ATLANTIS, FL –
Don Meadows, PGA Director of Golf at Quail Valley Country Club (Vero Beach), has been named the 2019 South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year. As the highest honor a South Florida PGA Golf Professional can receive, Meadows leads the 2019 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.
“Being recognized and awarded the Golf Professional of the Year is one of the highlights of my life,” said Meadows. “To be awarded this in a section with so many talented and dedicated Golf Professionals is humbling. I am truly thankful for all the opportunities I have been afforded in my career - from working as a ‘cart boy’ in high school to now being the Director of Golf at Quail Valley, there are so many individuals who have influenced and enhanced my career, achieving this recognition is a testament to many individuals influence on me.”
With over 26 years of experience as a Director of Golf and Head Golf Professional, Meadows has been the Director of Golf at Quail Valley Golf Club since 2007 where the team at Quail Valley has experienced annual year over year growth in membership and activity levels and prides itself on having high levels of service experiences in all areas of the club operation while also having personal relationships with the Membership.
Leading a team of over 40 employees, Meadows, encourages his staff to strive for excellence and personal development and has assisted in mentoring 15 golf professionals to elevated responsibilities at facilities throughout the country. Additionally, while at Quail Valley, Meadows was provided the opportunity to take over ownership of the Quail Valley pro shop in 2013.
Known for his infectious personality, Meadows strives to engage his members through daily interactions on and around the golf property as well as through playing opportunities. In addition to day-to-day engagement and traveling throughout the United States and abroad to further personal relationships with his members, Meadows and the Quail Valley Professional Staff implemented (beginning in 2012) a weekly “Ladies Boot Camp” to help more women learn, play and become comfortable in their environment when starting the game. The team at Quail Valley has offered this program over the past seven years and expanded it to a men’s version (Men’s Basic Training) beginning in 2015. The team at Quail Valley is proud that they have seen activity in golf growth throughout the Membership annually over the past 12 years and nearly 30 percent of all rounds of golf played at Quail Valley are played by women.
Meadows has a been a member of the SFPGA since moving to the area in 2007 and quickly rose through the leadership ranks, beginning as the Award Committee Chair (2011-13), Secretary (2013-15), Vice President (2015-17), President (2017-19) and since June, serves the Section as Honorary Past President and Foundation Secretary.
Quail Valley (with Meadows as its Director of Golf), being true to its roots of growing and supporting the game at all levels, has hosted several of the state’s top Professional and Amateur events (to include the SFPGA Section Championship, Men’s and Women’s US Open qualifiers, FSGA State Opens, FSGA State Amateur, FSGA Match Play Championship, FSGA Mid- Amateur and FSGA Boy’s Championship). Additionally, Meadows and the Quail Valley team added a “Collegiate Championship” beginning in 2013 which has annually attracted some of the finest NCAA Division 1 College golf teams from around the nation and was recently recognized as one of the best collegiate events in the country by Golf Week.
Finally, in the spirit of giving back to the community Quail Valley has annually hosted the Quail Valley Charitable Golf Tournament (along with several other events in different departments during “QV Charity Week”) and through its generous membership participation and involvement has now raised over $6.6 million in funds over the past 18 years at the Club of which all has been distributed directly to over 75 different non-for-profit youth based organizations within Indian River County. In that same spirit of giving, Quail Valley began in 2013 (in partnership with the SFPGA Section), a Holiday Pro-Am which raises funds to support the South Florida PGA Foundation.
“I feel fortunate that my career coincided with something that gives me so much joy and allows me to positively impact someone’s experience when they come to enjoy this great game,” said Meadows. “I look forward to continuing to assist in anything that helps promote the game here at Quail Valley, in our community, in our Section and otherwise as well as mentor those who are getting into the business.”
The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of South Florida PGA’s annual awards. Each award recipient as well as Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the SFPGA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner on November 12th
at the Country Club at Mirasol. Click here for a list of this year’s award winners.
Recipients of the 2019 South Florida PGA Awards Include the following. Click on each to learn more.
Golf Professional of the Year
– Don Meadows, PGA
Teacher of the Year
– Gayle Leslie, PGA
Horton Smith Award
– Jim McLean, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh Award
– Paul Clivio, PGA
– Nick Cupper, PGA
Youth Player Development
– Bela Nagy, PGA
Assistant of the Year
– Sean McGinness, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year (Private)
– Brad “JR” Friend, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year (Public)
- Casey Mitchell, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)
– Holly Taylor, PGA
– Dave McNulty, PGA
Salesperson of the Year
– Dwight Rogers