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Former Golf Executive and Hall of Famer, Bob Reid passes at age 95


Robert C. Reid, former Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Association, who died on December 15th leaves a significant legacy of service to the game of golf in both Kansas and Missouri.  Upon his retirement as a pilot for TWA, Reid set out on a journey of volunteerism for each of the Missouri Golf Association, Kansas Golf Association and the Kansas City Golf Association.   At the KCGA he held the position of Executive Director for 15 years.  No other volunteer or golf administrator since golf started to be played in Kansas and Missouri devoted more time and energy to the game than Bob Reid.  His record of devotion to the game was honored with induction to the golf halls of fame for Kansas, Missouri and Kansas City.  The following inscription appears on Reid’s KCGA Hall of Fame plaque:

Born in Webster Groves, Missouri Bob Reid served in the Army Air Corps during WW II (1941-1945). From 1945 until his retirement in 1980, he was a pilot for TWA.

Mr. Reid served as Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Association from 1982-1997. During the years 1982-1995 the KCGA offices were located in Mr. Reid’s home in Prairie Vil­lage. In 1995 the association opened its first “real” office in the Ranch Mart shopping center.

He was also Executive Director of the Missouri Golf Association from 1984-87 and President of the Kansas Golf Association from 1978-80. Asserting the respect he had earned in service to the game, Mr. Reid was the primary moving force in the effort to bring KGA events to the Kansas City area on a regular basis.

Mr. Reid was a USGA committeeman and rules official from 1970-1999, working more than twenty major tournaments, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and the Walker Cup. He had the responsibility of being the referee in the final match of the Missouri Amateur Championship thirteen times.

In recognition of his tireless work to advance the amateur game in the Kansas City region, the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Golf Association is proud to include Bob Reid in the inaugural (2013) class of the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame.

For more description of Bob Reid’s life in golf, see the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame feature by clicking here.    The Kansas City Golf Association also has personal statements from many people close to Bob posted on its website at www.kansascitygolfer.org.