by Sarah Stuart
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Idaho Golf Association. Founded in 1969, the IGA is the organization that governs Idaho amateur golf. According to their website, they have approximately 17,000 members and are affiliated with about 75 courses in Idaho. In honor of their golden anniversary, the IGA named their senior amateur cup after a reputable Idaho golfer, Weiser icon, Joe Malay. It will now be known as the Joe Malay Cup.
“It is a wonderful honor,” remarked Malay about having the trophy named after him.
Malay began his golf career began 63 years ago in Kansas. He would caddie at a golf course when he was about 7-8 years old. On Mondays, the caddies were allowed to use members club and play around the course. However, he began seriously playing after his military service. He has been a fixture in the Weiser community for the last 40 plus years.
This last weekend, Malay won best flight at the McCall amateur tournament at the McCall Golf Course. He was also honored with a lifetime membership to the course and plaque from the McCall Men’s Golf Association. In 1978, Malay won the McCall Amateur for the first time.
Malay has had the honor of winning 14 IGA Championships. He has also taken home the Weiser Club Championship 35 times.
This coming weekend, Malay is headed to the 2019 Idaho Junior Amateur Tournament which is being held at the University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow, ID. He will be in charge of running events in the Kibbie Dome.
Malay also founded the Idaho Junior Golf Foundation (IJGF). This foundation’s purpose is to “serve Idaho Junior golf by maintaining, supplementing, and augmenting charitable and educational programs.” Their primary goal is for all youth to be introduced to the sport of golf, regardless of financial and social circumstances The IJGF has partnered with the Idaho Golf Association Juniors in order to hold clinics, seminars and they also hold a competitive golf tournament. All funds for the IJGF come from a single-night auction held in April.
With so many achievements in the golf arena, it is no wonder the IGA chose to name their trophy after Malay.
He is not the only one in this side of the Treasure Valley with an IGA trophy named in his honor. Payette golfer and long-time friend of Malay, Scott Masingill was also honored with the IGA State Amateur Trophy named after him. He is a nine-time Idaho Amateur Champion.