Lee Gerdes, inducted 2017
|Macon has produced its share of top amateur golfers through the years, and Lee Gerdes is certainly included in that group. He had a stellar high school career at Mount de Sales Academy, where he was a three-time all-region selection, a three-time region medalist and a state runner-up. Inducted into the Mount de Sales Hall of Fame in 2008, he set program records in career scoring average, season scoring average and match score. His high school success earned him a golf scholarship to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he continued to excel. As a four-year letterwinner for the Mocs, he was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection and a two-year team captain. His college record shows one individual tournament title, 18 top-20 finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and six top-five finishes. He was a member of Chattanooga’s first Southern Conference championship. But Gerdes really has made his mark as an amateur in Middle Georgia and around the state. He is an eight-time Cherry Blossom champion, five-time Honors champion, five-time City of Macon champion, four-time Macon-Middle Georgia champion, three-time Golden Isles champion and a one-time Peach Blossom winner. Overall, he has captured more than 25 amateur titles. He qualified for the 1989 U.S. Amateur in the Atlanta qualifier as the low qualifier and made it to match play. He has been the club champion at three Macon area country clubs. He has won the Healy Point Club title 10 times, the River Forest championship seven times and the title at Idle Hour once.|
Lewis "Bubba" Linder was one of the first standouts at Southwest High School for legendary head basketball coach Don "Duck" Richardson. Linder, who played as a freshman and sophomore at Ballard Hudson High School prior to integration, helped to establish the Patriots as a force in basketball in the state of Georgia. He was the team's point guard and a two year captain.
His high school resume earned him a scholarship to Kentucky State University where he captained the Thoroughbreds his senior season. In 116 games at Kentucky State he shot 60.1% from the field and 73.6% from the charity stripe. As a senior, he averaged 20.3 points and 9.6 assists per game. He finished his career at Kentucky State with a 13.6 points per game scoring average. He was a two time All American and was a fourth round draft choice of the Boston Celtics in the 1976 draft.
Following his collegiate playing days he played professionally in Venezuela for 10 seasons. He was elected to the Kentucky State Hall of Fame in 2009.(more)
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