2020 Special Awards

Michigan PGA Special Award Candidates

Each year we recognize 11 individuals in our Section who excel in their role as golf professionals. Michigan is home to some of the very best, most innovative professionals in golf!

To ensure our best qualified candidates move to the interview stage, please read the bios below (beginning the week of October 21st).

Click the nominee’s name below to read their bio.
Read the Special Awards Criteria

Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Brandon Dean , Crystal Mountain Resort
Cody Sinkler, Kalamazoo Country Club
Cole Meinke, Stonewater Country Club
Eric Conroy, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Jimmy Wisinski, Kent Country Club
Kevin Stires, Pine Lake Country Club
Russell Walk, Wuskowhan Players Club

Bill Strausbaugh Award
Aaron Waltz, Ferris State University PGA Golf Management
Bill Johnson, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
Chris Sobieck, The Golf Club At Thornapple Pointe
Dick Stewart, Life Member
Mark Wilson, Ferris State University PGA Golf Management
Pat Markley, Barton Hills Country Club
Paul Lehnert, Pine Lake Country Club
Shaun Bezilla, Harbor Point Golf Club
Steve Brady, Oakland Hills Country Club
Wally Sierakowski, Red Run Golf Club

Golf Professional of the Year
Brent Kish, Edgewood Country Club
Bryan Harris, Forest Akers GC/MSU
Lucas Emrich, Sunnybrook Country Club
Mark Stevens, Meadowbrook Country Club
Matt Koets, Railside Golf Club
Matt Smith, Crystal Downs Country Club
Scott Cook, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

Horton Smith Award
Glenn Pulice, Royal Oak Golf Center
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy
John Lindert, Country Club of Lansing

Merchandiser of the Year-Private
AJ Partenio, Walnut Creek Country Club
Brian Sanderson, Petoskey-Bay View Country Club
Chris Bathje, The Moors Golf Club
Dan Urban, Gull Lake Country Club
Jeff Carlson, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Kirk Scheerhorn, Wuskowhan Players Club
Kyle Horton, Kalamazoo Country Club
Mark Maras, Great Oaks Country Club
Mark Stevens, Tanglewood Golf Club
Matt Koets, Railside Golf Club
Matt Smith, Crystal Downs Country Club
Matt Swan, Kent Country Club
Mick DeKorver, Watermark Country Club
Pete Kelbel, Walloon Lake Country Club

Merchandiser of the Year-Public
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Mark Bayer, Sugar Springs Country Club
Matt Shalhoup, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club and Restaurant
Paul Cornwell, Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club

Merchandiser of the Year-Resort
Elliott Oscar, Forest Dunes Golf Club
Jason Horricks, The Jewel at the Grand Hotel
Steve Niezgoda, Bay Harbor Golf Club

Patriot Award
Brian Stange, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Doug Bell, American Dunes Golf Club
Doug Temple, Maple Leaf Golf Course
Tom Harding, Carl’s Golfland

Player Development Award
Andre Pillow, The First Tee of West Michigan
Brian Kotowicz, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Chelsea Guoynes, Michigan Section PGA
Cody Sinkler, Kalamazoo Country Club
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy
Kelly Plaisier, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course
Stephanie Jennings, Eastern Michigan University

Teacher of the Year
Alex Lorencz, Spartan Golf Academy at MSU
Bob Percey, Meadowbrook Country Club
Brandon Roby, Cascade Hills Country Club
Dave Kendall, Kendall Academy of Golf
Ed Laprade, Teacher of the Year
Kelly Plaisier, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Mike Fay, BOYNE Golf Academy

Youth Player Development Award
Andre Pillow, The First Tee of West Michigan
Brandon Roby, Cascade Hills Country Club
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Kelly Plaisier, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Pete Kelbel, Walloon Lake Country Club
Randy White, West Ottawa Golf Course
Raquel Bryant, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Rolla Frisinger, Foundation Golf Center
Tim Strickland, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club
Will Ellender, Fox Hills Learning Center

2020 Special Awards Timeline

Sept. 30Nomination forms due to Section Office
Oct. 21-Nov. 15  View the candidate bio forms
Nov. 11-Nov. 15Voting open!
Dec. 2019Announce finalists
Jan. 2020Special Awards Committee interviews finalists
Feb. 2020Winners are submitted for National Special Awards consideration 
March 2020Winners are announced at Spring Membership Meeting
Fall 2020Winners are awarded at the President’s Dinner

For more information on the Michigan PGA Special Awards Program please contact:

Anna Epkey
Michigan Section PGA
Communications Coordinator

aepkey@michiganpga.com
517.580.5258