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FLORIDA GOLF PROFESSIONALS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY NORTH FLORIDA PGA SECTION

Award Honorees to be recognized at NFPGA Annual Meeting & Celebration of Members

[KISSIMMEE, FL (FEBRUARY 3, 2021)] — Twelve North Florida PGA Professionals have been selected for this year’s Section Awards, as recognized by their peers, for their outstanding achievements throughout 2020. The NFPGA Section Awards recognize the exemplary service, dedication, and accomplishments of NFPGA Members on and off the course. From merchandising to player development to mentoring their fellow Members, these individuals embody what it means to be a PGA Professional. 

“We are so proud of our nearly 1,500 men and women that make up the North Florida PGA Section”, states NFPGA Section President, Kevin Paschall, PGA. “At this time, we get to recognize the Professionals, as nominated and voted on by their peers, who are considered as the best of the best in their field during 2020. Congratulations to our 2021 NFPGA Section Award winners.”

This year’s honorees will be recognized at the NFPGA Annual Meeting and Celebration of Members on Monday, June 7th at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The North Florida Section is honored to have the following Professionals serve the Association, its Members, and Associates. 

Kevin Paschall, PGA; Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch & Serenoa Golf Club

Kevin Paschall, PGA; Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch & Serenoa Golf Club

Golf 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.


Cheryl Anderson, PGA; Mike Bender Golf Academy

Cheryl Anderson, PGA; Mike Bender Golf 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.


Tim Beckwith, PGA; The Oaks Club

Tim Beckwith, PGA; The Oaks Club

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.


Brian Riddle, PGA; TPC Sawgrass

Brian Riddle, PGA; TPC Sawgrass

PGA Professional Development Award

The PGA Professional Development 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.


Karen Wise, PGA; Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club

Karen Wise, PGA; Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club

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.


Steve Brewer, PGA; Dubsdread Golf Course

Steve Brewer, PGA; Dubsdread Golf Course

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.


Todd Bork, PGA; San Jose Country Club

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; Palmer Legends Country Club

Mark Verkey, PGA; Palmer Legends Country Club

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.


Grace Hurley, PGA; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Grace Hurley, PGA; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

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.


Emily Motta, PGA; Mountain Lake Club

Emily Motta, PGA; Mountain Lake Club

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.


Donald Moyer, PGA; Marriott Golf Academy

Donald Moyer, PGA; Marriott Golf Academy

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.


Tim Beckwith, PGA; The Oaks Club

Tim Beckwith, PGA; The Oaks Club

Deacon Palmer Award

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

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