Keppler picked for Georgia Golf Hall of Fame

Former Summit Chase head professional Stephen Keppler and longtime Atlanta Athletic Club general manager Chris Borders were announced this week as Class of 2014 inductees into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

The Georgia State Golf Association, which will honor the selections Jan. 18 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, also chose golf course architect Bob Cupp of Atlanta and successful amateur golfer Frank Eldridge of Valdosta for induction next year.

Keppler, now the director of golf at Marietta Country Club, was head professional at Summit Chase for eight years and is one of the most successful Georgia PGA Section players ever, winning 15 titles over the years. The England native and former Florida State golfer qualified for four PGA Championships and tied for third at the 1995 BellSouth Classic, marking the highest finish by a club professional in the history of the PGA Tour.

Borders, for his promotion of golf in Georgia and around the world, will be the first club manager inducted into the GGHF. He retired in March after 24 years at the Atlanta Athletic Club, finishing a tenure that saw the club host two PGA Championships and create the Bobby Jones Room and the Jones Room Foundation.