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June 2016 Volunteer Spotlight: Garey Chadwick

Pictured: Garey Chadwick (left) and Sherm Hatfield (right)


By Brett Rubash, UGA Boatwright Intern


Each month, the UGA spotlights one of our devoted volunteers to express our deep appreciation for all they do and to help you, our loyal members, become well acquainted with them. The month of June features past UGA president, former UGA board member, and 30-year volunteer Garey Chadwick. 

Garey was born on April 5, 1938 in Ogden, Utah. He was first introduced to the game of golf at eight years old while working as a caddie at Ogden Golf and Country Club. However, caddying was the extent of his golfing experience until later in life. Instead of playing golf, Garey’s childhood was filled with other sports like baseball. In fact, Garey lettered three years in baseball while attending Weber High School. It was not until he met his wife that he started playing golf.

Garey and his wife Elaine have been married for 58 years. Together they have four children, Doug, Cherie, Kent, and Robert. He and his wife are proud to say that they have nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Following high school, Garey spent 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserve where he worked many jobs including working as an ammunition sergeant. He served six months on active duty, four of which were in El Paso, Texas, at Fort Bliss. Following his years in in the Army Reserve, Garey began working for a fencing company. After a summer spent working for the fencing company, he began a career selling windows, doors, and hardware for residents. He continued this career while working for multiple companies in the same industry until his retirement five years ago.

Garey has a very impressive resume when it comes to his time with the UGA. He has been volunteering for over 30 years. This includes spending 12 years on the Board of Directors and two years from 1986-1987 as the UGA president. Garey also has been active in junior golf for many years.  He served as the captain of the Junior America’s Cup team for 10 years and the Hogan Cup team for nine years and was the recipient of the UGA’s Gold Club Award in 1995.

“He has gained and earned the respect of the different golf organizations and the people that work there,” stated past UGA president, current volunteer, and close friend Sherm Hatfield.

“As a reward for his devotion to junior golf, the Utah Junior Golf Association named an age division after him,” said Sherm. “I appreciate all that he has done for me and for golf in Utah, and I think that most people feel the same.”

The UGA is truly honored to have volunteers like Garey. These volunteers allow the UGA to fulfill its mission to promote interest in the game of golf by encouraging, organizing, supporting, sponsoring, and administering golfing activities and programs.