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    2019 Section Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our North Florida PGA 2019 Section Award Winners!

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Russ Libby, PGA; Hidden Hills Golf & Country Club

PGA Professional of the Year Award
The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional. Well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.


Fred Griffin, PGA; Grand Cypress Academy

Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership.  This award is based on a professional's overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.


Kennie Sims, PGA; Tampa Sports Authority

Bill Strausbaugh Award
The Bill Strausbaugh Award is designed to recognize PGA Professionals who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.


Darin Hoff, PGA; Grand Cypress

Horton Smith Award
The PGA Horton Smith Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals.  This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.


Jack Aschenbach, PGA; North Florida Junior Golf Association

Youth Player Development Award
The PGA Junior Golf Leader Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.


Bill Filson, PGA; Royal St Cloud Golf Links

Player Development Award
The President's Plaque is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.  This award considers the PGA Professional's growth of the game leadership commitment and the impact made at the facility.


Bobby Welborn, PGA; Walt Disney World Golf

Patriot Award
The Patriot Award is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.


Todd Bork, PGA; San Jose Country Club

Merchandiser of the Year - Private
The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.


Mark Verkey, PGA; The Villages Palmer Legends

Merchandiser of the Year - Public
The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.


Brian Riddle, PGA; TPC Sawgrass

Merchandiser of the Year - Resort
The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.


Brett Donnelly, PGA; Country Club of Orlando

Assistant Professional of the Year
The Assistant of the Year Award is designed to recognize the Assistant PGA Professional whose enthusiasm, growth, and leadership to the facility and involvement in the Chapter reflect the potential to lead and contribute to the future of the game and industry.


Mike Clayton, PGA; Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

Deacon Palmer Award
The Deacon Palmer Award honors a PGA Professionalwho personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life.


Chip Holcombe, Mike Angelo, Jamie Wilson

Sales Representatives of the Year
The Sales Representative of the Year Award is designed to recognize the Sales Representative whose support and contributions enhance relations with the facilities and the company.  This sales representative goes above and beyond to help support initiatives and tournaments.


Jeff Tanner, Wayne Raath, Jeff Adams, Taffie Brisley

Amateurs of the Year
The Amateur of the Year Award is designed to recognize the amateur whose contributions to the game show exceptional commitment of passion, time, and resources to grow the game and contribute to a better future.


Jeff Plotts; TPC Sawgrass

Superintendent of the Year
The Superintendent of the Year Award is designed to recognize the superintendent whose contributions to the facility show exceptional commitment of passion, time, and resources to provide the best playing conditions and conservation practices.

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