Fred Ridley is a business lawyer and a partner in the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, where his practice is focused on the areas of real estate development and finance, and recreational amenity and resort development. He is the former national chair of Foley’s Real Estate Practice, a member of the Hospitality & Leisure and Sports Industry Teams, and a member of the Transactions Practice Group. He also is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Outside of his professional endeavors, he has enjoyed a distinguished career in amateur golf, including winning the 1975 United States Amateur Championship and is the last U.S. Amateur golf champion never to have turned professional. He was a member of the UF Gator Golf Team from 1970-1974. He has held several leadership positions in the sport, including serving as president of the United States Golf Association. In 2006, he was the recipient of the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award. Presently he is Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
Fred received his J.D. degree in 1977 from Stetson University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1974.
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