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STEVE MONA

Steve Mona

Stephen "Steve" F. Mona became the World Golf Foundation's chief executive officer (CEO) in March 2008.

Mona, 57 (born June 9, 1957), has established a strong career record of service to the golf industry.  He served as tournament director of the Northern California Golf Association from September 1980 to January 1982.  Mona then became assistant manager of press relations for the United States Golf Association from January 1982 to June 1983, at which time he became executive director of the Georgia State Golf
Association.  In November 1993, he became the chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, which he held until March 2008 when he assumed his role as chief
executive officer of the World Golf Foundation.

In Mona's CEO position at the World Golf Foundation, his responsibilities include overall management of the Foundation, as well as overseeing the Foundation's industry relationships and ongoing global focus.

Mona's talents and energies have been tapped by numerous groups in and out of the golf industry with appointments and/or elections to:

  • President of the International Association of Golf Administrators (1990)
  • President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (1993)
  • President of the Kansas CitySociety of Association Executives (2000)
  • Chairman of the Lawrence (Kan.) Business/Education Partnership (1997 - 1998)
  • World Golf Hall of Fame Advisory Board (1998 - 2007)
  • Golf 20/20 Executive Board (1999 - 2007)
  • National Golf Foundation Board of Directors (1999 - 2009), secretary/treasurer (2005 - 2009)
  • National Minority Golf Foundation Board of Directors (2000 - 2001)
  • Lawrence (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2002 - 2004)
  • The Environmental Institute for Golf Board of Trustees (2003-2008)
  • American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors (2004 - 2007)
  • United Missouri Bank Advisory Board (2004 - 2007)
  • LPGA Commissioner's Advisory Council (2006 - 2007)


Mona's exploits have been well recognized.  In 2008, Mona was inducted into the Tri-Valley (San Francisco Bay area) Sports Hall of Fame. The International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) named him their 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.  In the Fall 2013 issue of Golf Inc., Mona was selected to the magazine's "Most Powerful People in Golf" list for the thirteenth consecutive year. In 1999, Golf Digest
listed Mona as one of the golf industry's "Most Powerful People in Golf."  Only one person younger than
Mona, Tiger Woods at No. 2, was ranked higher at the time.  In 1997, the Kansas City Society of
Association Executives named Mona Association Executive of the Year. 

A native of New York, Mona received a bachelor's degree in journalism (cum laude) from San Jose (California) State  University in 1980. Mona lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Cyndi.  They have three children, Kin, Stephen and Meredith, and six grandchildren, Lincoln, Mia, Cooper, Pace, Micaela and Ivory.