John B. Murray Honored in NJSGA Conference Room and Portrait Dedication
John B. Murray, a longtime board member, officer, and past president of the New Jersey State Golf Association, was honored by the NJSGA on June 30, 2021. The association unveiled a portrait of Murray to be hung in the John B. Murray Conference Room, named after the influential board member.
Murray was appointed to the NJSGA board in 1998 and served proudly until his retirement from the board in October of 2020. He served as Secretary in 2006 and 2007, Vice President in 2008 and 2009, and President in 2010 and 2011.
During his tenure on the board, Murray chaired the legal advisory committee and the long-range planning committee. In those roles, Murray became the architect of the NJSGA’s bylaws and current long-term plan. Murray also served as a trustee for the Caddie Scholarship Foundation and Youth Foundations, where he took great pride in recognizing the impact the foundations have in the lives of young men and women from economically-challenged backgrounds.
“Throughout his 22 years of involvement, John served with distinction and did as much to influence the growth and success of our organization as any president or board member in recent history,” remarked current NJSGA President, Eric Houseknecht. “His accomplishments on behalf of the association are too numerous to list.”
Members of Murray’s family, long-time friends, and NJSGA board members were in attendance for the ceremony. Murray’s wife, Ann, and long-time business partner, Ken Kunzman at Connell Foley spoke on Murray’s behalf, noting how much he enjoyed his work at NJSGA. Reverend Monsignor Michael Kelly began the ceremony with a prayer.
“John loved his role with the New Jersey State Golf Association, particularly the friendships he formed over the years,” Ann Murray said. “There are really not enough kind words to capture what a great manager he was.”
In October 2020, the conference room at the NJSGA’s headquarters was named the “John Murray Conference Room” in honor and recognition for his devoted service to the association.