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A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life honoring former Utah Golf Association President, Executive Director, Gold Club & Wesley Ruff Award winner and Utah Golf Hall of Fame member Joe Watts will be held on April 6, 2024 at TalonsCove Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, UT. at 1: 00 p.m. All are invited.

A Good Joe has Left the Course – A Life Sketch of Joe Watts by Connie Watts (based on the personal writings of Joe Watts)

Joe Watts, longtime Utah Golf Association executive director, friend to many, father, brother, grandfather and husband, has finished the course and signed his score card.

On March 11, 2024, Joe left the 18th hole with his putter held high and that enduring smile on his face – not necessarily a smile of a champion but more significant, the grin of satisfaction – having played the game well, enjoyed it and made so many friends along the way.

Life is a lot like a round of golf. You start out at the first tee box. Clubs gleaming. Fresh polo shirt. Sunny skies, friends smiling and hopes high. In front of you is a beautiful course you must navigate with a little ball and some sticks. Keeping the ball on the fairway and out of the rough – especially the deep rough – is the trick. No one knew their way around a golf course – or life – quite like Joe Watts. Let’s walk the course with him. Click Here to read the complete Joe Watts’ obituary.

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Honoring Joe Watts

The Utah Section PGA Family would like to send our sincere condolences to the Watts family at this difficult time.

We couldn’t be more grateful for the relationship we had with Joe during his numerous years as the leader of the Utah Golf Association. His leadership allowed the UGA and the Utah PGA to collaborate on countless initiatives that made a difference in the Utah golf community.

A good leader is often defined as someone who leaves the world better than how you found it and Joe definitely did that in the Utah golf world.

The family has announced that there will be a “Celebration of Life” held in Joe’s honor later this spring.

On behalf of the 425 Utah PGA Members and Associates, THANK YOU!! May you rest in peace, Joe!

Devin Dehlin, PGA

Executive Director, Utah Section PGA