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Reed McGregor to Receive Gold Club Award
By Megan Terry, Programs Administrator
The UGA is honored to present the 2016 Gold Club Award to longtime Rules official, past UGA president, and current USGA Senior Amateur Committee member Reed McGregor. As a man of many hats, McGregor has succeeded in nearly all areas of the golf industry.
“Reed’s dedication and support of the Utah Golf Association over the years is second to none,” expressed UGA Executive Director Bill Walker. “Whatever capacity he served in, whether it was as an official, Board member, or during his tenure as president of the UGA, he always left a positive impact.”
Reed graduated from Utah State University in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in geography, a minor in zoology and a secondary education degree. He then put his newfound skills to the test in Snowflake, Arizona, where he taught LDS Seminary full time for one year. He and his family then moved to Portland, OR, where Reed graduated from the Western States Chiropractic College in 1979. Following graduation, the family relocated back to his hometown of Logan, UT, where Reed opened his chiropractic practice, Aggie Country Chiropractic Center. Soon thereafter, he purchased his father’s membership at Logan Golf and Country Club and started playing golf again.
Reed and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Jenny, and two sons, Jim and Ben, who started playing golf at a young age. Jim and Ben played golf all four years at Logan High School, were frequent Utah Junior Golf Association competitors, and both finished as medalists on their state championship golf teams. Jim went on to play college golf at Utah State University and later at The University of Utah.
Following a summer of swing lessons from PGA Senior Tour Professional Bruce Summerhays, Reed asked Bruce what he owed him for the lessons. Rather than charging for the lessons, Bruce requested payment in the form of service and asked Reed to find a way to give back to the Utah golf community.
McGregor then called longtime friend and current USGA Regional Affairs Director Mark Passey for advice on how to be involved. Passey encouraged Reed to learn the Rules of Golf and become acquainted with UGA volunteers Lee Samsel and Keith Hansen. Samsel and Hansen invited Reed to observe the officiating process and attend the USGA Rules of Golf Workshop, which is exactly what Reed did.
“I’ve been to the USGA Rules Workshop every year since my first class in 2001, and it was a big goal of mine to get 100% on the final exam,” explained McGregor. “After a number of 98's and 99's, I finally got my 100% in 2015. I am very proud of that, and relieved.”
Reed was nominated to the UGA Board of Directors in 2002 and, within a couple of years, took on the role of UGA Rules chairman. He began studying relentlessly while writing a Rules column for Fairways Media. In 2003, just one year after joining the UGA Board, McGregor was nominated to the USGA Senior Amateur Committee. He has officiated at the U.S. Senior Amateur National Championship every year since and served on the Rules Committee for the U.S. Senior Open Championship the past four years. Reed was honored to referee the final match at the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and the semifinal match at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship. He also has worked the NCAA Division 1 National Championship for the past four years which ranks among his favorite things to do.
In 2005, soon after retiring and selling his chiropractic practice, McGregor received a call from the executive director of the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), a national junior golf tour headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and was offered the Senior Rules Official position for the western half of the United States. Reed accepted the position and has since worked around 15 events annually for the FCWT Junior Golf Tour.
“It keeps me involved and my head in the Rules Book during the winter months,” McGregor said. “Plus, I enjoy getting out of the cold and working with some of the best junior players in the country.”
“Educating juniors about the Rules of Golf is one of the reasons I became involved in golf officiating,” stated Reed. “I really enjoy helping kids learn and understand the Rules so they can continue succeeding and achieving their goals, whatever those goals may be.”
The annual presentation of the UGA Gold Club Award will take place on Wednesday, January 18th at Alpine Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. The 2016 UGA Player of the Year Awards will also be highlighted.
Please RSVP by calling the UGA office at 801-563-0400 by Friday, January 13th at 4 p.m.