By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, have named Scott Jenkins the tournament chairman for the 2021 edition of “The People’s Open,” set for February 1 to February 7 at TPC Scottsdale. Additionally, the Thunderbirds announced Dr. Michael Golding will be assistant tournament chairman for the 2021 event.
Jenkins assumes the role of tournament chairman after serving last year as assistant tournament chairman alongside Tim Woods. He will guide the Thunderbirds in the planning and execution of every facet of the 2021 event, including sponsorship generation and renewals, security and safety, recruiting PGA Tour players to the event, community relations, logistics, and development of on-course venues.
“It’s an honor to be named by my fellow Thunderbirds as this year’s tournament chairman of the Waste Management Phoenix Open,” Jenkins says.
“While we are very proud of the success of the tournament, the focus continues to be on our mission of charitable giving and the tremendous impact it has on the community, especially in our current environment. I look forward to continuing the special relationship we have formed with our title sponsor, Waste Management, and of course all of the players, fans, sponsors and volunteers who make this event ‘The People’s Open.’”
Jenkins is a partner with the law firm of Quarles & Brady, and his practice focuses on commercial disputes and complex litigation. Additionally, he is chairman of the firm’s local bankruptcy group and recruiting committee.
He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law. An active Thunderbird since 2015, Jenkins lives in Phoenix with his wife Brandi and two sons, Will, 14, and Sam, 11.
As assistant tournament chairman, Golding will aid Jenkins in all tournament-related operations while also preparing to assume the tournament chairman role for 2022. Golding is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who co-leads the practice of Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona. He also is the official oral and maxillofacial surgeon of the Phoenix Suns and ASU athletics, and he surgically manages the Level 1 trauma centers for the Banner Healthcare System.
A Pittsburgh native, Golding earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech University before his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Baltimore, where he graduated at the top of his class. Golding then completed his maxillofacial surgery residency training at University of Miami in Florida before moving to the Valley. An active Thunderbird since 2015, Golding lives in Phoenix with his wife Laura and their two children, Olivia, 7, and William, 5.