The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame was established in 1972 by the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association. The following qualifications were established as criteria for nomination of an inductee, but an inductee does not have to meet every single criteria. The candidate must have: 1) Outstanding competitive career; 2) Outstanding administrative contributions; 3) Outstanding promotional contributions; 4) The candidate must have met the above criteria while a member of a Southern Golf Association Member Club. The Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame is unique in that it does not necessarily induct a member each year, nor does it select multiple inductees.
In 1978, the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association posthumously inducted Sam Perry into the SGA Hall of Fame.
Sam had a distinguished background in golf as both a competitor and as an administrator and promoter. His time in golf was cut short during World War II, where he served as an aviator, when he was listed as missing during a routine flight in the South Pacific. He was never found and was presumed dead. One can only wonder how much greater his accomplishments and contributions would have been were it not for this tragedy.
Sam was first honored by the Southern Golf Association in 1946 by creating a Sam Perry Medal to be awarded to the lowest qualifier in the Southern Amateur Championship. That medal is a gold medal and bears a likeness of Sam on one side and is encased in a plastic cube.
Competitively, Sam was the winner of the Southern Amateur Championship three times in three decades - 1929, 1932 and 1941. He also finished second to Fred Haas in 1934. He still shares the record in Alabama for having won the State Amateur Championship four times. He virtually dominated amateur golf on the local scene in and around Birmingham in the 20's and 30's.
As an administrator, Sam served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Golf Association, and on the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association from 1936 until his death.