2015 Volunteers of the Year
Charlie Bedford Award
The volunteer-of-the-year award is named after Charlie Bedford who was an outstanding FSGA Committee Member and volunteered his time as both a Tournament Chairman and Course Rater. Charlie was an expert on the Rules of Golf and a USGA Master Course Rater. He spent countless days of service to the game he loved and cherished.
Charlie was recognized as the 2000 Volunteer-of-the-Year, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Florida Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a USGA Committee Member for ten years and officiated four US Opens, six US Amateurs, seven US Senior Opens and ten US Amateur Public Links Championships.
Tom Tarrance - Course Rating Volunteer of the Year
The 2015 Course Rating Volunteer of the Year has been awarded to Tom Tarrance! Tom’s involvement with FSGA Course Rating began in 2004 and due to his commitment to volunteering, leadership, and highly proficient course ratings, Tom advanced to Course Rating Captain. As captain, he has demonstrated exceptional organization, attention to detail, and skilled knowledge. In 2015, Tom and his team worked diligently to complete twelve course ratings.
Tom began to enjoy golf in the 1970’s when he played in his company’s golf league on Saturday mornings. In 2002, after Tom retired from a career as an aerospace defense contractor at Honeywell, he became an avid golfer playing up to four days a week. Along with his passion for golf, Tom enjoys boating, fishing and road trips to visit different places with his wife, Elaine. Tom has lived in the Trinity, Florida area for 46 years, close to his three sons and four grandchildren. He thoroughly cherishes the memories, laughs, and friendships he has created through golf and course ratings.
Frank Zubrick - Tournament Volunteer of the Year
Frank Zubrick, of Tallahassee, has been awarded the 2015 Tournament Volunteer of the Year! Frank has been dedicating his time to volunteering for the FSGA since 2013 and in the past two years has helped at over 60 FSGA competitions, became a FSGA certified Rules Official, and started conducting qualifiers as a Tournament Chairman. Golf became a part of Frank’s life 50 years ago when he decided to give up baseball and play golf, the sport he started playing with his father, in high school.
After 32 years of working for the Maytag Company, Frank retired in 2012 and with his newfound free time was able to fulfill his desire to volunteer in golf. Frank’s passion for golf and traveling has led him to playing golf courses across the country, but his favorite place to travel is Colorado to visit his daughter, Shelley, son-in-law, David, and his four grandchildren. Residing in Tallahassee, Frank is an avid Florida State University fan and attends many FSU sporting events with his wife, Margaret, and son, Brad. Frank enjoys the administrative aspects of competitive golf and being able to spend his time satisfying his passion for giving back to the game.