Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Reed MacKenzie

Born November 3rd, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY, Reed moved to Eau Claire as a 1st grader. He began his golfing career playing at the Eau Claire Country Club under the watchful eye of his father, Ian and his grandfather, who lived close by in St. Paul.  He was a standout high school player, and with teammates Jim Campen and Bill Bergman won the Wisconsin State Championship in 1959, at Lawsonia Links. 

Reed won the very first CVGA tournament he ever played as a 16 year old at Tee-Away golf course in Ladysmith.  It remains his most memorable golf win.  He played his collegiate golf at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He has won several CVGA Tournaments including multiple Hallie Opens and the 1970 Tournament of Champions.

He graduated and attended law school at the University of Minnesota. 

It was then that on the advice of Dr. Gordon Emerson, he joined Hazeltine National Golf Club.   There, he met Warren Rebholz, who became Executive Director of the Minnesota Golf Association.  Warren recommended him for a job as a committeeman on the USGA Junior Amateur Committee.  What followed was a path that led him to countless USGA Committees.  He would serve as Minnesota Golf Association Director from 1977-2013.   Reed was inducted into the MGA-PGA  Hall of Fame in 2004.  Most notably, Reed served as  USGA President  in  2002-2004.  He has been one of the driving forces behind the Hazeltine National Country Club’s hostings of several major championships, including  the 1970 and 1991 U.S. Opens, and the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championships. 

This year, Hazeltine will host the Ryder Cup in September. 

He and his wife, Jane, whom he met at Hazeltine, have two daughters,  Rachael and Joanna.  Tragically, they lost their third daughter Emily to lung cancer in December of 2011. The Mackenzie’s are proud grandparents of 7 grandchildren. 

Reed has spent his career as an attorney, specializing in medical malpractice.

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