January 5, 2017
NCGA Mourns the Loss of Longtime Course Rater Brad Carley
Brad Carley, an NCGA course rating captain for over 20 years, died Dec. 8, 2016 while vacationing in Australia at the age of 63.
In 2005, he was awarded NCGA Course Rater of the Year. Brad also volunteered for the past 15 years as a scorekeeper at the Albertsons Boise Open and worked at several US Open Golf Championships. The following is a column penned by golf writer Ed Anderson in memoriam to Carley as it appeared in the Chico Enterprise-Record.
“If anyone ever put more back into life than he took out, especially as it relates to golf, it was my good friend, Brad Carley, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Brad took my spot on the Northern California Golf Association North Zone Course Rating Team about 20-years ago at my suggestion and recommendation to the NCGA. Brad became a team captain and one of the top course raters in the country. He devoted much of his personal finances and time on behalf of the NCGA in performing course ratings. The United States Golf Association conducts Course Rating Calibration Seminars at various locations across the country on an annual basis. At these seminars, four holes are rated by the teams and then their numbers are compared with that of the USGA experts, and graded. It was not unusual for Brad to attend these seminars sometimes on his own, with approval from the NCGA, oftentimes in Florida, and participate in the rating competition with other raters he may never had met before. When he attended a rating seminar with other NCGA team raters their team almost always finished first or second. Last year the seminar was held in Los Angeles and Brad and the rest of the NCGA team finished first. Thank you, Brad, we will all miss you.”