Join us, Monday, July 30th at Fox Chapel Golf Club for the 18th Annual Woodlands Golf Classic to support The Woodlands’ mission to enrich the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness. As one of The Woodlands’ key events, the Golf Classic provides a day of friendly, competitive play on one of the region’s premier golf courses. We are delighted to announce this year’s Spirit of Golf Awardee is Mr. Thomas J. Usher, former Chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel.

Unique to the event is The Spirit of Golf Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of personal, professional and philanthropic excellence both on and off the golf course. The award was created to capture the essence of the great legacy of giving that is associated with the sport of golf.

In addition to Mr. Usher’s long career with U.S. Steel, he has helped to shape both the business and nonprofit communities in the greater Pittsburgh area through his service on the boards of directors of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., PPG Industries, the University of Pitt

sburgh, the Extra Mile Education Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few.  In 1999, Mr. Usher and his wife, Sandra, founded the Usher Family Foundation as a vehicle to provide financial support to organizations and initiatives that enhance the community, an effort that continues today.

Past Recipients of the Spirit of Golf Award

  • Patrick A. Gallagher (2017)
  • Richard B. Fisher (2016)
  • Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr. (2015)
  • Harry Hunter (2013)
  • Andrew Stockey (2012)
  • Dominic Palombo (2011)
  • Bill Mazeroski (2010)
  • Coach Jamie Dixon (2009)
  • Arnold Palmer (2008)
  • Bob Ford, Jr. (2007)
  • William T. Marsh (2006)
  • Bob Friend, Jr. (2004)
  • Carol Semple Thompson (2003)

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2017 Woodlands Golf Classic

From left to right: Board member and Co-Chair of The Woodlands Golf Classic Jeff Rukas, Chairman of the Board Doug Clark, Jim Crawford accepting the Spirit of Golf Award on behalf of Patrick Gallagher, Executive Director of The Woodlands Joe Milharcic, and Vice Chair of the Board and Co-Chair of The Woodlands Golf Classic Andrew Morrison.