Archives for March 2013

Southeast Michigan U.S. Kids Local Tour

The Southeast Michigan U.S. Kids Local Tour is NOW OPEN for registration!

The Michigan PGA and US Kids Golf Foundation have partnered once again to provide juniors the opportunity to compete without incurring the cost of having to travel long distances.

 The US Kids Golf Foundation has asserted appropriate yardages according to each age group to ensure an enjoyable and competitive experience for all. The Tour is open to boys and girls, ages 5-14, and will consist of eight tournaments beginning June 16th, 2014 at Maple Lane Golf Club in Sterling Heights. To register, please visit US Kids Golf at www.uskidsgolf.com and click on local tours.

 Register today!

Maple Lane Golf Course June 16th
Pine View Golf Club June 25th
Rustic Glen Golf Club July 2nd
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet July 7th
Hartland Glen Golf Club July 10th
White Lake Oaks Golf Club July 18th
Glen Oaks Golf Club July 28th
Forest Akers East August 8th

 

 

 

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 25 with over 300 members and apprentices in attendance. President Gary Koenes welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. Randy White gave the invocation and remembered deceased members Jason Leising, Jack Todhunter, Steve Tyler, and former Michigan PGA Member Dave Zielinksi.

District 5 Director Gil Gusweiler updated the membership on the recent PGA of America Board of Directors Meeting and Leadership Conference.

Vice President Doug White, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year end financials.

Secretary Ron Osborne acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter and half century members as well. He also congratulated the inductees into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame: Steve Brady, Dave Kendall and Ron LaParl.

Business discussions included chapter/committee reports, as well as information from Frank Chieppa, PGA of America Player Development Regional Manager, regarding Growing the Game of Golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.  Honorary President John oversaw a candidate’s forum with Brian Cairns and Kevin McKinley talking about their desire to run for Secretary. Thanks to Wholesalegrips.com for hosting the luncheon.

The 3rd Michigan PGA Teaching Summit began Monday afternoon.  Karen Keller PHD introduced the dynamics and importance of soft skills, and communication and relationship building between the teacher and the student.  Participants also discovered the value and benefits of understanding and developing their communication, thereby bridging the gap to a student’s ability to achieve their goals.

The second half was Judy Alvarez, PGA LPGA, who covered teaching golf to persons with various disabilities. Judy has written a book “`Broken Tees and Mended Hearts” about her experiences. Judy has been awarded the LPGA Section Teacher of the Year, been voted 3 times by Golf for Women magazine as a Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers in Florida. She volunteers for the PGA of America on the National Disabled Committee and National Inclusion Committee.

On Tuesday we featured Mike Bender, our keynote speaker and 2009 PGA of America Teacher of the Year. Mike accomplishments also include being ranked as one of the Top Five Best Teachers in America by Golf Digest (2011) and by GOLF Magazine (since 1996) as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America.

Tuesday ended with a roundtable discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Jordan Young, Jason Guss, Bill Baldwin, Paul Haase and Dave Kendall. The discussion was moderated by Charlie Vandenberg.

Special Award Winners Web

MICHIGAN SECTION PGA
2013 Special Awards Winners Announced

Bath, MI – Michigan Section PGA honored it’s 2013 Special Award Winners during the Spring Meeting on Monday March 25th at Eagle Eye Golf Club.  PGA Members are nominated b their peers and finalist are determined by vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting.  The finalists then go through an interview process with the Special Awards Committee who determine the winners. Sections winner will be passed on to the PGA of America National Awards Committee for consideration of a national award.

Wally Sierakowski of Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak, MI has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the 2013 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. 

 Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professsional who by their day-to-day efforts, have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

 Aaron Waltz of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award.

     The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA member for his outstanding contributions to professional education. Waltz an 11-year member of The PGA, reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Lindert has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the President’s Plaque.
Lindert was honored for his efforts at the Section and national level for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development, which support Play Golf America initiatives.

 Shaun Bezilla of Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Junior Golf Leader Award.

 The award is presented annually to the PGA member who demonstrates their leadership within the junior golf community, reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Bezilla’s interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf have significantly impacted junior golfers and junior golf programs on a local and national level.

The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at private, public and resort golf facilities.

 Matt Barton, a PGA Professional formally at Prestwick Village Golf Club, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for private golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Paul Westbrook a PGA Professional at Little Traverse Bay Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for public golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 Michael Rey a PGA Professional formally at Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

Jason Guss a PGA Professional at Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy @ Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI, has been named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.

Guss a 10-year member of The PGA, was honored for his dedication to teaching and outstanding service as a golf instructor.

 Kevin McKinley of Treetops Resort, Treetops Village, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Patriot Award.

McKinley was honored for personifying patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

 Shaun Bezilla, a PGA Professional at Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013. 

Golf Professional of the year is awarded to members that demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, Maintain a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf. And are well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

 Paul Townsend, a PGA Professional at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013.

 Townsend, an assistant at Wuskowhan Players Club for 7 years was reconginzed for his strength as a player/teacher/merchandiser/business person and overall golf professional, contributions made to the success of the his facility, contributions to the game of golf and his character of the nominee and respect from other professionals.

Ron LaParl has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.  The Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

Ron was elected to membership of the PGA of America on June 16, 1945 and was elected to the Half Century Club in 1995.  During his 60 plus years as a PGA Member Ron has been an active member participating in section and chapter events as well as dedicating his time to a variety of positions.

Jack Berry, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Media Award for 2013. Berry was honored for all he has done for golf in the State of Michigan.  He is the former National President of the Golf Writers Association.

Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

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PGA Expo returns to The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on August 19-21

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA Expo, the industry retail springboard for golf equipment, accessories and apparel in the second half of the golf season, returns to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 19-21, 2013.

Multiple fashion tradeshows will take place at The Venetian and in Las Vegas during the PGA Expo timeframe, providing synergy to golf industry apparel buyers and manufacturers. Attending industry professionals also will have access to high-level golf instruction and business education seminars at the PGA Expo from leading PGA teachers and industry executives.

“During the past three years the PGA Expo has found a valuable niche in the Las Vegas fashion marketplace to provide timely sourcing of new golf fashion, equipment and accessories, plus key golf instruction and business education opportunities for PGA Professionals and golf retailers,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President Ed Several. “Our positioning among upscale fashion tradeshows continues to add extended value for PGA Expo attending industry professionals to maximize their exposure to additional premium men’s and women’s fashion wear while conducting business with more than 200 golf equipment, instruction, apparel and accessories companies.”  
 
Thousands of golf industry leaders are expected to attend the 2013 PGA Expo to source new merchandise among some 200-plus golf companies and brands, preview Spring 2014 apparel lines, test the newest equipment and training aids, learn new teaching and business strategies and network among peers and industry executives. In addition to a strong mix of golf apparel brands such as adidas, AHEAD, Aristo 18/Bentley, Cross Golf USA, Cutter Buck, Dunning Golf, Ecco, E.P. Pro, Fairway Greene, Greg Norman Collection, PGA Authentic and PUMA, the PGA Expo features leading equipment companies such as Callaway Golf, Cobra, Nike Golf, Tour Edge, FlightScope, Forsesight Sports, Full Swing and Ernest Sports offering hands-on testing of their latest innovations and technology in the Club Performance and Testing Center, putting green, and ball flight analysis area on the Show floor.

The 2013 PGA Expo will begin with an Instructional Workshop and outdoor equipment testing from more than 40 participating vendors at Demo Night on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Callaway Golf Center, just off the Las Vegas Strip. The PGA Expo continues with exhibits, educational seminars and industry networking events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 20 21, at The Venetian. 

PGA Expo returns to The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on August 19-21

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA Expo, the industry retail springboard for golf equipment, accessories and apparel in the second half of the golf season, returns to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Aug. 19-21, 2013.

Multiple fashion tradeshows will take place at The Venetian and in Las Vegas during the PGA Expo timeframe, providing synergy to golf industry apparel buyers and manufacturers. Attending industry professionals also will have access to high-level golf instruction and business education seminars at the PGA Expo from leading PGA teachers and industry executives.

“During the past three years the PGA Expo has found a valuable niche in the Las Vegas fashion marketplace to provide timely sourcing of new golf fashion, equipment and accessories, plus key golf instruction and business education opportunities for PGA Professionals and golf retailers,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President Ed Several. “Our positioning among upscale fashion tradeshows continues to add extended value for PGA Expo attending industry professionals to maximize their exposure to additional premium men’s and women’s fashion wear while conducting business with more than 200 golf equipment, instruction, apparel and accessories companies.”  
 
Thousands of golf industry leaders are expected to attend the 2013 PGA Expo to source new merchandise among some 200-plus golf companies and brands, preview Spring 2014 apparel lines, test the newest equipment and training aids, learn new teaching and business strategies and network among peers and industry executives. In addition to a strong mix of golf apparel brands such as adidas, AHEAD, Aristo 18/Bentley, Cross Golf USA, Cutter Buck, Dunning Golf, Ecco, E.P. Pro, Fairway Greene, Greg Norman Collection, PGA Authentic and PUMA, the PGA Expo features leading equipment companies such as Callaway Golf, Cobra, Nike Golf, Tour Edge, FlightScope, Forsesight Sports, Full Swing and Ernest Sports offering hands-on testing of their latest innovations and technology in the Club Performance and Testing Center, putting green, and ball flight analysis area on the Show floor.

The 2013 PGA Expo will begin with an Instructional Workshop and outdoor equipment testing from more than 40 participating vendors at Demo Night on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Callaway Golf Center, just off the Las Vegas Strip. The PGA Expo continues with exhibits, educational seminars and industry networking events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 20 21, at The Venetian. 

2013 Callaway Junior World Championship!

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Torrey Pines

Attention Junior Tour Members,

Not only will Oak Pointe Country Club be the site of our first MPGA Junior Tour event, but it will also act as a qualifier for the Callaway Junior World Championship! Each year juniors from all over the world compete in this unique event held in beautiful Southern California. The tournament is well known worldwide, and has developed into an exclusive international competition. Past champions include David Toms, Lorena Ochoa, and Tiger Woods. You can find more information about the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship by clicking HERE.

We encourage all MPGA Junior Tour members ages 13-18 years old to participate, and will be handing out awards to all division winners. Below is additional information explaining the uniqueness of this event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The MPGA Junior Tour administers tournaments for juniors from ages 13-18. MPGA Junior Tour members who are 18 years old WILL NOT be eligible to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Championship.

Below are the established age divisions according to the Callaway Junior World Championship. The Boys/Girls first place finisher in each of these divisions will qualify.

13-14 Division

Open to boys and girls who are not yet 15 as of July 18, 2013

15-17 Division

Open to boys and girls who are not yet 18 as of July 19, 2013

The MPGA Junior Tour age divisions are as follows.

Boys: 13-15, 16-18

Girls: 13-15, 16-18

In order to meet the qualifying requirements BOTH BOYS DIVISIONS and BOTH GIRLS DIVISIONS will be playing the same tees. The boys will be playing approximately 6,300 yards, and the girls will be playing around 5,800 yards. For every other MPGA Junior Tour event divisions will correspond with the following yardages:

Boys 13-15 6,100-6,300

Boys 16-18 6,600-6,800

Girls 13-15 5,600-5,800

Girls 16-18 5,800-6,000

Again, the tournament will be held at Oak Pointe Country Club on June 17, 2013. Click HERE to register for this event.

 Good Luck!

McIlroy visits PGA HQ to receive Vardon Trophy, Player of Year Award

Click here to see our photo gallery of McIlroy’s visit to HQ

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rory McIlroy joined PGA of America leadership and staff members at their headquarters on Monday to accept both the 2012 Vardon Trophy and the PGA Player of the Year Award. The 23-year-old world No. 1 also fielded questions about his success in 2012 as well, giving a glimpse of his life off the golf course.

“It was a huge honor to win both of these awards in 2012 and it really showed what a great year I had,” said McIlroy. “Hopefully I’m able to replicate that a few more times in my career.”

McIlroy, who was also a member of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team and helped lead them to a stunning comeback victory at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, talked about the passion he has for this team format competition.

“The Ryder Cup is a truly great event, and so special that you get to compete in it as a team, not just as an individual,” said McIlroy.

“I am looking forward to the Ryder Cup in 2014, especially after last year and Europe coming back to win the way they did,” he added. “I think it’ll add that little extra to the next Ryder Cup, especially with Tom Watson coming back and being the U.S. Captain.”

2013 PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2013 PGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
Tuesday, March 12
PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

MEET THE 2013 INDUCTEES:
Jimmie DeVoe | Don “Chip” Essig IV | Michael Hebron | Jim Mrva 
Bill Ogden | William Powell | Bob Toski | Allen Wronowski 
 

PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame welcomes seven members of Class of 2013
Celebrated golf instructors Bob Toski and Michael Hebron, the late pioneers in diversity Jimmie DeVoe and William Powell, and PGA of America Honorary President Allen Wronowski head a class of eight inductees to be enshrined in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

The 2013 class, which will be honored March 12 at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., also includes 2011 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Donald “Chip” Essig of Westfield, Ind.; 2010 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Jim Mrva of Pittsford, N.Y.; and the late Bill Ogden, formerly of Glenview, Ill., who was one of the most prolific player-instructors in Illinois PGA Section history.

“It is with a great deal of pride that The PGA of America welcomes a special eight-member class into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, who by their life’s work have made significant and lasting contributions to our Association and the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “This class features those who battled social injustice, renowned instructors, and leaders who exhibited a passion for serving others beyond their job description. Their names will be forever inscribed among those who have made golf the greatest game.”

Toski, of Boca Raton, Fla., was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1990, and is the first among that elite roster to capture a PGA Tour money title (1954). Toski, now 86, won 11 events between the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, and competed in 21 majors. Leaving the Tour at age 30 to be closer to his young family, Toski utilized his animated style and showmanship to become a premier instructor. His students have included Tom Kite, Bruce Crampton, Judy Rankin and Ken Duke. He was a pioneer in video golf instruction, started the Golf Digest Schools in 1971 with late PGA teaching legend Jim Flick, authored multiple books, and served as a regular contributor to national industry publications.

Hebron, of St. James, N.Y., was the catalyst for the largest educational forum in the golf industry – the PGA Teaching Coaching Summit – and went on to promote to his peers how to understand learning the game. Hebron earned the 1991 PGA Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 was inducted into the Metropolitan PGA Section Hall of Fame.

Jimmie DeVoe, who passed away five days short of his 91st birthday in 1979, was the first African-American to be elected to membership following the rescinding of the “Caucasian clause” in 1962. At age 74, DeVoe also became the oldest to be elected to the Association. Among his many accomplishments, DeVoe operated the first African-American golf school in the 1930s in the basement of a pharmaceutical store in Harlem. He would eventually settle in Los Angeles, becoming a skilled player and popular teacher.

William Powell, the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient before his death at age 93 on Dec. 31, 2009, remains the only African-American to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. In 1946, Powell began breaking down barriers by building a “color blind” course, Clearview Golf Club of East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is among the National Register of Historic Places. Powell was 83 when he was granted PGA Life Membership status, retroactive to 1962, a year when The PGA of America dismantled another social barrier.

Allen Wronowski, the 37th president of The PGA of America (2010-2012), first made an impact in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section in business management and governance before rising to national office. Wronowski, the PGA director of member and player development at Hillendale Country Club of Phoenix, Md., joined the facility in 1979. Wronowski was mentored by the late William “Bill Clarke, who served as PGA president from 1973-74. Hillendale remains the only facility in the country to have employed two PGA presidents.

About the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame was relocated in 2005 at the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf. The inductees include PGA Presidents, PGA Golf Professional of the Year award winners as well as those PGA Professionals who also distinguish themselves as competitors while in service to The PGA of America.

 


 

2013 PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2013 PGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
Tuesday, March 12
PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

MEET THE 2013 INDUCTEES:
Jimmie DeVoe | Don “Chip” Essig IV | Michael Hebron | Jim Mrva 
Bill Ogden | William Powell | Bob Toski | Allen Wronowski 
 

PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame welcomes seven members of Class of 2013
Celebrated golf instructors Bob Toski and Michael Hebron, the late pioneers in diversity Jimmie DeVoe and William Powell, and PGA of America Honorary President Allen Wronowski head a class of eight inductees to be enshrined in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

The 2013 class, which will be honored March 12 at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., also includes 2011 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Donald “Chip” Essig of Westfield, Ind.; 2010 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Jim Mrva of Pittsford, N.Y.; and the late Bill Ogden, formerly of Glenview, Ill., who was one of the most prolific player-instructors in Illinois PGA Section history.

“It is with a great deal of pride that The PGA of America welcomes a special eight-member class into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, who by their life’s work have made significant and lasting contributions to our Association and the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “This class features those who battled social injustice, renowned instructors, and leaders who exhibited a passion for serving others beyond their job description. Their names will be forever inscribed among those who have made golf the greatest game.”

Toski, of Boca Raton, Fla., was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1990, and is the first among that elite roster to capture a PGA Tour money title (1954). Toski, now 86, won 11 events between the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, and competed in 21 majors. Leaving the Tour at age 30 to be closer to his young family, Toski utilized his animated style and showmanship to become a premier instructor. His students have included Tom Kite, Bruce Crampton, Judy Rankin and Ken Duke. He was a pioneer in video golf instruction, started the Golf Digest Schools in 1971 with late PGA teaching legend Jim Flick, authored multiple books, and served as a regular contributor to national industry publications.

Hebron, of St. James, N.Y., was the catalyst for the largest educational forum in the golf industry – the PGA Teaching Coaching Summit – and went on to promote to his peers how to understand learning the game. Hebron earned the 1991 PGA Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 was inducted into the Metropolitan PGA Section Hall of Fame.

Jimmie DeVoe, who passed away five days short of his 91st birthday in 1979, was the first African-American to be elected to membership following the rescinding of the “Caucasian clause” in 1962. At age 74, DeVoe also became the oldest to be elected to the Association. Among his many accomplishments, DeVoe operated the first African-American golf school in the 1930s in the basement of a pharmaceutical store in Harlem. He would eventually settle in Los Angeles, becoming a skilled player and popular teacher.

William Powell, the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient before his death at age 93 on Dec. 31, 2009, remains the only African-American to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. In 1946, Powell began breaking down barriers by building a “color blind” course, Clearview Golf Club of East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is among the National Register of Historic Places. Powell was 83 when he was granted PGA Life Membership status, retroactive to 1962, a year when The PGA of America dismantled another social barrier.

Allen Wronowski, the 37th president of The PGA of America (2010-2012), first made an impact in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section in business management and governance before rising to national office. Wronowski, the PGA director of member and player development at Hillendale Country Club of Phoenix, Md., joined the facility in 1979. Wronowski was mentored by the late William “Bill Clarke, who served as PGA president from 1973-74. Hillendale remains the only facility in the country to have employed two PGA presidents.

About the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame was relocated in 2005 at the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf. The inductees include PGA Presidents, PGA Golf Professional of the Year award winners as well as those PGA Professionals who also distinguish themselves as competitors while in service to The PGA of America.

 


 

2013 PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2013 PGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
Tuesday, March 12
PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

MEET THE 2013 INDUCTEES:
Jimmie DeVoe | Don “Chip” Essig IV | Michael Hebron | Jim Mrva 
Bill Ogden | William Powell | Bob Toski | Allen Wronowski 
 

PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame welcomes seven members of Class of 2013
Celebrated golf instructors Bob Toski and Michael Hebron, the late pioneers in diversity Jimmie DeVoe and William Powell, and PGA of America Honorary President Allen Wronowski head a class of eight inductees to be enshrined in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

The 2013 class, which will be honored March 12 at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., also includes 2011 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Donald “Chip” Essig of Westfield, Ind.; 2010 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Jim Mrva of Pittsford, N.Y.; and the late Bill Ogden, formerly of Glenview, Ill., who was one of the most prolific player-instructors in Illinois PGA Section history.

“It is with a great deal of pride that The PGA of America welcomes a special eight-member class into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, who by their life’s work have made significant and lasting contributions to our Association and the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “This class features those who battled social injustice, renowned instructors, and leaders who exhibited a passion for serving others beyond their job description. Their names will be forever inscribed among those who have made golf the greatest game.”

Toski, of Boca Raton, Fla., was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1990, and is the first among that elite roster to capture a PGA Tour money title (1954). Toski, now 86, won 11 events between the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, and competed in 21 majors. Leaving the Tour at age 30 to be closer to his young family, Toski utilized his animated style and showmanship to become a premier instructor. His students have included Tom Kite, Bruce Crampton, Judy Rankin and Ken Duke. He was a pioneer in video golf instruction, started the Golf Digest Schools in 1971 with late PGA teaching legend Jim Flick, authored multiple books, and served as a regular contributor to national industry publications.

Hebron, of St. James, N.Y., was the catalyst for the largest educational forum in the golf industry – the PGA Teaching Coaching Summit – and went on to promote to his peers how to understand learning the game. Hebron earned the 1991 PGA Teacher of the Year Award and in 2008 was inducted into the Metropolitan PGA Section Hall of Fame.

Jimmie DeVoe, who passed away five days short of his 91st birthday in 1979, was the first African-American to be elected to membership following the rescinding of the “Caucasian clause” in 1962. At age 74, DeVoe also became the oldest to be elected to the Association. Among his many accomplishments, DeVoe operated the first African-American golf school in the 1930s in the basement of a pharmaceutical store in Harlem. He would eventually settle in Los Angeles, becoming a skilled player and popular teacher.

William Powell, the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient before his death at age 93 on Dec. 31, 2009, remains the only African-American to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. In 1946, Powell began breaking down barriers by building a “color blind” course, Clearview Golf Club of East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is among the National Register of Historic Places. Powell was 83 when he was granted PGA Life Membership status, retroactive to 1962, a year when The PGA of America dismantled another social barrier.

Allen Wronowski, the 37th president of The PGA of America (2010-2012), first made an impact in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section in business management and governance before rising to national office. Wronowski, the PGA director of member and player development at Hillendale Country Club of Phoenix, Md., joined the facility in 1979. Wronowski was mentored by the late William “Bill Clarke, who served as PGA president from 1973-74. Hillendale remains the only facility in the country to have employed two PGA presidents.

About the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame was relocated in 2005 at the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf. The inductees include PGA Presidents, PGA Golf Professional of the Year award winners as well as those PGA Professionals who also distinguish themselves as competitors while in service to The PGA of America.