Who is Fred Ridley? A look at the new ANGC chair

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Fred Ridley will become Augusta National Golf Club chairman when Billy Payne steps down on Oct. 16. Here's some biographical information on the former U.S. Amateur champion:

FRED S. RIDLEY

Age: 65
Born: Lakeland, Fla.
Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Education: Undergraduate degree at University of Florida (1974); Law degree from Stetson College of Law (1977).
Occupation: Business lawyer and partner in international law firm Foley & Lardner LLP
Family: Wife Betsy; daughters Maggie, Libby and Sydney.


Photos: Fred Ridley through the years


Notes:

  • Elected seventh chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters
  • Named chairman of Masters competition committee in 2007
  • Served as president of USGA from 2004-05
  • First became member of USGA’s executive committee in 1994
  • In 2006, recipient of PGA Distinguished Service Award
  • Won 1975 U.S. Amateur at Country Club of Virginia, defeating Keith Fergus in the championship; Beat Curtis Strange and Andy Bean on his way to victory
  • Competed in three Masters (1976, 1977, 1978), one U.S. Open (1976) and one Open Championship (1976). He missed the cut in each
  • Competed in 1977 Walker Cup for a winning U.S. squad and was U.S. Walker Cup captain in 1987 and 1989
  • Three-time letterman on University of Florida golf team