Alabama AD, Greg Byrne 
is our
first guest speaker 
of the new season!
Celebrating Sports Fellowship, 
Spirit, and Community Pride
16th Annual Golf Tournament
2018 Special Edition
From President, Linda Martin.

The 16th Annual Gulf Coast Athletic Club Golf Tournament was held  at Craft Farms. The tournament was a great success with nearly 100 golfers enjoying a fun day of golf and festivities. The net proceeds from the tournament of over $9000 fully funded the scholarships to be presented this year to deserving Gulf Shores High School senior scholar athletes and helps assure GCAC‘s continued support for Gulf Shores High School Athletics.

Thanks to all who participated as golfers and those who volunteered their time to make this tournament a success. A special thanks to John McCormick & Fred Dickinson and their committee members for all their hard work.

Congratulations to all winners including:

1st Place Ladies: Carolyn Boudreaux                         #2 Place Ladies: Linda Spangrud
                               Kathleen Forbes                                                          Joy Majors   
​                                Leslie Anderson                                                          Susan Hirsch         
                                Mary Ann Terrell                                                          Linda Runtz


#1 Gross:   Jeff Kimbro                                                       #1 Net:  Ken Hall
​                    Steve Long                                                                     Forrest Forbes
                    Randy Hilsman                                                              Terry Peeples     
                    Mike Pyer                                                                        Rod Erdman

#2 Gross:    Ballard Sweat                                                  #2 Net:  Dec McClelland
                     Cole Baas                                                                      Joe Macaleer
                     Blake Rowell                                                                 Richard Lamar
                     Randy Davis                                                                  Michael Heroman

Thanks to everyone for helping to make this a great year for GCAC. I know everyone is looking forward to our new season which starts with our kick-off meeting in August.

See you then!
Linda Martin
Shown below are more scenes from our tournament. 
Click on the link below to view the album
2018 GCAC 16th Annual
Golf Tournament Results
Congratulations to our Winners!

A special thanks to our Tournament Co-Chairmen, 
John McCormick and Fred Dickinson, who year after year, put on a great tournament.  Also we want to thank Craft Farms and their staff for exceptional support to our tournament, to 
all the volunteers who provided additional help, and 
especially our tournament sponsors for supporting 
the GCAC 16th Annual Golf Tournament!

The Gulf Coast Athletic Club (GCAC) will kick off its year on Monday, August 27 with featured speaker, University of Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne, according to Linda Martin, GCAC president.

GCAC funds scholarships for local athletes, as well as helping local athletic departments. The membership is made up of more than 80 men and women who are graduates and supporters of college athletic programs across the country, including the SEC and other conferences.

To raise money to support scholarships and athletic programs, an annual golf tournament, several trivia nights and other activities help to accomplish the club’s mission.

Each of the eight Fall meetings includes dinner and a well-known guest speaker as well as team reports and a “crying towel” award. The meetings are held at the Craft Farms Golf Clubhouse on Monday evenings.

Those interested in joining GCAC may contact Andrew Harte, 
membership chairman, at 251-223-3622 or email at , or go to the website at

To rejoin for the 2018-19 year, please mail a $250 check payable to GCAC, to GCAC, PO Box 2167, Orange Beach AL, 36561 or, if preferred, use the credit card link below. 

Pay with credit card - click here

Dues are due by August 15th. 

Finally, If you have identified anyone you would like to invite to join the club this year. please send me their name and email address. I will work with Andrew Hart to solicit these potential members next week. 

Thanks you for your continual support of GCAC!!!
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club lineup of speakers for this year is another great one!  SIGN UP now so you don't miss a meeting!

Schedule for GCAC Meetings for 2018-19

August 27- Greg Byrne: Athletic Director at the University of Alabama
September 10- Tony Barnhart: CBS Sports College Football Insider
September 24- TBA:  The Suspense!?!
October 8-Sam Jankovich: Former AD for Washington State & U of Miami
October 22-Joe Gottfried: Former AD for University of South Alabama
November 5-Sylvester Croom: Alabama Hero and Senior Bowl VP 
November 19-Cole Cublic: Former Auburn Captain and Radio Host
December 3-Trivia Night:  Start planning your team now!
January 21-TBA:  More suspense!?!
By JOHN ZENOR - Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Greg Byrne will take over a flourishing Alabama athletic department with a dominant football program and a men’s basketball team that appears to be on the rise.

A big challenge facing the Crimson Tide’s newly hired athletic director is to sustain and build upon that success, and avoid the kind of overconfidence or complacency that can lead to a fall-off.

“It can happy to anybody if you’re not having that vision for the future,” Byrne said Thursday. “While things are going extremely well here right now, and we want them to continue in the future, you always have to look ahead and say, ‘What are those next steps?’”

The Arizona athletic director and former Mississippi State AD was formally introduced Thursday and will officially start his new job as the retiring Bill Battle’s successor on March 1.

He’s the first outsider hired to run Alabama’s athletic program since the 1990s. Battle, who is retiring after four years in Tuscaloosa, and the late Mal Moore both played under coach Bear Bryant.

The 45-year-old Byrne inherits a department where Nick Saban has led the football team to four national championships in eight years and Avery Johnson has brought in considerable talent and the former NBA champion is a big name in basketball circles.

Saban was busy recruiting and couldn’t attend Byrne’s news conference. The new AD obviously cleared the hurdle of impressing him with a visit of several hours Saturday at Nick and Terry Saban’s house.

“We talked about a lot of things about Alabama football, the University of Alabama, Alabama athletics,” Byrne said. “I asked him a lot of questions and was able to get some great insight. When we got done, I felt - I certainly can’t speak for him - but I felt that the meeting couldn’t have gone any better and felt very comfortable about the fact that this would be a wonderful coach to work with.”

The son of longtime college athletic director Bill Byrne, Byrne is known for his fundraising acumen. “The really historical ride that Alabama football has been on is incredible, and that engages people,” Byrne said. “Look at the growth in the university the last 10 years. I remember coming down here 15 years ago and seeing what it looked like then, which was great, and what it looks like now is even better.

Our First GCAC Meeting
of the 2018-2019 Season

August 27, 2018

Greg Byrne
Athletic Director
University of