Gene Westmoreland Selected as 2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
BROOMALL, Pennsylvania (November 14, 2012) – Gene Westmoreland has been selected as the 2012 International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Distinguished Service Award. The IAGA Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was established to award individuals or groups whose actions have fostered the IAGA objectives as stated in its Bylaws – “To promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions.” The selection criteria include, but are not limited to, superior or innovative administration along with the promotion of dialogue and knowledge sharing between golf administrators and/or golf organizations.
Westmoreland was born in 1943 and attended Pace University (Class of 1965) in New York City. He was a member of the varsity golf team and also played on the basketball, baseball and cross country teams. Gene may become the only four-sport athlete in the school's history and has been honored has a place of honor in the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. To competitive golfers and “insiders” around the golf world, the name Gene Westmoreland is synonymous with integrity and quality service. Gene's influence is felt in championship golf, international competition, club operations and administrative leadership. He has been a senior member of the Metropolitan Golf Association staff for more than 30 years, an active member of USGA Championship Committees, a former President of the International Association of Golf Administrators and former Board member at both a public facility and a private club.
Gene got his start in the game caddying as a youngster which may have inspired him to create, on behalf of the MGA, “Caddie Academies” and handbook Getting Started as a Caddie. He knows competitive golf as a player, a successful college coach, a volunteer and as a professional tournament director who has “written the book” on tournament administration. The 2012 release of A Game For Life: Golf's Rules and Rewards further establishes Westmoreland's expertise as an author and educator on the finer points of the game.
Gene is a nationally respected authority on the Rules of Golf, served on the Rules Committee for US Open Championships 2002, 2004, 2006. Equally as influential in the realm of golf course maintenance, he spearheaded the creation of the Tri-State Turf Research Foundation. He was given the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association's highest honor, the John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He received MGA's DSA award in 2005.
Westmoreland, the 19th recipient of the IAGA Distinguished Service Award, was honored at the DSA awards dinner on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Westin La Paloma Golf and Spa Resort in Tucson, Az. Past recipients include David Fay (2011), Dick Horton (2010), Tom Morgan (2009), Steve Mona (2008), Jim Fraser (2007), Larry Adamson (2006), Denny Davenport (2005); Tony Zirpoli (2004); Warren Simmons (2003); Bob Hanna (2002); Hale B. Van Hoy, Jr. (2001); Richard Haskell (2000); Judy Bell (1998); Carol McCue (1997); Marshall Dann (1995); Newell Pinch (1993); Warren Rebholz (1992); C. Grant Spaeth (1991).