Ed Gowan has been the Executive Director of the Arizona Golf Association since 1985. The Arizona Golf Association, along with the GCAA, The Wigwam and the Folds of Honor Foundation, is one of the founders of the Patriot All-America Golf Tournament.
The Patriot is an annual tournament that features All-Americans from the previous season and is held at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. The 54-hole amateur event, which is the first of its kind to combine the talents of 84 nationally recognized players in a holiday bowl-like experience benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation.
See more about Ed below and follow this link to the Patriot All-America website.
'85-present Executive Director, Arizona Golf Association
'95-present co-Founder, Executive Director, Arizona Golf Foundation
'85-present Managing Director, AGA SSG (Consulting)
'89-'98 Executive Director, Pacific Coast Golf Association
'81-'85 Tournament Director, Ladies Professional Golf Association
'77-'81 Rules Official, Ladies Professional Golf Association
'72-'77 Associate Editor, Golfer News, Cleveland, Ohio
Other Major Activities & Affiliation
United States Golf Association
- Rules of Golf Committee, Consulting Member (two terms)
- US Open Rules Committee '85-present
- US Amateur Rules Committee '85-present
- Handicap Procedures Committee '85-‘02
- Regional Associations Committee '85-present
International Association of Golf Administrators, President (two terms)
Management Committee, Pacific Coast Golf Association, ’89-present
Golf Digest, Course Rating Panelist – Arizona co-Captain
Past Board Member, National Golf Foundation - two terms
Golf Course Consulting
Arizona Golf Association: confidential economic and environmental data development, course consulting with private entities and municipalities, including Page, Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma, Northern Arizona University, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Pinetop CC; SaddleBrooke Community; others.
Private Consulting Clients (’77-present): Golf Association of the Republic of China; State of Selangor, Malaysia; Miyazaki CC, Japan; Ministry of Sport, Korea; Cabo Real CC, Los Cabos, Mexico; San Carlos CC, San Carlos, Mexico; Lima Golf Club, Peru; Peru Golf Federation; CC de Villa, Peru; Los Inkas CC, Peru; City of Sacramento, CA; Bank of America properties; Robert Trent Jones, Jr.; Stillwaters Resort, Alabama.
Desert Forest Golf Club
Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
Member, Golf Course Superintendents Association (GSCAA)
Golf Writers Association of America, member '73-present