Watts Gunn

The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame was established in 1972 by the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association. The following qualifications were established as criteria for nomination of an inductee, but an inductee does not have to meet every single criteria. The candidate must have: 1) Outstanding competitive career; 2) Outstanding administrative contributions; 3) Outstanding promotional contributions; 4) The candidate must have met the above criteria while a member of a Southern Golf Association Member Club. The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame is unique in that it does not necessarily induct a member each year, nor does it select multiple inductees.


At the annual meeting of the Southern Golf Association held at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Watts Gunn was featured as the 12th inductee of the SGA Hall of Fame.


Watts was a finalist in the National Amateur at Oakmont in 1925 against the winner Bobby Jones, the only time two players from the same club (Atlanta Athletic Club's East Lake) and the same school (Georgia Tech) ever met for the U. S. Amateur crown.


Watts Gun captained the Georgia Tech golf teams from 1924-1928, won the National Intercollegiate Championship in 1927, and again in 1928.


He played with Jones on the 1927 and 1928 Walker Cup Teams that defeated the English.


In 1930, Gunn added the Western Pennsylvania Amateur to his list of competitive achievements.


Outside the competitive arena, Gunn served as President of the Atlanta Athletic club in 1953-1954.


Present to honor his induction into the SGA Hall of Fame were Charles Yates, Billy Joe Patton, Dale Morey, Jay Sigel, Lewis Oehmig, Downing Gray and Harvey Ward.