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Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc was established as a Florida Not For Profit organization on March 17, 2013...Bobby Jones' Birthday!

Our Mission is to enhance the experience at BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB for City of Sarasota and area residents and visitors and to help effect, through sponsorship of projects, programs and events, the Four Initiatives.

The Bobby Jones Initiative, The Donald Ross Initiative, The Paul Azinger Initiative and The John Hamilton Gillespie Initiative.

About Us

Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club

Founded March 13, 2013   Sarasota, Florida


Graphic Design by Cindy Mason, White Dog Design, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Graphic Design by Cindy Mason, White Dog Design, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club

Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. was founded on March 13, 2013, the 111th birthday of Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr., in Sarasota, Florida. Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. is a Florida Not For Profit Corporation.

Its Mission is to enhance the experience at BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB for City of Sarasota and area residents and visitors; and to help effect, through sponsorship of projects, programs and events, the Four Initiatives.

Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club, Inc. enjoys exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club, Inc. is further classified with Public Charity Status under section 509 (a) (2) of the Code.

Founding Trustees

Shawn Glen Pierson (2013-2015, 2016-2018) PRESIDENT

Shawn Glen Pierson is Founder of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc.

Mr. Pierson serves as President, as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chairs the Executive Committee and the Master Plan Committee, and serves as Co-Chair of the Clubhouse Committee and the Sustainability and Environment Committee.

Mr. Pierson was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for a three-year term January 1, 2016-December 31, 2018 and to the office of President for 2013 and each succeeding calendar year. He is a Founding CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

In 2011, Mr. Pierson was appointed by the Sarasota City Commission to the sole seat representing Bobby Jones Golf Club on the City of Sarasota Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Advisory Board, to which he was elected Vice Chair in 2013, reappointed by the City Commission and again elected Vice Chair in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In his first term on the Board, Mr. Pierson authored the 177-page comprehensive study, RRx: The Reports Report: Analysis, Context and Recommendations for Sustainable Investment in Bobby Jones Golf Club. The Reports Report, framing the genesis for the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club and its Initiativeswas unanimously approved by the Board and sent in full to the City Commission in 2013.

Mr. Pierson graduated from both the City of Sarasota's Citizens Academy and Sarasota County's Civics 101, and in 2016 completed the Florida Waters Stewardship Program with the University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Sarasota County. Mr. Pierson holds a certification of completion of Grant Workshop for Sarasota County Neighborhood Grants.

Mr. Pierson serves on the Sarasota Tree Advisory Council , to which he was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2012 and reappointed to a second term in 2015. Mr. Pierson was twice elected Chair. He was elected in 2016 to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.

Mr. Pierson attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Golf Course Design and Development Institute.

Mr. Pierson's Golf Course Design instructors included American Society of Golf Course Architects Past President Geoffrey S. Cornish, Fellow, ASGCA, 1982 Donald Ross Award recipient, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and author of five classic books on golf course design, and ASGCA Past President and author Robert Muir Graves. Mr. Pierson's instructor for Environmental Impacts of Golf Courses was Dr. Michael Hurdzan, PhD, ASGCA Past President, 2007 Donald Ross Award recipient, author of the industry "bible", Golf Course Architecture and co-designer of Erin Hills, the 2017 United States Open Championship venue.

In 2013, Mr. Pierson received Certification in Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) by the Public Interest Design Institute at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  

Mr. Pierson is Founder and Principal of Architétc., an architectural design and consulting firm, and is a member of the United States Green Building Council. He received his undergraduate education in Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America School of Engineering and Architecture. He is a recipient of the Washington DC Dupont Circle Conservancy Historic Preservation Award among other design awards, recognition and publications.

Architétc. is an ACE Corporate Friend of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.   

Mr. Pierson is a member of the United States Golf Association, the Florida State Golf Association, and is a Charter Member of the Donald Ross Society. He served as a GOLFWEEK Magazine Course Rater.

Mr. Pierson was selected by the Florida Department of StateDivision of Historical Resources as one of nine contributors to its 2015 publication, Florida Historic Golf Trail

Mr. Pierson was a contributor to the 2016 documentary film, "Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend" produced by Cob Carlson.

Shawn plays to a 11 Handicap.

Michael Carlson (2013)

Michael Carlson served as Founding Trustee for the first year of the existence of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club and as Founding Vice President. 

Mr. Carlson served on the Master Plan Committee, as Co-Chair of the Clubhouse Committee and the Sustainability and Environment Committee, and served on the 2013 Executive Committee.

Mr. Carlson is a Founding CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club

Michael R. Carlson, AIA is Founder and Owner of Carlson Studio Architecture, an industry leader with twelve LEED-Certified completed projects and a focus on high-performance design. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (2003) with accredited specialty in Building Design + Construction (2009).

Carlson Studio Architecture was a 2013 ACE Corporate Friend of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.  

Mr. Carlson is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for which he serves as Chair of the Committee on the Environment and with past service as Chapter Director and as Treasurer.

Mr. Carlson is founding board member of the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, continues to serve on its Board of Directors, served as President (2011), is Vice Chair of the Florida Caribbean Region, and was founder of its Myakka River Branch.

Mr. Carlson serves as Chair of the Green Business Leadership Council for the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce. He is Past Chair of the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Directors and is a member of the Florida Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials.

Mr. Carlson is the recipient of the USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter Chapter Leadership Award, the biz 941 Magazine Best Green Business Award, the Sarasota Audubon Society Environmental Business Award and the Sustainable Florida/AIA Award of Merit, among his firm's recognitions for design and sustainability.

Mr. Carlson received his education at Ball State University where he earned degrees in Architecture and in Environmental Design. 

Keith Miller, (2013-2014)

Keith Miller served as Founding Secretary of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club and served on the 2013 Executive Committee.

Ms. Miller served as Co-Chair of the Tournament Committee. Ms. Miller and her husband, Gary Lawrence, were Founding CHARTER MEMBERS of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club and are 2015 Household Friends.

Ms. Miller is Past President of the Bobby Jones Women's Golf Association, headquartered at Bobby Jones Golf Club. As WGS President, Ms. Miller led her organization's charitable efforts, including annual women's golf competitions benefitting health causes, such as the Annual Breast Cancer Women’s Golf Tournament and the Annual Multiple Sclerosis Women’s Golf Tournament.

Ms. Miller served as President of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, President of the Village Association of Siesta Key, President of the Profession Network, Sarasota; and as a volunteer and advocate with AARP.  

An avid reader, stylish golfer and lover of tabby cats, Ms. Miller earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Lesley College, Cambridge MA ("Perissem Ni Perstitissem"), Liberal Arts Baccalaureate at Texas Western University and Library Certification at the University of Texas El Paso.

Nick Stavros, (2013-2014)

Nick Stavros served as Founding Treasurer of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club

Mr. Stavros served on the Executive Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Tournament Committee

Mr. Stavros is President of the Bobby Jones Men's Golf Association, headquartered at Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Stavros was a Founding CHARTER MEMBER of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club

Mr. Stavros is a native of Rockford, Illinois, and attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and Northern Illinois University. In 2011, Mr. Stavros retired from a position as Vice President of Sales in a business career in manufacturing serving the Home Improvement Industry.

Mr. and Mrs. Stavros' family includes six children and nine grandchildren.  

Mr. Stavros served with distinction in the United States Air Force including active duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Stavros welcomes other Friends to join him in establishing the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Veterans Committee to serve the golfing and related interests of veterans of United States military service. 

Christopher Hice (2013-2015)

Christopher Hice was elected to the Board of Trustees in July, 2013 and served through 2015. He was a CHARTER MEMBER of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Hice served on the Master Plan Committee, working toward all Initiatives' goals. 

Mr. Hice is Associate, Landscape Architect at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., where he also serves as Florida Region Sustainable Design Representative.

Mr. Hice's specific expertise includes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), green building design and construction, parks and recreation, sustainable design alternatives, Low Impact Development (LID), Florida-Friendly Landscaping, comprehensive planning, urban design, educational facilities, and streetscape design. His management activities include preparation of master plan documents and graphics, cost estimating, directing of production staff, preparation of construction documents and specifications, bidding assistance and construction administration. 

Mr. Hice is a member of the Myakka River Branch of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is Past Chair (2011, 2012) of the Sarasota County Tree Advisory Council.

Mr. Hice earned his B.S. in Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University and is a registered Landscape Architect in five states, as well as a International Society of Arborculture-Certified Arborist. Mr. Hice is active in the Ohio State University Alumni Association of Florida.

Trustees

BRYAN BRUCE (2015, 2016-2018) VICE PRESIDENT

Bryan D. Bruce was elected to the Board of Trustees for a two-year term January 1, 2016-December 31, 2017 and to the office of Vice President for calendar year 2016.. He is a CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Bruce is an active member of Florida Hickory Golfers, dedicated to preserving the pureness and authenticity of the game of golf when it was in its humble beginnings, helping to accomplish this objective by reliving golf and golf courses by playing with authentic Hickory Shafted clubs and encouraging others to join in.

Regularly participating in Hickory outings on historic Florida golf courses, Mr. Bruce is a strong supporter of the Initiative to restore and preserve the integrity of the original design intent of the 1925 Donald Ross course at Bobby Jones Golf Club. 

Mr. Bruce is the owner of Red Stake Surveyors, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida, a family owned and operated business established in 1990 with a strong commitment to the local community and involvement in many successful land improvement projects.

Mr. Bruce began his surveying career in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was raised and where he entered the University of Wisconsin in the Fall of 1982. A proud Badger alumnus, Mr. Bruce is an owner and enthusiastic fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Mr. Bruce was low qualifier for the University of Wisconsin Men’s golf team, competing for 26-year Coach and former PGA Tour professional Dennis Tiziani on a Badgers team that finished 3rd place in the Big Ten conference.

With Vickie, his wife of twenty-three years, and sons Bryan, Jr. and Spencer, the Bruce family enjoys an active membership in the First United Methodist Church of downtown Sarasota, where Bruce has served as percussionist with the Contemporary Music Department. While Spencer continues his studies at Booker High School and Bryan, Jr. enters the State College of Florida in Engineering, Bryan remains committed to his many interests.

When not pursuing pars, birdies and eagles with mashie, cleek and niblick, Mr. Bruce pursues his love of the outdoors and miles on his motorcycle.

Gary Cole (2014)

Gary Cole was elected to the Board of Trustees in December 2013, and to the office of Vice President of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. in January 2014. Mr. Cole was a member of the Executive Committee.  He is a CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Cole is Founder and President of CME Pest Management Inc., a Sarasota firm doing business as Impact Pest Elimination, providing Integrated Pest Management, Termite Colony Elimination Systems and inspection and consulting services for residential and commercial clients. At CME, Mr. Cole provides long-term corporate vision and planning, operations management, marketing for client retention and acquisition, and development of personnel with a focus on superior client service.

Mr. Cole is a 30-year industry leader, and Past President of the Florida Pest Management Association. Mr. Cole attended the University of Florida.

Mr. Cole is an active participant in Florida Hickory Golfers, dedicated to preserving the pureness and authenticity of the game of golf, reliving golf and golf courses by playing with authentic hickory-shafted golf clubs and the equipment and attire of the classic era in golf course architecture in the United States.

George Martin (2014-2015, 2016-2017) SECRETARY

George J. Martin, Jr. was elected to the Board of Trustees of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. in December 2013, and to the office of Secretary in January 2014. Mr. Martin was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for a one-year term January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016 and to the office of Secretary for calendar year 2016. Mr. Martin is a member of the Executive Committee and is a CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Martin, a member of the Bar of the State of New York, is an independent legal consultant. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned both his A.B. undergraduate degree and his J.D. law degree.

As a general corporate, business and finance transactional attorney, Mr. Martin has 40+ years experience with major New York City law firms, including substantial specialized work in energy project finance, secured borrowings, mergers and acquisitions and complex contractual relationships and financing structures. Mr. Martin's recent professional focus is advising business/finance teams for alternative energy projects.

Mr. Martin's experience includes five years as Resident Partner for his firm's Paris, France office, and 30 years advising the French Heritage Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, where he served as a founding member of the Board and now serves as General Counsel, offering advise with respect to governance, general contractual and compliance matters.

Mr. Martin is a member of the Bobby Jones Men's Golf Association, where he serves as Tournament Chairman.

Mr. Martin is a resident of Sarasota, having moved here with his wife, Anne Marie, in 2010 from New York City after having vacationed in the Sarasota area for over twenty years.

Dan M. Smith, CPA (2014-2015, 2016-2018) TREASURER

Dan Smith was elected to the Board of Trustees of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. and to the office of Treasurer in May 2014. Mr. Smith was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for a two-year term January 1, 2016-December 31, 2017 and to the office of Treasurer for calendar year 2016. Mr. Smith is a member of the Executive Committee and is a CHARTER MEMBER of Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Mr. Smith is a native of Sarasota and has been active in local competitive golf circles for more than forty-five years. Much of his golf has been played at Bobby Jones Golf Club, and he holds great affection for the long history of the Club and a desire for it to become a lasting landmark for golfers.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Fischer School of Accounting, Mr. Smith is a practicing Certified Public Accountant with Miles & Thiron CPA Firm, Inc. in Sarasota, with more than fifteen years of experience working as a financial manager in the not-for-profit world and more than thirteen years of experience in Public Accounting in the areas of accounting and auditing and tax.

Mr. Smith has served as President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs, is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Sarasota and has served on the Board of Trustees of numerous not-for-profit organizations including the Ringling College of Art & Design Library Association, Take Stock in Children, the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota Rotary Foundation.

Mr. Smith currently serves as Treasurer of the Sheriff's Activity League, Stop Prescription Addiction Now and the Steinway Society of Sarasota, and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Board of the Rotary Club of Sarasota.

Mr. Smith's golfing accomplishments include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune All-Area High School Golf Team, two-time member of Tommy Bolt's Junior All-Stars, two-time Manatee County Amateur Champion, former Bradenton City Champion and past Champion of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Charlotte AM Championship.

Mr. Smith was appointed by the Sarasota City Commission in 2015 to serve on the Bobby Jones Golf Club Study Committee, to which he was unanimously elected Chair. Under his leadership, the Committee issued its official report of recommendations to the City Commission in December 2015.

Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club Inc. is a Member of the City Parks Alliance

 

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