Ed Thaney Receives USGA Award for Volunteerism
At the USGA's Annual Meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, long-time NYSGA committee member Ed Thaney received the Ike Grainger Award from USGA president Thomas O'Toole, Jr. Established in 1995 as part of the USGA's Centennial Celebration, the Ike Grainger Award recognizes volunteers who reach 25 years of service to the organization. Grainger served on the USGA executive committee and was USGA president in 1954 and 1955.
Thaney, who began his USGA career in 1991, is currently a member of the USGA regional affairs committee and the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship committee, and is the official in charge of the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers in Rochester. In addition to his service to the USGA, Thaney has deep ties to the NYSGA. He has devoted countless hours serving on the NYSGA executive committee, first as President in 1990 and 1991, then as Treasurer from 1995-2001 and 2003-2012.
Thaney joins a short list of NYSGA committee members who have received this honor from the USGA. Other past recipients include Mark Fitzgerald, Pat Keenan, Tom Reidy, and Gerry Stahl.