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Joe Kane Honored with First-Ever NHGA Distinguished Service Award

October 31st, 2019

Concord, NH – On Thursday, October 17th, the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) honored Joe Kane with the first-ever NHGA Distinguished Service Award.  With the presentation, NHGA Executive Director Matt Schmidt announced going forward the award will be named the Joe Kane Distinguished Service Award, representing an individual who has dedicated countless hours to serving the game of golf in the Granite State.
 
Kane first joined the NHGA Board of Directors in 2005, serving on numerous committees over the years and rose to the role of NHGA President in October 2014.  During his time with the NHGA, he was instrumental in the establishment of the New Hampshire Golf Foundation, which served as the charitable arm of the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Golf Club of New England.  Although his time on the Board of Directors ended in 2016, he continues to volunteer his time with the NHGA at tournaments around the state as a Rules Official.
 
Outside of New Hampshire, Kane has been a longtime USGA Committee Member and New England Golf Association volunteer, serving as a Rules Official at the New England Amateur, New England Junior Invitational, and New England Senior Amateur Championships.
 
“Joe Kane represents everything you could ask for in a volunteer; a tireless promoter of the game, caring, principled, honorable, and gracious. It’s truly fitting that the NHGA will be able to present this award annually to that individual who embodies so many of the traits that Joe has exhibited throughout the years”, comments NHGA Executive Director, Matt Schmidt.
 
Kane was presented with this honor at the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at Manchester Country Club, an annual event for the NHGA which also recognizes the season’s Players of the Year and other special awards.
 
The NHGA is proud to now be giving out the Joe Kane Distinguished Service Award, to be presented to an individual that has proudly served the game of golf in New Hampshire.