Renowned golf course designer and Palmer Course Design co-founder, Ed Seay, was recently honoured with the Dave Marr Memorial Award. It was presented to him by his long-time friend and business partner Arnold Palmer and the Tour veteran Miller Barber.
“It was an honour for me to present my friend, Ed, with this award,” Palmer said. “We have had a lot of fun over the years creating some memorable courses for one of the greatest games ever invented. Ed’s impact on golf has been tremendous. He is very deserving of this honour.”
The Dave Marr Memorial Award was established in 1998 in honour of Marr, who was a long-time PGA Tour player and broadcaster who passed away after battling cancer. The award recognizes individuals who epitomize the qualities for which Marr was known; sportsmanship, honesty, character and an ardent passion for the game of golf.
Seay has been engaged in golf course architecture and recreational development planning for nearly 40 years. His philosophy of designing beautiful and enjoyable golf courses with practicality in their design and construction is evident in Palmer Course Design courses throughout the world.
Seay and Palmer began working together in 1972 and formed Palmer Course Design in 1979. Seay has participated in the design, construction and promotion of more than 350 golf courses worldwide.
Seay continues to be involved with state, regional and national golf associations. He was president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects from 1976 to 1977 and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the National Golf Foundation, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Golf Development Institute’s advisory board and sits on the board of advisors for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
In addition to receiving the Dave Marr Memorial Award, Seay will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the ASGCA board of governors at its annual meeting in March 2006 in Pinehurst and has been nominated for the Don Rossi Award, given by the Golf Course Builders Association.
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