Birdsall, Durgin Honored at Annual Meeting

Nov 5, 2021

The Maine State Golf Association held its Annual Meeting yesterday, with representatives from clubs across the state of Maine in attendance for the yearly recap of the association and its activities from the past season. During the meeting, the MSGA recognized two Mainers for their help in fostering the game in the state, presenting annual awards that the association gives each fall. Gerry Durgin was named as the winner of the TK Award, and Reid Birdsall was named as the Dave Child Volunteer of the Year.

Durgin has worked with the Maine Principals Association (MPA) for decades, helping to coordinate the state high school golf championships each year. He was awarded with the TK Award, named for the late Tom Kimball, a tireless supporter and promoter of junior golf in Maine. 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.

Over the years Durgin has seen the growth of junior golf in Maine, resulting in increasing participation levels in the state championships during his time. He is a longtime member of Gorham CC.

Reid Birdsall 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, Championships, Course Ratings, and Junior Golf.

Birdsall is retired and relocated to Maine from Connecticut eight years ago. The Topsham resident is an avid golfer and plays golf out of Highland Green and Bath. Over the past four years, he has volunteered on numerous Course Ratings, travelling around Maine and volunteering with the MSGA with measurements and evaluations of MSGA member clubs.

In addition to recognizing Durgin and Birdsall, the MSGA would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped throughout the season to promote the game of golf here in our state. We could not run our tournaments or conduct some of our unseen work without the help from our volunteers.