In Remembrance of Dirk Kingma

Dirk Kingma, the 2001 SCGA President as well as a past president of La Jolla CC, passed away this week following a lengthy illness.

Kingma (far right) was deeply involved in a variety of golf-related activities. In 1980, Kingma joined the Century Club and 10 years later became president and general chairman of the annual San Diego stop on the PGA Tour. During his time with the SCGA, Dirk was instrumental in the management of the SCGA’s golf course in Temecula, serving as president of the Golf Course Management, Inc. board which governed the SCGA golf course through the sale of the property in 2010. He was also a former member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee and served as president of the California Golf Association as well as the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Kingma remained an active member of the SCGA’s Course Rating team.

“Dirk was an outstanding individual and valuable member of the SCGA family,” noted SCGA Executive Director Kevin Heaney. “His dedication, intelligence and commitment to service were all factors that led to his many leadership roles in golf. Dirk always found enjoyment in every activity in which he was involved. It was a honor and pleasure to work alongside him for 30 years.”

Kingma served in the U.S. Navy as an air intelligence officer aboard the USS Enterprise and with fire squadron 142. A few years after leaving the service he formed Kingma Developers which became DFK Enterprises, a real estate development and brokerage firm in San Diego.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, he earned a degree in Business, Marketing from Virginia Tech. He is survived by his wife Kitty, his daughter Kristin and a stepson. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Jan. 3, 2020 at La Jolla CC.