Hanna Receives Joe Dey Award

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John Hanna, 84, of Chicago, Ill., an ambassador for the highly successful Chick Evans Scholarship Program of the Western Golf Association since 1981, has been selected by the United States Golf Association to receive its annual Joe Dey Award.
 
Given in recognition of meritorious service to the game of golf as a volunteer, the award will be presented Feb. 1 at the Association's Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.
 
'I am greatly surprised because I don't think my volunteer service was anything special,' said Hanna of being chosen for the Dey Award. 'It was something I liked doing so much.'
 
Hanna had donated annually since 1966 to the Evans Scholarship Program by offering financial assistance to college-bound academic achievers who were also caddies, but he didn't fully appreciate the program until he became a director of the Western Golf Association in 1981.
 
He sat in on student interviews for several years and became chairman of the scholarship committee in 1985. As chairman or co-chairman for the next 16 years, he made more than 200 trips, some as far west from Chicago as far west as Seattle, at his own expense, conducting more than 3,200 student interviews. Hanna retired from the committee in 2001, but continues to serve as a vice president of the WGA, a position he has held since 1988.