredibly successful Junior program. The AGA is now in its 62nd year of operation! To learn more about the AGA, call (570) 383-GOLF today.