On Monday, November 16th, the South Florida PGA celebrated the Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Throughout the evening, over 180 South Florida PGA Members and friends celebrated the Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees. For the fourth year, SFPGA Hall of Fame Member Tim Rosaforte served as the Master of Ceremonies of the event. Award recipients include: Player of the Year: Alan Morin, PGA Senior Player of the Year: Gene Fieger, PGA Salesperson of the Year: Mike Budnyk Merchandiser of the Year, Resort: Ed Weber, PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Private: Bud Taylor, PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Public: Bob Coman, PGA Assistant of the Year: Lee Stroever, PGA Youth Player Development Award: Jeff Nixon, PGA PGA Player Development Award: Bill Scott, PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award: Karl Bublitz, PGA Deacon Palmer Award: Robert Bruno, PGA Horton Smith Award: Tara McKenna, PGA Teacher of the Year: Don Law, PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Warren Bottke, PGA Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees: Mallory Privett, Jr. and Jeff Raimer, PGA Congratulations to the Awards Recipients and Hall of Fame Inductees. Thank you to Darryl Jack, PGA and the entire staff and membership at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club for hosting the event. Finally, thank you to our supporting partner for the event, Morell Studios. To view images from the evening visit our facebook page by clicking here.
The South Florida PGA held the third annual Women’s Golf Day on Saturday, November 14th from 2:30-5:30 PM. This event took place at Miromar Lakes Golf Club and was free to women of all ages and abilities. Over 250 women took advantage of the opportunity to obtain free golf instruction from PGA/LPGA Professionals who volunteered their time to teach full swing, chipping, pitching and putting clinics. Additionally, COBRA PUMA Golf was onsite for club demos. Following the instruction from the PGA/LPGA Professionals, Kris Tamulis, current LPGA Tour Player, hosted a clinic for all those in attendance. She talked about her practice routines, the excitement of winning an LPGA Tour Event and discussed how she got into the game. Following the event, the women enjoyed a social hour and were given raffle prizes. The event was supported by Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club As a result of another successful Women’s Golf Day, the South Florida PGA will be hosting a new women’s league at Miromar Lakes Golf Club, called “Play 6 at 4”. Once a month ladies will play 6 holes in a scramble format and it will be followed up with cocktails and appetizers. The goal of the league is to encourage a fun, social atmosphere and keep the ladies who participated in the Women’s Golf Day involved with the game. Click here for more details of “Play 6 at 4”.
Warren Bottke, PGA Director of Instruction at Abacoa Golf Club Academy, has been named the 2015 South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year. This award is the highest honor a PGA Professional can receive, as they are recognized for overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf. Elected to membership in 1981, Bottke has been involved in the growth of the game and education of fellow PGA Members on a Chapter, Section and National Level. Bottke is currently the Honorary President of the South Florida PGA. In regard to his time as President of the Section, Bottke says, “I am most proud of the work we did with Habitat for Humanity. I was able to represent the Section and hand over the keys of a new home to deserving families.” During Bottke’s time as President, the South Florida PGA donated two homes to deserving families in South Florida. With a passion for education, Bottke serves as an adjunct faculty member for the PGA of America’s PGA Golf Management University Program. He travels across the country to educate students and share his passion and knowledge for the game. In 1988, Bottke became the youngest Master Professional in the history of the PGA. He now serves as a faculty member for the PGA Master Professional certification program, where he mentors current PGA Professionals who are working toward becoming certified as Master Professionals. For his dedication to developing and improving education opportunities for PGA Professionals, Bottke was awarded the PGA of America’s National Horton Smith Award in 2005. He also received this award on the Section level in 1987, 1989, 2004 and [...]