Dr. Lew Blakey
About Dr. Lew Blakey
For Dr. Lew Blakey, the biggest payoff in being a well-versed Rules of Golf official is the relationships forged with competitors, committee members and fellow Rules officials over the years.
So it comes as little surprise that a friendship spurred Blakey’s interest in gaining a more intimate knowledge of the Rules.
Blakey met fellow Virginia Golf Hall of Famer Clyde Luther in 1964, and the two became fast friends. Blakey and Luther shared a common interest in the Rules, and after a long conversation one day, Luther talked about “how he was going to be the best Rules guy in the state of Virginia,” Blakey said. But a full-time job kept Blakey from joining Luther in that pursuit.
“Eventually, I said, ‘Clyde, I’m getting ready to retire one of these days, and it’s time for me to jump in,’” Blakey said. “And that’s how it all started.”
Blakey, who served in the U.S. Army before beginning his professional career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retired from federal service 1989. Immediately upon retirement, Blakey volunteered as a VSGA Rules official and worked many VSGA events over the next dozen years, including teaching at VSGA Rules of Golf workshops.
Since his first involvement with the VSGA in 1989, and in addition to many VSGA championships, Blakey has served as a Rules official at more than 100 national championships, including two Walker Cups, eight Masters, 19 U.S. Opens, one Open Championship, one LPGA International Crown and one PGA Championship.
And now, he joins his dear friend Clyde Luther, who passed away in March, as a member of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.
Blakey was a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 2001-06 and was a member of the joint R&A/USGA Rules of Golf Committee from 2001-07.
Halls of Fame in which Blakey is a member (Middle Atlantic Golf Association and Virginia Golf Hall of Fame)
Score Blakey has achieved on the annual Rules of Golf test on several occasions
The year Blakey received the MAPGA’s David Wortman Citizen of the Year award
Major championships worked as a Rules official
Achievements & Media
Special thanks to the USGA, PGA Tour, VSGA, MAPGA, WVGA and inductee family members for contributing photos and videos to this project.
Date of Birth: Nov. 28, 1933
College: University of Notre Dame (BSCE, 1954); George Washington University (MSE, 1962); Catholic University (PhD, 1971); University of Chicago (MBA, 1974)
Year turning pro: N/A
Helped hundreds of individuals increase their understanding of the Rules of Golf through writing and teaching both in person and through his websites, throughthegreen.org and generalarea.org.
MAPGA David Wortman Citizen of the Year in 2007
Member of USGA Executive Committee, 2001-06; Member of Joint R&A/USGA Rules of Golf Committee, 2001-07
Middle Atlantic Golf Association past president (2007) and Hall of Fame inductee (2010)
Competitive golf record includes wins in six senior club championships; a win in the 1991 VSGA Northern Section Senior Amateur; wins in the 1999 and 2000 VSGA Northern Section Senior Four-Ball Championship (with Dave King); wins in the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Senior Amateur in 1992 and 1998; a win in the Delaware State Golf Association Senior Amateur in 1994.