CUMBERLAND, Maine – For the past 21 years, Nancy Storey has promoted golf throughout the state of Maine as Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association.
Later this month, she will leave after a successful career leading the amateur golf governing body in Maine.
Among her proudest accomplishments, she has helped bring together Maine's men's and women's golf clubs under one roof. This became a reality on January 1, 2018, when the MSGA merged with the Maine Golf Association in the state of Maine and the Southern Women's Golf Association in Maine to form a single agency serving the United States. all golfers.
"I've worked for decades to bring all the associations together under one roof because it was the best thing for the future of the game," Storey said in a statement. "Having done it last year was really the pinnacle of success, because it took so long."
A native of Cumberland, he worked at the Val Halla Golf Course and the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono during his years at the University of Maine. After graduating in journalism, she worked as a sports columnist for the Tribune Journal in Biddeford.
She returned to golf as club manager at Val Halla for six years, then held that position at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club for seven years before accepting the position at the MSGA.
More recently, Storey has led a team of six employees at the MSGA.
"Nancy is one of the best things that has happened to the MSGA," said Mark Plummer, 13-time Maine Amateur Champion. "Before her, it was more like a volunteer-run organization, but she made it more professional and better organized the association."
The promotion and growth of junior golf in Maine was at the heart of Storey's mission to the MSGA.
"Nancy has always been a person who communicates well with people," said Curtis Jordan, president of MSGA. "I had the privilege of meeting Nancy more than 20 years ago as a junior player and thanks to her, my experience could not have been better."
The International Association of Golf Administrators has awarded Storey twice their Gold Tee Award for their work in promoting junior golf.
When asked what was his favorite memory of his stint at the MSGA, Storey admits that it's hard to choose just one.
"Taking lunch with a president, then meeting with his son, another president, a few years later, is hard to beat," said Storey, referring to President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush.
But more than the celebrities and politicians with whom Storey has spent time, it's the junior golfers who have always held a special place in his heart.
"Most of the time, I really liked watching children grow up and become better people," she said. "And I really enjoyed the people I knew and worked with over the years. I made great friends, that's what golf does. "
Upon retirement, Storey hopes to play more golf and spend time gardening while spending more time with her family.
"It's time for someone else to take MSGA to the next level," said Storey. "We have prepared an excellent field on which this can now happen."