Fred Scobie Ridley, usually known as Fred Ridley, was born on 16th August 1952 in Lakeland, Florida, in the United States. So, he is now 67 years old. Fred is an American by birth. He is an Amateur Golf Player and golf director. In 1975, Fred S. won the U.S. Amateur, and in 2017, Fred Scobie became the chairman of ANGC (Augusta National Golf Club). He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Betsy Ridley, and three daughters.
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Fred Ridley studied at the Winter Haven High School in Florida. After school, he completed his graduation in Marketing in 1974 from the University of Florida. While Ridley was at the University of Florida, Fred played golf for the Florida Gators men's golf team, and his coach was Buster Bishop (an American college golf coach). When Fred played for the Florida Gators men's golf team, he won the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) national tournament in 1973. After gaining a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, he attended Stetson University, College of Law, and earned the J.D. (Juris Doctor) in 1977.
Hospitality & Leisure & Fred practiced the Real State Finance in the Foley & Lardner, resort development, single and multifamily development, etc. Ridley has an experience of more than 35 years of in this area. As an independent director of the Starwood Property Trust, Fred gets $161,263 per month.
Amateur Golf Career
In 1975, Fred won various unofficial golf tournaments, such as The Preeminent Amateur Golf Tournament, U.S. Amateur, etc. This year he also participated in 15 USGA (The United States Golf Association) competitions in which ten matches were in the U.S. Amateur. In the final of the U.S. Amateur, Fred played with Keith Fergus and won it & In the semi-final of this tournament, Fred defeated Curtis Strange and Andy Bean.
In 1976, Fred became a U.S. World Amateur Eisenhower Trophy team member. This year he won the Monroe Invitational and the Eisenhower Trophy. Fred participated in the British Open but didn't win. He also participated in the Master's Tournaments, U.S. Open, and the Open Championship this year but missed all the cuts.
In 1977, Fred Ridley became a member of the U.S. Walker Cup and won two events of the Walker Cup against Sandy Lyle, and he lost the match with a four-member team. He also played in the British Amateur this year.
In 1978, Ridley played in the Master's Tournaments and didn't get success.
Fred S. was the U.S. Walker Cup team captain in 1987 and 1989 and became the U.S. World Amateur team captain in 2010. In 1987, he again competed in the British Amateur.
Fred Scobie Ridley wanted to be the U.S. Amateur Champion, and when he got the title, he never played as a professional golfer to keep the title.
In 2004, Fred was selected as the United States Golf Association (USGA) president and the IGF co-chairman (International Golf Federation).
In 2011, Fred was selected as a chairman of the competition committee of The Masters' tournaments. He is now an Augusta National Golf Club (set on 23rd August 2017).
Among four major tournaments, Fred Ridley played three of them. He didn't play in the PGA Championship. Fred participated in the Master's games in 1976, 1977, and 1978 but Fred could not make the cuts. He also participated in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship in 1976; he also missed the reductions. As Ridley was an Amateur Golf Player, so he didn't play in the official golf tournament.