By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, have named Dr. Michael Golding the tournament chairman for the 2022 edition of “The People’s Open,” which will be played in early February 2022 at TPC Scottsdale. Additionally, The Thunderbirds announced that Pat Williams has been named assistant tournament chairman for the 2022 event.
Golding assumes the role of tournament chairman after serving last year as assistant tournament chairman alongside Scott Jenkins. He will guide The Thunderbirds in the planning and execution of all facets of the 2022 event, including sponsorship generation and renewals, security and safety, recruiting PGA TOUR players to the event, community relations, logistics, and development of on-course venues.
“It is such an honor to be named the 2022 tournament chairman, and I’m going to work as hard as I can alongside my fellow Thunderbirds to put on the best event possible next year,” Golding said.
“We are extremely proud of the growth and success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but we are equally as proud of the impact the tournament has on the community and our hundreds of charity partners who benefit each year from ‘The People’s Open.’”
Golding is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who co-leads the practice of Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona. He also is the official oral and maxillofacial Surgeon of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona State University athletics and is on staff at Banner University Medical Center and HonorHealth Scottsdale.
The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 280 “life” members who have helped the tournament eclipse $161 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932 (through the 2020 tournament).