Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Section

The South Florida PGA overtime has awarded countless PGA members who have worked hard to serve the PGA Associations with an annual award. To view all recipients, please click on the category for each award.
 

Award

2020 Recipient

Golf Professional of the Year

The highest honor a PGA Golf Professional can receive, this professional is recognized for his/her overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf.

Teacher of the Year

Recognizes the professional who provides outstanding service as a golf instructor. The recipient is selected based on his/her efforts in promoting golf, use of teachings, involvement in junior golf activities, and teaching techniques.

PGA Professional Development Award

Recognizes the professional who provides outstanding and continuous contributions in developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA Professional.

Bill Strausbaugh Award

Recognizes the professional whose overall commitment is to promoting the game, the Association, and fellow PGA Professionals. This professional is honored for his/her integrity, leadership ability, professional mentoring and community involvement related to golf activities.

Player Development Award

Recognizes the PGA Professional who has made extraordinary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

Youth Player Development Award

(Previously Junior Golf Leader)
Recognizes the professional who uses his/her leadership skills to promote and develop junior golf at both the club and community levels.

Deacon Palmer Award

The “Deacon Palmer Award” bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership, in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life. This individual is an unsung hero/heroine at their facility and in their community, who serve to inspire, empower and assist others, both inside and outside of the game.

Assistant of the Year

Recognizes the individual’s overall performance as an assistant through his/her willingness to accept responsibility, promotion of the game, and his/her promotion of the overall image of the PGA.

Merchandiser of the Year – Public

Recognizes the professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf with a focus on the individual’s inventory, shop display, staff, and merchandising techniques at a public facility.

Merchandiser of the Year – Private

Recognizes the professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf with a focus on the individual’s inventory, shop display, staff, and merchandising techniques at a private facility.

 

Merchandiser of the Year – Resort

Recognizes the professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf with a focus on the individual’s inventory, shop display, staff, and merchandising techniques at a resort facility.

 

Salesperson of the Year

The Salesperson of the Year Award honors a sales representative (hard or soft good) serving the Section who has made significant contributions to the game of golf at the Section level and within his/her company and whose overall performance as a sales representative including service to accounts, overall integrity, courtesy, and professionalism is second to none.

Patriot of the Year

The Patriot Award recognizes a PGA member on the national level as someone who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to all who have served the United States. 2019 marked the first time the South Florida PGA honored a member on the Section level.
 

 

Southeast

​2020 Southeast Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Paul Clivio, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Jerry Tucker, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Don Law, PGA 
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Shawn Costello, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Pam Elders, PGA, 
  • Youth Player Development Award: Kenny Leech, PGA
  • Assistant of the Year: John Bednar, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award: Steve Hudson, PGA 

​2019 Southeast Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Rich Waage, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Don Law, PGA
  • Horton Smith Award: Judy Alvarez, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Ben Bauer, PGA 
  • Player Development: Bill Scott, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Bill Scott, PGA
  • Assistant of the Year: Rick Sutton, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Public: Danny Visconti, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private: Mary Beth Corrigan, PGA 

Southern

​2020 Southern Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Sean Kicker, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Derek Swoboda, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Shane Warriner, PGA 
  • Player Development Award: John Moscoso, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Jose Reyes, PGA 
  • Assistant Professional of the Year: Patrick Schmitz, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award: Ryan Sundberg, PGA 
  • Salesperson of the Year: Nick Fernandez

2019 Southern Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Bill Friesing, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Dan McCarthy, PGA
  • Horton Smith Award: Sean Kicker, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Scott Fox, PGA
  • Growth of the Game Award: John Moscoso, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Nick Pincket, PGA
  • Assistant Professional of the Year: Evan Jones, PGA
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award: Lucas Williams, PGA
  • Salesperson of the Year: Mark Crowther
  • Player of the Year: Adam Scrimenti, PGA
  • Senior Player of the Year: Jan Urso, PGA
  • Associate Player of the Year: Corey Henry 
 
2018 Southern Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Brian Schuler, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Mike Richards, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Santos Caceres, PGA
  • Growth of the Game Award: Nick Cupper, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Sean Kicker, PGA
  • Assistant Professional of the Year: Seth Pearman, PGA
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award: John Miller, PGA
  • Salesperson of the Year: Marianne Deibel
  • Player of the Year: Adam Scrimenti, PGA
  • Senior Player of the Year: Jan Urso, PGA
  • Associate Player of the Year: ​Corey Henry

Southwest Chapter Awards

​2020 Southwest Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Steve Waugh, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Mark Durland, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award (Club Relations): Dan Gawronski, PGA 
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Scott Kash, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Renee O'Higgins, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Thor Parrish, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year AwardValerie Osborn, PGA 
  • Jeremy New Assistant of the Year: Abby Brennan, PGA 
  • Henry Watkins Award: Scott Van Dame
 
​2019 Southwest Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Nathan Groce, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Andy Scott, PGA
  • Horton Smith Award: Marty Hall, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Matt Oakley, PGA
  • Junior Golf Leader: Bobby Conway, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Heather Angell, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Jose Reyes, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Public: Gary Keating, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private: Justin DeFont, PGA 
  • Jeremy New Assistant of the Year: Michael Vanover, PGA
  • Henry Watkins Award: Steve Taylor

Past Award Recipients