Fred Scobie Ridley is usually known as Fred Ridley, was born on 16th August 1952 in Lakeland, Florida, in the United States. So, he is now 67 years old. Fred is an American by birth. He is an Amateur Golf Player and golf director. In 1975, Fred S. won the U.S. Amateur, and in 2017, and Fred Scobie became the chairman of ANGC (Augusta National Golf Club). Now he lives in Tampa, Florida, with wife, Betsy Ridley, and three daughters.
Fred Ridley studied in the Winter Haven High School in Florida. After school, he completed graduation in Marketing in 1974 from the University of Florida. While Ridley was at the University of Florida, he played golf for the Florida Gators men's golf team, and his coach was Buster Bishop (an American college golf coach). When Fred was playing for the Florida Gators men's golf team, he won the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) national tournament in 1973. After gaining a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, he attended the Stetson University, College of Law, and earned the J.D. (Juris Doctor) in 1977.
Fred Scobie Ridley is an Independent Director of the Starwood Property Trust. Fred's is a partner of a law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Sports Industry Teams, and Hospitality & Leisure. And he practiced the Real State Finance in the Foley & Lardner, resort development, single and multifamily development, etc. Ridley has an experience of more than 35 years in this area. As an independent director of the Starwood Property Trust, Fred gets $161,263 per month.
Amateur Golf Career:
In 1975, Fred won various unofficial golf tournaments, such as- The Preeminent Amateur Golf Tournament, U.S. Amateur, etc. In the final of U.S. Amateur, he played with Keith Fergus and won it. In the semi-final of this tournament, he defeated Curtis Strange and Andy Bean. This year he also participated in 15 USGA (The United States Golf Association) competition in which ten matches were in the U.S. Amateur.
In 1976, Fred became a member of the U.S. World Amateur Eisenhower Trophy team. This year he won the Monroe Invitational and the Eisenhower Trophy. Fred participated in the British Open but didn't win. This year he also participated in the Masters Tournaments, U.S. Open, and the Open Championship but missed all the cuts.
In 1977, Fred Ridley became a member of the U.S. Walker Cup and won two events of the Walker Cup against Sandy Lyle, and he lost the match of four member's team. He also played on the British Amateur this year.
In 1978, Ridley played on the Masters Tournaments and didn't get success.
Fred S. was the captain of the U.S. Walker Cup team in 1987 and 1989 and became the captain of the U.S. World Amateur team in 2010. In 1987, he again competed on the British Amateur.
Fred Scobie Ridley wanted to be the U.S. Amateur Champion, and when he got the title, he never played as a professional golfer to keep the title.
In 2004, Fred was selected as a President for the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the co-chairman of the IGF (International Golf Federation).
In 2011, Fred was selected as a chairman of the competition committee of The Masters' tournaments. Now, he is a member of the Augusta National Golf Club (selected on 23rd August 2017).
Among four major tournaments, Fred Ridley played three of them. He didn't play the PGA Championship. Fred participated in the Masters tournaments in 1976, 1977, and 1978 but he was not able to made the cuts in any of them. He also participated in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship in 1976, and here he also missed the cuts. As Ridley was an Amateur Golf Player, so he didn't play on the official golf tournament.