Alan Fadel


Alan is a Senior Vice President in Toledo, Ohio who founded the Concession Cup and is the driving force behind the Amateur Golf Alliance. As the President and Chairman of the Board for the AGA, Alan defines the vision for its initiatives to enhance the amateur game.

Alan is an accomplished player at the state and national level. After graduating from the University of South Florida, Alan turned professional, played one year on the PGA Tour, and then spent time teaching at golf clubs such as Oak Hill Country Club and Canterbury Golf Club. He regained his amateur status and, in his home state of Ohio, Alan won the State Mid-Amateur Championship in his 30s, 40s, and 50s. He also won the State Amateur at the age of 40. Nationally Alan represented Ohio four times in the USGA State Team Championship, played in three US Senior Opens in a row from 2006-2008, and was medalist at the 2014 USGA Senior Amateur. In 2014, Alan was inducted in to the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame and named the male Amateur Golfer of the Year.

In addition to playing, Alan has spent considerable time giving back to his community and the game of golf. Alan is Chief Executive of GOLF OHIO, President of the First Tee of Lake Erie, a past President of the Toledo Junior Golf Association, and has served on the boards of both the Ohio Golf Association and Society of Seniors. Alan has also served as President of the Toledo Bond Club, Chairman of the American Heart Association Annual Fundraising Gala, Chairman of the Toledo Area Boy Scouts Fundraising Golf Tournament, and Co-Founder/Chairman of the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Hope for Scholarship Pro-Am. He brings this wealth of experience in charitable organizations and within the game of golf to the Amateur Golf Alliance.

Rob Addington


Rob is the Executive Director of the Texas Golf Association, TGA Foundation, and the Trans-Miss Golf Association. He resides in Dallas and brings a wealth of experience in both golf governance and conducting championships to the AGA.

Under Rob’s leadership, the TGA has been recognized as the fastest growing golf association in the country nine out of the past 15 years and his focus at the Trans-Miss GA has been to enhance the association’s championships and scholarship programs. In addition to these roles, Rob serves as a USGA Committee member and on the boards of numerous organizations, including the International Association of Golf Administrators (President in 2015), Spirit Golf Association, and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Prior to working for the TGA, Rob was CEO of The Sporting Scene, Vice President of Marketing for the Southwest Region of the Paragon Real Estate Group, and Vice President of Marketing at Mullen Company. Rob also holds a BS in Organizational Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

On the course, Rob is a good player who is a two-time champion of the World Father-Son Championship. He also served as team captain for the Texas team that won the 2005 USGA State Team Championship and the USA team that won the 2015 Spirit International Team and Men’s Championships. He has also served on the board of Brook Hollow Golf Club and as club President in 2014.

Andrew Biggadike


Andrew is a Senior R&D Manager at a software company in the San Francisco Bay Area who is involved in the game both as a player and Rules official. He earned a BS from Guilford College and was a Frank J. Marshall Fellow while earning an MS from Carnegie Mellon University.

While at Guilford, Andrew was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and was a member of the team that won the 2002 NCAA Division III National Championship. He won the 2018 Travis Invitational at Garden City GC and is a three-time champion of the Carnegie Shield held at Royal Dornoch in Scotland. He represented California in the 2012 USGA State Team Championship, where he finished t-4th individually.

Andrew is also an active volunteer Rules official. In addition to officiating at the Concession Cup since its inception, he was a member of the Rules Committee at the 2017 Walker Cup at Los Angeles CC. He is a Rules Certified Tournament Official for the Northern California Golf Association and a member of the USGA Junior Championship Committee.

William Argabrite


Bill is a managing partner of a law firm in Tennessee and is the secretary and treasurer of the Amateur Golf Alliance. He earned his BS and JD from Wake Forest University where he also played on the 1974 and 1975 National Championship teams and was the individual champion of the Duke Intercollegiate.

After playing at Wake Forest, Bill has had numerous notable accomplishments in the amateur game. He has won the Tennessee State Amateur, Tennessee State Open, Tennessee State Match Play, and three times won the East Tennessee Amateur. He has played in numerous USGA Championships and was a qualifying medalist on eight separate occasions. Bill was named Tennessee Amateur Player of the Year in 1979 and 1981 and was selected to play in the Tennessee Cup Matches 16 times, including Captaining the team in 2000.

In addition to his accomplishments on the course, Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Golf Association from 1979-2005, including a term as President in 1990-1992. Bill also served on the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee from its inception in 1981 until 1987. With his background as a player and serving the game at the committee level, he is an asset to the AGA Executive Committee.

Marvin “Vinny” Giles


Vinny is one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in American history and past Owner and President of Pros Inc., a golf management firm that represented some of the game’s top professionals for over 30 years. He was a three-time NCAA All-American at the University of Georgia and later earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Vinny has won numerous championships, most notably the 1972 US Amateur Championship, the 1975 British Amateur Championship, and the 2009 US Senior Amateur Championship. He is the only player to have won the US Amateur, British Amateur, and US Senior Amateur. In international competition, Vinny represented the United States as a player in the Walker Cup four times (1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975), in the Eisenhower Trophy (World Amateur Team Championship) three times (1968, 1970, and 1972), and in the Concession Cup two times (2014, 2016). He has served as captain for the United States teams in the 1993 Walker Cup, 1992 Eisenhower Trophy, and as a playing captain in the 2014 and 2016 Concession Cups.

Vinny has also had strong showings in professional majors. He played in nine Masters Tournaments, making the cut three times and finishing as low amateur in 1968. He played in two US Opens, making the cut both times and finishing as low amateur in 1973. He has also finished as low amateur in three US Senior Opens (1993, 1996, and 1997).

In addition to his great accomplishments as a player, Vinny has served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia State Golf Association for over 20 years and as a Director for the Southern Golf Association. He also was one of the original visionaries to build Kinloch Golf Club in his home of Richmond and acted as a course design consultant in the design collaboration with Lester George.

James Bunch


James was born, raised and resides in St Andrews the Home of Golf. He is a member of Prestwick, Royal Dornoch and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews where he plays most of his golf.

A former Scottish Junior Champion, he was an All American at NC State whilst playing on the same team as Tim Clark and Carl Petterson.

James was responsible for staging the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle and the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews form 2001-2010. He is now the Commercial Director for Yumax Media which owns commercial rights to websites and and acts as GM to Global Golf Post in Europe.

Still reasonably competitive James won the 2012 Scottish and 2013 Welsh Mid Amateur Championships, and played on the 2014 & 2016 Concession Cup teams for GB&I.

Robin Burke


Robin Burke was most recently the 2016 Curtis Cup captain for Team USA. She has competed in more than 35 USGA individual championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship three times, and in 2003, she took stroke-play medalist honors in the Women’s Mid-Amateur at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Her 38 Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories are tied for third-most in championship history with four-time champion Meghan Stasi, trailing only past Curtis Cup captains Ellen Port (58 victories; 2014 captain) and Carol Semple Thompson (56 victories; 2006, 2008 captain). Additionally, Burke has played for Texas in four USGA Women’s State Team Championships, helping her team to runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2011.

Burke won the 2001 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, as well as the 1992 and 2001 Southern Women’s Amateur Championships. She won the 1990 and 1991 Texas Women’s Amateur Championships, and she is an eight-time Greater Houston Women’s City Amateur champion.

Burke is married to two-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr. The Burkes own Houston’s famed Champions Golf Club, where Robin Burke serves as vice president. The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur events, including the 1967 Ryder Cup (won by the USA), the 1969 U.S. Open Championship (won by Orville Moody), the 1993 U.S. Amateur Championship (won by John Harris), the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Derby Grimes) and five PGA Tour Championships.

Tara Connelly


Tara Connelly is an independent sales representative from Vero Beach, Florida. She was Massachusetts Women’s Player of the Year 9 times and Massachusetts Player of the Decade 2000-2009 before moving to Florida. Tara was awarded Florida Player of the Year in 2015 after winning both the Florida Women’s State Stroke Play Championship as well as the Florida Women’s State Mid-Amateur Championship in the same year. Tara is a two-time semifinalist (2011 and 2014) in the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur and as part of Team Florida a Two time Runner-Up (2013 and 2015) and Third place finisher (2017) in the now retired USGA Women’s State Team Championship. Overall, Tara has competed in 32 USGA Championships. Tara played her collegiate golf at the University of Miami and University of South Carolina.

In addition to playing the game, Tara is a Member-at-Large of the Florida State Golf Association’s Executive Committee. Tara previously served the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors. Tara has been instrumental in making the AGA Women’s Amateur Championship a reality.

Jack Druga


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Jack Druga is the PGA Head Professional at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York. He grew up in Pittsburgh and started as a caddie at Oakmont Country Club after watching the 1973 US Open there. As an amateur he qualified for the US Amateur in 1977-1979, then moved on to the professional ranks starting as an assistant at Oakmont in 1981. Jack left Oakmont to take the head professional position at The Creek Club in New York in 1987 and while serving in this capacity qualified for the 1990 US Open at Medinah Country Club. After his time at The Creek Club, Jack was the head professional at Loxahatchee Club in Florida and for eleven years at the Country Club of Fairfield in Connecticut. Jack started at Shinnecock Hills in 2007 and will help the club host the 2018 and 2026 US Opens. He is only the third head professional Shinnecock Hills has had since 1906.

Bob Ford


There might not be a club professional in America who is more respected, more visible and who exhibits more professionalism than Bob Ford. Not only is he the Head Professional at Oakmont Country Club, but he spends the winter months serving as Head Professional at another historic club, Seminole Golf Club, in Juno Beach, FL both of which are annually ranked among America’s top ten golf courses. The arrangement is unique among club professionals, and only serves to crystallize the regard with which Ford is held in the golf industry.

Ford, 62, is the consummate club professional – an outstanding merchandiser, a player with the ball-striking skills of a machine, a teacher who conveys the nuances of the game in an understandable fashion and, perhaps above all, a gentleman.

His track record as a player – ten appearances in the PGA Championship, three in the U.S. Open, nine-time Player of the Year in the Tri-State PGA Section – is exceeded only by the manner in which he comports himself as the finest club pro in America.

David Leadbetter


Originally from Worthing in Sussex, England, David began his career in golf on the European and South African Tours. He soon realized his interest was in the technique, mechanics, and intricacies of the game, which eventually led him to spend more time teaching than playing. David’s career took off in the mid-1980s through his documented work with Sir Nick Faldo which produced 6 Majors.

Soon after David’s retirement from playing, he began to incorporate his methods and philosophies into a stringent, holistic training program for qualified instructors that remains unmatched even today. Many of the world’s top teachers have come through the Leadbetter Academy system.

Since launching the first Leadbetter Golf Academy over 30 years ago, David has coached players to 25 Major Championship titles and over 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Seven of those players have even held first place in the Official World Golf Ranking, and his network academies has now grown to 30 locations spanning 14 countries.

With a desire to bring that same world-class instruction to players of all ages and abilities, and in addition to the numerous articles written for publications like Golf Digest and Golf International over the past three decades, David has authored eight books on the topic. Together, David’s books have sold two million copies making him one of the best-selling golf instruction authors in the world. His latest book, The A Swing, was released in May 2015 is set to transform the golf swing once again.

Additionally, David has produced a number of instructional videos, DVDs, an interactive video game, and other mixed media, and developed training aids—including the SwingSetter, SwingSetter Pro and a number of A Swing approved training aids released with the book—all dedicated to helping people play better golf.

Today, David remains a revered voice in golf instruction and continues to coach several top PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players, host his own satellite radio show, author new publications, develop new training aids, and continue to bring the same innovative and elite level instruction to players everywhere.

Jim Nugent


Jim Nugent, the Founder & Publisher of GLOBAL GOLF POST, is a 25 year veteran of the global golf media industry. A lifelong golfer who grew up as a caddie in suburban Chicago, Nugent is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned an MBA at Northwestern University. A resident of Chicago, he has been on the Board of Directors of the American Junior Golf Association for 22 years and serves as the current President of that Board. He is a champion of the global amateur game and, through his writing at The Post, strives to support and elevate the amateur game worldwide.

Nathan Smith


Nathan is an investment advisor for Executive Wealth Counselors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and one of the most accomplished mid-amateur golfers in American history. He attended Allegheny College, where he was a four-time NCAA Division III All-American and two-time Academic All-American, and later earned an MBA from Clarion College.

Prior to college, Nathan won the 1994 Pennsylvania State High School Championship and after his standout career at Allegheny he continued to have success both at the state and national level. He won the 2002 and 2009 Pennsylvania State Amateurs and in his career has won 23 Western Pennsylvania Golf Association (WPGA) championships. He has been named the WPGA Player of the Year six times, was named the WPGA Player of the Decade for 2000-2010, and in 2015 was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame.

At the national level, Nathan has six USGA titles to his credit, including winning the US Mid-Amateur in 2003, 2009, 2010, and 2012. With these four victories he has won the US Mid-Amateur more times than any other player and is one of only 15 people who have captured the same USGA championship four times. His other two USGA titles came when he and partner Todd White captured the inaugural USGA Four-Ball Championship in 2015 and in 2009 when he, Sean Knapp, and Mike Van Sickle representing Pennsylvania captured the USGA State Team Championship.

In international play Nathan has represented the United States in the Walker Cup three times in 2009, 2011, and 2013, in the Concession Cup twice in 2014 and 2016, and also in the 2010 Copa de los Americas in Argentina. Nathan earned the point that secured victory for the United States Walker Cup team in 2013 at National Golf Links of America.

Nathan is a career amateur but has played against the professionals in four appearances at The Masters, at the 2004 US Open, and at the 2014 Bay Hill Invitational. His vast experience in competitive golf makes him an asset to the Board of the Amateur Golf Alliance as we work towards supporting and promoting the game at the highest level.