Printers’ Pastimes — Outside the Lines, II
Following his co-chairing one of the USGA national championships in Dallas at his home club in 1987, Padgett became much more active in Rules of Golf activities with the local USGA sectional affairs volunteers, and has since helped with the administration of the qualifying events for USGA championships in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In 1998, he was nominated and selected to be one of 15 members on the Executive Committee of the USGA (a position that expired in January 2003) as treasurer for the national governing body of golf.
|Winfield Padgett (left), co-owner and chairman of Padgett Printing, shown with Philip A. Truett, member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, at the 2001 Hickory Grail International Team Competition at Kilspindie Links.|
|Winfield Padgett, co-owner and chairman of Padgett Printing, poses with John Crow Miller, a Dallas-area attorney, at the 2001 Hickory Grail International Team Competition at Kilspindie Links, outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.|
Having a devotion to the history of the game, Padgett has for some time been a member of both the Golf Collectors Society and the British Golf Collectors Society, and has joined a small group of individuals throughout the United States and the United Kingdom who play golf regularly with ancient (pre-1900) and modern (1900-1930) hickory golf clubs.
Not a low handicapper by any means, Padgett has, nevertheless, competed in a number of hickory contests nationally, including four of the five National Hickory Championships conducted annually at Oakhurst Links in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
He has also competed on the last two victorious United States teams competing against a European contingent (11 British players and one Swedish player) for the Hickory Grail, a Ryder Cup-format event with hickory equipment, conducted in 2000 and 2001 at Kilspindie Links near Edinburgh, Scotland, and to be conducted in 2003 at Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Yonkers, NY.