Steve Smyers Retires From USGA Executive Committee

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  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL (1888PressRelease) February 11, 2012 - Steve Smyers of Lakeland, Fla., closed his final chapter of service to the USGA at the organization's spring meeting held in Houston January 30th-February 3rd. He ended his sixth year commitment as a member of the USGA Executive Committee as the organization's treasurer.

    Smyers is a well-known golf course architect whose works span the globe. He was a member of the University of Florida golf team, where he was a teammate of past USGA President Fred Ridley. Smyers has competed in 18 USGA championships and three British Amateurs, and also served as captain of the 2010 USA Copa de las Americas Team.

    In 2011, Smyers chaired the Green Section, International Team Selection and Mid-Amateur Committees and also served on the Amateur Status, Championship, Equipment Standards, Joint Equipment Standards, Finance and Management Committees. He served as a consulting member of the USGA's Equipment Standards Committee since 1999.

    He and his wife, Sherrin, who competed on the LPGA Tour from 1984-1997, played a leading role in establishing a chapter of The First Tee, a USGA-supported initiative, in their hometown of Lakeland.

    "It has been a tremendous honor and pleasure serving the organization and the game of golf. The USGA and all of those involved has been a big part of my life. I will miss being involved, but I am looking forward to designing more golf courses and playing more golf with my friends and family", comments Smyers.

    Steve first started serving the USGA on the Mid-Am Committee in 1985. He was awarded the Ike Grainger Award in 2011, which honors recipients achieving 25 Years of USGA Volunteer Service.

    Over the past twenty years, Steve Smyers Golf Course Architects have been delivering championship golf course designs around the world. The company's core values are rich in tradition, ethics, and passion for the game. With over 50 projects spanning the globe, Steve Smyers has built an impressive golf course design portfolio that includes many of the world's top courses. Many of these courses have been placed in the top 100 in various polls including Old Memorial Golf Club, Wolf Run Golf Club, Southern Dunes Golf Club, Isleworth Country Club (home of The Tavistock Cup), Olympia Fields (South Course-2015 US Amateur), Grand Pines Golf Club, and Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club. Most recently, Steve designed the new "Eagle Course" at TwinEagles Club in Naples. The Eagle will be home to the LPGA's CME Titleholders Championship beginning in November 2012.

    Steve has been honored for his design work by various organizations including Golf's Most Influential Architects, Golf Inc. Magazine/Spring 2011, Architect of the Year: iGolf, America Online, 1996, Leading Architect of "The Next Generation": Golf World Special Report, '94, and ranked among "The Game's Leading Architects": Golf World Special Report, '98.

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    The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards, and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories, and Mexico.

    The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history, and funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

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