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‘It’s a Wrap!” UGA Concludes 2013 Season at Annual Meeting Finale
“It’s a Wrap!”
With the Alpine Country Club dining room filled to capacity the Utah Golf Association celebrated a successful 2013 season by honoring its champions, adding two new members to the Gold Club, and set the table for the 2014 season.
Dave Terry, a long time beloved administrator of two of Utah’s biggest golf operations, St. George City and Salt Lake City, and Pete Randall, a golf icon in Cache Valley, were presented with the UGA’s Gold Club Award.
It was the first time the annual award has been presented to two individuals. Doug Vilven, long-time friend of the Randall family, presented the award to Pete posthumously to his wife of 68 years, Janet Cannon. Jeff Beaudry, Terry’s long time mentor at the Utah PGA, presented the award to Dave. (Details of the two award winners can be found in separate stories on the UGA web page.)
USGA Regional Director Mark Passey was also on hand to make a surprise presentation of the USGA Ike Grainger Award to Keith Hansen for his 25-years of volunteer service for the USGA. (Copy of Passey’s speech will be posted shortly.)
This was the first season since the merger of the Utah Women’s Golf Association with the Utah Golf Association, and the merger brought with it the annual UWGA Lady Award that was presented to Karen Gardiner. The award was presented by UGA board member Amy Mayberry. The award goes to a woman who has made significant contributions to women’s golf. (See separate posted story).
John Taylor, out-going president of the 2013 UGA, turned the gavel of leadership over to Jim Harland for the 2014 season, and two new board members, Joel Welber of Entrada, and Brian Hulse of Oakridge, were introduced as replacements for outgoing board members John Taylor and Jim Kane. (See separate stories post on Welber and Hulse.)
The ten board members who bridge the two seasons are Jim Harland, Karen White, Kim Anderson, Reese Nielsen, Steve Brinton, Kurt Bernhisel, Amy Mayberry, Denise Vilven, Stew Walz, and Randy Hadfield.
Players of the Year were officially announced and presented with trophies or plaques.
BYU teammates Cole Ogden and Zac Blair were named co-Players of the Year. It was the fifth straight year that Blair has received the honor. Kirk Siddens was named UGA Senior Player of the Year. Kelsey Chugg was named Women’s Player of the Year and Annette Giaotti was named Women’s Senior Player of the Year.
Credit was appropriately given to the UGA Executive Director Bill Walker and his staff for managing the season in a first class manner. The staff includes Lisa Imamura, Office Manager and Comptroller; Jeremy Bates, Director of IT and Member Services; Shauna Newren, Membership and Administrative Assistant; Jacob Miller, Director of Rules and Competitions; Ryan Baade, USGA Boatwright Intern; and Jordan Murray, USGA Boatwright Intern.
A film of the Utah State Am, produced by Fairways Media, and a series of pictures of individual and team champions, organized by Jeremy Bates, were played on large screens during dinner and reviewed the season in an interesting, informative, and efficient manner. The two video productions were jointly narrated by Wesley Ruff and Rod Zundel, Utah’s two top golf television anchors.
Eleven past Presidents were in attendance: Mark Passey, Garey Chadwick, Joe Watts, Keith Hansen, Sherm Hatfield, Arlen Peacock, Parley Petersen, Mike Jorgensen, Reed McGregor, Bill Probst, and Judy Allem.
Hall of Famers in attendance were Todd Barker, Arlen Peacock, and Ernie Schneiter, Jr.
Members of the Gold Club in attendance were Mark Passey, Garey Chadwick, Scott Whittaker, Gordon Sperry, Toni Guest, Ernie Schneiter, Jr., Jeff Beaudry, Doug Vilven, Parley Petersen, Joe Watts, Keith Hansen, and Sherm Hatfield.
The meeting, like the season, ran efficiently, and despite the addition of an extra Gold Club Award, the surprise Ike Grainger Award, and the additional women’s awards, the meeting started on time and ended on time at the appointed nine o’clock hour sharp.
All in all, the meeting was a fitting crown to what was a marvelous and successful golfing season.
It’s a Wrap!