The 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The inductees to the Lucy C. Laney High School Alumni 2018 Hall of Fame have just been announced. The Class of 2018 will include the following 10 former alumni:
1. Margaret Armstrong, Politician/Community Activist
2. Betty Beard, Educator/Entrepreneur
3. Renata Boston, Entrepreneur
4. Marshall Curtis, Entrepreneur
5. Jim Dent, Retired PGA Tour Professional
6. Rev. Johnny Hatney, Minister/Community Activist
7. James Stallings, Administrator
8. C. LeJeune Thompson, Administrator
9. Charles Walker, Politician/Community Activist
10. Frank Yerby, Author/Writer
The banquet will be held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Ext., Augusta, Georgia. Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance online or by contacting Dianne Kimble at (561) 713-9958. To purchase tickets online click the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page. You will be taken to the secured PayPal portal where you can purchase tickets by debit or credit card. Tickets purchased online are subject to the PayPal processing fee. Please include the fee with your purchase. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the door the night of the banquet.
1 ticket - $62.10
2 tickets - $123.89
3 tickets - $185.68
4 tickets - $247.48
5 tickets - $309.27
6 tickets - $371.06
7 tickets - $432.85
Reserved Table - $500.00
Sponsorships are available as follows:
1. Gold Sponsor, $2,000.00 (includes a reserved table of eight, a full-page ad on the front or rear cover of the souvenir booklet and recognition at the banquet.
2. Silver Sponsor, $1,000.00 (includes 4 tickets, a full-page ad and recognition at the banquet.
3. Bronze Sponsor, $500.00 (includes 2 tickets, a half-page ad and recognition at the banquet.
4. Premium Sponsor, $250.00 (includes 1 ticket, a quarter-page ad and recognition at the banquet.
Advertising may be purchased for the souvenir booklet as follows:
1. Full-Page Ad: $100.00
2. Half-Page Ad: $60.00
3. Quarter-Page Ad: $35.00
4. Patrons: $10.00 (name listed in the souvenir booklet)
Classes are requested to purchase a reserved table (8 persons), a full-page ad, and/or become patrons.
The banquet is always a SOLD OUT event. In past years, many alumni have had to be turned away at the door because we had reached the capacity of the venue. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your ticket(s) as soon as they go on sale. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
For additional information, contact Johnny C. Nimes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (470) 233-7288. See you on St. Patrick's Day.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017 - Class Representative Training
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Membership Drive 2017-2018 Begins
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Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Hall of Fame Banquet 2018
7:00 pm @ First Baptist Church, Walton Way Ext.
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Jim Dent Class of 1959
Jim Dent: A 12 -Time Winner on the Champions Tour
In the 1950s, Jim Dent was a rangy black kid knocking golf balls around The Hill, a course in a poor Augusta, Ga., neighborhood with crude holes carved out by hand. One kid had a discarded 5-iron, another had a putter, another a wedge. Dent and his friends would hit a battered ball, then yell, “Gimme the 5-iron,” and hit it again.
For them, golf was just a pastime with seemingly no future. Golf had long struggled with issues of diversity and with The PGA of America’s Caucasian-only clause still in effect, the most that black golfers could hope for was an opportunity to caddie.
Dent knew all about caddying. He had carried bags at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. He had raked bunkers and tended flagsticks at lush Augusta Country Club, which was just over the fence from The Hill. That fence represented the seemingly insurmountable barrier Dent faced, a wall around the professional tour. But the tour was Dent’s dream, and that made all the difference.
The road from Augusta’s caddie yards to golf riches was littered with hazards. Dent was not alone on that road. Many early players, of all races, emerged from the caddie ranks. With hard work, talent and that dream, Dent traveled the hard road and gained the respect of the world of golf.
In 1959, Dent won a football scholarship and played end at predominantly-black Paine College, a Methodist school in Augusta not far from The Hill. The lure of golf was too great, however, and Dent quit school after a year to work on his game. He knocked around Atlantic City, N.J., for about seven years, working as a busboy and waiter at the Smithfield Inn. He and James Black, another fine black player who helped Dent with his game, traveled to some events conducted by the United Golfers Association, the association for black golfers.
Dent followed his dream to California and met Mose Stevens, a wealthy black businessman who gave Dent his next big boost. Stevens was more than impressed with Dent’s ability to hit the ball long. Each morning, Stevens bought a big tub of balls at a local driving range and left Dent to practice.
A chance encounter brought Dent to 1933 U.S. Open champion Johnny Goodman, who was also the 1937 U.S. Amateur champion. Goodman was intrigued by Dent’s talent, so Stevens ponied up $125 for Dent to take six lessons from the old champion.
In the course of his PGA Tour career, Dent won four unofficial tournaments and a bit more than a half-million dollars, then headed for the riches of what is now the Champions Tour. He won more than $9 million in senior golf. Dent has great memories of those days, not so much of the 12 victories he earned, but of how spectators embraced the senior golfers. Birmingham, Ala., was a great stop. The 1999 U.S. Senior Open in Des Moines, Iowa, where thousands of spectators gave the players huge ovations, is another favorite memory.
While he will never have to caddie again, Jim Dent has never forgotten where he came from. Along the way, he bought a fine house for his aunt, Mary Benton. When he gave her the keys, he told her the house was in her name. Benton said Dent should keep it in his name. “No,” he told the great lady, “you need something in your name.”
He has two children from his first marriage. Dent and his wife, Willye, to whom he’s been married for 21 years, have adopted five children. His family life is gratifying but golf is never far from Jim Dent’s mind.
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