The Development and Spread of Golf

 

Golf pic

Golf
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As the president of South Central Steel (SCS) in Alabama, Andy Schroeder directs the production of structural steel. When he takes time off from leading SCS, Andy Schroeder frequently enjoys a round of golf.

Golf has a long, rich history. Although the sport of striking a ball toward a target (using few strokes) dates back to the 13th century in the Netherlands, the modern game appeared in Scotland in the 15th century. King James II banned the game in the 1400s, owing to its supposed interference with military training, but it was legalized in 1502.

Golfers in Edinburgh receive credit for writing the game’s first rules in 1744. Golf grew in popularity as the Scots exported it elsewhere throughout the British Isles in the 18th century, and by the late 1800s, it had gained a foothold not only elsewhere in Europe, but also as far afield as South Africa, Canada, and Asia.

In the United States, its arrival was signaled by the formation of a golf club in South Carolina in 1787. The inception of the United States Golf Association in 1894 began a period of expansion, marked by the appearance of 267 golf clubs by 1910.

The Largemouth Bass – A Resilient Alabama Fish Species

 

Largemouth Bass pic

Largemouth Bass
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Based in Harpersville, Alabama, Andy Schroeder is an entrepreneur who serves as owner and president of South Central Steel (SCS), a provider of quality fabricated structural steel solutions. When away from his responsibilities at SCS, Andy Schroeder enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing.

One of the most sought-after species by anglers statewide is the largemouth bass, which is Alabama’s state freshwater fish, a distinction shared with Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida. Typically the top predator in the lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in which it lives, the species has a preference for calm or slowly flowing waters, but is capable of surviving in diverse freshwater environments.

A solitary fish, the largemouth bass typically hides among submerged tree limbs or plants in wait of prey. The males are extremely territorial, particularly during mating season. After he has fertilized the thousands of eggs laid by the female, the male chases off his mate and guards the eggs for 5-10 days until they hatch.

Greystone Men’s Golf Association Activities

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Greystone Men’s Golf Association
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Andy Schroeder, president of South Central Steel (SCS) in Harpersville, Alabama, previously served as vice president at SCS. An avid golfer in his free time, Andy Schroeder is a member of the Greystone Country Club.

The Greystone Men’s Golf Association (GMGA) plans and provides regular golf-related events for members, including tournaments and social events. To hold membership in the GMGA, an individual must be a male member of Greystone, at least 21 years old, with golfing privileges who participates in the club’s handicap system. Some of the tournaments the GMGA hosts are required by the club’s handicap system, but the club’s Golf Committee can choose to designate additional tournaments as well. Club tournaments are open to all members with golfing privileges, whether or not they participate in the GMGA, but additional GMGA-focused tournaments can be restricted to only those in the GMGA.

Members must pay $35 to the club annually to participate in the GMGA. These dues are collected as a part of standard club billing, and those who join in the latter half of the year only pay half of the annual dues. All GMGA dues are non-refundable.

Greystone Country Club Golf Tournaments