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12.06.2012

UGA Graduate Receives Award from PGA of America for Contributions to Golf Industry

Listen up, golfers – we have a links legend in our midst.

B.F. “Bev” Dolan ’52, often considered the father of the modern golf cart, introduced the world to the E-Z-GO golf car in 1954, sparking a revolution in the game of golf. Dolan was recently named the 2012 recipient of the PGA Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

The PGA of America’s Ernie Sabayrac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry was first awarded in 1994 and recognizes the mutually beneficial relationship between golf industry manufacturers and distributors, and the PGA of America.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from UGA in 1952 with a degree in physics. Two years later, Dolan and his brother spotted an “Autoette” model golf car at Bobby Jones’ clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters.

Dolan’s brother commented, “You know, somebody is going to make a lot of money out of those things one of these days.”

When Dolan left the U.S. Army in 1954, he and his brother began building golf cars in a one-room machine shop. When E-Z-GO was born, there were a small number of golf facilities using golf cars. By 1967, approximately 92 percent of all U.S. golf courses offered rentable golf cars.

In 1961, Rhode Island-based Textron purchased the company and Dolan became CEO until he retired in 1992. E-Z-GO evolved into a global leader in golf cars and utility vehicles, and is the oldest continuous manufacturer of golf cars in the country.

Dolan, 85, will be honored on Jan. 24, 2013, at the 60th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. He and his wife, Ada Alice ’52, reside in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Next time you are enjoying a day on the green with your friends, family or business partners, remember that your comfort on the course is due in great part to Bev Dolan, a true pro among Georgia graduates.

This information was sourced from a PGA of America news release.

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