Lakeland based golf course architect Steve Smyers was elected President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects(ASGCA) at the organization’s recent 69th Annual meeting in La Jolla, California.
The much sought after Smyers spent his formative years in Houston, Texas. Steve is a 1975 graduate of the University of Florida with a BS & BA. As a Gator, Smyers was a member of the 1973 NCAA National Championship golf team along with fellow Lakeland resident and Champions Tour Professional, Andy Bean, and NBC/Golf Channel Analyst Gary Koch. Steve continued to play at a high level, competing in a number of USGA championships. He has more than three decades’ experience as a golf course architect and joined the ASGCA in 1989, serving as the owner of Steve Smyers Golf Course Architects working on projects across the United States and around the world. For more information you can go to www.SteveSmyers.com or call 863-683-6100.
“There are 25 million golfers and nearly 16,000 golf courses in America, plus another 16,000 around the world,” Smyers says. “Those players and courses need ASGCA members to continue being the ‘forward thinking guys’ who bring innovation to the game: as we have ably done since the days of Donald Ross. We should continue to pioneer improved standards and focus on striving to make what is already a great game, even better.”
Smyers first solo 18 hole design was Wolf Run Golf Course in Zionsville, Indiana, which at the time the great Gary Player called, “The best new course I’ve seen in 20 years.” Additional designs by Steve Smyers include: Old Memorial, Tampa, Fl; Chart Hills Golf Club, Kent, England; Southern Dunes, Haines City, Fl; Four Streams, Beallsville, Maryland; and redesigns including Isleworth and Grande Pines in Orlando and Fort Myers CC in Florida, and Olympia Fields South in Chicago.
Steve served on what is now the USGA Equipment Standards Committee, which led to six-year term on the USGA Executive Committee.
President Smyers also called for greater collaboration among industry partners. ” A deeper and stronger collaborative effort will benefit all of us, but most importantly the golfer. Working together, we can inspire golfers to play 10 percent more golf each year,” Steve noted. He will serve as President of the ASGCA through April 2016. For more information you can visit www.ASGCA.org.