Deane Beman, a renowned playing professional who wnet on to serve as the longtime commissioner of the PGA tour, has been selected to receive the Don A. Rossi Award from the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA).
A two-time All-American on the varsity golf team at the University of Maryland, Beman logged a number of amateur victories, including the British Amateur in 1959, the U.S. Amateur in 1960 and 1963, the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1960, Porter Cup in 1964, and four-time Eastern Amateur champion. Beman continued his playing career on the PGA Tour, winning four times between 1969 and 1973 (Texas Open Invitational, Greater Milwaukee Open, Quad Cities Open, and Shrine-Robinson Open Golf Classic).
While a renowned playing professional, Beman sought to contribute more to the sport and served as the second commissioner of the PGA Tour from 1974 to 1994. Under his watch, The Players Championship concept was formed along with the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the PGA Tour Champions. During his time as commissioner, Beman advocated that Tour tournaments support a charitable initiative, and saw contributions grow from less than $1 million a year in 1974 to more than $30 million in 1994.
“While Deane’s list of accomplishments with the Tour and his playing career are impressive, what speaks most about him is his passion to grow the game,” said Justin Apel, GCBAA executive director. “We are humbled to honor Deane, someone who has given so much to golf, with our Rossi award.”