Faces of the FSGA: Gregg Deiboldt
When did you start volunteering with the FSGA?
I started with the FSGA in the summer of 2008.
What made you want to start volunteering?
A Sawgrass Country club member was on the FSGA Section 3 course rating team and invited me to come along on one of their ratings. I was hooked after one hole and joined the team that day. I found course rating fascinating and having just retired a few months earlier, I was looking to do something to give back to the game I love.
How did golf become a part of your life?
I started playing golf at a very young age. My father was a scratch golfer and sports were big in my family. I wrestled, played baseball, football, basketball, and golf growing up, but golf just seemed to be the greatest game ever to me.
Living in Florida you must have a boat. I still enjoy going fast on the water, and take the boat out as often as possible. I enjoy a nice bottle of wine once in a while and I have collected some amazing wines over the years. Of all my hobbies, golf and wine have the best rewards. I believe that wine is meant to be shared and I have found a lot of our friends feel the same way.
My wife Laura and I have been together for 38 years and when we travel, I make her play golf because it's a lot cheaper then sending her to spa day. My mom lives with us and she just celebrated her 93 birthday.
Still play the game?
I am playing golf 3 days a week at Sawgrass CC and I have my handicap index down to 3.2.
Favorite memory from the FSGA?
The team did the Windy Harbor course rating at Naval Base Mayport in 2019. Team member Bunky Johnson, a retired hot shot navy Captain, made arrangements to tour the helicopter air wing after our rating and everyone got to fly the bird in the simulator. I raise my glass to all who serve this great nation and the team did make a nice donation to the squadron's MWR fund.