Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee to retire

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR announced today that longtime executive Bill Calfee, who has served as President of the Web.com Tour since 2006, has decided to retire at the end of this year.

Further, the TOUR announced that Dan Glod, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations of the Web.com Tour, is being promoted to President, effective January 1, 2017. Following the transition, Calfee will continue to assist the Web.com Tour on strategic initiatives through 2017.

“We greatly appreciate all that Bill has done for the PGA TOUR since joining the staff 25 years ago,” Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “In particular, he has played a tremendous role in the growth and success of the Web.com Tour. As a former member of the PGA TOUR, Bill has maintained a keen sense of awareness of the members’ best interests while applying his experience to help build the overall quality and business aspects of the Tour. Overall, he has been a great asset for the entire PGA TOUR and we are pleased that Bill will consult on important aspects of the Web.com Tour over the next year as Dan settles into his new role.”

A 1971 economics graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior, Calfee competed on the PGA TOUR from 1976-1985. He started his own financial planning and investment consulting business in Tampa, before being hired by Finchem in 1991 as the TOUR’s Director of Player Benefits and Services.

Calfee became Vice President of Player Relations in 1993, and in 1995 was placed in charge of Competitions for the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and the Web.com Tour. In 1999, he was named Chief of Operations of the Web.com Tour before stepping into his current role in 2006. 

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to spend virtually my entire career with the PGA TOUR as a player and on the business side,” Calfee said. “I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity that Tim offered to me to come work at the TOUR in 1991, and later to oversee the Web.com Tour. I feel we’ve made tremendous strides in building the Tour over the past decade, both in terms of growth and consistently producing tremendous players on the PGA TOUR, and I’m proud to have played a role in that.” 

Under Calfee’s watch, the Web.com Tour has had a number of significant developments, including Jacksonville-based Web.com being introduced as the new umbrella sponsor in 2012 through a 10-year agreement.

“Sponsorship of the Web.com Tour has proven to be a good fit for us and an important part of that has been Bill’s passion and commitment to the Tour, sponsors and players,” said David Brown, Web.com’s Chairman, CEO and President. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Bill over the past four years and sincerely appreciate his strong commitment to looking out for our best interests and providing value for our involvement. Bill will be leaving with a strong team in place and I look forward to seeing how the Web.com Tour will continue to evolve in serving the greater golf community.”

Another major development under Calfee’s guidance was the Web.com Tour’s role of becoming The Path to the PGA TOUR in 2013 by awarding all 50 TOUR cards each year, half from the final Regular Season standings and half based on performance in the new four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals that were implemented. 

The Tour also has developed a stronger international flavor, evidenced this year with 86 members representing 21 countries outside the U.S. and six tournaments being held in five Latin American countries.

The Web.com Tour’s overall influence on makeup and success on the PGA TOUR has continued to increase, as well, as three out of four TOUR members this year have Web.com Tour roots. The number of PGA TOUR victories by alumni since the Tour’s inception in 1990 has risen to nearly 450.

Glod has served in his current role since 2014, working closely with Calfee on business operations and strategy.  He came to the PGA TOUR in 2003, starting in Business Development/Corporate Marketing with various roles of increasing responsibility, culminating as Vice President in 2010.  Glod has also held leadership roles with PGA TOUR Champions and THE PLAYERS Championship.  A graduate of the University of Florida, Glod began his career in golf as a Golf Professional in 1995 and spent several years in the financial industry prior to joining the TOUR.

Charity spotlight: Dogwood Ranch

Brian Lopez and his bride, Dana, founded Dogwood Ranch along with their families.
Brian Lopez and his bride, Dana, founded Dogwood Ranch along with their families.

Never quit. Ever, and no matter the odds. In essence, that’s the message from Tabby, a success story of an equine therapy farm called Dogwood Ranch.

In her middle school years, she bounced from one foster home to the next and, naturally, it became difficult to trust anyone. That is, until she met the folks who run the Christian County non-profit that tries to steer teens toward a better future.

And look where Tabby is today – working a great job with her sights set on a nursing a degree, which will provide a promising future for her two young children.

Which is another way of saying that the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to assist Dogwood Ranch, one of 43 charities in this year’s tournament. The PCCC has gifted almost $13 million to children’s charities in the past 26 years.

“It’s amazing how being around such a huge animal that it kind of makes you remember what trust is like,” Tabby said. “A lot of times when kids are in foster care, they go through so many parents that your sense of trust is extinguished. I never thought something that like would help me.”

About Dogwood Ranch

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Brian Lopez and his bride, Dana, along with their parents, founded Dogwood Ranch in 2005 and launched it in 2007 after relocating from southern California to Ozark.

In fact, Dana left behind a great job at one of the top law firms in Los Angeles, while Brian pursued this dream of returning to familiar surroundings – after previously spending five years in the Branson area working for a non-profit.

“We have a real heart for troubled teens,” Lopez said. “And her parents always dreamed of helping kids who needed families as well. We were sitting around in California and one day said, ‘Let’s do this.’”

The idea is to provide long-term care to older youth in foster care who need a family to call their own. In addition, teens are encouraged to develop relationships with their peers, foster families, as well as the ranch’s horses. Building trust is key.

Building trust is key for the teens at Dogwood Ranch.
Building trust is key for the teens at Dogwood Ranch.

However, the assistance from Dogwood Ranch doesn’t end there. After the teens graduate from high school and transition on into the world, the ranch tries to provide funding for transitional needs such as an adequate vehicle, or vehicle repairs, furniture for apartments and other basic needs.

That’s where the PCCC’s donations come in.

“The goal is to make sure they get to and from work, and keep them working,” said Lopez, who along with Dana have adopted one teen and foster more than a dozen others.

For Tabby, Dogwood Ranch came into her life at an important time. The end result was that it inspired her to reach her potential and, in doing so, she found motivation to track down other siblings in the foster care system.

Ultimately, Tabby became a mom to two children and is now doing her best to make ends meet as a single mother. She has many aspirations and goals.

“I started in the foster care system when I was 5 years old and kind of bounced around from house to house before I met Brian and Dana,” Tabby said. “They pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey, we know foster homes are temporary. But it’s time for you to get comfortable.’ At that time it hit me. They started getting me involved in training with the horses.

“It showed me what real family life was like.”

She continued.

“The Ranch, as a family, they have done extraordinary things for me – things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.”

RISING STARS, RAISING HOPES

  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens (with food badges), on-course signage and events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Businesses also can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by Copy Products, Inc. and University Plaza.

    The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
    The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
  • WIN A NEW TRUCK: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket can win one of 500 daily gift cards as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT. It’s also good for a four-day tournament pass.

    Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.
    Win this truck or $10,000 in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes, with a $25 buy-in.
  • SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PGA TOUR: The PCCC is from Aug. 5-15, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 11 at Highland Springs Country Club. For tickets or other ways to assist, call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

    Dawie vander Walt shows his winners trophy after the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield on August 16, 2015.
    Dawie vander Walt won the 2015 PCCC. (Photo courtesy of StidzMedia)
  • HELP DOGWOOD RANCH: A 501c-3 non-profit, Dogwood Ranch is a community of foster homes that uses equine therapy to help teens build back trust, and also helps cover expenses for basic necessities once teens go on in life. Call 417-393-3493.