Bill Crumley, U.S. Open Media
Assistant, Passes Away
June 23, 2005
Bill Crumley, an invaluable and well-liked member of the USGA
media operation at U.S. Opens since 1999, has died.
Crumley, 43, who served as the director of marketing and
communications at Madden's on Gull Lake, a resort property in
Brainerd, Minn., drowned Wednesday evening while boating. He had
just returned home Monday from working at the 2005 U.S. Open at
Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.
Crumley was the key conduit between the media and competitors
during post-round interviews at the U.S. Open. His
'take-charge' yet calm attitude in this often hectic time
expertly meshed with energy, humor and professionalism, earning
the respect of his co-workers, media and the players.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree
in communications, he spent 17 years working in the sports
information office at his alma mater before moving to
Madden's. During his tenure at Minnesota, he served as the
media coordinator at many NCAA championships. In addition to
volunteering his publicity and media relations expertise at seven
U.S. Opens, he was a press officer at the Salt Lake Olympics and
several other national scope sporting events.
A native of Minneapolis, he organized a marketing group called
the Brainerd Golf Trail and was a key member of the Explore
Minnesota Golf Alliance.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly and two children, Ben and
Memorial service details are pending.