Bert Atkinson, a dominant figure on the Charleston golf scene for two decades, has been selected for induction into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Jan. 5 at Columbia Country Club.
ďIím pleasantly surprised,Ē Atkinson said Monday. ďItís really neat to be honored with people like Henry Picard, Beth Daniel, Jim Ferree and Betsy Rawls.Ē
Atkinson, 54, who along with his wife Stephanie own OíConnor Headwear, has won the Charleston City Amateur golf title seven times ó the first coming in 1993 and the most recent this past May when he won by eight shots. He once enjoyed an 18-shot win in the City Am.
Atkinsonís resume includes three South Carolina Golf Association player of the year awards, two S.C. Amateur titles and two wins in the Rice Planters Amateur. He also has qualified twice for the U.S. Senior Open, and has played in the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur. In 1991, Atkinson finished as runner-up in the U.S. Mid-Am.
Atkinson was born in Atlanta and moved to Florence at an early age. He starred at Francis Marion College, and after finishing school, spent several years as an assistant professional at Kiawah Island Golf Resort before getting into sales and regaining his amateur status.
This will be the second straight year a Charleston-area golfer has been selected for the Hall of Fame, with Lea Anne Brown of Mount Pleasant inducted last January.