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 .
  





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