Virginia Golf Hall of Fame | May 23, 2018
For Dr. Lew Blakey, the biggest payoff in being a well-versed Rules of Golf official is the relationships forged with competitors, committee members and fellow Rules officials over the years.
So it comes as little surprise that a friendship spurred Blakey’s interest in gaining a more intimate knowledge of the Rules.
Blakey met fellow Virginia Golf Hall of Famer Clyde Luther in 1964, and the two became fast friends. Blakey and Luther shared a common interest in the Rules, and after a long conversation one day, Luther talked about “how he was going to be the best Rules guy in the state of Virginia,” Blakey said. But a full-time job kept Blakey from joining Luther in that pursuit.
“Eventually, I said, ‘Clyde, I’m getting ready to retire one of these days, and it’s time for me to jump in,’” Blakey said. “And that’s how it all started.”
Blakey, who served in the U.S. Army before beginning his professional career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retired from federal service 1989. Immediately upon retirement, Blakey volunteered as a VSGA Rules official and worked many VSGA events over the next dozen years, including teaching at VSGA Rules of Golf workshops.
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