Doyon, Diplock & Juhl Recognized at Annual Meeting
The Maine State Golf Association held its annual meeting last week, and three Mainers were recognized for their efforts in promoting and fostering the game of golf here in the Pine Tree State. Don Doyon was named as the winner of the TK Award, Jane Diplock won the Abby Spector Award, and Ed Juhl was named as the Dave Child Volunteer of the Year.
Doyon, a former MSGA employee who now works with the New England PGA, was awarded with the TK Award, named for the late Tom Kimball, a tireless supporter and promoter of junior golf in Maine. 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.
Doyon has overseen the New England PGA Junior Tour in Maine for the last few seasons and has seen the game grow here in Maine. This season saw record numbers of competitors in junior events, a testament to the work being done by Doyon.
Diplock was named as the recipient of the Abby Spector Award. The Abby Spector Award is given annually to the female golfer in Maine who best exemplifies the spirit of the game through a unique combination of her ability and sportsmanship, her perseverance and courage, and her passion for, and commitment to, promoting the growth and the enjoyment of the game of golf.
Diplock is a longtime member of Augusta CC and has been playing competitively in Maine for decades. A true lover of the game and an avid player, she still plays almost daily, even if just nine holes. She is a five-time Maine Senior Champion and was elected to the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. She has always been a mentor to those new to the game and is willing to help anyone with learning the rules or etiquette.
Ed Juhl was named as the recipient of the Dave Child Volunteer of the Year Award. 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.
Juhl is recently retired from a career at LL Bean and volunteered at nearly every MSGA championship this season. From helping with online scoring to working on the course as a spotter, Juhl was up for any task where the MSGA needed a helping hand. Often arriving before the first group and leaving after the tournament day was done, Juhl is a deserving recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award.
In addition to recognizing Doyon and Juhl, the MSGA would like to thank all of our volunteers who help throughout the season to promote and foster the game of golf here in our state. We could not do the things we do without the help of our great volunteers.