About Clyde Luther
Sam Snead, Chandler Harper, Vinny Giles, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins all earned their way to the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame through exemplary play, both in Virginia and on the national and international stages. Clyde Luther earned his reputation on the course as well, though through different means. Not many can talk or teach The Rules of Golf like Luther, who made his name as one of the nation’s most renowned Rules officials.
Luther has stories, and plenty of them. That will happen when you work as many USGA events as he has over the course of his career. In 2002, the USGA recognized Luther’s level of dedication to the game by presenting him with the prestigious Joe Dey Award, given in recognition of meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. Later that year, the VSGA honored Luther by naming the Junior Match Play Championship trophy after him.
Luther has also made an undeniable impact on the college game. He served as the NCAA Division I’s head Rules official for more than a decade. Luther remains the head Rules official for the Atlantic Coast Conference. His service to the game in Virginia and beyond made him an easy choice to be included in the Inaugural Class of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.
He Said It…
“It was a real surprise, I can tell you that,” he said. “It’s really an honor to be selected, just incredible. I’ve received a number of nice awards over the years, but this is the tops when you’re being installed with guys like Curtis Strange, Vinny Giles, Lanny Wadkins, Sam Snead and Chandler Harper. It’s over and above anything I would have ever expected.”
Earned VSGA’s President’s Award
Recognized with GOLF Magazine’s “Innovator Award”
Named an Ike B. Grainger Award recipient
Earned USGA’s Joe Dey Award
Achievements & Media
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Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1929 in Hooper, Neb.
Date of death: March 30, 2018 in Springfield, Va.
Served as VSGA President from 1985-86
Longtime volunteer at the Virginia High School League championships
Past president of Springfield Golf & Country Club, the Middle Atlantic Golf Association and the Virginia Club Association.
Earned the USGA’s Joe Dey Award in 2002, given in recognition of meritorious service to the game as a volunteer
The VSGA’s Junior Match Play Championship trophy was named in Luther’s honor in 2002
In 2007, recognized with GOLF Magazine’s “Innovator Award”
Served as the NCAA Division I head Rules official from 2000-11. Served as the head Rules official for the Atlantic Coast Conference
Named an Ike B. Grainger Award recipient at the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur for his more than 25 years of service to the USGA and the game as a volunteer
Earned VSGA’s President’s Award in 1999
Earned the MAPGA’s David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award in 2001
Inducted into the MAGA Hall of Fame in 2003 and is an honorary lifetime member of the MAPGA