Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

George Smith



George Smith grew up in the north Chicago suburbs, where he could ride his bicycle to a great golf club called Shoreacres in Lake Bluff, IL. George was a caddy there from age 12 until age 21 - 10 summers at $7.50/bag. He would get to the course early for an early loop, eat a bag lunch, then go out again or pick the range, hit most of the balls he picked up, and then try to get home for supper. He eventually learned how to play from watching the members and the Golf Professionals up close.  The Club allowed caddies to play smithMonday afternoons and he learned how to play golf at Shoreacres. Walking the bluffs of Lake Michigan on a classic course was an idyllic place to grow up.   


George played golf on his high school team and walked on to the University of Illinois team as an Evans Scholar. He majored in Engineering at Illinois and couldn't practice every day due to his course load but the coach let him stay on the 2nd team and practice with them.  He always appreciated that. 


After graduating, George accepted a job with the 3M Company and that brought him to St. Paul, MN where he still resides. He moved to MN in 1986 and soon found his way over to Eau Claire to play in what turned out to be many CVGA events. 


George has qualified to play many Minnesota Golf Association State tournaments and four National Tournaments - a USGA Public Links at Edinburgh USA, a USGA Amatuer at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, OR, a USGA Mid Amateur at Dallas Athletic Club and a British Amateur at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England.  In 2002, George started his 2nd career as a PGA Member and has played in many Minnesota State Opens along with  four PGA Senior Professional National Championships. Among his numerous CVGA victories are the 1999 Tournament of Champions, and the 2021 Tournament of Champions.  In 2021, George became the oldest winner of a Tournament of Champions shooting a sizzling 66 at the age of 61.


In his book, "Down the Fairway", Bobby Jones said that "there is golf and then there is tournament golf". George has always enjoyed the golf in CVGA tournaments because it is real golf - tournament golf. Golf by the rules - no handicaps.  The great memories of all the fun rounds he has played on some very fine CVGA golf courses are times that he will always cherish. The friendships and people he has competed with in the CVGA have enriched his golf life. 


Tournament golf is George’s refuge, and having CVGA tournaments to prepare for and play in  has  been a wonderful experience for him. George wishes to thank Bill Rolland for starting the CVGA and Mark Barstad for continuing to provide great tournaments for guys like George to compete in. According to George, the CVGA is something exceptional and has become a center of golf excellence in Wisconsin. 


George met the love of his life, Marylee, in 1995. Their family includes grown children Gretchen and Benjamin.

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