Fort Lauderdale’s Rick Woulfe has been selected as a 2020 FSGA Hall of Fame inductee, along with Doug LaCrosse and longtime FSGA volunteer Karen Korf.
The 2020 class will be inducted into the FSGA Hall of Fame at the FSGA’s Annual Meeting and Dinner in Tampa in January 2021. The Annual Dinner celebrates the best players in the state, tournament volunteers, board members and many other important individuals involved in the game of golf in Florida.
Woulfe, whose home club is Lago Mar, has been a household name in the world of Florida amateur golf over the past 30 years. He has amassed 15 state championship victories in his career and is a 12-time FSGA Player of the Year.
“It’s a big deal. I’m not going to downplay it at all,” Woulfe said. “I’m particularly excited to do this with Doug. I’ve known Doug for a long time, we are great competitors and teammates. It really just means a lot.”
The Fort Lauderdale native started playing golf at 13 years old. His father purchased a new set of clubs, and asked his son if he wanted to learn with his old clubs. Woulfe started playing with his neighbors at a small par-3 course in downtown Fort Lauderdale and his love for the game grew quickly.
When it came time for college, he headed north to Michigan State University. Woulfe put together a standout college career in East Lansing. He earned All-American honors, led the Spartans to the NCAA Championships for four years and helped Michigan State win its first Big Ten Championship.
The summer after his senior season, Woulfe played in every amateur tournament he could. While he played well that summer, he hadn’t won anything and he realized professional golf wasn’t for him. Golf moved to the back burner for the next 10 years, as Woulfe went to law school at Washington and Lee University and moved back to Florida to start his career.
In 1981, Woulfe learned about a new USGA championship, the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for players 25 and older. This was all it took to get Woulfe back into competitive golf, qualifying for the first time in 1983.
Over the next 37 years, he put together a remarkable amateur golf career. Woulfe is a three-time FSGA Amateur Player of the Year, a nine-time Senior Player of the Year and has won 15 FSGA championships. In 2007, Woulfe captured the Senior Amateur, Senior Amateur Match Play, Mid-Senior and Mid-Amateur Four-Ball South Championships. He became the oldest winner of the Mid-Amateur Championship in 2012 at 62 years old.
In addition to his FSGA accomplishments, Woulfe has competed in 25 USGA championships and 12 British Senior Amateur Championships.
When asked about his most memorable moment from a long career, that one came easily. It is beating a 16-year-old Tiger Woods in the semifinals of the 1992 Dixie Amateur. Woods had just won his second-straight U.S. Junior Amateur and everyone knew he was going to be something special, but that day at Bonaventure Country Club it was Woulfe that came out on top, defeating Woods, 4 and 3.
“It has been great fun,” Woulfe said. “And I don’t plan on slowing down.”