The United States Golf Association has announced Keith Hansen, of Providence, Utah,
a 27-year member of two USGA committees, as the recipient of the 2016 Joe Dey Award.
Hansen has served on the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committee and Mid-Amateur
Committee since 1989. During that time, he has worked as a Rules official at more than
80 USGA championships, including 10 U.S. Opens. When not working as a Rules official,
Hansen has also volunteered his time and energy to numerous state and regional
championships and qualifying events. He received the Ike Grainger Award, which honors
25 years of service to the USGA, in 2013.
Hansen has been a valuable asset and selfless contributor to golf in his home state.
A 2015 inductee into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame, he served nine years on the Utah Golf
Association board of directors, including two years as president. He has also served on the
board of directors of the Utah Golf Foundation and The First Tee of Utah.
“Keith’s commitment to the USGA serves as an inspiration to the thousands of volunteers
who comprise the backbone of our Association, and who dedicate countless hours to
the game we love,” said Tom O’Toole Jr., USGA president. “We are honored to recognize
Keith’s important role in embodying our mission, and promoting a stronger connection to
golf through selfless service.”
“I was shocked to get the call from Tom O’Toole,” said Hansen. “I have always believed
that individuals should donate their time and volunteer for worthy causes. You receive
more than you give when you volunteer. Through the years, I have met many past
recipients of the Joe Dey Award, and I am honored to be included in that select group.”
Hansen will receive the Joe Dey Award at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service
Awards in San Diego, on Feb. 6, 2016. The Service Awards Dinner honors the people whose
dedication and outstanding accomplishments have made an important contribution to
the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the Joe Dey Award, the Ike
Grainger Award, the USGA Green Section Award and the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award
will be presented at the Service Awards Dinner.
by the USGA