On April 20, Steve Hudson and Dr. Ben Dowdey will be inducted into the Birmingham Golf Association's Hall of Fame.
They will mark the 64th and 65th inductees into the BGA's Hall of Fame in its 48-year history and are both most deserving candidates.
Hudson, who grew up in Jasper at Musgrove Country Club under the watchful eye of his late father long-time club professional at the club Travis Hudson, joins his older brother Travis "Tab" Hudson II, who was inducted in 2011.
These golfing brothers are the only siblings in the Hall of Fame. William McWane, his wife Louise and their daughter Bee McWane Reid are all inductees, making quite the golfing family.
Steve Hudson has had, and continues to have, a storied amateur career.
He has three times been named the Alabama Golf Association's Player of the Year (2004, 2009 and 2010). (Will Swift is the only other three-time winner.)
It took Hudson a long time to win a State title, but once he got a taste of a statewide victory, there has been no stopping him.
He captured the State Mid-Amateur Championship at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery in 2010. This was something he had been trying to do for almost 40 years as he first played in an AGA championship as a 12-year-old in the State Junior.
In 2010 he also qualified for, and made the cut in, the U.S. Senior Open.
In 2011 he turned right back around and won the State Senior Amateur, as well as again qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open.
And last year he won the State Mid-Amateur again.
He turned 55 in December and, as such, is now eligible to play in national senior championships, including the U.S. Senior Amateur.
There is most definitely a lot of great golf left in Steve Hudson, who played his college golf for the University of Alabama and counts Coach Nick Saban as one of his closest friends.
"I'm very humbled to be inducted into the Birmingham Golf Association Hall of Fame," Hudson said. "To join my brother is very special, as it is to look at the list of all the people who have gone before me."
Hudson is a member of Musgrove Country Club and Old Overton Club.
Dr. Ben Dowdey is equally deserving of this honor.
Very active in the game, both playing and administratively with the Alabama Golf Association and the United States Golf Association in the 1980's and 90's, Dowdey, 65, plays the game socially, but not competitively anymore.
He won the State Four Ball Championship four times with Joe Frank Terrell in the 1980's and they were also the runners-up one time.
He was Alabama Amateur of the Year in 1987.
He played in four U.S. Amateurs, four British Amateurs, three U.S. Mid-Amateurs and a U.S. Senior Open.
He played a key role administratively on the AGA's Board of Directors from 1980 to 2001, including being on their Executive Committee for eight years, and remains a Director Emeritus to this day. And he was president of the AGA in 1993-1994. (Hudson is also on the AGA's Board of Directors).
He was involved with the AGA and the USGA during the same time frame, being on the initial USGA Mid-Amateur committee for 18 years. During that time he served as a Rules Official at numerous U.S. Opens, U.S. Amateurs, and U.S. Mid-Amateurs.
He helped found the State Four Ball and State Mid-Amateur championships, and had many other key roles within the AGA for 20-plus years.
He is a true student of the game and is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and Royal Dornoch Golf Club, also in Scotland.
He has also been a member of many area clubs through the years, including an extended time at Shoal Creek, and is currently a member at Pine Tree Country Club.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Alabama School of Medicine, he attended Ramsay High School.
"I'm very pleasantly surprised to be be honest. I somewhat thought my time had come and gone. I'm very pleased and humbled by this honor."
Dowdey and Hudson will be inducted at a dinner on April 20 in their honor at Hoover Country Club, to be held in conjunction with the BGA's Metro Amateur Championship that will be hosted by the club that weekend.
For more information on the championship and the BGA Hall of Fame, visit www.bgagolf.org
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