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Headline: Duxbury Yacht Club Renames Men’s Golf Championship Trophy In Honor of Longtime Club Member and MGA Past President Paul Evans
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2016
|MGA Past President Paul Evans was bestowed a special honor by his home club of Duxbury Yacht Club|
Duxbury, MA — For many years, the name of Paul S. Evans has been associated with many great things within the MGA and the Bay State golf scene as a whole.
His illustrious career in the MGA was highlighted by his term as MGA president between 1992-1993.
Through the years, he has served on various MGA committees and continues to work as a volunteer rules official at MGA and USGA events. His efforts, like so many before him, have helped lead the MGA to many accolades that have helped shape its current status as the seventh largest in the nation and one of the oldest, at 113. As a result, Evans was and continues to be a recognized figure in Bay State golf.
His legacy was furthered recently when it was announced that his home golf club, Duxbury Yacht Club, will honor Evans’ service to golf by naming the club’s Men’s Golf Championship trophy in his honor starting in 2017.
The announcement of naming the trophy the “Paul S. Evans Cup” was reached after a unanimous decision by the club’s Executive Committee and DYC members were officially notified by Commodore David Hallowell following the annual Labor Day Championship.
“Paul has been an active member at Duxbury Yacht Club, having served on several committees and in different areas over the years,” stated Hallowell, who has had the opportunity to watch him play golf and play with him for many years. “We as a club thought we might honor him by naming this trophy starting in 2017 for those who are going to compete. They will compete for the Paul S. Evans Cup.”
This announcement was one that Evans did not expect, but one that he is grateful for since Hallowell told him via letter in the club’s final weeks of the season.
“I am very humbled and honored,” said Evans. “I was surprised and shocked, it was unbelievable for me and my family.”
Having been a full-time member since 1963, Evans has been actively involved in various roles at DYC, including finance committees, green chairman, and in other director led positions. As a player, he has been one of the most successful players in the club’s 142-year history and holds many record spanning the six plus decades he has been a member.
Beginning with the 1964 Club Championship, Evans has taken home the club’s top honor a record 16 times between his inaugural year and 2010, when he won the event at 71 years of age.
“I won it in six decades,” recalled Evans. “I won it in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It has been a lot of fun. When you have been a member at one club for so many years, I grew up here and have been honored to play this golf course, so I am very proud and very humbled by it all.”
In addition to his Club Championship success, other accolades have included winning the Duxbury Yacht Club’s Director’s Cup, Newton E. Hyslop Trophy and the John Lucey Trophy at least once, and also winning the Alvah W. Pierce Memorial Trophy as the club’s low qualifier a magnificent 20 times since becoming a full time member there in 1963.
Rounding out his golf accomplishments was qualifying for the 2001 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, which was held that year at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition to his playing success, Evans has been one of the many key club members who has helped shape Duxbury Yacht Club to what it is today. While serving on its various committees, Duxbury Yacht Club has undergone several changes, including increasing the landscape from nine to 18 holes in the early 1970’s. As part of his leadership, along with an array of other members and boards, the club has also added practice facilities and renovated the club’s historic barn.
While the first winner of the Paul S. Evans Cup won’t be crowned until Labor Day 2017, Evans himself isn’t ruling out a run as his own trophy.
He said, “My son Peter, who has also won our club championship, asked if I would play in the qualifying round of the club championship with him next year. It was very exciting. I will absolutely play that. I will be 78 years old then … but I can still play.”
While he looks forward to that opportunity, he also knows one other person who he would like to see win the trophy, even if he has to wait a few years.
“I told my grandson, also named Peter, that maybe someday he could win the Paul S. Evans Cup. He is 11 years old and is playing golf all the time. I am very excited about that.”
In the meantime, the Paul S. Evans Cup will be awarded starting next Labor Day and Evans and fellow club members are already looking ahead to next season.
As one of three past presidents who have served from Duxbury Yacht Club, in addition to Edward L. Butler (1961-62) and John Arnold (1975-1976), Evans still is active in the Bay State golf scene and attends quarterly MGA Executive Committee meetings.