Charles E. (Boog) Layton – 1988


Charles E. (Boog) Layton
Inducted 1988
He is probably the most successful prep College and amateur golfer ever from Waycross.
He began his tourney career in 1954, at the age of 12, when he tied David Boyd of Jacksonville for the National Pee Wee Crown in Orlando with a record score. He then lost to Boyd in a playoff. In 1957, at age 15, he won the National Pee Wee Championship and tied for second in the Georgia AA Prep Championship contests. At age 16, he won the Georgia AA Prep Crown, the state Jaycee tile and his first Okefenokee Invitational Championship in a sudden death playoff with Bert Yancey, a FSU student. That year he won the Douglas Spring Tournament and the 15-16 age group of the Future Masters Tourney in Dothan.
In 1959, he won the State AA Prep Crown and led the Waycross High squad to the team title, won the State Jaycee Crown and was on the state team that placed second in the National Jaycee tournament. “Boog” won the Douglas Spring and
Gold Leaf Tournament that year.
He was the winner of the Valdosta open in 1960, 61 and 73 where his record setting scores in 1961 still stands.
He attended the University of Georgia on a golf grant-in-aid where he played on the Bulldog Golf Team. They won the SEC Title and advanced to the quarter finals in the 1960 NCAA Tournament before losing to Jack Nicklaus of Perdue. He finished second in the 1962 SEC title and was runner up for Medalist in the NCAA meet. He captained the 1963 Georgia team that won the SEC Championship and made his third consecutive cut for the NCAA meet.
He qualified for the USGA Amateur tournament in 1964 and 1967. Layton teamed with University of Georgia teammate, David Boyd, to win the Valdosta 4-Ball tourneys in 1966-67. He won the Valdosta Jack Oliver meet in 1968, then teamed with his brother, “Mitt” to tie for second in the Okefenokee 4-Ball tournament but lost to Steve Melnyk and John Darr in a playoff. A runner up to Lyn Lott for the 1970 Okefenokee Invitational Championship and again teamed with “Mitt” to set a 61-50-121 record in winning the Okefenokee 4-Ball title in the 1970 Okefenokee 4-Ball. He and Jimmy Dowling of Valdosta won the 1970 Valdosta 4-Ball. He and “Mitt” won the 1971 Okefenokee 4-Ball. He won the 1972 Valdosta Club Crown and teamed with “Mitt” to win their fourth straight Okefenokee 4-Ball Championship. He and Valdosta’s Frank Eldridge won the Valdosta 4-Ball and “Mitt” won the open. He won his third Okefenokee Invitation in 1974 and tied Johnny Smith in 1975 but lost in a playoff.
Boog is married to the former Leslie Cunningham of Jacksonville, Fla. and he has three daughters (Terry, Debbie and Lee) and three grandchildren. Boog and Leslie reside in Jacksonville, Fla.

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