ATLANTIS, FL – Victor Tortorici, PGA Director of Golf at Sailfish Point Golf Club has been awarded the 2020 South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. As the highest honor a South Florida PGA Golf Professional can receive, Tortorici leads the 2020 SFPGA Awards class.
The South Florida PGA annually recognizes a PGA Professional for overall performance, level of service to the Association, leadership, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promote the game of golf.
A PGA Member for 35 years, Tortorici has led the golf operations at Sailfish Point Golf Club for the last 32 years where he leads his staff by example and creates opportunities for members. As a player, Tortorici spent time on the Asian, European and Korn Ferry Tours and once led the U.S. Open for half a day, before committing his life to the profession of golf. His time as a player has helped shape the values and work ethic that he brings to his Director of Golf role every day.
“Being selected as the South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year is the pinnacle of my career,” said Tortorici. “To be awarded this, in a Section with so many outstanding golf professionals, is an honor. I am truly thankful for my dedicated staff and members at Sailfish Point for all their support and contributions to my career. I have been able to work with and for so many talented individuals and achieving this recognition is a testament to their influence on me.”
Never too big for a job, Tortorici’s lead-by-example approach has allowed him to become a mentor for others in the industry, with six of his employees working for him for 20 of his 32 years at Sailfish Point a testament to that. Tortorici’s inclusive nature has helped build a thriving membership at Sailfish Point as well as play host to many high school, amateur and professional events.
Tortorici strives to hold himself and those around him to the highest standard and always instills the values of integrity, honesty, sportsmanship and character both on and off the golf course. His dedication to others and growing the game of golf is made apparent through his commitments over the years.
Tortorici has held many leadership roles within the Section, serving on the SFPGA Board for the Southeast Chapter Tournament Committee for four years; SFPGA Section Chairperson of the Senior Tournament Committee for four years; and was a member of the SFPGA Section Senior Committee for eight.
“As a PGA professional, I have been able to mentor numerous individuals in the industry and watch them grow and succeed on their own paths,” said Tortorici. “One of the best ways to develop and inspire other professionals is through example. I am always trying to improve my own game and show others that there is no limit to personal growth; every year you need new ideas and skills to enhance yourself and your career.”
In addition to this award, Tortorici received the SFPGA Merchandiser of the Year in 1997 and was a National finalist for the award in 1998. Tortorici was also honored with induction into the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame this year.
The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the South Florida PGA’s annual awards, honored annually at the SFPGA Award and Hall of Fame Dinner. Due to COVID-19, the recipients will instead be honored at their individual facilities throughout the year.
Recipients of the 2020 South Florida PGA Awards include the following:
Teacher of the Year – Mark Costaregni, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Tony Loyola, PGA
PGA Professional Development – Lee Stroever, PGA
Player Development – Pam Elders, PGA
Youth Player Development – David Armitage, PGA
Assistant of the Year - Evan Jones, PGA
Deacon Palmer – Mike McLellan, PGA
Patriot Award – Allen Manguson, PGA
Merchandiser Private – Mike Schuette, PGA
Merchandiser Public – Kenny Szuch, PGA
Merchandiser Resort – Bob Coman, PGA
Salesperson of the Year – Pete Byman