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PNGA’s Tom Cade Selected as Recipient of 2016 Northwest Golf Media Association Distinguished Service Award

Tom Cade has been named by members of the Northwest Golf Media Association as the 2016 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. Tom was to receive the annual award – honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to Northwest golf during their career in journalism or communications – on October 13 at Fircrest Golf Club, but a severe storm forced the cancellation of the event. Tom will receive the award at a future date.


Tom is the long-time editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, published by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). He is also the senior director of communications for the PNGA and the Washington State Golf Association.

From 2010-15, Cade served as president of the NWGMA. During his tenure he helped create its website and wrote and managed much of the content. In conjunction with fellow board members, he helped facilitate the NWGMA Scholarship and the association’s “Local Legends” award. He also served as the NWGMA managing director in 2005-06.

“Tom was instrumental in sustaining the NWGMA during his lengthy tenure as president and is very worthy of this award,” said Jeff Shelley, NWGMA co-founder and 2007 DSA recipient. “Through his organizational skills and by regularly communicating with our 120 members, he was crucial in the growth and ongoing viability of our 21-year-old association.”

Tom is the editor and publisher of America’s St. Andrews, the best-selling book written by Blaine Newnham which highlights the history of Chambers Bay and the lead-up to the 2015 U.S. Open at the public course in University Place, Wash.
From 2002-07, Cade was the event manager of the Seattle Golf & Travel Show and, in 2002-03, served as the event manager of the Merrill Lynch Invitational golf tournament. Between 2004 and 2006 he produced television commercials for golf resorts.

Tom, a regular member of the Golf Writers Association of America, has written features for Golfweek, the PGA of America, United States Golf Association, numerous websites, and many tournament and event programs.

Tom serves on the selection committees for the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame and the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia.