Golf has many seasons: Junior golf, high school team, college team, coaching, teaching, managing. Golf is an industry, a sport, pastime, hobby, career, and in some cases, a lifetime. This is a story about a Texan who has spent much of his life dedicated to golf in all its various iterations.
Steve Termeer was an accomplished two-sport athlete, playing quarterback and shortstop until a shoulder injury. Conroe High School varsity golf coach, Freddie Creed, tossed Steve a life line, a varsity golf bag and a future. The rest is history. Steve led the Conroe Tigers to back-to-back state championships in 1985 and 86 and was runner up individually in ’86.
The junior golf influence in the greater Houston/Conroe area included that of Dick Harmon, Don Massengale, Bill Dill and Jay Hebert, all PGA members who provided life lessons carried forward to adulthood.
Years later, son Tayler Termeer followed in dad’s footsteps leading Lake Travis High School “Cavaliers” of Lakeway, Texas to a 2012 State championship. Tayler and Dad also competed on national championship teams and became the first father-son duo to play for the Texas “Longhorns.”
As a junior golfer, Steve won 3 major titles: PGA Junior, American Junior and Doral and was a first-team AJGA All-American 2 years in a row, was the #1 high school player in the country, and #2 overall junior behind World Golf Hall of Famer, Phil Mickelson.
While his college career wasn’t as illustrious as his junior career, it was a bridge to a future in the 100 billion dollar golf industry. While at U. T. Austin, Steve earned a finance degree from the McComb’s School of Business.
Steve started his career in the golf business as an assistant professional at Austin’s Barton Creek Lakeside where he quickly became the senior assistant and then head golf professional when he was 25. He gained his class “A” with the PGA in the quickest time possible at 28 months and met and married the love of his life, Tara Leigh Dehority, and started a family that includes aforementioned son Tayler and daughter Sydney, both athletes and graduates of The University.
He took over the role as Head Golf Professional/Club Manager at Barton Creek Lakeside at age 26 and became the General Manger/COO of the 100-year old Austin Country Club by age 28. Five years later he returned to Barton Creek as Director of Golf/Club Manager to run all four golf courses and club with over 1,500 members and 300 employees.
In 2003, The University of Texas Golf Club was founded and a search began for the perfect Texas Ex with golf/business background. For the past 15 years, Steve Termeer has contributed to the UT Golf Club’s brand and culture while it took its place as becoming one of the premier private clubs in Texas and the home of The University’s men’s and women’s collegiate programs
Steve received his CCM (Certified Club Manager) with the Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA) status to go along with his class “A” status with the PGA. There are only about 100 carrying these combined prestigious designations in the U.S.
Some of his accolades include: 2007 Bill Strausbaugh award and 2016 Patriot Award through the Southern Tx PGA. The Strausbaugh award signifies PGA members taking the time to mentor other PGA professionals, while the Patriot Award honors PGA member role in honoring service men and women with military careers and The Folds of Honor Foundation. Termeer takes great pride in a 15 year chairmanship of the Southern Texas PGA scholarship committee and a scholarship named for his mother, Ginny Termeer, who passed away unexpectedly 10 years ago. Ginny was an avid golfer and Women’s Golf Association president at Walden on Lake Conroe.
He formerly served on the tournament, finance and awards committees with the STPGA, is currently the president of the Hannon Cup Association, honoring hall of fame coach George Hannon in Austin which contributes scholarships to local juniors and conducts the George Hannon Jr Invitational and Hannon Cup matches. Steve formerly was president of the famed Longhorn Hall of Honor 2013-14 and continues to serve on the committee. He serves on the Scottish Rite board and chairs the Folds of Honor – The Texas Way committee where the UT Golf Club has contributed over $300,000 in scholarships to families of fallen or wounded soldiers. He is good friends with founder, Major Dan Rooney, and studied under Dan’s father, a college professor.
In addition to golf, Steve’s hobbies are bird hunting and boating, and of course UT Game Day.
Steve Termeer is celebrating his 50th birthday as a man for all golf’s seasons.
Happy Birthday Steve. Here’s to the next 50 years!!!