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    2019 Chapter Awards

Click on the links below to see our 2019 Chapter Award Winners.

  • Northern

    Russ Libby; Hidden Hills 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.


    Brian Riddle; TPC Sawgrass

    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.


    Clint Avret; Timuquana Country 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.


    Bryan Kipnis; Eagle Harbor Golf Club

    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.


    Matt Borocz; TPC Sawgrass

    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 Country 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.


    Brian Riddle; TPC Sawgrass

    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.


    Russ Libby; Hidden Hills 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.


    Bryan Kipnis; Eagle Harbor Golf Club

    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.


    John Grzybek; The Plantation at Ponte Vedra

    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.


    Chip Holcombe; Representing Srixon, Cleveland Golf, Bushnell

    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.


    Jeff Adams; TPC Sawgrass & Jacksonville Area Golf Association

    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.


    Jeff Plotts; TPC Sawgrass

    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.


    William Rehberg; Deerwood Country Club

    Chapter 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.


    Bob Wallace; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

    Chapter 2018 Player of the Year


    Brad Rollinson; Ponte Vedra Beach

    Chapter 2018 Senior Player of the Year

  • Southwest

    Ken Powell; Esplanade Golf & Country 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.


    Jeff Boudrie; Legacy Golf 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.


    Rich Smith; Charlotte Harbor National

    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.


    Bryan McManis; Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

    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.


    Rich Smith; Charlotte Harbor National

    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.


    Mike Touhy; The Meadows

    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.


    Stephen Arnold; Florida Golf Performance Center

    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.


    Bryan McManis; Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

    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.


    Cooper Shawen; TPC Prestancia

    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.


    Mike Angelo; Titleist

    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.


    Taffie Brisley; Sarasota

    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.


    Nick Kearns; The Oaks 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.


    Mike Clayton; Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

    Chapter 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.


    Stephen Arnold; Florida Golf Performance Center

    Chapter 2018 Player of the Year Award


    Kevin Paschall; Legacy Golf Club

    Chapter 2018 Player of the Year Award

  • West Central

    Matt Jordan; Streamsong Resort

    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.


    Jim Wright; Countryside Country Club

    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.


    No Winner

    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.


    Marc Carter; Old Memorial

    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.


    Scott Wickham; Avila Country Club

    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.


    Donnie Kuhlman; TPC Tampa Bay

    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.


    No Winner

    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.


    Wayne Raath; Lone Palm Country Club

    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.


    Kyle Harris; 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.


    No Winner

    Chapter 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.


    Jon Mansfield; Clearwater Country Club

    Chapter 2018 Player of the Year Award


    John Falcone; Dunedin Golf & Country Club

    Chapter 2018 Senior Player of the Year Award

  • East Central

    Mark Verkey; The Villages Palmer Legends

    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.


    Darin Hoff; Grand Cypress

    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.


    Darin Hoff; Grand Cypress

    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.


    Bill Filson; 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; Walt Disney World Golf

    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.


    Jeremy Craft; Grand Cypress

    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.


    Fred Griffin; Grand Cypress Academy

    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.


    Craig Bendall; Celebration 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.


    Brett Donnelly; Country Club of Orlando

    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.


    Jamie Wilson; Cobra-Puma 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.


    Jeff Tanner; 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.


    Todd Walsworth; Grand Cypress

    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.


    Royal St Cloud Golf Links

    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.


    Tom Mirus; Golfweek Amateur Tour

    Chapter 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.


    David Damesworth; Orange Tree Golf Club

    Chapter 2018 Player of the Year Award


    John O'Leary; Bay Hill Academy of Golf

    Chapter 2018 Senior Player of the Year Award

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