Ogdenburg native Adam Sperling has been one of the busiest men in the international sports world over the past five years.
In 2017, at the age of 35, he accepted the challenge of becoming the CEO of the 2021 Presidents Cup at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This week, he’s officiating Team USA’s match against the world. The Presidents Cup started in 1994 and the last time it took place was in 2019.
Sperling’s father, Ogdensburg resident Mark Sperling, who is now CEO of the Whiteface Club Resort and Golf Club in Lake Placid, told friends in an email that he and other members of his family were taking a trip to Charlotte this weekend and hope they are. Able to spend “maybe five minutes” with his son. It’s a busy weekend, but as Adam Sperling has said many times, “You have to bring this thing home,” which has been a challenge to deal with two unprecedented complexities for the world of golf – the COVID-19 pandemic that delayed the President’s Cup by a year and the founding of Leaf Golf .
Despite being relatively young in international golf circles at the age of thirty-five when he took over as Presidents Cup manager, Sperling carried a high-impact resume and reputation as a decisive but kind manager.
As a Sports Management and Media Studies major at Ithaca College in 2003, he was in need of an internship to fulfill the requirements of his degree. He got an interview that eventually led to work on a 2003 Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club in Rochester.
He has participated in PGA and PGA events since then and is dedicated to PGA philanthropy.
He has earned the reputation of someone who can handle highly visual intersections with the biggest names in golf and television while also tending to the finer details behind the scenes.
He handled all his duties with the passion he demonstrated as a first player to seamlessly through the ranks of Kiwanis Youth Baseball to Ogdensburg Free Academy. While baseball was his sporting first love, he got involved in recreational golf at local stadiums.
Throughout his journeys from coast to coast in professional golf, he has pursued the mission of connecting golf to the people and the golf course to the community.
He worked in the PGA corporate office as Operations Manager in the Tour Championship Management division and in 2006 became Operations Manager for the Monterey Peninsula Corporation where he was responsible for planning for both the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Walmart First Tee opening.
He also enjoyed being involved with Shriners Children’s Open Hospitals in Las Vegas where he served as CEO for three years.
Sperling was among those called ‘the swamp’ because he gets dirty every day, painting wood, shoveling mulch and hanging windshields. Through determination, he falls in love with the creativity required to organize a live event, and develops an appreciation for the thousands of small tasks that must come together imperceptibly. flawlessly turning a golf course into a golf tournament,” Eric Prespel wrote in a profile in the latest issue of Sports Business magazine.
In profile, Presidents Cup President Juno Harris provided insight into what Adam Sperling did to “bring him home”.
“Adam was really able to get everyone on the same page. It takes a little bit of humility, thought and intelligence. He has done an incredible job bringing all those ingredients together,” said Harris.
Sperling said about the progress in a recent interview with WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.