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2012 UGA Gold Club Award - Tommy Sorensen

This year’s annual UGA Gold Club Award will be presented to Tommy Sorensen, long time head professional of Nibley and Mountain Dell golf courses, it was announced today by Judy Allem, UGA president. The presentation of the UGA’s highest honor will be made at the UGA Annual Meeting on October 30th at Hidden Valley Country Club. Tickets for the meeting are available at the UGA office. “Tommy has been an important part of Utah golf for the past half century,” said Judy Allem, “and the UGA is honored to honor him.” Sorensen went to work on the grounds crew at Nibley Park golf course when he graduated from Olympus High School in 1958, and he worked for Salt Lake City for the next 44 years until his retirement in 2002. In 1968, at the age of 26, he became the head professional at Nibley. Seven years later, in 1975, he was asked to take the head professional position at Mountain Dell, a position he held for 27 years. He built strong men’s and women’s leagues at both courses. Mike Brimley, the current head professional at Mountain Dell, will give the tribute speech at the UGA Annual Meeting and the presentation of the award will be made by Judy Allem, who was a long time member of the Mountain Dell Ladies Association. Other awards presented that night will be the UGA Players of the Year, which for the first time will include a Women’s Player of the Year Award. Team and individual champions of other UGA tournaments will also be recognized. Three board members who are retiring due to term limits will also be recognized. They are Judy Allem, Dave Dorton, and Bill Probst. Nominated to fill those vacancies are Stew Walz, of Hidden Valley Country Club; Amy Mayberry, of Bountiful Ridge, and Randy Hadfield, of Alpine Country Club.