The Nova Scotia Golf Association is pleased to announce that William ‘Bill’ MacMillan has been recognized as the recipient of the 2019 NSGA Distinguished Service Award for his long- term service and impact on the game of golf in Nova Scotia.
For the past 32 years Mr. MacMillan has worked tirelessly as a Referee, Course Rater, and a board member for the NSGA and Golf Canada.
In 1985 he joined the NSGA Executive Committee working as an Assistant on rules, handicap and rating chairman that continues to this day. In 1995 he became the first elected Vice-President of the NSGA and served in this role until 1996 when he was elected President of the NSGA.
Highlights during his tenure of president with the assistance of past Executive Director Murray Purcell, were establishing our Player of the Year points system and founding the NSSAF Golf Tournament.
In 2003 Mr. MacMillan was nominated by Alvin Sinclair as a Governor with Golf Canada (formerly the RCGA). He served as a governor for a decade until 2013.
He was the Golf Canada Handicap and Course Rating Committee Chairman from 2009 to 2013. In 2013 he was appointed NSGA Tournament Director until 2018 and now in 2019 serves as the chair of the NSGA Tournament committee and is a member of the Handicap and Course rating committee.
During his time with the NSGA Mr. MacMillan rated over 2400 holes in seven (7) provinces and two (2) states. He has also been an official at over 270 provincial and national championships and 475 rounds of golf.
Also, we’d like to note his work with his home club of Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club for serving on the Executive Committee for 21 years (17 of those as rules and handicap chairman).
Mr. Macmillan lives in Eastern Passage and is retired from the Geological Survey of Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he was employed from 1972 to 2010.