Steve Suhey’s father introduced him to the game of golf when
he was 6 years old in 1956. They spent Sunday evenings looping the nearby
course in central Pennsylvania. Today, Suhey continues to create lasting
memories on golf courses more than 1,500 miles away from where he grew up and
learned to play.
“I love the challenge of golf throughout your lifetime,” Suhey
said. “It’s a game you can play your whole life, and as you grow older you face
new challenges. I’ve really enjoyed that.”
In 1982, Suhey and his wife, Louise, moved to Texas. The
avid amateur golfer played in competitive events across the state, including
championships conducted by the Texas Golf Association. He’d always loved and
appreciated the Rules of Golf, but it wasn’t until he met Marty Javors that he
began to get involved as a Rules official.
“In the late 1980s, I met Marty, who had been a TGA and USGA
Rules official for many years,” Suhey said. “He encouraged me to get involved with
the Rules, but because of my businesses and travel schedule, I could never do
it. I promised Marty that when I retired I would turn my attention to the Rules
and get involved as a Rules official.”
In 2016, Suhey delivered on his promise. Following his
retirement as an insurance broker, he attended his first USGA/PGA Rules of Golf
Workshop, took his first Rules of Golf exam and volunteered with the TGA.
“When he finally pulled the trigger he didn’t hold back at
all,” Javors said. “He’s a very smart guy and learned the Rules very quickly. He
loves the game and he’s been a huge help to the golf community in Texas.”
Over the years, Suhey has become one of the most dedicated
TGA volunteers. In 2020, he officiated over 40 days at local and statewide
men’s, women’s and junior championships.
“As a volunteer, my goal is to help the competitors play by
the Rules,” Suhey said. “In order to do that, you have to ask a lot of
questions to find out the exact situation and make sure the player knows what their
Suhey values the interactions he has with players, working
with TGA staff and building relationships with other volunteers. His
“team-first” mentality has not gone unrecognized by the TGA.
“Steve’s presence makes our championships better and our job
as a staff easier,” TGA Tournament Director Ian Davis said. “It doesn’t matter
what his assignment is for the day, he is the first one on site and he is the
last to leave. Steve is a staunch individual and you can always count on him. He’s
always available to stick around for a playoff or help with packing up the
equipment when we finish.”
Golf is an ever-evolving game. It teaches lessons on and off
the golf course, and Suhey’s guiding hand has helped so many amateur golfers
across the state better understand the Rules of Golf. Sixty-four years since he
touched his first club, Suhey continues to grow from the lessons of golf.
“Because of what golf has given me over the years, this is
my way of giving back,” Suhey said. “I learn something at every tournament I
officiate and every meeting I attend. And like the game of golf itself, you
keep learning and learning and learning and it never stops throughout your
The TGA extends its sincere appreciation to Steve for his
efforts in making our championships a success. The work and dedication from all
our volunteers allows the TGA to grow and continue to support the game we all
To learn more about the TGA Volunteer Program, click here.