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Charlie Dugas Reaches the 50 Year Mark as PGA Member

Charlie Dugas was first introduced to golf as a child. He grew up on Louisiana Avenue which separated the family home from City Park Golf Course in Lafayette. As a teenager, Charlie worked as a caddy, in concessions, and in the locker room. He would listen to the players talk about their rounds of golf, and he just couldn’t shake the desire to want to play.

After working at City Park Golf Course as a teenager, Charlie moved on to Acadian Hills Golf and Country Club where he was PGA Head Professional along with co-lessee PGA Professional Luca Barbato from 1962-1972. He helped design and build Les Vieux Chenes Golf Club with Dr. Marvin Ferguson. He then leased and was PGA Head Professional at Jennings Golf & Country Club from 1983-1989. Having been away from the Lafayette area for a time, Charlie decided to return home to build and develop Lafayette Golf Academy, located on Kaliste Saloom Road. It was there that he retired in 2012. 

Charlie’s advice for today’s young PGA professionals is to “get involved with your local PGA Chapter and the Section. Never lose sight of the fact that junior golf programs are one of the most important programs at your facility. Promote them & get youth involved in the game. Also, do not neglect the ladies program at your club.”

Charlie accredits his success to the Hebert Brothers – Jay and Lionel, the Barbato Brothers – Mike, Luca, and Joe, and Emory Guidry – amateur. He also had the privilege of being a mentor to Tommy Grant – Hot Spring Village, Arkansas, and Paul Theriot – Squirrel Run Golf Club, New Iberia, LA. 

Charlie Dugas served as the Secretary and President in the Louisiana Chapter and Secretary/Treasurer in the Gulf States PGA. He was on the Committee for Section Employment and Oral Interview and was the Senior Chapter President and the Gulf States Senior PGA President.

Charlie served on the National Education Committee in 1969-1970, was the Assistant Coordinator Business School I in 1970 under then National Educational Chairman Al Michaels, and delegate to National PGA annual meetings numerous times.

Charlie was named Gulf States PGA Professional of the Year in 1971, named LA Chapter Professional of the Year in 1987, received the Barbato/Thomas Award in 1990, was in the Class of 2000 Gulf States PGA Hall of Fame, and received the 2002 Distinguished Service Award.

Charlie would like to thank his family for the many years of support while he was involved in the golf business. He would also like to thank Robert O Brown, Gulf States PGA Executive Directory, for his continuing efforts in building the strength of the Gulf States Section. Lastly, Charlie wants to show his respect and appreciation for Oliver Counce (deceased). Oliver was the first Executive Director for the Gulf States Section and a non-PGA member who donated his time and resources for countless years working with local PGA Professionals to create the Section. Oliver was later awarded an Honorary PGA membership for his efforts in establishing the Gulf States Section. 

Congratulations Charlie Dugas for 50 Great Years! 

Half Century Members

Name: Half-Century Status Date:
Ben Nelson, PGA 2021-12-1
Charlie Dugas, PGA 2020-12-31
Clyde W. Applewhite III, PGA 2019-09-30
Don Essig III, PGA 2017-01-31
Curley J. Romero, PGA 2016-03-31

Quarter Century Members

Name: Quarter-Century Status Date:
Christopher D. Jester, PGA 2021-11-30
Michael T. O’Brien, PGA 2021-11-30
Robert W. Pyle, PGA 2021-11-30
Rob V. McGraw, PGA 2021-10-31
John M. Kocks, PGA 2021-08-31
Wallace H. Smith III, PGA 2021-08-31
Donald J. Donohue III, PGA 2021-07-31
John E. Fassinger Jr., PGA 2021-07-31
W. Scott Buntin, PGA 2021-05-31
Larry J. Griffin, PGA 2021-03-31
Jake Narro, PGA 2021-01-31
Richard S. Walsh, PGA 2021-01-31
Gene K. Gabelmann, PGA 2020-07-31
David E. Kaspar, PGA 2020-07-31
William T Kivett, PGA 2020-06-30
Michael F. Raby, PGA 2020-06-30
Christopher T Robertson, PGA 2020-02-29
Kevin W. Michael, PGA 2020-01-31
Reginald W. Adams, PGA 2019-10-31
David E. Church, PGA 2019-10-31
Cliff Wagner, PGA 2019-10-31
Robert E. Chrestman, PGA 2019-09-30
Randy P. Stephens, PGA 2019-08-31
Devin Thomas, PGA 2019-04-30
Ronny B. Ross, PGA 2019-02-28
James B. Matheny, PGA 2018-09-30
James W. Doulin, PGA 2018-07-31
Stephen C. Christopher, PGA 2018-03-31
Leigh T. Brannan, PGA 2018-02-28
David P. Gary, PGA 2017-12-31
Robert S Hall, PGA 2017-12-31
James Dorman Jr., PGA 2017-10-31
Christopher C Burkstaller, PGA 2017-09-30
Anthony L. Luczak, PGA 2017-08-31
Susan P. Bower, PGA 2017-07-31
Gordon W. Digby, PGA 2017-05-31
Dean L. Baham Sr., PGA 2017-02-28
Kenneth R. Hughes, PGA 2017-02-28
Emlyn D. Aubrey, PGA 2017-01-31
Kelly M. Gibson 2017-01-31
David W. Toms, PGA 2017-01-31
Michael P. Barrett, PGA 2016-09-30
Randy K. Tupper, PGA 2016-09-30
John B. Harrell, PGA 2016-08-31
David S. Cowger, PGA 2016-05-31
John Anthony Price, PGA 2016-05-31
Robert Andrew Loving, PGA 2016-02-29
Danny E. Tatum, PGA 2016-02-29
Kevin L. Walls, PGA 2016-02-29
Greg G. Crain, PGA 2015-10-31
Kent B. Smith, PGA 2015-10-31
Bob E. Wolcott, PGA 2015-10-31
David P. Marchand, PGA 2015-09-30
Mark Powell, PGA 2015-07-31
Paul Theriot, PGA 2015-07-31
Mike Vivien, PGA 2015-07-31
Wayne J. Fuselier, PGA 2015-02-28
Michael Johnson, PGA 2014-12-31
Paul L. Christmann, PGA 2014-09-30
Robert C. Noel, PGA 2014-09-30
John Pielemeier, PGA 2014-09-30
Fred J. Schroeder, PGA 2014-09-30
David E. Pate, PGA 2014-08-31
Roy Jarvis, PGA 2014-07-31
Brian M. Manzella, PGA 2014-05-31
Michael B. Harris, PGA 2014-04-30
Bradley Kale, PGA 2013-12-31
Eric Kaspar, PGA 2013-04-30
Andre M. Caldwell, PGA 2013-02-28
Peter Cizdziel, PGA 2012-11-30
Alan Chasteen, PGA 2012-10-31
Carl Poche’, PGA 2012-09-30
Stanley B. Stopa, PGA 2012-08-31
James H. Moore, PGA 2012-07-31
Adrian N. DeRouen, PGA 2012-05-31
Jim Traina III, PGA 2012-02-29
Cliffton R Bailey, PGA 2012-01-31
Jerry M. Covich III, PGA 2011-10-31
James Leitz, PGA 2011-09-30
Jim T. Gallagher Jr., PGA 2011-06-30
Robert O. Brown, PGA 2010-08-31
Michael Burke, PGA 2010-03-31
Russell Fransted, PGA 2010-01-31
Ron Hickman, PGA 2009-11-30
Marvin Gray, PGA 2009-04-30
Doug Farr, PGA 2008-12-31
Paul Hjulberg, PGA 2008-06-30
Jimmy R.  Carpenter II, PGA 2008-03-31
Reed W. Hughes, PGA 2008-03-31
Greg Abadie, PGA 2007-11-30
Fred Frederickson, PGA 2007-07-31
Steve Caldwell, PGA 2006-03-31
Jerry Weeks, PGA 2005-11-30
Jimmy Gallagher, PGA 2005-08-31
Rich Fulkerson, PGA 2004-11-30
Jimmy Headrick, PGA 2004-11-30
Michael J. McGeever, PGA 2004-11-30
Tommy W Spencer, PGA 2004-10-31
Ed Selser, PGA 2004-02-29
Lester Cook, PGA 2003-12-31
Kim Gianatsis, PGA 2003-06-30
Ronnie Benandi, PGA 2002-11-30
Teddy Sliman, PGA 2002-11-30
Sam Dunning, PGA 2002-08-31
Harold Burt, PGA 2002-05-31
William K. Caldwell Jr., PGA 2002-01-31
Steve Chaney, PGA 2001-06-30
Martin L. Stuart, PGA 2001-05-31
George Cascino, PGA 2000-08-31
Frank Gumpert, PGA 2000-08-31
Ben Freeman Jr., PGA 2000-06-30
George R. Digby Jr., PGA 2000-04-30
Larry Miller, PGA 2000-03-31
Bill Mullican, PGA 1999-08-31
Mickey Bradley, PGA 1998-11-30
Ken Lindsay, PGA 1998-03-31
Terry M Carlson, PGA 1997-12-31
James E. Gamblin Jr., PGA 1997-07-31
Denton Scott, PGA 1997-07-31
Ben Nelson, PGA 1996-12-31
Charlie Dugas, PGA 1995-12-31
Clyde W. Applewhite III, PGA 1994-09-30
Don Essig III, PGA 1992-01-02
Curley J. Romero, PGA 1991-03-01