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Northern Utahns Bybee, Chadwick named to Utah Golf Hall of Fame class of 2024

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jun 25, 2024

The Utah Golf Hall of Fame will add seven more members this year, the Utah Golf Association announced.

Inducting new members only every four years, the 2024 class will bring the Hall of Fame to 55 members for the sport's 125-year history of golf in the state.

Headlining the 2024 class for northern Utah are Brigham City native Doug Bybee and Ogden native Garey Chadwick.

Additionally, Weber State alum and former Standard-Examiner reporter Guy Yocom will be inducted for his long golf journalism career.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for October.

DOUG BYBEE

A Brigham City native, and graduate of Box Elder High School and the University of Utah, Bybee persisted in two finals losses at the Utah State Am to become the third three-time champion.

Bybee's 1996 title made him the first three-time winner in 37 years, a feat nobody has matched since.

Bybee grew up near Brigham Willows Golf Course, caddying for his father, Ray, until course rules allowed him to start playing at age 10.

He was State Am runner-up in 1981 (to Eric Hogg) and 1982 (to Steve Schneiter). Bybee became a professional golfer for five years, then regained amateur status while working as a marketing executive.

He won the 1990 match-play title at Alpine Country Club (in Highland), then repeated as State Am champ in 1991 at Jeremy Ranch (Park City) in a run that included an 85-yard eagle to win his semifinal on a playoff hole.

Bybee returned to the ultimate match in 1996 at Hobble Creek Golf Course (Springville), winning the 36-hole final 10 and 9.

Bybee's 33 match-play wins are second-most in Utah State Am history.

GAREY CHADWICK

An alumnus of Weber High School, the late Garey Chadwick was a "friendly administrator and rules official," the Hall of Fame release says, a man most people knew as Chad.

"He was there to make players feel comfortable. He would take the lawyer-speak out of the rulebook and take it down to the player's level," former UGA executive director Jake Miller said.

Chadwick, a former caddie at Ogden Golf & Country Club, died in 2018 at age 80.

Chadwick was the Utah Section PGA's Presidential Service Award winner in 2014, UGA Volunteer of the Year in 2018, worked as president of the Utah Junior Golf Association, and served for 12 years on the UGA board.

GUY YOCOM

A native of Salt Lake City, Guy Yocom sparked what became a decades-long career at Golf Digest at the Weber State Signpost and the Standard-Examiner in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Though he became a good player while at Weber State through his association with many golfers, he wrote about it even more than he played it.

"I just fell in love with golf ... just wrote about it all the time." Yocom said in the news release.

His conversational interview style led to his hiring at Golf Digest, where he worked for 36 years and retired with the title "senior writer."

Yocom's "My Shot" feature became a staple of Golf Digest and, in his career, he interviewed Ben Hogan, and worked with Tiger Woods and Utah's Johnny Miller.

Others being inducted into the 2024 class include Bruce Brockbank Jr. (former BYU golf coach), Randy Dodson (Fairways Magazine creator), Sherm Hatfield (rules official), and Eric Hogg (State Am and Utah Open winner).

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