2018 Award Winners
Teacher of the Year – Brandon Stooksbury PGA - Idle Hour Golf Club, Macon, GA - This award was inaugurated in 1986 to honor outstanding teachers of golf among the ranks of the PGA of America membership. The award is based on the professional's overall performance in teaching; innovative and special teaching programs the professional has played a key role in implementing; and articles written in books and magazines.
Bill Strausbaugh Award – Mark Mongell, PGA - Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta, GA - This award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional who has shown outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring his fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations, and involvement in community and charitable activities.
Horton Smith Award – Dean Alexander, PGA - Georgia Golf Center, Roswell, GA - The Horton Smith Trophy is an award designed to give special recognition to an individual golf professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.
Youth Player Development Award – Rob Ellis, PGA - The Cove at Osprey Cove, Jekyll Island, GA - Started in 1988, the 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. Work by this PGA professional includes the promotion and development of junior golf at the club level, and support for national junior golf programs.
Growth Of the Game Award – Austin Kleynenberg, PGA - The Ford Planation, Richmond Hill, GA - This award is presented to the PGA Professional that has made extraordinary contributions and achievements in conducting and/or supporting Play Golf America initiatives. The award also considers the member's service to the Association, and involvement in community and charitable activities.
Assistant Professional of the Year – Andrew Sterritt , PGA - Big Canoe Golf Club, Jasper, GA - The Assistant Professional of the Year Award is based on the criteria outlined for Professional of the Year: overall performance at his/ her club; service to the section and the Association, and leadership ability.
Merchandisers of the Year- In 1978, The PGA of America and Sports Illustrated established the Merchandiser of the Year Award to recognize those PGA professionals who have excelled as businessmen/ merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The Georgia PGA honors professionals in three categories: Public, Private, and Resort.
Shirley and Billy Weir Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Hannah Peterson, Watkinsville, GA
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