The George Holland Award annually recognizes volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to Washington Golf and the game of golf throughout the WA Golf territory of Washington and Northern Idaho. These dedicated individuals contribute many hours of time and effort, as well as resources, to our Association, simply for the satisfaction of knowing they are benefiting the game of golf. They are truly the “unsung heroes” of WA Golf. It is named the George Holland Award in honor of longtime volunteer, contributor, and two-time past president, George Holland.

Championship Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes a championship volunteer that displays an extraordinary level of dedication and commitment to WA Golf Championships and USGA Qualifiers throughout the year.


2021 Recipient:

Phil Kelley

Phil Kelley

Phil Kelley has been volunteering and rules officiating in the Washington Golf community for over a decade. Phil’s booming voice while starting golfers on the first tee of each round can be recognized by most competitive golfers in Washington. When Phil is not rules officiating for Washington Golf, you can find him lending a hand at Washington Junior Golf Association events across the state as well any other golf tournament that needs his services. An avid golfer, Phil can be found at Tumwater Valley Golf Club and The Home Course whenever he is not rules officiating. Phil’s experience and knowledge of the rules is among the best in the Pacific Northwest and he is an essential pillar of WA Golf events.

2021 Recipient:

Kaydee Mounce

Kaydee Mounce

Known by all WA Golf competitors for her charm and humor at player registration and the scoring tent, Kaydee Mounce has been volunteering for Washington Golf since 1993 in many different aspects of the association. Kaydee is a leader among the volunteers and has been the epitome of dependable for players and staff alike. While consistently being impeccable in whatever role is asked of her, Kaydee still finds the time to train new volunteers and make them feel welcomed. Kaydee has also been a part of countless course ratings and has been the longtime club representative and handicap chair of one Washington’s largest clubs, the Boeing Employees Golf Association. In 2021, Kaydee led all volunteers in total days worked and is the backbone of making WA Golf championships what they are today.

Course Rater of the Year

This award recognizes a WA Golf Course Rater for extraordinary efforts in the course rating process throughout the year.


2021 Recipient:

Vern Tator

Vern Tator

Vern brought a great passion for the game of golf with him when he joined the WA Golf Course Rating Team in 2016. That passion quickly translated to him becoming an enthusiastic and skilled course rater. Over the years, he’s been willing to jump in his RoadTrek camper van and meet the team at courses all across the WA Golf territory, always bringing the same positive attitude and passion for the game with him.

In 2021, Vern had planned a limited course rating schedule with a big family trip on tap but when those plans were interrupted after the schedule had already been set, he made himself available as a fill-in for every rating on the year. Each time he was called throughout the season he jumped at the opportunity to rate, often times on short notice and more than once when overnight travel was required. In the end, he took part in seven ratings and each one at a course located outside of the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Club Representative of the Year

This award recognizes a Club Representative for exemplary efforts within their club, in the golf community or with the Association.


2021 Recipient:

Steve DeCoy
Gold Mountain Men’s Club

Steve DeCoy

Steve DeCoy has been a member of the Gold Mountain Men’s Club since the early 1980’s and became the WA Golf Club Representative in 2014. Since that time, the club has grown from about 280 members to the current count of 894 in just 7 years. Not only does Steve serve as the Club Rep, but also the Handicap Chair, and Club President.

Members of the club nominating Steve say that he has given a tireless effort to provide the members with a fantastic club experience. Helping to put on well-organized events that promote participation across all levels, and communicate with members effectively throughout the year. At the WA Golf office we hear from Steve frequently, as he is continuously working to deliver upon all of the WA Golf efforts and initiatives, as well as bring questions and issues that arrive directly to our staff to work together to solve. As a staff, there is no better person to get a call from that Steve – he is steadfast in his approach to bring the best experience to the members at the GMMC.

Handicap Chairperson of the Year

This award recognizes a WA Golf club’s Handicap Chairperson for extraordinary efforts in managing their club’s handicapping process throughout the year.


2021 Recipient:

Roger Kessler
Camaloch Men’s Club

Roger Kessler

Roger Kessler has been involved with the Camaloch Men’s Club since the mid-90s and continues to serve as the club’s handicap chair, even at 95 years of age. Roger has made many contributions to the club over the past 20+ years.  Among them are transitioning the club to the new World Handicap System and to the USGA Tournament Management program. In addition, Roger oversees the monthly field day events and has done so for countless years. He also continues to be involved with the yearly Eclectic tournament; assists with the spring/fall Horse Race, along with the Junior Golf Program, and is a member of the Travel Club.

Past recipients:

  • Championship Volunteers – Kaydee Mounce & Phil Kelley
  • Course Rating – Gaylene Lewin
  • Handicap Chairperson – Norm Darsow
  • Club Representative – Trina Arnott

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  • Championship Volunteer – Richard Karstens
  • Course Rating – Gary McLaughlin
  • Handicap Chairperson – Mary Lou Bunn
  • Club Representative – Noah Van Loen

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2018 George Holland Award Winner

Ernie Lockwood – Bremerton, Wash.

  • Volunteered 25 days for WA Golf and PNGA Championships, and USGA Qualifiers
  • Attended and participated in 12 WA Golf Course Ratings
  • Volunteered at several Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) tournaments
  • Volunteered at several high school and collegiate tournaments
  • Certified WA Golf Rules Official – scored over 90% on USGA Rules Exam
  • Certified WA Golf Course Rating Team Member
  • WA Golf Club Representative since 2000

2017 George Holland Award Winner

Bill Best – Puyallup, Wash.

  • Joined WSGA Course Rating Committee in 2013
  • Retired from Boeing in 2015
  • Spent 12 days rating courses in 2017
  • Joined the Championship Volunteers in 2017
  • Spent 10 days volunteering at WSGA championships in 2017
  • Has been a member of Linden G&CC for 10 years
  • Plays golf with other Boeing employees on Tuesdays

2016 George Holland Award Winner

Dave Nelsen – La Conner, Wash.

  • Assisted with 18 Course Ratings in 2016, easily the most of any non-WSGA board member
  • Out of the 40 ratings the WSGA scheduled this year, Dave volunteered for every single one
  • Dave also volunteered to work at the Seattle Golf Show

2015 George Holland Award Winner

Michele and Chris Sales – Issaquah, Wash.

  • U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier (Cle Elum, Wash.)
  • WSGA Men’s Amateur Championship (Cle Elum, Wash.)
  • WSGA Men’s and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships (Renton, Wash.)
  • PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship (Sunriver, Ore.)

2014 George Holland Award Winner

Mike Mueller – Gold Mountain Golf Club

  • 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2013-2014 – NCAA West Coast Conference Championship – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2012-2014 – Boeing Classic – Volunteer
  • 2011-2014 – Husky Invitational – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Gold Mountain GC – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay – Volunteer
  • Member of the WSGA Course Rating Team

2014 George Holland Award Winner

Jim Marcacci – Gold Mountain Golf Club

  • 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course -Volunteer Lead
  • 2013 West Coast Conference Championship at Gold Mountain GC – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2012 Pac-12 Preview at Pumpkin Ridge GC – Volunteer
  • 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Gold Mountain GC – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2009 Ping/Golfweek Invitational – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14 Husky Invitational – Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2008 and 2010 NCAA Western Regionals at Gold Mountain GC – Volunteer
  • 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Gold Mountain GC – Volunteer

2013 George Holland Award Winner

Kaydee Mounce – Boeing Employees Golf Association

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1993
  • Active member of WSGA Course Rating team for over 18 years
  • Active WSGA and PNGA Championship Volunteer for over 15 years
  • Handicap Chairperson for Boeing Employees Golf Association
  • Loyal attendee of all WSGA and PNGA Annual Meetings
  • In 2013, Kaydee volunteered for 12 WSGA Course Ratings
  • In 2013, Kaydee volunteered every day for the following championships, which adds up to over 30 days during this season:
    • WSGA Champion of Champions
    • WSGA Women’s Best-Ball
    • WSGA Men’s Best-Ball
    • WSGA Men’s Amateur – West Qualifying
    • WSGA Men’s Amateur
    • WSGA Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateur
    • WSGA Men’s and Women’s Mid-Amateur
    • WSGA Parent-Child
    • PNGA Men’s Mid-Amateur
    • Sahalee Players Championship

2012 George Holland Award Winner

Ray Monroe – Club Representative at Three Rivers Golf Club
Member at Alderbrook Golf Club

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1991
  • Active member of the WSGA Course Rating Team for over 15 years
  • WSGA and PNGA Championship Volunteer since 1991
  • Loyal attendee of all WSGA and PNGA Annual Meetings
  • In 2012, volunteered for 34 course ratings, including eight trips to Eastern Washington
  • In 2012, volunteered for four championship days at various WSGA and PNGA Championships, and USGA Qualifiers

2012 George Holland Award Winner

Steve Kay – Club Representative at Riverbend Golf Complex

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 2006
  • Active member of WSGA Course Rating Team since 2007
  • WSGA and PNGA Championship Volunteer since 2007
  • WSGA and PNGA Rules Official
  • Loyal attendee of all WSGA and PNGA Annual Meetings
  • In 2012, volunteered for a total of 27 championship days at various WSGA and PNGA Championships, and USGA Qualifiers
  • In 2012, volunteered for eight course ratings, including a trip to Eastern Washington to rate three courses in the Spokane area

2011 George Holland Award Winner

Jim Patten – Lakeland Village Golf Club

  • WSGA and PNGA Rules Official for Over a Decade
  • Helped WSGA Championship Staff Numerous Times With Course Marking
  • U.S. Amateur Public Links Committee Member for 18 Years
  • Rules Offical at 17 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships
  • Rules Official at 3 U.S. Women’s Opens
  • Rules Official at 4 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
  • Rules Official at 9 U.S. Senior Amateur Championships
  • Rules Official at 10 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships
  • Rules Official at the 2007 U.S. Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship
  • Rules Official at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur

2010 George Holland Award Winner

Jim Hagerty – Hangman Valley Golf Course

  • Longtime WSGA Course Rating Volunteer
  • Has Conducted Hundreds of Ratings in Eastern Washington
  • WSGA and PNGA Championship Volunteer when Associations are in Inland Empire

2010 George Holland Award Winner

Kaydee Mounce – Boeing Employees Gofl Association

  • Active Member of WSGA Women’s Course Rating Team for 15+ Years
  • Served as Chairwoman of PNGA Junior Girls’ Championship 10+ Times
  • WSGA and PNGA Championship Volunteer
  • Handicap Chairperson for Boeing Employees Golf Association
  • Loyal Attendee of All WSGA and PNGA Annual Meeting

2009 George Holland Award Winner

Jane Sossamon – Fairwood Golf and Country Club

  • WSGA Club Representative Since 1994
  • PNGA Club Representative Since 1994
  • PNGA Women’s Division Chair in 2004
  • PNGA Championship Committee Member Since 2006
  • WSGA and PNGA Master Rules Official
  • USGA Senior Women’s Committee Member
  • Co-Chaired the Marshal Committee at the LPGA Safeco Tournament for 10 Years
  • Chaired the Marshal Committee for All of the Fred Couples Tournaments
  • Past President of Fairwood Golf and Country Club
  • WSGA Handicap Chair for the Fairwood Women’s Club

2009 George Holland Award Winner

Ron Nelson – Fairwood Golf and Country Club

  • WSGA Club Representative Since 1999
  • PNGA Club Representative Since 1999
  • PNGA Championship Committee Member Since 2006
  • WSGA and PNGA Master Rules Official
  • Co-Chaired the Marshal Committee at the LPGA Safeco Tournament for 10 Years
  • Chaired the Marshal Committee for All of the Fred Couples Tournaments
  • Past President of Fairwood Golf and Country Club
  • WSGA Handicap Chair for the Fairwood Men’s Club

2008 George Holland Award Winner

H.M. ‘Monty’ Montgomery – Allenmore Golf Course

  • WSGA Club Representative since 1992.
  • PNGA Club Representative since 1985.
  • President, Tacoma Golf Association 1977 and 1978.
  • Long-time Chairman of the ‘H.M. Montgomery’ Tacoma City Junior Championship.
  • Very active WSGA and PNGA Championship volunteer for many years.
  • Actively promotes WSGA and PNGA at Allenmore Golf Course and within the TGA.
  • Three-time Tacoma Senior City Amateur Champion.

2008 George Holland Award Winner

Ben Stodghill – Bellevue Municipal

  • WSGA Club Representative since 1994.
  • PNGA Club Representative since 1994.
  • PNGA Director 2007-present.
  • Chairman of the PNGA Championship Committee since 2006.
  • WSGA Championship Committee Member since 2006.
  • Very active WSGA and PNGA Championship volunteer for many years and considered one of the WSGA and PNGA’s ‘expert’ Starter’s.
  • Actively promotes WSGA and PNGA Bellevue Municipal Golf Course.

2007 George Holland Award Winner

Jackie Belsvik – Mt. Si Golf Course

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1988
  • Longtime WSGA and PNGA Volunteer
  • Member of WSGA Championship Committee for Over a Decade
  • Volunteers at Almost Every WSGA Championship at Registration and Scoreboard
  • Member of WSGA Course Rating Committee and Team Leader for Over 20 Years
  • Rarely Misses a WSGA or PNGA Annual Meeting
  • Promotes WSGA and PNGA Activities and Information at Her Club

2007 George Holland Award Winner

Gomer Evans – Enumclaw Golf Course

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1991
  • Longtime WSGA and PNGA Volunteer
  • Longtime Active Member of the Tacoma Golf Association
  • A Member the WSGA Course Rating Committee
  • Has Rated Dozens of Courses in Washington
  • Promotes WSGA and PNGA Activities and Information at His Club

2006 George Holland Award Winner

Stanley Bishop – Lakeland Village Golf Club

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since Early 1970’s
  • Incredible Proponent of the Evans Scholarship Program
  • Mentors Evans Candidates and Follows Their Progress Throughout College
  • Volunteers as a Rules Official for the WJGA
  • Was a Very Active Volunteer for WSGA and PNGA Championships Before Health Limited His Mobility
  • Always Volunteers for the Seattle Golf Show

2006 George Holland Award Winner

George Pennell – Mt. Si Golf Course

  • Longtime WSGA and PNGA Volunteer
  • Very Active Volunteer at WSGA and PNGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers
  • Has Volunteered at Every Seattle Golf Show since its Inception in 1998
  • Member of the WSGA Course Rating Committee
  • Has Rated Dozens of Courses in Washington
  • Actively Promotes WSGA and PNGA Activities and Information at His Club

2005 George Holland Award Winner

Brooks Whittle – Broadmoor Golf Club

  • Evans Cup Procurement Chairman since 1994
  • Helped Raised Over $1.6 Million for Evans Scholars Foundation
  • Western Golf Association Director since 1995
  • Western Golf Association Vice-President since 1999
  • Past President, Broadmoor Golf Club
  • Past President, Sand Point Country Club
  • Involved with Raising Money for Countless Seattle-area Charities

2004 George Holland Award Winner

Chuck King

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1994
  • Dedicated WSGA Championship Volunteer
  • Served as Starter at All WSGA Championships
  • Active WSGA Course Rating Volunteer
  • Strong Proponent of Evans Scholarship Program

2004 George Holland Award Winner

George Egge – Tumwater Valley Golf Club

  • WSGA and PNGA Club Representative since 1992
  • Very Knowledgeable USGA Rules of Golf Official at Many WSGA and PNGA Championships
  • Volunteers Many Hours to the WJGA as a Rules Official
  • Longtime Tacoma Golf Association Delegate from His Home Club

2003 George Holland Award Winner

Dan Farmer

2003 George Holland Award Winner

Lew Kisling