The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Golf Science is dedicated to a model human being—Rafer S. Lutz, Ph.D. The World Scientific Congress of Golf was honored to have Rafer as a presenter (1998, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2012), a Board Member (2008-2012) and as a partner in the organization. Most importantly Rafer was a stellar advocate of golf, research, teaching, performance and life. His high standards and gentle nature were a rare combination in a remarkable professional. As an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA, Rafer was highly respected and appreciated for his leadership and friendship.
As a golfer, no one that small hit the ball that far and that well. As a researcher Rafer was knowledgeable, creative, conscientious and productive. As a teacher and sport performance consultant Rafer cared first, shared his extensive knowledge and strengths second, and at the same time upheld high standards of excellence. As a family man Rafer was dedicated and devoted to his wife and two sons.
Rafer loved the world Scientific Congress of Golf and was the deciding influence to create the International Journal of Golf Science. He co-edited Science and Golf V, the final book of the WSCG. Rafer is the first to be acknowledged in the IJGS for his many contributions to science, golf and life. He has touched each and every one of us in a profound way and for this we “Sincerely Thank You Rafer!”