Officers of the NWGMA serve two-year terms, and are elected by members of the NWGMA. Only Regular Members can nominate, vote, and hold office. These are volunteer positions. The only non-volunteer non-elected position is that of Managing Director, a position that is appointed by the officers. Following is a list of the current board members, who will serve the 2016-17 term.
Bob Sherwin, President:
Bob started his 34-year newspaper career in his native Ohio before moving on to become sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. In 1981, he became the assistant sports editor at the San Francisco Examiner followed by 20 years as a sportswriter for The Seattle Times (1985-2005). Since then, he has done a wide variety of freelance assignments, from The New York Times and Associated Press and Sportspress NW, to Cascade Golfer and Pacific Northwest Golfer magazines. He also wrote three best-selling books on Ichiro in the Japanese market, and for more than a decade has written a weekly baseball column for a mobile Japanese website. In 2011, Bob co-founded the golf website, Golferswest.com, which was honored by the Northwest Society of Professional Journalists as the second best new website for that year.
Jim Street, Vice President:
Jim's 40-year sports writing career started with the San Jose Mercury-News (1970-85), a few months after he returned from Vietnam as a U.S. Army war correspondent. His assignments at the M-N included stints with the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. He also covered several golf events, including the Bing Crosby Pro-Am and U.S. Open. He moved to Seattle in 1986 to cover the Seattle Mariners for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. After a two-year hiatus in Arizona with USA Baseball (1999-2000), he returned to Seattle to become the first Mariners beat reporter for MLB.com (2001-10). He co-founded the golf website, Golferswest.com, in 2011 and, in 2014, wrote a book about his adventures: Life from the Press Box. He is married to Becky and they live in Seattle.
Alfie Lau, Secretary:
Alfie’s Canadian journalism career has seen him work many varied beats, both on the news and sports side. A proud life-long resident of the Lower Mainland of B.C., Alfie spent a decade as a community news reporter for the Burnaby NOW and Royal City Record, where he covered everything from community sports to crime, entertainment and civic politics. Alfie was fortunate enough to win provincial and national awards for his writing. At the same time, Alfie’s freelance writing in his two biggest passions, European football and golf, had him writing for Inside Soccer, both the Canadian and American versions of Inside Golf, a regular radio gig for CKNW SportsTalk in Vancouver, and perhaps most shockingly, as a food reviewer for the Vancouver Sun from 2006-08. Alfie has been a member of the Golf Writers Association of America since 2013 and lives in Burnaby,B.C. When not in Canada, he can often be found traveling the world, most often for soccer and golf, but also to attend U2 and Bruce Springsteen concerts. Alfie’s Canadian journalism career has seen him work many varied beats, both on the news and sports side.
Jeff Shelley, Treasurer:
Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in golf writing and research. The co-founder of the NWGMA with Bob Spiwak, he served as the editorial director of Cybergolf.com from 2000-2015. An honorary member of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, Jeff has been a regular member of the Golf Writers Association of America since 1990. He has volunteered for several golf organizations and is the current board president of the First Green Foundation, an innovative national nonprofit that brings school children to golf courses to conduct STEM-learning experiments. Jeff owns Fairgreens Publishing. He authored three editions of the book, Golf Courses of the Pacific Northwest, co-wrote and published Championships & Friendships: The First 100 Years of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and has produced nine books overall. His company published How Seattle Became a Big-League Sports Town: From George Wilson to Russell Wilson, in mid-2015. That book was written by Dan Raley, one of the NWGMA’s founding members. In 2007, Jeff received the NWGMA's Distinguished Service Award.
Anni Shelley, Managing Director:
Anni Shelley has been a graphic designer for over 30 years, working in corporate design and as a freelancer. She designed the 3rd edition of Jeff Shelley's book, Golf Courses of the Pacific Northwest, and the PNGA's history book, Championships & Friendships: The First 100 Years of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. She's an avid golfer and has been involved with the NWGMA since its inception and designed its logo.
Past NWGMA Presidents