Woody Lashen — Master Golf Clubfitter

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In the tradition of golfing legend Old Tom Morris, Woody Lashen is a master clubfitter. Decades before the national, multi-location companies like GOLFTEC got into the clubfitting business, Woody and his partner Pete Makowski were providing golfers with the equipment they need to play their best.

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Tony Brooks — PGA Master Professional and Golf Contrarian

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Contrarians are independent thinkers. And Tony Brooks — who has more than 30,000 LinkedIn followers — is entitled to be a contrarian for two reasons: First….He is recognized as a master of his craft. When it comes to golf, Tony speaks from authority. Secondly…He cares deeply about the game, and about how he uses his craft to benefit people’s lives; not simply their golf scores.

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Brad Becken — President, Donald Ross Society

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The Donald Ross Society was founded in 1989 to promote the recognition of Donald Ross, the excellence of his golf architecture and the preservation and restoration of the golf courses he designed. Brad Becken, who has played on 367 Ross courses, currently serves as its President.

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Kate Tempesta — Early Childhood Educator and Golf Evangelist

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With Kate Tempesta at the helm over the past 12 years, the Urban Golf Academy has delivered the joy of golf to at least 1,000 children each year.

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Ryan Carey — Owner, Green Jacket Auctions

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Ryan Carey and his partner have created what’s become a thriving enterprise that’s expanded beyond online auctions to include related services such as appraisals, authentication and private searches for hard to find golf collectables.

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Hank Gola — Veteran Sportswriter & Author

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Hank Gola has spent more than four decades as a journalist, covering professional football and golf for the New York Daily News and the New York Post. Hank is also author of 3 sports books, including “City of Champions,” which chronicles Garfield (NJ) High School’s unlikely path to a national football championship in 1939.

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Ben Kline — Shivas Irons Society Executive Director

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Ben Kline serves as Executive Director of the Shivas Irons Society, a California-based non-profit organization established in 1992 that’s based on the deeper mysteries of golf and life found in a book written 20 years earlier in 1971 by Michael Murphy, called “Golf in the Kingdom”…which is one of the best selling golf books of all time.

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Evan Schiller — Golf Course Photographer

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Over the past 20 years, former PGA Professional Evan Schiller has established his reputation as one of the world’s premier golf course photographers. Evan has photographed hundreds of championship courses in several countries, and his work has been published in the golf industry’s most prestigious publications.

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John Kaczkowski — Western Golf Association President & CEO

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The Western Golf Association has more than 400 member clubs across the nation, and is a sponsor of a number of amateur and PGA Tour events; notably the BMW Championship. The crown jewel of the WGA is the Evans Scholars Foundation, which since 1930 has provided full 4-year college scholarships to nearly 11,000 deserving caddies.

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Rutgers Professor William A. Meyer — Turfgrass Management Expert

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What makes great golf courses possible is the many decades of turfgrass-related science and experimentation that have been the life-long passion of individuals like Rutgers Professor William A. Meyer.

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