For the first time, the South Florida PGA Distinguished Service Award has been given to two deserving individuals in the south Florida community. Brendan Cunningham of Naples and Marty Price of Lake Worth have been honored as the first two recipients of this award for their volunteerism to the South Florida PGA and their love for the game of golf. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, in addition to integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf while helping to push forward the mission of the South Florida PGA. Both Brendan and Marty exemplify all of the characteristics outlined in the award description. Over the past 30 years between the two of them they have volunteered more than 2,000 hours to the SFPGA, assisting with starting at both the SFPGA Junior Tour and Section events. They are staples when it comes to Section events, and we are extremely grateful for their enthusiasm and desire to give back to the south Florida golf community. We congratulate both of them on a well deserved honored.
On Monday, November 21st, the South Florida PGA Southern Chapter conducted their Annual Fall Meeting and Awards Presentation at Pembroke Lakes Country Club. Over 80 members and apprentices gathered together to recognize the outstanding work by fellow peers. Special thanks to Harry Ferguson, PGA Director of Golf and the entire staff at Pembroke Lakes Country Club for all their hard work throughout the evening, in addition to Winston Collection and Birdie Box for sponsoring the Fall Meeting and Awards Presentation. Award recipients include: Golf Professional of the Year: Scott Fox, PGA Teacher of the Year: Gayle Leslie, PGA Horton Smith Award: Mark VanDyck, PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award: Steve Jablonowski, PGA Growth of the Game: AJ Broderick, PGA Youth Golf Development Award: Dan McCarthy, PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Will Paull, PGA Merchandiser of the Year: Scott Kirkwood, PGA Sales Person of the Year Award: Pete Byman Junior Player of the Year: Nick Pincket, PGA Senior Player of the Year: John Pallot, PGA Congratulations to the Awards Recipients on their accomplishments.
Gene Fieger, PGA Assistant Professional at The Club at Pelican Bay, has been named the 2016 Omega Senior Player of the Year. This is his fourth consecutive Senior Player of the Year Award. Fieger has had another impressive year with several top finishes in local and national events. His season included: South Florida Open (T4), South Florida Senior Open (2), Florida Senior Open (4), Senior Section Championship (3), South Florida Professional/Section Championship (T4) and was a member of the 2016 Challenge Cup and Senior Challenge Cup Teams. This week, Fieger finished 3rd at the Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by GolfAdvisor and Mercedes-Benz USA and qualified for the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship which will be held May 25-28, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club-Washington DC in Potomac Fall, Virginia. As the South Florida PGA Senior Player of the Year, Fieger has earned a spot in either the Chubb Classic or Allianz Championship Open Qualifier. Alan Morin, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at the Falls Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, has been named the 2016 South Florida PGA Omega Player of the Year. He accumulated 1, 018 points in the Omega Player of the Year Race. This is the ninth time Morin has been named South Florida PGA Player of the Year. With an impressive finish to his season, Morin was victorious at two of the South Florida PGA’s major championships: South Florida PGA National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship and the South Florida PGA Professional Championship/Section Championship. Additionally, he placed 2nd at the Florida Open Championship in July. Morin competed in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, where he finished T36. He also participated [...]