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Dodson Receives Gold Club Award,  Others Honored at UGA Annual Meeting

About 150 of the top leaders in the Utah golf community gathered last night at Oakridge Country Club for the Annual Meeting of the Utah Golf Association. The meeting was a wrap up of the 2014 season and marked the beginning of the 2015 season and was conducted by Jim Harland, President of the UGA. Officers and leaders of all the major amateur and professional organizations were in attendance.

The highlight of the meeting is always the presentation of the UGA Gold Club Award and this year the recipient was Randy Dodson, publisher of Fairways Magazine.

“I was flabbergasted when I was told I would be the recipient of the award,” Dodson said. “That I would be considered for such a prestigious honor hadn’t even entered my mind.”

In paying tribute to him Joe Watts, former UGA Executive Director, said, “Against all odds he has built Fairways Magazine into the best regional golf association magazine IN THE WORLD.”

(The complete tribute speech is posted on this website in a separate story.)

In separate tributes UGA board member Amy Mayberry presented the UWGA Lady Award to Sally Milbank, and UGA board member Denise Vilven presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to ‘Doc’ Iverson.

Player of the Year Awards were also presented. Sue Nyhus was named Women’s Senior Player of the Year and Kirk Siddens was named Men’s Senior Player of the Year.

Two unrelated Blairs, Sirene and Zac, were named UGA Players of the Year, Sirene winning the Women’s Player of the Year and Zac winning the Men’s Player of the Year. They were neither one in attendance but accepted their awards via video tape arranged by Fairways Magazine.

Kim Anderson, who has served two three-year terms on the UGA Board of Directors and was vice-president this past year was recognized and thanked for his years of service. He opted out of a third term.

Champions of all UGA tournaments were recognized. Utah traveling teams were recognized as were the eight-man team champions.