Making Their Presence Felt

Longtime Coloradan Joe Assell and DU grad Gil Hanse move up on Golf Inc.’s ‘Most Powerful People in Golf’ list; CU alum Tim Schantz remains No. 1, as part of Troon leadership team

By Gary Baines – 11/30/2022

Golf Inc.’s latest list of the most powerful people in the game includes many household names — by the standard of your average American sports fans — such as Tiger Woods (No. 11), Jack Nicklaus (No. 23), Greg Norman (No. 7), Donald Trump (No. 20) and Annika Sorenstam (No. 22).

But three others on the list — who happen to have significant Colorado connections — are lesser known by that standard, but every bit still a mover and a shaker in the game. 

Golf Inc.’s top 25, in its November/December edition, includes a longtime Colorado resident (Joe Assell); a person who was born in Arizona but was raised in part in Colorado, attended Overland High School and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado (Tim Schantz); plus a University of Denver grad (Gil Hanse).

Assell is co-founder and CEO of Englewood-based GOLFTEC, a company focused on instructing, training systems and club fitting. In 2022, he checks in at No. 21 on the Golf Inc. list, up from No. 24 last year. Since last year, he was named the PGA of America national Golf Executive of the Year.

Joe Assell, the CEO at Englewood-based GOLFTEC, was named the PGA of America’s national Golf Executive of the Year in 2022.

Schantz and Dana Garmany, respectively the CEO and general chairman of Troon, the biggest player in the world of golf club/course management, garnered the No. 1 spot on the “most powerful” list — the same position they were in recent years.

And Hanse, the course architect whose work includes restorations at Denver Country Club and Lakewood Country Club, was placed No. 13 on the Golf Inc. list, up one spot from last year.

For Golf Inc.’s complete list of the most powerful people in golf — the feature begins on page 26 — CLICK HERE.