Lt. Col. Clifford J. Shahbaz

USGA Executive Committee

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Clifford J. Shahbaz, of Portland, Ore., is in his second year as a member of the USGA Executive Committee.

Shahbaz, a decorated Air Force pilot with two combat tours in Vietnam, is an instructor pilot for Boeing Training & Flight Services in Portland, Ore. He flew 28 years for United Airlines, retiring in 2006 as a B-747 captain. Shahbaz learned to play golf in high school and has dedicated more than 20 years as a volunteer to the Oregon Golf Association and Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) as a Rules official. A member of the PNGA’s board of directors since 1998, he served as its president from 2007-2010 and assisted the association in the purchase and management of The Home Course in Washington. He is a trustee of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, having served a one-year term as its president in 2012. Shahbaz is a nine-year member of the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee, and he has supported the Association as a Rules official at the U.S. Senior Open and several national amateur championships.

Shahbaz is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2018, Shahbaz will chair the U.S. Mid-Amateur and Handicap Committees, and serve on the U.S. Girls' Junior, U.S. Senior Amateur, Amateur Status and Rules of Golf Committees.