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Where Bobby Jones learned the game
About 30 fortunate dealmakers had the opportunity to play a round of golf at Atlanta’s historic East Lake Golf Club and pick up some tips from PGA tour professional Ollie Schniederjans before heading to the recent Atlanta ACG Capital Connection. The day was hosted by accounting firm Frazier & Deeter and sponsored by enterprise software developer Workiva.

The East Lake Golf Club is the home of the Tour Championship, the culminating event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, with the top 30 players on the points list qualifying each year. The East Lake Golf Club holds a special place in history. This is where Bobby Jones learned to play golf as a child. At the age of 6, he won a six-hole tournament. At 9, he was the club’s junior champion. At 28 in 1930, Jones won the United States Open, British Open, United States Amateur and British Amateur championships – the only player ever to achieve the grand slam in the era before the Masters. (In what’s known as the Masters era, five men have achieved career grand slams: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, and Gene Sarazen. Female players who have achieved grand slams include Annika Sorenstam and Inbee Park.)

Today, the club serves as a driving force behind efforts to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Profits from the club, as well as charitable donations from the club’s corporate membership, support the East Lake Foundation and its redevelopment project with more than $20 million to date. The foundation is credited with helping “transform one of the nation’s worst public housing projects into a thriving community,” according to the club’s website.

Meet the hosts
Founded by Jim Frazier and David Deeter in 1981, Frazier & Deeter is a nationally recognized CPA and advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta. The firm provides tailored services across a wide range of tax, audit, accounting and advisory needs to achieve each client’s unique financial goals. Members of the firm who participated in Frazier & Deeter’s ACG Capital Connection Pre-Conference Event included: CFO Jeremy Sperring, partner Shawn Folwer and FD Fund Administration partner Tom DiEgidio. Participating from Mergers & Acquisitions were Harry Nikpour, publisher and vice president of capital markets, and Rich Grant, senior sales manager.