Meet Our honoree:
Few individuals have had as monumental an impact on a professional sport as Ponte Vedra Beach resident Deane Beman.
The four-time PGA Tour champion and former PGA Tour commissioner is widely credited with transforming professional golf into a billion-dollar sport with an international following. Along the way, Beman changed the face of Ponte Vedra and Northeast Florida through the tour’s charitable giving and economic impact.
Growing the game
When Beman became the PGA Tour’s second commissioner in 1974, the tour’s assets were estimated to be approximately $700,000. By the time he retired in 1994, Beman had grown those assets to an estimated $800 million, largely through television contracts resulting from his astute repackaging of tournaments to better accommodate TV coverage…