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Southwest Chapter Annual Spring Meeting of the Membership and Awards/Donations Presentation
Author: Caitlin Huiting
May 14th 2018 - May 14th 2018 - On Monday, May 14th, the South Florida PGA Southwest Chapter conducted their Annual Spring Meeting and Awards Presentation at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club. Over 150 members and associates gathered together to recognize the outstanding work of their fellow peers and receive a report on all Chapter business.

Congratulations to Ken McMaster, PGA Director of Golf at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club for being awarded the 2017 Golf Professional of the Year.  Along with Ken, 11 other PGA members received awards including one of southwest Florida’s biggest golf advocates, Brendan Cunningham who received the Henry Watkins Award.

During the Meeting, the Southwest Chapter membership elected Bill Harley, PGA Head Professional at Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club as the newest President of the Southwest Chapter. Nathan Groce, PGA Director of Golf at Verandah Golf Course was elected to the position of Vice President/Treasurer. Jeff Nixon, PGA Head Professional at Stoneybrook Golf Course was elected as the new Secretary of the Southwest Chapter.

In addition, the Southwest Chapter membership elected Bob Radunz, PGA General Manager at the Quarry Golf Club as the new At-Large Board Member for Section.

Special thanks to the staff at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club for all their support and generosity in hosting this event.

Award recipients noted above include:
Golf Professional of the Year: Ken McMaster, PGA Director of Golf at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club
Teacher of the Year: Adam Bazalgette, PGA Director of Instruction at the Club at Mediterra
Bill Strausbaugh Award: Karl Bublitz, PGA Director of Golf at Grey Oaks Country Club
Horton Smith Award: Paul Fitzpatrick, PGA Head Golf Professional at Fiddlesticks Country Club
Player Development Award: Kristine Connell, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Worthington Country Club
Junior Golf Leader Award: Allen Manguson, PGA General Manager at Coral Oaks Country Club
Jeremey New Assistant of the Year Award: Matthew Sawicki, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Wilderness Country Club
Merchandiser of the Year – Public Facility: Bob Ridge, PGA Head Golf Professional at Riverwood Golf Club
Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Facility: Robert Duke, PGA Head Golf Professional at Gasparilla Inn and Golf Club
Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facility: EJ McDonnell, PGA Director of Golf at Bonita Bay Club
Henry Watkins Award: Brendan Cunningham
Player of the Year: Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at Club at Pelican Bay
Assistant Player of the Year: Gene Fieger, PGA Director of Golf at Club at Pelican Bay

Donation recipients include:
Florida Gulf Coast Golf Management Program
Florida Gulf Coast Men’s and Women’s Golf Team
SalusCare
Southwest Florida Junior Golf
The First Tee of Lee/Collier

Scholarship recipients include:
Ashley Cardona
Alexis Davis
Azelle Dietter
Grayce Harris
Nolan Quinn Jerriey
Aly Packish
Annie Grace Thorp

Congratulations to the all those who were honored during this special event.

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