While golfing is a traditional pastime for the shakers and movers in finance, not every CEO is equally gifted when it comes to conquering the green. Based on some statistics gathered by our friends at the U.S. Golf Association, here are some of the most noteworthy examples of presidents, partners and chief executive officers who don’t choke when it’s time to follow-through on a swing – for a business decision or a golf swing.
As an aside, remember that one’s ‘handicap’ is not necessarily identical to one’s ‘handicap index,’ the latter of which is weighted according to the official USGA Handicap System. Handicap index numbers have been provided whenever they’re available, or simple handicaps when unavailable.
Trip Kuehne III
Handicap Index: +1.2
Although he’s the founder of Double Eagle Capital, Trip Kuehne III is more often remembered for his loss against Tiger Woods in 1994. This spurred his decision to focus on finance and amateur golfing in lieu of a professional golfer’s career.
Charles ‘Chase’ Payson Coleman III
Chase has won four separate club championships, and continues to be a member of five golf clubs – when he’s not busy as CEO of Tiger Global Management, an subsidiary of Tiger Management Corp.
Bob Prince of Bridgewater Associates has played at Silber Spring and Sebonack, getting to the top of his game with all the golfing luxuries that thousands of dollars in membership fees can buy.
Jimmy Dunne III
Mr. Dunne has remained active at golfing in locales as diverse as Cypress Point Club and the National Golf Links of America. His passion at golf might only be matched by his recurring contributions to charity organizations, although you probably know him best as CEO and founder of Sandler O’Neill.
Eric Gleacher of Gleacher & Co. has made impressive showings at such golf resorts as the Lost Tree Golf Club and the Deepdale Golf Club, but has a sturdier past than most financiers – he spent three years in the Marine Corps before moving on to the world of finance.
After closing down his hedge fund firm, Mr. Shumway has kept himself busy with seeding and private equity. This ‘Tiger Fund’ hedge fund manager also is known for his passion for golf, whether it’s at Friar’s Head or the Stanwich Club.
Previously a hedge fund manager for such high profile clients as George Soros, Druckenmiller has retired from finance, but not from golf. Besides his continued showings in current golfing events, he’s also known as 2009’s most charitable man in America.
Handicap Index: 8.1
Jimmy Lee is one of the major players in finance responsible for the world of syndicated-loans as we know it to be today. However, he’s also a golfer you can’t afford to ignore, keeping his attachment to individual clubs and courses much looser than his attachment to JPMorgan.
With almost a hundred billion in assets, it’s easy to be star-blinded by Kravis’s slice of the economy’s pie, but he’d rather you focus on his affection for West coast golfing – a trait he seems to have inherited from his father.
Like some other members of this list, Laffont is a ‘Tiber Cub’ – one of the alumni associated with Tiger Management Corp. While he focuses on technology stocks in the business world, he also makes time for golf, as seen in his May 2014 outing.
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