Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Section

The South Florida PGA over time 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

2021 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.

Steve Waugh, PGA
The Old Collier Golf Club

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.

Mark Durland, PGA
Durland Golf School at Naples Grande

PGA Professional Development Award

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

Ben Bauer, PGA
The Club at Ibis

Bill Strausbaugh Award

Recognizes the professional whose overall commitment is to promote 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.


Justin Thompson, PGA
Pine Tree Golf Club

Player Development Award

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

Heather Angell, PGA
Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club

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.


Bridget Ackley, PGA
Don Law Golf Academy

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.

Shawn Ward, PGA
Hideout Golf Club

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.


John Bednar, PGA
Palm Beach Country Club

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.


Cory Schaub, PGA
Tiburon Golf Club

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.


Cory Schaub, PGA
Tiburon Golf Club

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.


Shawn Gifford, PGA
Adios Golf Club

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.


Tony Romansky, PGA
TaylorMade

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.
 

Bo Preston, PGA
Osprey Point Golf Course

Southeast

2021 Southeast Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Lee Stroever, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Kellie Stenzel, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Justin Thompson, PGA 
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Sherri Pla, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Kenny Leech, PGA, 
  • Youth Player Development Award: Bridget Ackley, PGA
  • Assistant of the Year: David Morano, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private: Cory Cooper, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – Public/Resort: Tony Chateauvert, PGA 
  • Distinguished Service Award: Steve Sponder
 
​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

2021 Southern Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Shane Warriner, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Dan McCarthy, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Alejandro Fernandez, PGA
  • PGA Professional Development: David Armitage, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Nick Pincket, PGA 
  • Assistant Professional of the Year: Chris Stone, PGA 
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award: Ryan Sundberg, PGA 
  • Salesperson of the Year: Joe Baker

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

​2021 Southwest Chapter Award Winners
  • Golf Professional of the Year: Casey Brozek, PGA
  • Assistant Professional of the Year: Sean O'Donnell, PGA
  • Teacher of the Year: Heather Angell, PGA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Tara McKenna, PGA
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Martha Hall, PGA
  • Player Development Award: Bobby Conway, PGA
  • Youth Player Development Award: Bob Usher, PGA
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – PrivateKevin Swan, PGA
  • Merchandiser of the Year Award – PublicDavid Allyn, PGA
  • Henry Watkins Award: Chris Shaul, PGA

​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