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2020 Award Winners

Professional of the Year

Brannen Veal, PGA
Sea Island Golf Club
St. Simons, GA

The Golf Professional of the Year Award is determined annually by the Georgia PGA to honor the working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA golf professional. While the honor is based on the candidate's entire record, special emphasis is placed on performance in areas such as service to the section and the Association, leadership ability, and the promotion of golf.

Teacher of the Year

Jason Kuiper, PGA
Bobby Jones Golf Course
Atlanta, 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

Scott Schroeder, PGA
Atlanta Country Club
Marietta, 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.

PGA Professional Development Award

Steve Archer, PGA
Capital City Club
Atlanta, GA

The PGA Professional Development Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for fellow PGA Professionals.

Youth Player Development Award

Jacob Tilton, PGA
Ansley Golf Club
Atlanta, 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.

Player Development Award

Diane Whitman, PGA
Braelinn Golf Club
Peachtree City, 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

Jake Keen, PGA
Maple Ridge Golf Club
Columbus, 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.

Private Category

Phil Taylor, PGA
Ansley Golf Club
Atlanta, GA

Public Category

Justin Sigmon, PGA
Stone Creek Golf Club
Valdosta, GA

Resort Category

Caroline Basarab, PGA
Reynolds Lake Oconee
Greensboro, GA

Patriot Award

Jim Arendt, PGA
Bull Creek Golf Course
Midland, GA

The Patriot Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf 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.

Salesman of the Year

Dan Janton
Bridgestone Golf

In recognition of your dedicated, generous and tireless support of the Georgia PGA. This award honors the golf salesperson in the Georgia Section for her/his outstanding service and dedication to the members and apprentices of the Georgia PGA.

Shirley and Billy Weir Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Peyton Staten, Valdosta, GA
University of Florida


Olivia Najawicz, St. Simons Island, GA
Oglethorpe University


Eric Hart Jr., Macon, GA
New York University


Lexi Hansen, Winder, GA
University of Mississippi


Hannah Peterson, Watkinsville, GA
University of Georgia


Trey Leonard, Lake Park, GA
University of Georgia

Kelley Losinger, Marietta, GA
University of Georgia


Madison Anderson, Brunswick, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology

Parker Esoda, Marietta, GA
University of South Carolina


Ashley Biscan
University of Georgia

David Kemp
University of Georgia

Kristin Fillingim
University of Georgia


Ashley Asbell, Roswell, GA
Kennesaw State University

Megan Heilman
University of Georgia


Evan Gill, Columbus, GA
University of Georgia

Angie Losinger, Marietta, GA
University of Georgia


Jonathan Klotz, Columbus, GA
Kennesaw State University

Mary Catherine Wilder, LaGrange, GA
Furman University


Erica Robinson, Lilburn, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology


Mack Burgess, Roswell, GA
University of Tennessee

Brett McNeilly, Kennesaw, GA
University of Alabama

Brittani Nichols Lovelace, Kennesaw, GA
Brigham Young University


Angela Hix, Macon, GA
University of Georgia

Brendan Gillins, Savannah, GA
Augusta State University

Ann Marie Wagoner, Duluth, GA
University of Alabama


Ashley Foster, Cumming, GA
University of Georgia

Sarah Losinger, Marietta, GA
Virginia Tech University

Shirley and Billy Weir

Shirley and Billy Weir

The Georgia PGA will recognize the 2019 Award winners at the Section’s 13th annual Special Awards and Weir Scholarship Banquet in March 2020. The event is Presented by the Shirley and Billy Weir Foundation and Club Car.