Tom Chisholm selflessly contributed over 35 years of volunteer work in golf at all levels.
After becoming a Governor of the Golf Association of Michigan in 1975 he served on numerous committees of the GAM and USGA concerned with turfgrass, handicaps, museum and library and rules. He also worked as a rules official at GAM tournaments, the Masters and numerous U.S. Opens.
After serving as President of the GAM 1989-1990 he was appointed to the USGA Executive Committee 1990-1996 and was a Director of the Western Golf Association 1998-2005 where he stayed involved as a supporter of the Evans Scholars program.
He is remembered as an environmental steward. A former vice-president of Eaton Corp., Chisholm headed many service projects in the areas of research, education and improved playing conditions of golf courses. As a result, he was named chairman of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Environmental Institute for Golf (2004-06). He also served for many years on the GAM and USGA Green Committees.
He was a member of Bloomfield Hills and Orchard Lake country clubs, Seminole Golf Club in Florida and the Royal & Ancient in St. Andrews, Scotland.
He was awarded the GAM Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and passed away in 2011 at the age of 76.
Year inducted: 2006