South Florida PGA News

Aaron West Named 2014 SFPGA Horton Smith Award Recipient

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Aaron West of Puerto Rico has been named the 2014 SFPGA Horton Smith Award recipient. This award is designed to recognize the individual golf professional for their outstanding and continuing contributions to developing and improving educations opportunities for the PGA golf professional.

A PGA member since 2000, Aaron is currently the PGA Director of Instruction at Acura Golf Experience. An active member within the South Florida Section, Aaron has served as the Island Chapter President from 2005-2010 and 2013-2014. He has held other leadership positions in the Island Chapter including: Education Chairperson, Secretary and Vice President.

“I believe that education is really important for all PGA members,” said West. “With so many qualified PGA Professionals, attending education events is a way for a PGA Professional to separate themselves and learn something new about the industry.”

West has organized and administered countless education opportunities for the PGA Professionals in the Island Chapter including: PGA/PRGA Junior Camps, PGA kids zone at the Puerto Rican Open and in addition to securing numerous speakers for meetings and education seminars. In 2014, West coordinated the inaugural Island Chapter Merchandise Show. This mass merchandise show included eight educational seminars and also featured the latest golf apparel, equipment and technology.

“I am proud of the work we do here in the Island Chapter,” said West. “The education opportunities are limited due to our size and remote location, however we host many golf events with education attached for our professionals. I am constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve the quality of the PGA Professional’s education in the Island Chapter.”

The 2010 Horton Smith Award Recipient, West has been recognized with many awards for his outstanding efforts as a PGA Professional. He […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

3rd Annual Global Golf Sales Cup a Success

WEST PALM BEACH: One hundred and twelve South Florida PGA Professionals competed yesterday in the Global Golf Sales Cup at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in West Palm.  Event participants qualified for the season ending tournament by participating in South Florida PGA events throughout the summer and competed for a purse just under $40,000.  The field was divided into four tiers based on 2014 stroke average and each tier played a stableford competition at scratch.


Three players, Alan Morin of The Falls Country Club, Dan Heaslip of Windstar on Naples Bay and Gene Fieger of the Hideout Golf Club tied for top honors in tier one, each with a score of 43 points.  Tier two winner was Brian Varsey of the Ocean Reef Club with a total of 41 points.  Craig Watson of the First Tee of the Palm Beaches won tier three with a score of 43 points.  Tying with a score of 39 points in tier four was Ryan Zug of Admiral’s Cove and Scott Richardson a SFPGA Life Member.


Prior to the shotgun start, forty players took part in the Million Dollar Shootout.  All forty players had a shot from 150 yards, the five closest would then move back to 200 yards for one shot for a Million Dollars.  The five players who qualified for the Million Dollar Shootout were David Kent of The Club at Renaissance, Chris Trout of Sun Cup Golf Center, John Lee of Imperial Golf Club, Paul Scaletta of the Bear’s Club and Mike Balliet of Calusa Pines Golf Club.  Of the forty players who took part in the shootout, all those hitting the green split a purse of $3,000.  Twenty players hit the green each taking home $150.  Players […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Jeff Raimer Named 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Jeff Raimer, PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Club, has been named the 2014 SFPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. This award is presented to a PGA member who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

A PGA member since 1987, Raimer has held several management positions at high end golf clubs in the Naples area. For the past three years, Raimer has served as the PGA Director of Golf at West Bay Beach & Golf Club, he was previously PGA Director of Golf at the Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek and prior to that, Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples, while also serving as Head Professional at Gateway Golf Club in Fort Myers.

“The biggest thrill for me is having a personal sense of pride by being able to give back to the game that has been so wonderful to me and my family, it will never be enough,” said Raimer.

As a three time winner of this award, Raimer has been a dedicated PGA Professional and has held leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels. He held officer positions within the Section and Southwest Chapter for 18 consecutive years. In addition, he served for six years on a National Committees, including the PGA of America National Employment Committee from 2008-2010, 2010-2012 and the PGA of America National Board of Governance Committee from 2006-2008, both positions were appointed by the President of the PGA of America.

Beyond his involvement with the PGA, Raimer also serves his community with a seat on the Resort and Hospitality Management Advisory Council and the PGA Golf Management Advisory Council […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments