HOUSTON, TX – The Spirit Golf Association (SGA) announced today that Jeff Strong, PGA, has joined the organization as Vice President of PGA Affairs. Strong, a golf industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, will oversee SGA’s relationships with PGA professionals across the country and enhance the impact of SGA’s partnership with the Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation.
“Jeff brings a tremendous track record to the Spirit Golf Association and we are delighted to have him on board as we launch our national initiative with the Will Erwin Foundation,” said SGA President Charlie Epps. “Jeff’s business experience and relationships across the golf industry will help us expand the reach and impact of our fundraising efforts across all SGA initiatives.”
Prior to joining SGA, Strong was General Manager of the Eagle Pointe Golf Club & Recreation Complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas for more than 20 years. During this time he also set up his own management company providing management and consulting services in the golf industry.
He is a past president of the Southern Texas PGA, where he led the organization’s fundraising and scholarship initiatives. He oversaw the formation of the Southern Texas PGA Foundation Golf Tournament, which raised over $ 500,000 for junior golf in the area. He also led the launch of the Shawn Stefani Scholarship Program, which provided more than $ 100,000 in college scholarships to 24 high school students.
“I am excited to work for the Spirit Golf Association and focus on our partnership with the Will Erwin Foundation,” said Strong. “I have always felt that giving back to the community is important for PGA Professionals, and an organization like the Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation offers an amazing opportunity to make a difference in our fundraising efforts.”
Strong has been a Class A PGA Professional since 1996 and has been named Golf Professional of the Year and Golf Professional of the Year – Eastern Chapter four times by the Southern Texas PGA Section. Before arriving in Texas, he was General Manager or Head Golf Pro on golf courses in Florida, South Carolina and Germany.
He and his 31-year-old wife, Liz, live in Houston and have two daughters.
About the Spirit Golf Association:
The Spirit Golf Association, 501 (c) (3), hosts the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. Spirit Golf Association contributors, 501 (c) (3), receive gaming privileges at Whispering Pines Golf Club. In addition, SGA also organizes the Spirit Charity Challenge with Spirit alumni and the Spirit Hall of Fame Game, in which local sports hall of famers and celebrities are represented. Charlie Epps, PGA, serves as President and has been associated with the SGA since its inception in 1999. Mark Steinbauer, PGA, is vice president