2020 Special Award Finalists

Michigan PGA Special Awards

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!

In November 2019, Michigan PGA Members voted on the 2020 Special Award Finalists. In January 2020, the Michigan PGA Special Awards Committee interviewed the finalists to determine the Section award winners. 2020 Michigan Section Special Award winners will be announced at the March Membership Meeting and awarded at the November President’s Dinner.

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

ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Brandon Dean, Crystal Mountain Resort
Jimmy Wisinski, Kent Country Club

BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD
Chris Sobieck, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
Mark Wilson, Ferris State University PGA Golf Management
Steve Brady, Oakland Hills Country Club

GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Bryan Harris, Forest Akers GC/MSU
Matt Koets, Railside Golf Club
Dick Stewart, Life Member

HORTON SMITH AWARD
Glenn Pulice, Royal Oak Golf Center
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy

MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR-PRIVATE
Dan Urban, Gull Lake Country Club
Kirk Scheerhorn, Wuskowhan Players Club

MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR-PUBLIC
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Mark Bayer, Sugar Springs Country 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
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Tom Harding, Carl’s Golfland
Doug Bell, American Dunes Golf Club

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Andre Pillow
Chelsea Guoynes, Michigan Section PGA

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Dave Kendall, Kendall Academy of Golf
Mike Fay, BOYNE Golf Academy

YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Andre Pillow
Rolla Frisinger, Foundation Golf Center
Tim Strickland, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club


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. 6, 2019Announce finalists!
Jan. 7-9, 2020Special Awards Committee interviews finalists
Feb. 2020Winners are submitted for National Special Awards consideration 
March 23, 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