Former Hoosier Athlete now CEO of Golf Training Systems

Posted: April 16, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Golf

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Wayne McDonald came to IU  to play golf after he won the Ontario Junior Championships in 1964.  In 2010, McDonald was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.  At Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

McDonald won golf letters from 1968-1970 and placed second and seventh in the Big Ten meets as a junior and senior.  He was a two-year All-American, placing second and ninth in NCAA championships, IU’s only two-time first team All-American player in men’s golf.

In 1969, McDonald won the Canadian Amateur title and also played in the Eisenhower Cup for Canada.  In 2001, McDonald became a Senior Professional golfer at the age of 51 and competed with the top-ranking players on the Champions Tour.  He has finished successfully in the US Senior Open, British Senior Open and Canadian Senior Open.  Furthermore, he won four professional events on the secondary Senior Tours.

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Today?  McDonald currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he is the managing partner for Matteson Partners, Inc., an executive search firm.  On top of that, he also founded and was Chairman and CEO of Golf Training systems, a company he took public in 1995.  Prior to that, he served as President of a venture capital backed firm in Atlanta, Cornerstone Products Inc., which became the leading visual merchandising supplier of in-store products to promote and sell logo merchandise for professional sports leagues, including the MLB, NBA, NASCAR and USOC.

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Now, his focus is in C-level searches in addition to working with Engineering and Architectural Firms, Sports, Non-Profit Organizations, Sales and Marketing Professionals.  With Golf Training systems, the company successfully developed golf products and programs for well-known instructors David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz.  It helped brand and market these names and products lines worldwide.

Currently, McDonald continues to play golf.  Of course, it is at a reduced schedule.  I would say the man is pretty busy!

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