Paul Dillon is set to receive the John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association on Wednesday during the organization’s winter luncheon at Westchester Country Club.
Here’s the official press release with the details:
Paul R. Dillon, a former Metropolitan Golf Association president and for 20 years the popular men’s golf coach at Fordham University, has been selected by the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MetGCSA) to receive the prestigious John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award. Dillon will be honored at the MetGCSA’s Annual Winter Seminar luncheon at Westchester Country Club, Rye, New York, on January 14, 2015.“Paul Dillon’s contributions to the game of golf in the metropolitan area over the span of his career have been immeasurable,” said MetGCSA president, Glen Dube. “We are proud to be able to give the John Reid Award to Paul Dillon.”Dillon is the 25th recipient of the John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commitment, promotes the science and art of golf course management and the
professional image of the golf course superintendent. John Reid, “The Father of American Golf,” introduced the game to America in 1888, founded Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and later assisted in the formation of the United States Golf Association and Metropolitan Golf Association.Dillon has devoted countless hours of service to golf, including The First Tee of Metropolitan New York and the development and expansion of MGA junior programs, and he has earned a number of awards for his valuable contributions. In 2010, the MGA honored Dillon with its Distinguished Service Award and in 2003 he won the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Dillon, who also served as the Westchester Golf Association’s president, is an accomplished portrait artist and is a longtime member of Winged Foot Golf Club.Former John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award winners include: CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dave Anderson; past USGA president Frank Hannigan; Hall of Fame golfer and CBS Sports commentator Ken Venturi; World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona and golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish.