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Each year the United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U. Open, is one of the most anticipated and exciting weeks in golf. Open week the USGA’s highest award for distinguished sportsmanship is presented. Recipients of the Award are individuals who demonstrate spirit, personal character, and respect for the game.
I’ve learned a lot from Judy and I am grateful for the opportunity to get to work with her.
From 1999 to 2013, I was employed by the USGA as a regional affairs director.
One of Judy’s greatest accomplishments was a platform created for more youth and diversity programs.
Judy established the “For the Good of the Game” grants program, that dedicated more than 65 million dollars to local and national initiatives devoted to improving communities through golf.
A few memories include: My staff assignment at the 2002 Curtis Cup Match played at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was to transport the “cup” and to keep it safe.
The cup is a silver bowl of Paul Revere design with the inscription “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” I was also assigned to drive Judy Bell around the course while the Match was underway.
Now that the club world rankings have reached a point where one can safely say it's highly unlikely any new data that affects the very top of the rankings will surface, a physical trophy can be constructed and engraved.I didn’t work across the desk from Judy Bell, but I helped facilitate and carry out the programs and initiatives that she introduced.