Oct. 14, 2016
2016 NCGA Tournament Official of the Year—Karl Rodefer
Sometimes, things are just meant to be.
That was the case for Karl Rodefer. Back in the early 2000’s, Rodefer was the vice-president of his club, Mountain Springs.
In serving in that capacity, he eventually headed down to the NCGA headquarters at Poppy Hills for the annual meeting. While there, Rodefer and the then-Mountain Springs president noticed that awards were being handed out to tournament officials.
“The club president asked one of the NCGA Board members how one became a tournament official,” Rodefer recalled. “The Board member ended up giving us both a business card. The president didn’t call back, but I did.”
In 2006, Rodefer, who resides in Columbia, made his debut as an NCGA tournament official. His schedule is a bit lighter these days, but his dedication remains as strong as ever.
“I’ve always thought that the NCGA isn’t just a great regional association, but the best,” Rodefer said. “It’s great to be affiliated with that. I also get to work with others who are dedicated to what they do.”
It’s not just working with other officials that fuels Rodefer, either. In recent years, his focus has been more and more on Junior Tour of Northern California events.
“I enjoy watching the kids grow up, not just in their game but in their lives,” Rodefer said.
Another favorite of Rodefer’s is refereeing match play.
“I really enjoy that,” he said. “I think match play is the purest form of golf. You get great exercise, but you’re also a part of what’s going on. It’s a great opportunity to help players play well.”