The US Open has a new permanent first-tee starter, and he’s one of the most important club professionals in recent memory.
Bob Ford, who retired in 2016 as head club professional at Oakmont Country Club and now serves only as a pro as iconic Seminole in Florida, has been named the new first-tee starter by the U.S. Golf Association. The USGA made the announcement when Ford was awarded with the Bob Jones Award, the governing body’s highest honor.
Ford, who also hosts a show on SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio, was thrilled to take the job, which is his as long as he wants it.
“Very cool,” Ford said Wednesday. “It’s an incredible privilege and honor that I’ve been asked to do that. And as President (Diana) Murphy said last night, I can do it as long as I want to, and that’s very cool. It will bring a little stability and continuity to the position.”