The Guam golfing community is mourning the recent passing of Mr. George Benoit, long time President of the Guam National Golf Federation who died late last week in California.
George was a giant in the Guam golfing community and was instrumental in the growth and development of the sport on Guam over the last 40 years. As a former player and competitor, he helped establish the Guam junior golf as well as the men and women’s amateur golf programs, which thrived and flourished under his direction. George helped establish a direct relationship with the Royal & Ancient Golf Club more commonly known as the R&A and was instrumental in helping secure Guam’s membership to the R&A affiliate the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation. As a result, enabling our top adult and junior players to receive invitations to participate in world class amateur tournaments and competitions throughout Asia, the Pacific, the United States, and Europe over the years.
He was especially dedicated to teaching the game to youth and was a great supporter of the junior golf program. He gave unselfishly of his time to the young players and was a “coach” to many.
Golf was not just a game to George. It was his lifelong vocation. He lived it and breathed it every day of his life. We lost a great man and Guam golf will not be the same without him.
We the Guam National Golf Federation offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to George’s family for their loss.
Thank you George for everything you did to grow the sport of golf on Guam. You will always be remembered in our hearts. Godspeed and may you rest in peace.