Perry Adair (1899-1953) was an integral part of the “Golden Age of Golf.” He grew up in Ga and loved the video game, taking part in at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake Golfing Program, mentored by selfless East Lake club pro Stewart Maiden, who brought with him from Carnoustie, Scotland the awareness of what it was like to enjoy for nationwide championships. Perry’s father George Adair was instrumental in Perry’s early job growth and took the boy off to compete in tournaments exactly where he experienced to face new problems and adult levels of competition. He thrived on it.
Perry, two decades older than fellow East Lake prodigy Bobby Jones, grew to become a very regarded newbie participant. At 16, Perry lost to his excellent mate, 14-year-aged Bobby, in the East Lake Invitational and in the Ga Beginner 36-gap closing. At 17, Adair was the 1914 East Lake Country Club Champion, then the 1921 and 1923 Southern Beginner Winner and 1922 Georgia Amateur Winner.
He was previously a movie star in the golf environment when he enrolled at Ga Tech in 1917 and played No. 1 for the Yellow Jackets just before enlisting in Military Artillery College. Following his military stint, he joined his family’s genuine estate progress organization and also involved himself in attempts to create municipal golfing courses in the Atlanta location.
The “Dixie Whiz Kids” – Perry Adair, Elaine Rosenthal, Bobby Jones, Alexa_Stirling
Amongst the fund-elevating tours by skilled and newbie golfers for the war effort and hard work in 1918, Adair toured the East Coastline and the Midwest as element of the “The Dixie Whiz Little ones,” taking part in in exhibition matches showcasing fellow Atlanta young people Watts Gunn, Bobby Jones and Alexa Stirling, and Chicagoan Elaine Rosenthal, raising $150,000 for the Pink Cross. When participating in the Midwest, these famous teenagers had been generally joined by pros Chick Evans and Walter Hagen.
Chick Evans wrote of Adair in the Atlanta Constitution in 1920:
“Perry Adair, of Atlanta, is a promising youngster who will be read from. He is not so stocky or so solid of construct at his youthful neighbor Bobby Jones, but he plays a audio match and in the limitation of his strength he is an excellent golfer. It is more than an distinctive coincidence that the two foremost younger players in the United States ought to be from the similar Southern town … The golfing teacher, James Maiden, at the East Lake training course, the place youthful Adair was pretty much brought up, was a single of the very best in the region and the Atlanta boys have experienced the soundest feasible golf education … Perry, like the great British players, has golfed virtually from babyhood. He is a incredibly sleek player, and a person of the best of his age in this country right now. He does not travel so significantly now as he will when he is ready to obtain a bit extra flesh, but even now his drives are of very good size and substantial precision.”
Adair was inducted into the Ga Tech Hall of Fame in 1973, and into the Georgia Golfing Hall of Fame in 1989.
Sources: FriendsofBobbyJonesGolfClub.org, Georgia Tech Residing Heritage, Atlanta Structure