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 organizations
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 NGAs 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 NGAs Rules Committee since 2011; he also sits on
Nebraska Senior Golf Association board where he serves as the
organizations 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.