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    2019 Section Awards

Congratulations to our North Florida PGA 2019 Section Award Winners!
Russ Libby, PGA; Hidden Hills Golf & Country Club

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

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

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

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 Foundation

Jack Aschenbach, PGA; North Florida Junior Golf Foundation

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

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.


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; The Villages Palmer Legends

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

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

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.


Bobby Welborn, PGA; Walt Disney World Golf

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.


Mike Clayton, PGA; Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

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.


Jamie Wilson; Cobra Puma Golf

Jamie Wilson; Cobra Puma Golf

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.


Mike Angelo; Titleist

Mike Angelo; Titleist

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.


Chip Holcombe; Srixon-Cleveland Golf

Chip Holcombe; Srixon-Cleveland Golf

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.


Taffie Brisley; Sarasota

Taffie Brisley; Sarasota

Amateur 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 Adams; JAGA

Jeff Adams; JAGA

Amateur 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.


Wayne Raath; Lone Palms Country Club

Wayne Raath; Lone Palms Country Club

Amateur 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 Tanner; Orlando

Jeff Tanner; Orlando

Amateur 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

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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