2016 Volunteers of the Year
Tournament Volunteer of the Year - Bob Collins
The 2016 Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Bob Collins, of Fort Myers. Bob began volunteering for the FSGA in 2010. As a Senior Rules Official and Tournament Chairman, Bob’s time commitment to the game of golf is beyond impressive. Since volunteering, Bob has officiated at approximately 100 competitions and conducted 30 of those events as a Tournament Chairman. The game of golf benefits from Bob’s knowledge, passion, and dedication.
At the young age of 10, Bob’s father started teaching him how to play golf. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Bob started a 30 year career with IBM and retired in 1996 when he moved to Florida. While living in Minnesota, he spent his free time as a soccer referee, but when he moved to Florida he started volunteering in golf. With Bob’s officiating schedule, involvement in several other committees and associations, and fitting in time to play golf, Bob does not have much free time. He thoroughly enjoys helping others understand the Rules of Golf and spending time with junior golfers while giving back to the game.
Course Rating Volunteer of the Year - Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer, of Bradenton, was awarded the 2016 Course Rating Volunteer of the Year. In the 16 years that Jim has been involved with the FSGA, he has been actively rating courses in Section 11, Sarasota/Manatee counties, as well as officiating on the Tournament Committee. As a Course Rating Captain, he has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, leadership, and highly proficient course ratings. In 2016, Jim and his team worked diligently to complete eight course ratings.
Jim enjoys volunteering as a way of giving back to the game of golf and meeting many valuable new friends along the way. Jim attended The University of Illinois, graduated with a degree in accounting, and started a career with John Deere. Golf became one of Jim’s passions when his wife, Karen, bought him a set of irons as a wedding present. He was also part of a group of people responsible for establishing the PGA Tour event now called The John Deere Classic. In 1995, Jim moved to Florida where he could golf and fish more often. In his free time, Jim loves to travel with his wife where they have been to many places all over the world.