Fred Ridley

On March 16, 2002, Fred S. Ridley of Tampa, Florida, was inducted into the SGA Hall of Fame during the Annual Meeting of the Southern Golf Association at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.


In 1976, Fred represented the United States in the World Amateur Team Championships in Portugal and was a member of the winning side in the 1977 Walker Cup Match at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, where he defeated Sandy Lyle twice in singles play. In 1987 and 1989, Fred was afforded the highest honor for an amateur golfer, when he served as non-playing captain of the U.S. Walker Cup Team.

Fred elected to curtail competing in national amateur events in the mid 1980's to concentrate on his law practice. One of his last national tournaments was the 1984 Southern Amateur at Innisbrook, where he finished fourth. He is a partner in the Tampa office of Foley & Lardner, a national law firm with offices throughout the United States and in Europe. Fred is the national chair of the firm's Resort Services Practice Group.


Since 1994, Fred has served on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. During that time, he has chaired the Junior Championship, Intercollegiate Relations, International Team Selection and Amateur Status committees. Presently, Fred serves as a vice president and Chairman of the Championship Committee of the USGA and is a delegate to the World Amateur Golf Counsel.