Thomas W. Chisholm Sr., a former member of the U.S. Golf Association’s Executive Committee and a key figure in Michigan golf, died May 3 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, according to the Chisholm family. He was 76. No cause of death was listed.
Chisholm’s service to the game included his role as a USGA Executive Committee member (1990-96) and his work as president of the Golf Association of Michigan (1989-90). He also has worked as a rules official at the Masters and at numerous U.S. Opens.
However, his legacy might be as an environmental steward. Chisholm, a former vice president of Eaton Corp., headed many service projects in the areas of research, education and improved playing conditions of golf courses. As a result, he was named chairman of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Environmental Institute for Golf (2004-06).
“My dad’s dedication to the game was only surpassed by his love for his family and friends,” son Tom Chisholm Jr. said in an obituary notice released through the family. “His handshake was his word. He embodied honor and integrity, which are the core attributes in the game of golf.”
Chisholm was a member of Bloomfield Hills and Orchard Lake country clubs in Michigan, Seminole Golf Club in Florida and the Royal & Ancient in St. Andrews, Scotland.
He was elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.
In addition to his son, survivors include wife Carol, two daughters and another son and seven grandchildren.
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The family asks that any memorial be made to the Evans Scholars Foundation, One Briar Road, Golf, Ill., 60029 or Boys & Girls Club of Detroit, 16500 Tireman, Detroit, Mich., 48228.