Simson elected to SGA Hall of Fame
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Paul Simson, 61, of Raleigh, N.C., will be inducted into the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in mid-July.
The SGA only inducts a new Hall of Fame members when a person deemed of genuine merit has earned the rare honor. Simson will be just the 23rd inductee in the 40 years since the SGA Hall of Fame was established. The most recent, in 2006, was Hubert Green, who won the Southern Amateur twice before becoming a major champion on the PGA Tour.
Simson recognizes the high honor. “This will be the biggest thrill in my golf life,” he says.
The day after his induction, Simson will compete in the 106th Southern Amageur Championship at Chenal CC against a field comprised mostly of collegiate players.
Simson, an insurance executive with some 200 overall amateur golf titles, finished second in the 1995 Southern Amateur at 44. He played on the PGA Tour in the early 1970s, but regained his amateur status in 1978 and began a bright amateur career.
Simson has won the U.S., Canadian and British Senior Amateurs, and is the only player in history to hold all three of those titles at the same time. He’s a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and was voted 2007 World Senior Player of the Year by Scratch Players/Golfweek.