Tampa’s PGA Tour stop won’t seem the same without its longtime tournament director.
Gerald Goodman, 54, resigned on Sept. 21. He served as tournament director for the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., for 15 years.
Copperhead Charities, a Tampa Bay-area charitable group that oversees the tournament, made the announcement.
“Gerald has been an integral part of the success of this event for many years,” said Bob Banks, Copperhead Charities’ general chairman. “We appreciate all that he has done to build this event into one of the premier PGA Tour stops in the country and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”
When contacted by Golfweek, Goodman declined comment.
Banks also announced that Ron Campbell will assume Goodman’s duties as interim director of the tournament. Campbell is a board member of The Copperheads and has been chairman of the championship’s sales committee for the past two years. Campbell, former president of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, will direct and manage the tournament’s staff.
“His knowledge of sports management and our market will help ease the transition until we identify a permanent replacement for Gerald,” Banks said.
Goodman was highly respected among his fellow tournament directors. The announcement caught many by surprise. Goodman led the tournament through sponsorship changes, including the signing of Transitions Optical to a four-year deal in June 2008, as well as the event’s move from the Fall Series to its spring date.