The Utah Golf Association will present its first annual UGA Gold Club Award to George Marks Thursday night at the UGA Annual Meeting at the Riverside Country Club in Provo.

The new award will be given annually to an individual "who through singular achievement or unselfish service has contributed significantly to the history and tradition of the game of golf in Utah."Marks, 68, has been a long-time volunteer worker in golf activities at the club level, for the UGA and for the United States Golf Association. He retired several years ago as managing partner of Covey Investment Company and is presently serving as vice-president of the Salt Lake Country Club.

Marks, who has served on the UGA Board of Directors and numerous committes for the USGA, is recognized as the state's foremost rules expert. During the past 16 years he has officiated at most U.S. Opens.

"George Marks has been a great part of laying the foundation for golf in this state," said UGA President Joe Watts. "He is a great gentleman who has developed friendships among golfers from Logan to St. George. We are proud of his accomplishments."

UGA members and friends of Marks are invited to attend the banquet. Reservations can be made through the UGA office (466-1132).