Bob Livingstone, a 1988 graduate of Long Beach State with a Bachelors Degree in Finance, is entering his 14th year as the Head Coach of the 49er men's golf program. After graduating, Livingstone was hired as the Executive Director of the Southern California PGA's Junior Golf Association. He served in that capacity for six years and upon his departure for Long Beach State his commitment and service were recognized when he received the Bill Bryant Award for "Outstanding and Distinguished Service to Junior Golf". In 2000, he was named Big West Coach of the Year after his team qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the first time in 18 years, and the 2004 team won its first Big West Conference Championship in over 30 years. He was also named Big West Co-Coach of the Year in 2006.
Along with his coaching duties, Livingstone is also the coordinator of the "Golf: For Business and Life" program which is run in cooperation with the Recreation and Intramurals Department. This program, designed to introduce the game of golf through PGA of America Golf Professionals, is the result of a $100,000 grant from 1979 Long Beach State grad and former Ryder Cup team member Mark O'Meara. In conjunction with the introduction of this program, Livingstone negotiated an agreement with the City of Long Beach and American Golf Corporation to build the 49er Golf Practice Facility at El Dorado Park GC. With the help of women's coach Sue Ewart and several boosters, this facility was built without the use of any state or university funds.
In 1996, Livingstone was appointed to fill an interim vacancy on the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee, which sets the policies that govern collegiate golf, and conducts the NCAA Regional and National Championships. In 1998 his term was extended four years, and he served as Chairman of the Committee in 2001. During his time on the Committee, Livingstone spearheaded the campaign to grant automatic play-off bids to conference champions, helped formulate an NCAA Rating Index to compare and rank teams nationally, and secured approval of a set crew of knowledgeable officials to administer the Regional and National Championships. Since 2001 he has served as the Golf Coaches Association of America's Legislative Liaison to the NCAA, and as it's Ethics Committee representative for the Pacific Region. In 2004, he served his third year as the Chairman of the NCAA Pacific Region Selection Committee.
Some of Livingstone's other golf related activities include: USGA Junior Championship Committee (1992-96), Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission (1988-94 and 96-98), Board of Directors of the El Dorado Park Men's Golf Club (1982-present) and Southern California Golf Association Rules and Competitions Committee (1992-present). In both 1994 and 2005 Livingstone achieved the highest possible rating in the Rules of Golf and Tournament Administration by the USGA and the PGA of America.
As a player, Livingstone was runner-up in the Metro Conference Championship (1982) while playing for Long Beach City College, was the Club Champion at El Dorado Park GC (stroke play in 1987 and match play in 2003) and Recreation Park GC (1993) and won the Greater Long Beach Masters Championship (1988). He is also an active supporter of Long Beach State, serving on the Board of Directors of the CSULB Alumni Association (1990-97) and 49er Athletic Association (1992-present), as Chairman of the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame Committee (1997-present) and was a founding member of the 49er Athletic Association Director's Circle.
Livingstone is single and has lived in Long Beach his entire life.
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