The Georgia PGA honored their 2011 Special Award recipients at the Fifth Annual Special Awards & Weir Scholarship Banquet this past Saturday evening at the 755 Club at Turner Field in front of a record crowd of over 230 people.
Professional of the Year – Patrick Richardson, PGA - Wilmington Island Club, Savannah, 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 – Charlie King, PGA - Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, 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.
President's Award Winner – Ray Cutright, PGA - Idle Hour Club, Macon, GA - Introduced for the first time in 2003, the President's Award is presented annually to a Section member based on the following criteria: Overall promotion of golf, level of impact on the game of golf, ability to inspire fellow professionals, and level of professional expertise.
Horton Smith Award – Chad Parker, PGA - East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, GA - The Horton Smith Award is an award designed to give special recognition to an individual golf professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.
Bill Strausbaugh Award – Rick Mattox, PGA - The King & Prince Golf Course at the Hampton Club, St. Simons Island, 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.
Junior Golf Leader – Karl Gross, PGA - Georgia State Parks, Social Circle, 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 – Mike Perpich, PGA - River Pines Golf Course, Johns Creek, 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.
Distinguished Service Award – Tom Adderhold & Davis Stewart, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA - Begun in 2000, the Georgia PGA Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has had a significant impact on the game of golf within Georgia, by promoting interest and involvement, and/or through service to the game. Those selected shall have displayed humanitarian qualities including integrity, good sportsmanship, and a love and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
Assistant Professional of the Year – David Potts, Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, 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.
Public Category – University of Georgia Golf Course, Athens, GA
Private Category – Rick Anderson, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA
Resort Category – Mark Lammi, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA
These individuals have demonstrated skill in the planning and promotion of sales by presenting products to his/ her market on a timely basis, and through the use of specialized merchandising techniques such as display, advertising, etc
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes over 830 PGA professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA's primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print, radio and television media.