Pearl Carey, 2005 Joe Dey Award
February 27, 2009
Far Hills, N.J. -
Former USGA Joe Dey Award winner Pearl
died Monday in Seaside, Calif., the Northern California Golf
Association announced. The cause of death was unknown. She
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