Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame elects three new members

Three new members were elected Friday to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Golf Foundation announced.

Rex Chaney, Tom Cooksey and Mark Wilson will be inducted this fall (on a date to be announced later) during the annual Celebration of Kentucky Golf.

▪ Chaney, 82, of Morehead, was the men’s golf head coach at Morehead State University for 38 seasons. He amassed four Ohio Valley Conference titles, four OVC Coach of the Year honors, coached two OVC Players of the Year and three OVC Tournament medalists. He is a member of the Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame. He competed on the golf and track teams while a student at Morehead State. He was recognized in 2014 with the J.W. Janes Award from the Kentucky Golf Association for his outstanding contributions to amateur golf.

▪ Cooksey, 73, of Ashland, has served as a rules official in all levels of play, both in Kentucky and across the country since 1976. He was appointed to the Kentucky Golf Association Board of Directors in 1986 and has served the board as director of Section 9 (Eastern Kentucky), treasurer, secretary, vice president and president. He also served as president and honorary president of the Golf House Kentucky and Kentucky Golf Foundation Board of Directors. Cooksey is also renowned for his work developing and sponsoring junior golf events and programs.

▪ Wilson, 60, of Louisville, served as superintendent at Valhalla Golf Club for more than two decades. He and his staff successfully oversaw the playing conditions of five major championships at Valhalla: 1996 PGA Championship, 2000 PGA Championship, 2002 PGA Club Professional Championship, 2004 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 Ryder Cup. Wilson is also known for mentoring many of today’s top superintendents, hiring college students through Cooperative Education Programs and being a headliner for turfgrass educational programs in Kentucky and throughout the country. Wilson began his career in the turfgrass management program at Eastern Kentucky University, where he also played on the golf team.

The Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame was established in 1984 as a joint effort by the Kentucky Golf Association and the Kentucky PGA to honor individuals in Kentucky with significant achievements and accomplishments in various areas of golf. The Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame’s membership includes individuals with outstanding records as players, golf professionals, golf course superintendents, educators, and golf administrators. It is located at Golf House Kentucky in Louisville.