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  • Jack Nicklaus Tops Golf Inc.'s Power List For Fifth Straight Year

    GOLF INC. has selected Jack Nicklaus as the most powerful individual in golf for the fifth year in a row, according to their '08 "Most Powerful People in Golf" list. Individuals on the list were selected for "their ability to influence the development of courses and communities, the operation of courses, the equipment used by golfers and the rules and regulations of the game." Nicklaus tops the list again this year after opening 17 courses last year and an expected 20 in '08, with his services "in demand just as much in Dubai as in Dallas." Among those making a big jump on the list this year was Leisurecorp CEO David Spencer, who jumped eight spots due to the "increasing clout of the oil-rich Middle East emirates" (GOLF INC., 10/'08 issue).

    '08 GOLF INC's MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
    RANK
    '07 RANK
    EXECUTIVE
    1
    1
    Nicklaus Cos. Chair Jack Nicklaus
    2
    2
    Troon Golf CEO Dana Garmany
    3
    3
    ClubCorp President & CEO Eric Affeldt
    4
    5
    Golfer Tiger Woods
    5
    4
    KemperSports Chair Steve Lesnik, CEO Steve Skinner
    6
    7
    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem
    7
    8
    Billy Casper Golf CEO Peter Hill
    8
    7
    PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka
    9
    16
    Mission Hils Group Chair David Chu
    10
    18
    Leisurecorp CEO David Spencer
    11
    11
    Great White Shark Enterprises CEO Greg Norman
    12
    6
    Century Golf Partners CEO Jim Hinckley
    13
    12
    Gary Player Design/Black Knight Int'l CEO Gary Player
    14
    15
    CNL Lifestyle Properties VP/Investments Rudy Anderson
    15
    14
    Eagle Golf President Joe Munsch
    16
    NR
    Augusta National Golf Club Chair Billy Payne
    17
    17
    Acushnet CEO Wally Uihlein
    18
    19
    TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King
    19
    22
    European PGA Tour Exec Dir George O'Grady
    20
    NR
    Nick Faldo Golf Chair Nick Faldo
    21
    21
    Heritage Golf Group CEO Bob Husband
    22
    20
    Palmer Course Design Chair Arnold Palmer
    23
    29
    World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona
    24
    23
    American Golf Corp. CEO Tom Ferguson
    25
    24
    Landscapes Unlimited Chair Bill Kubly
    26
    25
    European Golf Course Owners Association President Marcel Welling
    27
    27
    Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Secretary Peter Dawson
    28
    26
    USGA Exec Dir David Fay
    29
    10
    Global Golf Advisors Principal Henry DeLozier
    30
    28
    Callaway Golf CEO George Fellows
    31
    30
    National Golf Foundation CEO Joe Beditz
    32
    34
    The First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow
    33
    NR
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America CEO Mark Woodward
    34
    NR
    Nike Golf President Cindy Davis
    35
    35
    PGA of Australia CEO Max Garske

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