Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame

Charles E. (Boog) Layton
Inducted 1988

Charles “Boog” Layton was born on November 15, 1941, in Waycross, GA. Some have called Boog one of the most gifted all-around athletes in Waycross, GA, history. In little league in 1953 he was selected to quarterback the Waycross All-Star Football Team in the Annual Midget Bowl. He also was a little league All-Star baseball pitcher, played forward on little league basketball team and won the Waycross City Junior Tennis Championship. At the age of 12 he even won the City Marbles Championship. But his first love was golf, and many feel he was the most successful college prep and amateur golfer ever from Waycross.
International Pee Wee Tournament, Orlando, FL: Tied for 1st place in 1954 (age 12) losing in a playoff. Won in 1957 when age limit raised to 15. These were the only two times he ever played in this tournament.
The Press Thornton Future Masters, Dothan, AL: Won the 15-16 Age Group in 1958, the only time he ever played in this tournament.
Georgia State High School Class AA Golf Championship: Runner-up in 1957 as a sophomore, won in 1958 as a junior, won in 1959 as a senior and led his high school team to GA State Class AA Team Title in 1959 and runner-up in 1958. These were the only 3 times he played in this tournament.
Georgia State Jaycee Junior Golf Championship: Won the tournament in 1958 and in 1959.
International Jaycee Junior Golf Championship: Member of Georgia Team that won the International Team Title in Tucson, AZ, in 1958, and member of Georgia Team that finished in 2nd place at Portsmouth, VA in 1959. Individually he tied for 10th in 1958 and tied for 4th in 1959.
Southeastern Amateur: Reached the semi-finals in 1960, the only time he ever played in this tournament.
Georgia State Open Golf Championship: Low amateur in 1962 with rounds of 68-70-62=200 (16 under par for 54 holes), finishing 2nd overall two strokes behind pro Jim Stamps of Dalton, GA.
University of Georgia: Awarded golf grant-in-aid in 1959, was a member of UGA Golf Team that won the SEC Championship in 1961, 1962 and 1963. Was named Co-Captain along with teammate Jimmy Gabrielsen *(GGHOF) in 1963 by Coach Howell Hollis. Also received offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and the University of Houston.
NCAA Golf Championships: Lost in quarterfinals in 1961 as a sophomore to Jack Nicklaus (senior at Ohio State) 4 and 3 at Purdue; made the cut in all three NCAA Championships he played in (freshmen could not play on the varsity back then). Tied for runner-up medalist honors in 1962 NCAA at the Duke University Course in Durham, NC, losing in sudden death in first round. Lost in 2nd round in the 1963 NCAA Championship at Wichita, KS.
After College in 1964: Received offer from Wilson Sporting Goods Company to turn pro, but decided to remain an amateur.
Douglas, GA Spring Invitational Tournament: Won in 1958 and 1959. Douglas, GA Gold Leaf Invitational Tournament: Won in 1959 and 1962. Valdosta Open: Won in 1960 and 1961 (the first two years it was held), was Runner-up overall and low amateur in 1962 and won again in 1973.
Jack Oliver Invitational, Valdosta, GA: Won in 1968, Runner-up in 1960.
Valdosta Club Champion in 1972.
Okefenokee Invitational, Waycross, GA: Won in 1958, 1969, 1974 and was Runner-up in 1959, 1970, 1971 and 1975. Believed to be the only player to win this tournament in three different decades.
Okefenokee Club Champion in 1958 at age 16.
U. S. G. A. Amateur Championship: Qualified for and played in three U. S. G. A. Amateur Championships, 1964, 1967 and 1971.
Dublin, GA 4-Ball: Won in 1958 with Pete Coleman. Okefenokee 4-Ball Tournament: Won this tournament five consecutive years (1969-1973) with his brother, Mitt Layton. Their scores of 61-60=121, 23 under par, in 1970, are believed to still be a record.
Perry, GA 4-Ball: Won in 1970 with Tim McFall.
Valdosta 4-Ball: Won in 1966 and 1967 with David Boyd; won in 1970 with Jimmy Dowling; won in 1972 with Frank Eldridge.
Georgia Challenge Cup Matches (Amateurs vs. Pros): Received invitations and played in several of these events.
Best Competitive Round: 62 in final round of 1962 Georgia State Open to win low amateur and finish 2nd in tournament, 2 strokes back of pro Jim Stamps; 62 in Fernandina Beach Pro-Am, which was his team’s low ball.
Holes-in-one: Total of three, two at the age of 12.
Lowest Handicap reached while an active player: +3.
Inducted into the Waycross-Ware County, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1988
Boog is married to the former Leslie Cunningham of Jacksonville, FL, where they reside. He has three daughters, Terri, Debbie and Leigh, and three grandchildren.