Before joining the team at ASU Karsten Golf Course, Derek Crawford served as the General Manager at Raven Golf Club – Phoenix. His experience in the golf business spans the Valley to include We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, Stonecreek Golf Club, Gainey Ranch Golf Club and Orange Tree Golf Club. He also spent time in the golf equipment business as a tour representative for PING.
Crawford – alongside twin brother Daryl – was born and raised in Phoenix where he began his journey in the golf world on the links of the city’s municipal courses. Since then, he has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the Arizona golf industry. Crawford graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School before attending Phoenix College and Arizona State University, where he played collegiate golf.
“Derek was brought up with the game of golf and continues to grow as a business leaders and advocate for the game,” said Phil Green, COO and Principal of OB Sports Golf Management. “His love for golf and years of experience have become the foundations of his success.”
Derek has a long tradition of giving back to the game of golf by hosting myriad amateur events at facilities under his management; supporting efforts to grow the game through junior golf and even lobbying Congress in 2012 during National Golf Day where he and Daryl described the unique way the game of golf shapes lives for the better and positively impacts the economy.