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    2018 Chapter Awards

Click on the links below to see our 2018 Chapter Award Winners.

  • Northern

    Matt Borocz; TPC Sawgrass

    Chapter 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.


    Bill Zimmer; St. Augustine

    Chapter 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.


    Russ Libby; Hidden Hills CC

    Chapter 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.


    Chris DeBusk; San Jose CC

    Chapter 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.


    Jack Aschenbach; North Florida Junior Golf Foundation

    Chapter Patriot Golf Leader 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; San Jose CC

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Grace Schory-Hurley; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Marshall Collins; Eagle Harbor Golf Club

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Ed Bowe; Amelia Island Plantation

    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    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.


    Jack Aschenbach; North Florida Junior Golf Foundation

    Chapter Youth Player Development Award

    The PGA Youth Player Development Award (formerly the Junior Golf Leader Award) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in youth player development and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.


    Rich Podwalski; Atlantic Beach CC

    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    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.


    Gary Vanover; FootJoy

    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    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 inititiatives and tournaments.


    Sheila Brocki; Jacksonville

    Chapter Amateur of the Year Award

    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.


    Trevor Hughes; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    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.

  • Southwest

    Mark Trotter; Sarasota National Golf Club

    Chapter 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.


    Tim Beckwith; The Oaks Club

    Chapter 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.


    Tim Beckwith; The Oaks Club

    Chapter 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.


    Sage Johnson; Golf Yoga Fitnees

    Player Development Award

    The Player Development Award 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.


    Kevin Swan; TPC Prestancia

    Patriot Golf Leader 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.


    Matt Pivko; The Oaks Club

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    No Winner

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Ashley Hayden; University Park Golf Club

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Tim Sheredy; Tim Sheredy Golf Institute

    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    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.


    Mike Cummings; Capri Isles

    Chapter 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.


    David McIntyre; Laurel Oak Golf & CC

    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    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.


    Mark Larson; Fairway & Greene

    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    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 inititiatives and tournaments.


    Mary Ann Kurtz; Venice

    Chapter Amateur of the Year Award

    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.


    Joel Ehrhart; Plantaion Golf & CC

    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    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.

  • West Central

    Chris Slattery; Avila Golf & CC

    Chapter 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.


    Matt Jordan; Streamsong Resort

    Chapter 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.


    Kennie Sims; Tampa Sports Authority

    Chapter 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.


    Pat Shriver; Cove Cay

    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.


    Ken Juhn; Terrace Hill Golf Center

    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.


    Joe Hodge; Palma Ceia Golf & CC

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Scott Wilson; Streamsong Resort

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Justin Wink; TPC Tampa Bay

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Matt Mitchell; The Downs Golf & Practice Facility

    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    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.


    Mackenzie Mack; First Tee of Tampa

    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.


    Zoran Ilic; Lone Palm

    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    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.


    Keith Martin; Callaway Golf

    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    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 inititiatives and tournaments.


    Monroe Berkman; SoloRider Management

    Chapter Amateur of the Year Award

    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.


    Alex Aloisio; Streamsong Resort

    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    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.

  • East Central

    Rod Perry; Crane Lakes Golf & CC

    Chapter 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.


    Brad Turner; Golf Academy of America

    Chapter 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.


    John Hughes; John Hughes Golf

    Chapter 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.


    Joey Hidock; The Villages Golf Academy

    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.


    Jake Etherton; Reunion Resort

    Patriot Golf Leader 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.


    Ryan Gray; Golden Ocala

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    No Winner

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Mark Verkey; Villages Palmer Legends

    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (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.


    Matt Wilkes; Mike Bender Academy of Golf

    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    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.


    Wade Martin; The Villages Golf Academy

    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.


    Jubal Jerik; Reunion Resort

    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    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.


    Andy Heffner; Morell Studios

    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    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 inititiatives and tournaments.


    John Konicek; Orlando

    Chapter Amateur of the Year Award

    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.


    Travis Anderson; The Villages Palmer Legends

    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    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.


    Ben Herring; North Florida PGA Tournament Director

    The Baby Lou Award

    The Baby Lou Awards in in honor of Bob Reed. It is for the unsung hero's of the Chapter who go above and beyond the call of duty to benefit their efforts throughout the year.

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