2018: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Greg Powers- Lifetime PGA Tour Professional
Chris Haack- UGA Men's Head Golf Coach
The Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Warren Baptist Church are pleased to announce the speakers for the 2018 Masters Week Golf Breakfast (#MWGB18).
A veteran of over 300 PGA Tour events, Atlanta native Greg Powers is the current Director of U.S. Kids Golf. Powers has a strong and moving testimony of God’s healing power in his life after he sustained injuries from a horrific automobile accident in 1992 that caused him to spend 7 weeks in the hospital and 12 months in a wheelchair only to return to competitive golf and qualify for the 2002 U.S. Senior Open. Hear Powers tell of how God restored him to continue to passionately pursue a career in golf when all hope seemed lost.
In addition to Powers, University of Georgia Men’s Head Golf Coach Chris Haack will be co-headlining this year’s breakfast. Now in his 22nd year at the helm of Georgia’s flagship collegiate golf program, UGA Men’s Golf has enjoyed nine Top-10 and 16 Top-20 efforts at the NCAA’s including national title efforts in 1999 and again in 2005. Haack has mentored over 60 NCAA Division 1 All-Americans including the likes of Nick Cassini, Kevin Kisner, and Bubba Watson. After leading the Dawgs to their 29th SEC Golf Title in 2016 – which was also their 8th SEC title under Haack – Haack was named to his fifth SEC Coach of the Year honor. He was also chosen as NCAA National Coach of the Year after the school’s national title in 2005.
This year’s free breakfast takes place on Tuesday, April 3, at 7AM in the Family Life Center at Warren Baptist Church. Past speakers for this event have included the likes of Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Byrd, K.J. Choi, Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Fred Funk, Zach Johnson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Larry Mize, and Pat Summerall.
Greater Augusta FCA and Warren Baptist Church are pleased to announce that PGA Touring Professional, Scott Brown, will be the 2017 Masters® Week Golf Breakfast headliner!
Scott Brown has been a professional golfer since 2006 and received his tour card late in 2011 & began competing on the PGA Tour in 2012. He was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1983 and grew up in the shadows of Augusta National Golf Club. Scott graduated from North Augusta High School in 2001 and then went on to experience a playing career as a standout at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. Brown was a three-time Division II All-American and led his team to three consecutive National Championships from 2004 through 2006. Upon completion of his highly successful collegiate playing career, Brown was inducted into the USCA Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Brown realized his dream and got his first PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open. In his five seasons on the PGA Tour, he has enjoyed 16 “Top 10” and 29 “Top 25” finishes. Just this past February at the 2017 Genesis Open, Brown birdied two of his final three holes at Riviera Country Club to post a final round score of 67. This strong performance allowed him to finish tied for 2nd behind Dustin Johnson and vaulted him to 115th place in the Official World Golf Rankings and 47th place in the FedEx Cup standings.
Brown is married to the former Allison Jones and they have two daughters ages 4 and 1. They currently reside in Aiken, South Carolina. Scott and Allison Brown are people of solid faith, close family connection, and they believe strongly in serving their local area through significant involvement in numerous charities. They attend TrueNorth Church in North Augusta.
A History of the Masters Week Golf Breakfast
This year’s golf breakfast takes place on Tuesday, April 4, at 7AM in the Family Life Center at Warren Baptist Church. A free event that began in 1994, the Masters Week Golf Breakfast sports a rich, storied tradition. Former Warren Baptist Church Youth Pastor, Chuck Gordon, was instrumental in vision-planning for the original Augusta Golf Breakfast in 1994. In those days, there was no Golf Channel, so PGA touring professionals were not as visible or as accessible as today’s forms of social media have made them, nor were people as familiar with the private lives of professional golfers as is the case today. The idea for the breakfast was birthed as a means of giving a platform to Christian touring golf professionals so that they could share their personal testimonies in golf’s #1 town of Augusta, Georgia.
Volunteers have always played a huge part in making the breakfast a successful outreach event. Since Warren Baptist Church hosted the first breakfast in 1994, it has heavily relied upon both WBC staff & congregants for event set-up, food preparation & service, & its rich tradition of providing warm, southern hospitality to all attendees. Early attendance ran in the low 100’s and more recent events have seen the numbers swell to over 1,100 attendees, about half of whom usually are from outside the Augusta area.
The Breakfast Becomes an FCA Event
In 1999, the breakfast became an event sanctioned by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes under the direction of its former Director, Frank Hester. Jim Esary, the Director of FCA’s sport-specific ministry “FCA Golf,” worked each year to supply the event with a speaker who was both a well-known PGA golfer and a Christian with a strong testimony. The event briefly changed venues in 1999 and 2000 as it transitioned to Augusta State University’s Christenberry Fieldhouse only to return to its original site, Warren Baptist Church, in 2001.
“Greater Augusta FCA is grateful for its strong partnership with Warren Baptist Church because it is not only a perfect site to host the event, but Warren is willing to embrace the breakfast as a form of outreach, underwriting the cost of food, set-up, and many of the materials we use each year. They also generously provide an army of about 95 volunteers who graciously accomplish all of the tasks required by a host site for an event of this size,” remarked the current Area Director of Greater Augusta FCA, Greg Wilson, now in his 9th year on staff with FCA.
“For any event of this magnitude to be a success during Augusta’s busiest week of the year, you need to have someone who is willing to meet many of the responsibilities head-on, and Warren Baptist Church accomplishes this with a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, organization, and creativity in a grateful partnership with Greater Augusta FCA.”
Past speakers at the breakfast have included the likes of PGA touring professionals such as Aaron Baddeley, K.J. Choi, Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Fred Funk, Zach Johnson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, and Larry Mize.
1987 Masters® Champion Larry Mize and Jim Hardy were our guest speakers at our Masters® Week Golf Breakfast on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.
Mize, a native of Augusta, is already a veteran speaker at the Masters® Week Golf Breakfast, which has become one of the best outreach events each year during this historic week in professional golf's most notable city. Mize headlined the 1997 & 2003 breakfasts in Augusta & served as co-speaker in 1999, along with Bernhard Langer & Loren Roberts.
· Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member
· Georgia Sports Hall of Fame member
· Georgia Tech Hall of Fame member
· Ryder Cup Team Member 1987
· Has played in 574 PGA Tour events throughout his career, with 84 top 10 finishes
· Four Time Winner on the PGA Tour – 1987 The Masters
· Four Time Winner of International Events
Mize was preceded by former PGA professional and World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame inductee Jim Hardy.
In addition to his professional playing and teaching career in golf, Hardy has served as a television analyst and commentator for ESPN and NBC. A native of Houston, Texas, Hardy has designed golf courses all across the country working with the likes of fellow designers Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, and Robert Trent Jones. He grew up on one of the world’s most classic golf courses, Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kansas. Today, that traditional approach to design is very evident in his own design philosophy. After spending several years on the PGA Tour, Jim began teaching golf professionally and became co-founder of one of today’s most widely attended golf schools in the world. He has played a key role in developing
over 40 golf course-related properties.
· PGA of America Life Member
· PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour golf professional
· 30+ years golf course designer/developer/operator experience
· Golf tournament TV Commentator/Expert Analyst for NBC, ESPN, CBN & MIZLOU networks
· 2007 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year
· 2002 South Texas PGA Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year
· Nominated World Golf Hall of Fame – Teachers Division
2015 - Wayne Player, son of Gary Player was our guest speaker. He shared great stories of growing up with a praying dad and a mom who was the "backbone of the Player family."
"How do you go through life without Jesus? I don't know how you do it." ...Wayne Player
2014 Breakfast -
Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes, along with Warren Baptist Church, held their annual Masters® Week Golf Breakfast on Tuesday, April 8th. PGA Tour Players Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink, along with author, Dr. Morris "Mo" Pickens were our keynote speakers. This annual breakfast is FREE -- a gift to our local community and visitors to the area. More than 800 people attended this year's breakfast, including Wounded Warriors, Soldiers in Transition, and Youth Challenge students.
Dr. Pickens' book The Winning Way in Golf and Life was made available to guests for purchase and autograph.
(This book is still available for purchase from our Greater Augusta FCA office. email email@example.com or call 706.868.6000 for more information.)
Dr. Morris "Mo" Pickens, Zach Johnson, and Stewart Cink
Photos Courtesy of Paul Ashmore