Co-located for the first time with Fall Conference, this year’s Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament took place Sunday, Oct. 8 at Gateway National Golf Links. The picturesque course, only minutes away from the site of Fall Conference 2017, the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, served as the perfect backdrop for a day of great golf (and missed fairways and lost balls), catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances, and remembering a great man and supporter of FTA.
Golfers teed off at about 12:30 p.m. and enjoyed ideal weather for 18 holes. Following an afternoon on the links, participants returned to the club house for a dinner reception. And putting the word “tournament” in “Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament,” there were awards given to the winning team and runner up, as well as individual prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin.
Photos from This Year’s Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament
The Man Behind the Tournament
Gary Hilliard was a devoted member of the flexographic industry and a long-time supporter of FTA, volunteering his time and energy to assist in its numerous endeavors. Compiling a list of his many instances of aiding FTA reads like a list of everything the Association provides:
- Served as FFTA’s chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010 and was also a two-term member of FFTA’s Board of Trustees and FTA’s Board of Directors
- Received FTA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011
- Chaired the Flexo Quality Consortium’s (FQC) Standards Working Group (SWG)
- Judged the Excellence in Flexography Awards
- Spoke at numerous FTA events, including several Forums
- Chaired the Expanded Color Gamut Subcommittee for Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances (FIRST) 3rd Edition
- Received the FLEXO Magazine Author’s Excellence Award in 2006
It should come as no surprise Gary was inducted into the FTA Flexo Hall of Fame. His induction was set for Forum 2013, but sadly Gary lost a battle with cancer on Feb. 23, 2013, a few months before the event. Because the voting process for the Hall of Fame takes place months in advance, Gary was able to be told of his impending induction; his wife Ellen gave him the good news. “We spent hours discussing his work, his committees, his time on the FFTA board, the FQC, etc.,” she recalled in the FLEXO Magazine article announcing his entering the Hall. “I felt great joy and pride in Gary and his achievements upon learning of his selection, and I realized it was something we would have talked about for years to come.”