ATLANTIS, FL – The South Florida PGA received the Herb Graffis Award during the 103rd
PGA Annual Meeting today at the Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
The Herb Graffis Award is designed to recognize a PGA of America Section for extraordinary contributions in the area of player development. By prioritizing youth, diversity and the military, the South Florida PGA aims to impact more lives in south Florida through the game of golf.
In junior golf, the SFPGA offers year-round programs for all ages, impacting more than 9,300 youth golfers over the past 12 years. In 2007, seven events were conducted for 250 participants and in 2018 over 150 events were administered for over 1,700 participants, an increase of 700 percent. In addition to extensive junior golf programming, the SFPGA Foundation has impacted more than 12,000 lives through junior golf, charitable gifting and scholarships.
“This award is a testament to the tireless effort of South Florida PGA members who strive to grow participation and enjoyment in the game of golf every day at their facilities throughout the section,” said Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director of the South Florida PGA. “It is also a testament to our Section and Foundation board of directors for providing the direction and resources that have made growing the game a primary initiative of section staff. It is an incredible honor to be recognized on a national level, amongst the great work being done by the 41 PGA sections around the country.”
The PGA of America annually recognizes 11 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section. In addition to the national award as a Section, Judy Alvarez, PGA was recognized for her work with veterans in receiving the Patriot Award.
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About the South Florida PGA
The South Florida Section of the PGA of America is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards or practice; and enhance the well-being of golf professionals.
Approximately 1,830 members and apprentices are employed at over 475 facilities in the South Florida region, currently ranking South Florida Section the second largest Section of PGA Professionals amongst all 41 PGA Sections in the United States.
Back in 1979, the growth and golf population boom in the state of Florida caused what was once known as just the Florida Section to divide geographically into two Sections, now known as the North Florida and the South Florida PGA Sections. Geographically, the South Florida PGA extends as far North as Vero Beach on the east coast, to Punta Gorda on the west coast, south through the Florida Keys, in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The South Florida Section PGA is further divided into four distinct Chapters, including the Southern, Southeast, Southwest and Island Chapters.