Honey Gantner Award

Honey Gantner Award

The Honey Gantner award is presented annually by the NJSGA for dedicated service by a volunteer. It acknowledges a volunteer’s commitment, outstanding service, and contributions to the NJSGA. Nominations may be made by current NJSGA committee members on behalf of any NJSGA volunteer, including the Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, Tournament Committee, Course Rating Committee, Women’s Committee, Caddie Scholarship Board of Trustees and Caddie Scholarship Committee. The recipient is honored at the Annual Meeting.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Candidate must be a volunteer (past or present) from one (or more) of the above NJSGA Committees.
  • He/she must have demonstrated exemplary service on behalf of the NJSGA for a period of time.
  • This is strictly a NJSGA service nomination; outside achievements should not be considered.

Nomination Process:

  • Nominations would be submitted by current members of each NJSGA Committee and collected by the NJSGA staff.
  • NJSGA staff would submit a list of all nominees to the NJSGA Executive Committee who would narrow the selections to three finalists.
  • These three finalists would be presented back to each NJSGA committee who would have an opportunity to comment on or endorse their choice of volunteer of the year.
  • Initial nominees would be solicited by the NJSGA in May, reported to the Officers in June, and finalists presented back to the Committees in July. The honoree would be announced in August and honored at the Annual Meeting in October.
  • Carol Graybeal

    Carol Graybeal

    • 2022

    Current and long-time NJSGA volunteer in both tournaments and course rating committees as well as former NJSGA board member

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  • Coleen Luker

    Coleen Luker

    • 2021

    First female NJSGA board member and long-time NJSGA volunteer

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  • Steve Hennesey

    Steve Hennesey

    • 2020

    Former NJSGA Treasurer and Secretary

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  • Paul Samanchik

    Paul Samanchik

    • 2019

    Long-time tournament official and Caddie Scholarship Foundation committee member

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  • Albert Kuchler

    Albert Kuchler

    • 2018

    Long-time volunteer and tournament committee official

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  • John Rochford

    John Rochford

    • 2017

    Innovative Fund-Raiser for Caddie Scholarship Foundation

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  • Phillips Babcock

    Phillips Babcock

    • 2016

    Served NJSGA as a True Gentleman

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  • Bernie Samons

    Bernie Samons

    • 2015

    Led Course Raters by Example

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  • Robert Krueger

    Robert Krueger

    • 2014

    In service to the NJSGA Since 1984

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  • Victor Bacile

    Victor Bacile

    • 2013

    Served as Tournament Committee Chairman

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  • Honey Gantner

    Honey Gantner

    • 2012

    For nearly two decades, a Volunteer at NJSGA Championships and Meetings

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