There has been no golf administrator who had a greater influence on the game of golf than Joseph C. Dey Jr.
His was a 40-year run that brought about sweeping change and was executed in the most dignified manner. Dey served as Executive Director of the United States Golf Association from 1934-1968, and then as Commissioner of the PGA TOUR from 1969-1974.
The following year he was named captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, the game’s highest honorary position. It is unlikely that anyone else will ever again hold these three positions.
“Joe was a man of great integrity, one who was respected by players, officials and everyone in the game,” said Michael Bonallack, Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. “I found you could learn a lot from Joe-not just about golf, but about life.”