ATLANTIS, FL – Judy Alvarez, PGA Director of Instruction at Monarch Country Club (Palm City) accepted the National Patriot Award last night at the PGA of America Annual Awards Dinner.
The celebration came as part of the 103rd PGA Annual Meeting that was held this week at the Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
The Patriot Award annually recognizes a PGA member who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to all who have served the United States. Alvarez has been teaching golf to people with disabilities and veterans since 1990 and has been involved in Folds of Honor, PGA HOPE and Salute Military Golf Association.
“I’ve always felt compelled to share with local organizations what I do and how the game of golf can help to benefit our veterans,” said Alvarez. “My goal is to provide a safe environment for a veteran to let their guard down, relax, feel safe and enjoy the experience. Ultimately it is about their accomplishments.”
Alvarez has helped to establish six PGA HOPE programs in South Florida, impacting more than 500 veterans in the region. Additionally, Alvarez hosts a free golf clinic for veterans once a week, provides year-round adaptive golf programs and has been an advocate for golf and the impact the game can have on veterans. Throughout her career, Alvarez has taught more than 10,000 veterans and students with disabilities the game.
The PGA of America annually recognizes 11 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section on the national stage for their service and commitment to the game of golf.