Executive Director Nancy Storey Announces Retirement
Headline: Nancy Storey to Retire After 21 Years at Maine State Golf Association
For immediate release: January 15, 2019
CUMBERLAND – After more than two decades as the Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association, Nancy Storey will be retiring at the end of this month. The Cumberland-native took over at the MSGA in 1997 and had a successful career of promoting the game of golf and growing the association to its current position.
No stranger to the game, Storey worked at both Val Halla GC and Penobscot Valley CC in her younger years while at the University of Maine. After graduating with a degree in Journalism, she took a job as a sportswriter at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford. It wasn’t long before golf drew her back again, as she thereafter served as the club manager at Val Halla GC for six years, then at Biddeford-Saco CC for seven years before accepting the job at the MSGA.
When she stepped into the role of Executive Director, the association was much smaller than its current staff of six employees. “Nancy is one of the best things that ever happened to the MSGA,” said Mark Plummer, 13-time Maine Amateur Champion and a mainstay in Maine golf for the last half century. “Before her it seemed more of a volunteer-run organization, but she made it more professional and got the association more organized.”
The sentiments are shared by Jane Gildart, the Office Manager for the MSGA who was hired shortly after Storey took over.
“I've been on board for all but the first few months of Nancy's tenure at the helm of the MSGA,” said Gildart. “She guided us toward the sort of change that will sustain Maine golf into the future, while preserving a venerable organization's history and traditions. Our association is about our member clubs and the individual players we serve, but it's hard not to identify the MSGA with the people who have led it. For me, that means Nancy Storey.”
At the forefront of Storey’s mission at the MSGA was the promotion and growth of junior golf in the Pine Tree State. As much as she liked to see “her kids” turn into talented players, she was more concerned they turned into good people.
“Nancy has always been someone who connects well with people,” says Curtis Jordan, President of the MSGA. “In particular, Nancy has always been passionate about junior golf. I had the privilege of first meeting Nancy over 20 years ago as a junior player and because of her my experience couldn’t have been better. I remember how enthusiastic she was and how helpful she was at finding ways to get me more involved. Nancy’s enthusiasm never changed and her colorful personality helped her create so many strong relationships and friends across the entire state of Maine.”
Twice Storey was honored by the International Association of Golf Administrators with their Gold Tee award for her work in promoting junior golf. The IAGA is comprised of other state, regional, and national golf associations, so the recognition from her peers was a notable achievement she’s proud of to this day.
Storey also effectively oversaw the MSGA’s Scholarship Fund growth over the years, helping numerous Maine students with ties to golf to pursue higher education. Since its inception in 1950, the Scholarship Fund has given more than $1.7 million to Maine students attending college, and with the healthy state of the Fund today, future generations will continue to benefit from this important mission of the MSGA.
Over her career she had always envisioned all of the state golf associations as one, an idea that turned into a reality just last year. Previously, the men’s and women’s golf associations in the state were run by three different governing organizations, but on January 1, 2018, the MSGA merged with the Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association and Women’s Maine State Golf Association to become one organization serving all golfers in the state of Maine.
“I worked for literally decades on bringing all the associations together under one roof because it was the best thing for the future of the game,” admitted Storey. “Having that done last year really seemed like the pinnacle of accomplishment, since it was so long in coming about.”
Over the years she had the pleasure of meeting people from walks of life both inside and outside the ropes. There were golf outings in the mountains of Rangeley with Bing Russell (Kurt’s father), meetings with sitting governors Baldacci and LePage in Augusta, and times spent with U.S. Presidents in Kennebunkport at their beloved Cape Arundel GC. There were also the countless times spent at any of the MSGA’s 100+ member clubs with the men and women of Maine who love this game.
Asked her favorite memory over all the years, Storey admits it’s tough to choose just one.
“Having lunch with one president and then meeting his son, another president, a few years later is sure hard to beat, though,” Storey said, referring to the Bush presidents who have called Walker’s Point home for so many Maine summers.
But more than the celebrities and politicians Storey has spent time with in Maine, it was the junior golfers that always held a special place in her heart. “Mostly, I just really enjoyed watching kids grow up and become better people,” she said. “And I truly enjoyed the people I came to know and work with over the years. I’ve made great friends, which is what golf does.”
Storey hopes to spend more time playing golf in retirement, but also plans to spend time with her other “greens.” An avid gardener with a love for bringing food from the ground to the table, she looks forward to more time with her family and her garden in the years to come.
“It’s time for someone else to take the MSGA to the next level,” said Storey. “We’ve set a great groundwork on which that can now happen.”