Ridley begins serving as Augusta National Chairman

October 16, 2017 GMT

Fred Ridley began serving as the seventh Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament on Monday.

It was announced in August that Ridley would take over for Billy Payne, who retired after serving as the chairman since 2006.

“Throughout my life, Bobby Jones has been my idol and role model. I remember meeting Clifford Roberts during my first visit to Augusta National as an amateur invitee more than four decades ago. So to become Chairman of Augusta National and the Masters is beyond humbling,” Ridley said in a press release. “I stand ready to embrace the responsibilities that come with this important position, strengthened by the lessons the sport teaches and the example of those who have provided leadership to me over the years.”

Uniquely, he is the only Chairman to have ever competed in the Masters, having been invited three times during his impressive amateur career. He qualified in 1976 and 1977 by virtue of his victory at the 1975 U.S. Amateur Championship and played again in 1978 as a member of the 1977 Walker Cup Team. It was during his first Masters appearance when he met Roberts, and has been acquainted with every Chairman since.