Clendenning, Hart Earn Annual Awards
CUMBERLAND -- The MSGA hosted its annual meeting last night, a tradition started over a century ago at Portland Country Club. The meeting brought together club representatives, player reps, and champions from the 2018 season to celebrate another year of promoting and fostering the game of golf here in Maine. The MSGA also handed out two awards that are given annually to people that help grow the game in the state.
Mike Clendenning was named as the tenth recipient of the TK Award. The award goes annually to the individual who best exemplifies the values that former MSGA Junior Director Tom “TK” Kimball stood for, including honesty, integrity and humility. The award’s recipient is one who demonstrates their love of the game and promotion of the sport and its values to junior golfers and others who may benefit from golf’s life lessons.
Clendenning serves as the head professional at Barnes Brook GC in Enfield. He is a long-standing supporter of junior golf in Maine and constantly has programs at his northern Maine club devoted to growing and fostering the game among young golfers. In addition to the work he does at Barnes Brook, he runs the Maine Junior Golf Club, which offers tournaments around Northern and Eastern Maine, providing junior golfers with fun and competitive golf opportunities.
John Hart was named as the 2018 Dave Child Volunteer of the Year. The accolade is named in honor of the late Dave Child, a longtime volunteer for the MSGA. Through the years, Dave served as a volunteer for nearly every department of the MSGA, including the Board of Directors, Rules, championship events, Course Ratings, scoring and junior golf.
Hart, a member at Biddeford-Saco CC, received the annual award given for extraordinary service and dedication to the ideals principles of the game of golf. Hart was a mainstay at MSGA Championship events this year volunteering as a Rules Official at tournaments across the state. In addition to officiating, he assisted with Course Ratings, all while maintaining a schedule that allows him to compete in MSGA Senior Tour and Weekend events.
The MSGA would like to congratulate both Mike Clendenning and John Hart for their hard work and selfless efforts that help make the game of golf better for everyone here in Maine. Both exemplify the values and efforts of the namesakes --Thomas Kimball and Dave Child -- for these awards they’ve won.