Brunswick native Steve Melnyk enjoyed an outstanding career in golf, particularly in the amateur ranks. Following a standout career at Glynn Academy, Melnyk won the 1965 Georgia Open at age 18. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1969 as a three-time All-American. He recorded nine collegiate wins and was the top golfer on Florida’s 1968 national championship team.
Melnyk won the 1969 U.S. Amateur and the 1971 British Amateur, putting him in rare company with those who have won both of those prestigious amateur championships. Melnyk also won the Western Amateur and the Eastern Amateur and was a member of the 1969 and 1971 U.S. Walker Cup teams. He was low amateur in the 1970 British Open and 1971 Masters tournament.
Melnyk joined the PGA TOUR in 1972 and competed for 10 years until a 1982 elbow injury prevented further professional competition. He never won on the PGA Tour, but did place second four times. Following his playing career, Melnyk became a reporter and golf analyst for television and spent 25 years in broadcasting, working for CBS Sports, ABC Sports and ESPN before retiring. Melnyk was the first golfer to ever play in all four major championships and also broadcast all four major championships.
He has served as president of the Gator Boosters, the fundraising arm for University of Florida athletics, and also served nearly 10 years on the University Athletic Association Board of Directors.
Melnyk has also designed and co-designed several golf courses. He has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the Florida Golf Hall of Fame