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Wildman Honored with USGA Ike Grainger Award for 25 Years of Service to the Game

April 5th, 2021

Concord, NH – Each year, the United States Golf Association (USGA) presents the Ike Grainger Award to individuals who have served the USGA as a volunteer for 25 years.  The USGA has announced the 2021 recipients with New Hampshire’s Patti Wildman being awarded the Ike Grainger Award for her role as a Rules Official and Committee Member with the USGA.
 
A past president of the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association (NHWGA) and past president of the New England Women's Golf Association (NEWGA), Wildman served as a Rules official at many USGA championships. She also was a member of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship Committee and most recently, the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship Committee.
 
Wildman states, “In the last 25 years with the USGA, I have found my passion as a Rules Official.  The 25 years that afforded me access to USGA championships and education have been extremely rewarding.  Friends in every corner of the U.S and a few foreign countries is the best reward.   Lifelong friendships and unending experiences are memories I cherish.”
 
She has also been very active in New Hampshire, serving numerous years with the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association, working her way up to being president of the organization from 1994 to 1995.  She currently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Golf Association, dedicating her time as a Rules Official at many NHGA championships each year.
 
“I’ve been fortunate over the years to have the time to advocate for both women’s and men’s golf”, comments Wildman.  “Starting with the NHWGA in the 80’s, I have had the opportunity to serve in every capacity and now also with the NHGA.”
 
NHGA Executive Director, Matt Schmidt is thrilled to work alongside Wildman throughout the tournament season saying, “Patti is an invaluable part of the golf community in the Granite State. While her knowledge and application of the Rules of Golf are second to none, her rapport with players, commitment to women’s and junior golf, and her tireless advocacy for the game are what sets her apart.” 
 
“We are blessed to have Patti as part of the NHGA and we welcome her contributions for years to come,” continues Schmidt.
 
Wildman says her motivation to continue volunteering is the day-to-day interactions she has with leaders and players on every level.  She is just the third person from New Hampshire to receive the Ike Grainger Award, following C. Richard Williams in 1995 and Peter Blaisdell in 2015.
 
New Hampshire is fortunate to have Patti Wildman dedicate her time to men’s and women’s golf, in both a leadership role and as a Rules Official out on the course.