Gregory replaces Luther as NCAA rules director
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Brad Gregory has been named director of rules and course administration for the men’s NCAA Division I Championship, replacing Clyde Luther, who recently stepped down from that position after 10 years.
Gregory, 54, of Show Low, Ariz., has long been on rules committees with the PGA of America as well as at NCAA championships.
“Brad brings a great deal of experience and a lot of credibility to the table,” said Donnie Wagner, assistant director of championships for the NCAA. “He is a very well qualified and respected rules official. I’d say there are few better qualified as a rules official than Brad.”
Gregory is a PGA of America master professional and has served on that organization’s rules committee, which he now co-chairs, since 1998.
He has worked the rules at some 25 professional major championships, including the PGA Championship, Masters and British Open. He also has worked as a referee at three Ryder Cups and has worked alongside Luther at the NCAA Championship since 2002. At the past two NCAAs, Gregory served as referee in the championship match.
Also, Gregory has been a rules official at the PGA Senior Championship, U.S. Senior Open and Players Championship. He also is a member of the U.S. Golf Association’s Amateur Public Links Committee.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” Gregory said. “Working with Clyde these last 10 years at the NCAA Championship has been a great experience and a great pathway for me into this. Clyde has made his second career volunteering, not only for the NCAA but the USGA, as well. The players, coaches and fellow rules officials have appreciated his effort and expertise.
“It should be very exciting. College golf is at such a high level. The players, the coaches are all very talented and competitive.”
Gregory said his first priority is “getting our group of qualified rules officials on board and making sure we’re all on the same page” as they ready for this season’s NCAA Championship, set for May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
“Riviera is such a great venue,” Gregory said. “It has hosted major championships and each year a PGA Tour event. What I want to do is get the course setup as it would be for a Tour tournament. I want it that way, and I think the NCAA, the players and the coaches want it that way. And it should be, since you have the best players in college golf there competing for a national championship.”