Mangum was among the four nominees for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, joining Ray Cutright – the PGA director of golf at the Idle Hour Club in Macon, Gene McClure of Atlanta – a lifelong volunteer and contributor – and Carter Mize of Columbus – a two-time Georgia Amateur champion.
“It is really quite humbling to be inducted with that group,” Mangum said. “I’ve been going to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for quite a few years and to be included in that group is very gratifying.”
Mangum and the other three selectees will be formally inducted at a banquet at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek Jan. 17.
He is only the third golf course superintendent to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Mark Esoda of the Atlanta Country Club and Palmer Maples, a mentor of Mangum’s who is considered to be a pioneer in the development of turfgrass.
“I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of great people in my life,” Mangum said. “I feel like that turtle who you find sitting on a fence post. He didn’t get there by himself. I didn’t get here by myself, either. I had a lot of help.”
Mangum has been the director of golf course and grounds at the club since 1988.
He has prepared the course at the AAC for some of the top tournaments in the nation, including the PGA Championship in 2001 and 2011, the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He will prepare the course for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the club Aug. 11 through 17.
The selection to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is the latest honor for Mangum, who was also inducted into the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association Hall of Fame and has received both the USGA’s Fred Grainger award and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Col. John Morley distinguished service award — all in 2013.
He was also Georgia superintendent of the year in 2002 and the Georgia Turf Professional of the Year in 1996.