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Joel Welber Elected to UGA Board

(The UGA Board has elected Joel Welber of Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club and Brian Hulse of Oakridge Country Club to replace outgoing board members John Taylor and Jim Kane. They will be introduced to the UGA membership at the UGA Annual Meeting, October 30th at Alpine Country Club.  This article about Joel Welber will be followed with a future article on Brian Hulse).
Joel Welber has been an active UGA rules official since retiring to St. George in 2006. Prior to moving to Utah he was an active volunteer for the Golf Association of Michigan and so he brings to the board a perspective gained from working closely with another one of the nation’s top golf associations.
“We are pleased to have Joel Welber join our board. He comes highly recommended,” said new UGA President Jim Harland. “The St. George area has been well represented on our board by Jim Kane, and with him leaving the board we need another strong leader from that area of the state and we get that with Joel,” said new UGA President Jim Harland.
His passion for golf began at a municipal course as a youngster in Detroit, Michigan.  He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and received his JD degree at Wayne State in 1973.  He has been a member at Barton Hills CC and Radrick Farms CC, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since retiring he has become an avid golfer, playing nearly 200 rounds per year, mostly at Entrada where his handicap hovers around eight.
Welber practiced law in Michigan from 1973 through 2006 with an emphasis on estate and future planning for families that have children with cognitive disability or mental illness.  He also served as an Associate Professor Emeritus in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University.
Upon moving to St. George Welber joined Entrada Country Club and has served on the board for three plus years and as club president for 15 months and as vice-president for two years prior.  He also served on the Entrada Property Owners Association Board for three plus years.
His leadership at Entrada has been instrumental in rallying the club members to give extra support to the BYU Dixie Classic. He worked closely with BYU coaches Sue Nyhus and Carrie Roberts to see that all teams were well received at the course and now almost 100 club members assist in hosting the tournament in special ways. Because of this membership support the name of the tournament has been changed to the BYU at Entrada Classic.
Welber has enjoyed his years with the UGA as a rules official and said, “I’ve been impressed by the leaders of the UGA and I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve with them in this capacity. I am fully committed to being helpful in advancing the UGA programs and services.”