Steve Melnyk was born on February 26, 1947 in Brunswick, Georgia. After attending high school at the Glynn Academy, Melnyk graduated college from the University of Florida in 1969. During his college career as a Gator, he was a three-time All American and was part of Florida’s first NCAA Division 1 Championship in golf in 1968. From there, Melnyk won the Georgia Open (1965), the Western Amateur (1969), the U.S. Amateur, the Eastern, Amateur (1970), and the British Amateur (1971).
In 1971, Steve decided to turn professional following his British Amateur victory. This proved to be a wise decision when he won the Masters Par-3 contest after just one year. Towards the end of his career, Melnyk became an on-course reporter for CBS Sports in 1982. Only two years later in 1984, Melnyk retired from professional golf. He continued to act has a reporter for CBS Sports until 1992 when he joined ABC Sports.
Due to his successful career, he has been inducted into the UF Hall of Fame and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. He continues to be an active supporter of his alma mater, UF, serving on the Board of Directors for the Gator Boosters since 1993, even serving as President from 2001-2002.