Albany's Everett set for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction tonight

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MACON -- Ed Everett still wonders what all the fuss is about.

Here he is, set to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame tonight, and it just hasn't sunk in.

"I still wake up thinking they'll call me and tell me there was a mistake, my name wasn't on the ballot or something like that," he laughed.

Everett, who is the head pro at Doublegate Country Club and an acclaimed player in his own right, doesn't need to say much. Taking more of an "Aw shucks" attitude than anything else, the soft-spoken Everett instead allows his body of work on the links -- and honors -- the last 50 years speak for itself. He is a two-time winner of the Georgia Senior Open and also won the National PGA Senior Club Pro title in 1997. He won his first golf tournaments at the age of 11 in 1955 at the Macon Junior Tournament and has continued to win tournaments as an amateur and professional ever since.

After tonight, Everett will be a five-time Hall of Famer since he is already enshrined in the Macon Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Mercer Sports Hall of Fame, Albany Sports Hall of Fame and Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

"I can't go any further, I never thought I'd make it this high," Everett said. "I didn't even have a goal to get in any of them. But it's been a great run."

Tonight's other inductees are former Atlanta Braves broadcaster Ernie Johnson Sr., former NBA player/coach Sam Mitchell, former Atlanta Falcon Larry Rakestraw, ex-Florida State football star Ronald Simmons, ex-Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan and late Georgia Tech sports announcer Al Ciraldo. Everett, however, isn't the only Albany presence in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, which is the country's largest state sports hall. Eight years ago, Albany resident Nancy Lopez was inducted. Among others with Albany connections in the Hall are Ray Knight (baseball), Pete Cox (golf), Bill Stanfill (football), Alice Coachman (track), Cleve Wester (football) and Herald guest columnist/longtime UGA football sidelines reporter Loran Smith.

Being inducted in Macon is special for Everett for more reasons than one. Not only is he from Macon, he met his wife, Tweedy, there.

"It will probably hit me a long time from now," Everett said. "They can't take this away. You can spend your money from the earnings when you win a tournament. But something like this cannot be taken away no matter how bad golfer I've become."

Everett, in reality, is one of the better senior golfers in the Southeast. Doublegate assistant pro Glenn Herrell, who has been worked there for nearly a year and a half, said Everett is the consummate golfer.

"This is just phenomenal for him," Herrell said. "He represents everything that is good about golf. He works so well with the game of golf and with the members. He treats everybody the same."

Today, however, will be a different day for Everett, and his wife could be happier.

"I'm extremely proud of him," Tweedy said. That's a life-long achievement ... It's the best."

Everett said that fact may sink in later on. But for now, he'll just enjoy the moment.

"That's something my kids can look back on, it's something my grandchildren can look back on," Everett said. "Down the road is when it will really take effect."