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Virgil A. Parker Special Recognition Award

November 15, 2013

Gary Austin Receives NGA's Special Recognition Award

Omaha, NE – Gary Austin of Omaha was awarded the Nebraska Golf Association's Virgil A. Parker Special Recognition Award at the organization’s annual awards banquet at the Country Club of Lincoln last Friday. The award is given to an individual in recognition of their contributions to the game of golf in the state of Nebraska.

Austin began serving the NGA as a tournament volunteer in 2007 and assumed the title of Volunteer Coordinator in 2010. In this role, Austin regularly communicates with the NGA’s cadre of tournament officials securing volunteers to work more than 40 NGA competitions annually and coordinating numerous offseason educational programs for this group. Austin also developed a training regimen and levels of achievement for his more than 200 volunteers.

In addition to his duties as Volunteer Coordinator, Austin volunteers as a tournament official himself regularly giving more than 40 service days a year. He also assists the NGA by managing its various tournament point evaluation systems that determine annual select teams and post season recognition.

Austin has been a member of the NGA’s Rules Committee since 2011; he also sits on Nebraska Senior Golf Association board where he serves as the organization’s Secretary and Treasurer.

Austin grew up in central Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1966. He joined the Navy in 1967 where he spent 26 years working as a navy pilot and an oceanographer. He moved from Louisiana to Omaha in 1993 after leaving the Navy and worked locally until 2006 when he retired.

The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, conducts the state's amateur golf championships, governs its member clubs, and serves as the handicapping and course rating authority for its members and its member clubs. The NGA has 23,000 members and 160member clubs.

For more information, contact the Nebraska Golf Association at (402) 505-4653.