About Wallace McDowell
To say the Virginia State Golf Association has grown since Wallace McDowell’s days as the organization’s executive director would be a massive understatement.
McDowell, who died in 2010 at age 89, was a retired banker who pioneered the VSGA’s growth from a loose association of volunteers to a full-service professional organization. McDowell literally ran the organization out of the trunk of his car, and he served as the essential link between the once all-volunteer VSGA to the organization that now has 12 full-time employees and offers services to men, women and juniors across the commonwealth.
McDowell was working with the Jaycees’ Junior Golf program in 1968 when Corbette King asked McDowell to volunteer at some VSGA championships. In 1972, the VSGA’s executive secretary, Bunny Blankinship, died and was replaced by Jose Davila. Davila then died unexpectedly while presiding over the 1973 annual meeting, leaving McDowell to take over as executive secretary.
McDowell was the most constant presence at VSGA championships. He started competitors, handled Rules decisions and maintained the scoreboard. In 1984, under McDowell’s watch, the VSGA launched the VSGA VIP Card program, the Virginia Golf Foundation scholarship program (now called the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation) and the VSGA One-Day program. At the same time, the VSGA entered into a new partnership with the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA to provide handicap services throughout the commonwealth.
The growth of the organization prompted the VSGA Board of Directors to ask McDowell to become a full-time employee and change his title to executive director. McDowell formally retired from the VSGA in 2000. He was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Golf Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010, shortly before his death.
McDowell served as the essential link between the once all-volunteer VSGA to the organization that now has 12 full-time employees, several independent contractors, and offers services to men, women and juniors across the Commonwealth.
Joined the VSGA as a Volunteer
Became Executive Secretary of VSGA
Integral in the launch of the VSGA VIP Card and VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation
Retired from the VSGA (former Executive Director)
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Special thanks to the VSGA and inductee family members for contributing photos to this project.
DOB: Oct. 1, 1920. Died: March 12, 2010.
Former executive director of the VSGA, retired in 2000.
Served in the Army in World War II.
Graduate of the University of Virginia.
Spent his career as a trust officer for what is now known as Bank of America.
Inducted into the Middle Atlantic Golf Association Hall of Fame soon after his death.
Joined the VSGA as a volunteer in 1968 at the request of former VSGA president Corbette King.
Took over as executive secretary of the VSGA in 1973, shortly after the unexpected death of then-president Jose Davila.
Started competitions, handled Rules decisions and ran the scoreboard at VSGA events.
Ran the organization, quite literally, from the trunk of his car.
Played a huge role the launch of the VSGA VIP Golf Card in 1984, along with the implementation of the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation.
Provided the essential link the all-volunteer VSGA to the organization that now has 12 full-time employees, five independent contractors and a marketing group.