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.

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
Jimmy Wisinski, Kent Country Club
Russ Walk, Wuskowhan Players Club

BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD
Aaron Waltz, Ferris State University PGA Golf Management
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
Bryan Harris, Forest Akers GC/MSU
Matt Koets, Railside Golf Club

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

MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR-PRIVATE
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
Matt Swan, Kent 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
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
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Tom Harding, Carl’s Golfland

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Andre Pillow, The First Tee of West Michigan
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

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, Crystal Mountain Resort
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
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. 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