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Gary Crist grew up in Indiana in the 60’s. Like many Hoosiers in love with sports, he spent countless hours in his backyard, on playgrounds and in gymnasiums playing basketball. He dreamed then, and still dreams now, of the State Championship his Southport Cardinals never won.
His best sport turned out to be golf, and he won the Club Championship at his father’s country club in Franklin, Indiana twice. Sometime thereafter he forgot how to chip and putt, and his playing skills eventually declined to almost nil. Nevertheless, Gary continues to enjoy the game, of which he has been a non-stop student for over fifty years.
A graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, Gary’s practice gravitated to “Sports Law” and he served as Legal Counsel to the PGA Tour and PGA of America for over thirteen years. Thereafter, he maintained his own law practice, specializing in the representation of athletes and a wide variety of sports industry organizations, including Wilson Sporting Goods Company, the National Golf Foundation, the Dan Marino Foundation, the PGA Tour Tournaments Association and others.
His enthusiasm for writing has been a life-long experience. His first story, about his beloved Southport Cardinals winning the State Championship at hallowed Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, was pecked out on a dilapidated Underwood when Gary was ten years old.
Gary day dreamed during his business career of retiring to a seaside resort. Magically, that has happened. He lives at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, where he enjoys the company of his sons, daughters-in-law, two very special granddaughters and Vicki, the best wife God ever created.