Pearl Carey, 2005 Joe Dey Award Winner, Dies

February 27, 2009

Far Hills, N.J. - Former USGA Joe Dey Award winner Pearl Carey died Monday in Seaside, Calif., the Northern California Golf Association announced. The cause of death was unknown. She was 96.

When Carey received the Dey Award in February 2005 at the USGA's Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif., she became just the second female - Adele Lebow was the first in 2003 - and second African-American (Bill Dickey in 2001) to receive the honor, which is given annually to an individual for meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. Pearl donated the plaque to the NCGA, where it is on display in the Seaver Lobby at the organization's headquarters at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

In her own modest way, she took little credit.

"It's not about me or one person; it's about all of us. If we work together to make it a better world, it's just going to be [better]," she said.

That same year, the NCGA honored Carey with its Grand Master Award, which now is known as the Distinguished Service Award.

Carey was a past president of the Western States Golf Association and the Pacific Women's Golf Association, which serves some 300 public golf clubs in Northern California. She also served on the USGA Regional Affairs Committee and the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association. She is a past recipient of the PWGA Helen Lengfeld Award and the California Golf Writers Association Golden State Award.

Most of Carey's efforts on the Regional Affairs Committee focused on junior golf and increased minority participation.  She was involved with The First Tee of Monterey and the Seaside Junior Golf Program.

 "I just love kids," said Carey in 2005 when she received the Dey Award. "I chose [to help] kids because that was my love."

Read a full obituary by the Monterey Herald .

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

Rolex image

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

AmEx image

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

AmEx image
American Express

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit

AmEx image