TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida State Golf Association is proud to announce that Mike Timbers will serve as the new president of the association. Timbers, 63, of Bonita Springs, was elected President at the FSGA’s Annual Meeting on November 18, 2005. He succeeds Tracy Allen who served as President in 2004 and 2005.
Mike will lead the volunteer Executive Committee in directing the Association’s professional staff and more than 350 volunteers who serve throughout the state. Mike has served on the Executive Committee since 2001 and a member of the Board of Directors since 1999. Tracey Allen introduced Mike to the FSGA in 1998. As a player and volunteer, Mike is involved in all aspects of the FSGA. "The FSGA has made such progress, that we will only continue to grow," says Mike. "It’s an exciting time to be part of such a fine organization." Mike hopes to focus on establishing a Florida Golf House.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mike grew up in New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1981 where he was Chairman of the Colorado Open and Colorado Senior Open three years each. He was also named the Colorado Person-of-the-Year in 1993. In the early nineties, he found a home in Bonita Springs and began splitting time between Florida and Colorado. He became a full time Florida resident seven years ago and has been retired now for five years.
Mike received his BS from the University of Virginia and MBA from New York University. From 1964-1966, he served on active duty as an army officer and then was the Commissioner of the Federal Supply Service, the largest logistical organization outside of the Department of Defense, from 1972-1975. He later went on to become Chairman and CEO of IHS Group, an information publishing business with sales of $450 million and 3,300 employees.
Mike is a member of The Club at TwinEagles and Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples as well as such prestigious clubs as Cherry Hills, Castle Pines and Congressional. In addition to playing golf, Mike serves on the Board of Yes! Golf, a putter company. He also is Chairman of the Charlie Coe Invitational at Castle Pines and Piper Invitational at TwinEagles.
Others elected to the Executive Committee include: Tom Dudley as Vice President, Tom Keedy as Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Applegate, Dick Johnson, and Brian Robideau as Directors-at-Large and Randy Briggs as the General Council.
Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 21 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 41 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.