United States Golf Association

Ravi Singh received the USGA award. While studying, he became one of the golf captains for both High School at Marmion Military Academy and at Valparaiso University (NCAA DIVISION 1), hence becoming the first Sikh American to captain NCAA Division 1 golf team. The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the United States National Association of golf courses, clubs and facilities, and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico.  Ravi is a passionate golfer.  During his bid for office, he held a “Singh Ping Golf Classic” to help raise money for the Boy Scouts of America. Between 1996 and 1998, Ravi Singh used to teach at the Tiger Woods Foundation and also instructed under privileged children how to play Golf at the Michael Jordan Golf Range in Aurora, Illinois. He learned from his father, Dr. Pavitar Singh, who used to give him the last ten minutes of his golf lessons, and as a result, Ravi won the Catholic Conference when he was 17 years old. His golf icon, Tom Dunlop, inspired him to play Golf against himself, not against the course.  His uncle Guru Singh took him to play at the Pro Am at NEC World Seriesof Golf in Akron Ohio, where he met some of the top professional golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Stewart Payne.  Ravi Singh was inspired to play professional Golf when he met Blain Mccalister, but the cancelation of the golf team ended his dream. Golf was almost discontinued at Valparaiso University because of “gender equity,” and Ravi fought for a women’s team and helped his fellow teammates maintain their golf scholarships.  This crusade at Valparaiso University elicited his decision to run for student body president.  Ravi still volunteers his time to teach Golf in Florida.