2019 Special Awards


2019 Special Awards Nominees

Click the nominee’s name below to read their bio.
View the Special Awards criteria here

 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Brandon Dean, Crystal Mountain Resort
Christopher Zito, Knollwood Country Club
Emily Rohdy, Railside Golf Club
Eric Conroy, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Jordan Weinger, Orchard Lake Country Club
Kevin Stires, Pine Lake Country Club
Ray Davis, Spring Lake Country Club
Ryan Brown, Pine Lake Country Club
Scott Cook, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

Bill Strausbaugh Award
AJ Partenio, Walnut Creek Country Club
Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts
Chris Sobieck, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
Ian Ziska, Katke Golf Course/Ferris State University

John Pershern, Lochmoor Club
Kyle C. Martin, The Fortress
Pat Markley, Barton Hills Country Club

 Golf Professional of the Year
Adam Howe, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
Casey Powers, Boyne Mountain Resort
Chris Sobieck, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
Dick Stewart, Kalamazoo Country Club
Doug Kreis, Battle Creek Country Club
Ian Ziska, Katke Golf Course/Ferris State University
Jeff Rachar, Burning Tree Golf & Country Club
Jim Deiters, Midland Country Club
Kyle Holmes, No Club Affiliation

Horton Smith Award
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy
Kevin McKinley, Treetops Resort

Merchandiser of the Year – Private
Christopher Bathje, The Moors Golf Club
Doug Brody, Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
Doug Kreis, Battle Creek Country Club
Jeff Carlson, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Mark Stevens, Meadowbrook Country Club
Matt Smith, Crystal Downs Country Club
Scott Brotebeck, Flint Golf Club

Merchandiser of the Year – Public
Brian Kotowicz, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
Dean Marks, Milham Park Golf Course
Ian Ziska, Katke Golf Course/Ferris State University
John Paul Westbrook, Indian River Golf Club
Mark Bayer, Sugar Springs Country Club 

 Merchandiser of the Year – Resort
Adam Howe, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
Elliott Oscar, Forest Dunes Golf Club
Jason Horricks, The Jewel at the Grand Hotel
John Myers, Boyne Highlands Resort

Patriot Award
Dean Kolstad, Gull Lake View Golf Club
Doug Bell, Manistee National Golf & Resort
Joe Charles, Treetops Resort 

Player Development Award
Joe Charles, Treetops Resort
Kelly Plaisier, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Mike Fay, BOYNE Golf Academy
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course
Stephanie Jennings, Eastern Michigan University
Tim Strickland, Stonebridge Golf Club

Teacher of the Year
Brandon Roby, Cascade Hills Country Club
Dave VanLoozen, Oakland Hills Country Club
Ed Laprade, Crystal Mountain Resort
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy
Mike Fay, BOYNE Golf Academy
Pete Kelbel, Walloon Lake Country Club
Steve Vecellio, Birmingham Country Club
Tim Strickland, Stonebridge Golf Club

 Youth Player Development Award
Andre Pillow, The First Tee of West Michigan
Glenn Pulice, Royal Oak Golf Center

Jason Rammler, Idyl Wyld Golf Club
Jeff Stalcup, The Orchards Golf Club
Kelly Plaisier, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Pete Kelbel, Walloon Lake Country Club
Randy White, West Ottawa Golf Course
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course
Tim Strickland, Stonebridge Golf Club

 

 

2019 Special Awards Timeline

 Sept.4 – Oct. 1, 2018

 Link to Nomination form sent to PGA Members via email

 October 1, 2018

 Nomination forms due to Michigan PGA Section Office by 11:59pm

 Oct. 22 – Nov. 11

 Special Awards Candidates announced!
 View the candidate’s bio forms on MichiganPGAgolf.com

 Nov. 12 – Nov. 16

 Voting open!

 December 2018

 Announce Special Awards Finalists

 January 16 & 17, 2019

 Special Awards Committee interviews finalists

 February 2019

Finalists are submitted for National Special Awards consideration

 Fall 2019

2019 Special Awards Winners are announced at Fall Membership Meeting


Criteria for Special Awards Nominees

ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

  • Strengths as a player/teacher/merchandiser/tournament administrator/
    business person and overall golf professional
  • Contributions made to the success of the candidate’s facility and the game of golf itself
  • Character, image and integrity of the candidate
  • Examples of the candidate’s mentors


PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

  • Recognition as a PGA Professional for extraordinary efforts in administering Play Golf America initiatives
  • Development of candidate’s own programs that support both growth and exposure to the game of golf
  • Overall image of the professional as a teacher/coach
  • Use of innovative techniques and specialty certifications that enhance the
    candidate’s programs and ability as a golf instructor
 


TEACHER OF THE YEAR

  • Overall impact on teaching/coaching at the candidate’s facility to include number/hours of
    lessons/clinics and dollars generated
  • Unusual, innovative or special teaching programs initiated or implemented
    Instructional articles, videos or publications written or produces
  • Examples of innovative techniques/technologies used or specialty certifications that enhance the candidate’s programs, lessons and ability as an instructor
  • Continued education and training in the area of golf instruction

YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

  • Number of participants and length/frequency of junior golf clinics
  • Amount and overall size of junior golf tournaments
  • Teacher to student ratio and agenda of junior golf program to include goals and metrics of success
  • Previous awards or non-golf community/civic involvement
 


GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

  • Strengths as a player/teacher/merchandiser/tournament administrator/
    leader/mentor and lifelong example of a model golf professional
  • Examples of contributions made to candidate’s facility and the game of golf within the Michigan Section
  • Previous awards and non-golf community involvement
 


MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR- PRIVATE

  • Summary of exemplary retail philosophy and image
  • Examples of excellence in profit margin/stock turn/cost of goods/sales/dollars per round/
    inventory mix and other metrics used to evaluate golf shops
  • Innovation in displays, merchandising techniques, staff training and the overall success
    and growth of the candidate’s operation. Continued education in retail arena
  • Continued education and advancement in the retail arena
 


MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR- RESORT

  • Summary of exemplary retail philosophy and image
  • Examples of excellence in profit margin/stock turn/cost of goods/sales/dollars per round/
    inventory mix and other metrics used to evaluate golf shops
  • Innovation in displays, merchandising techniques, staff training and the overall success
    and growth of the candidate’s operation. Continued education in retail arena
  • Continued education and advancement in the retail arena
 


MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR- PUBLIC

  • Summary of exemplary retail philosophy and image
  • Examples of excellence in profit margin/stock turn/cost of goods/sales/dollars per round/
    inventory mix and other metrics used to evaluate golf shops
  • Innovation in displays, merchandising techniques, staff training and the overall success
    and growth of the candidate’s operation. Continued education in retail arena
  • Continued education and advancement in the retail arena
 


BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD

  • Involvement and significant contribution through mentoring of fellow
    PGA professionals/apprentices/PGM students
  • Recognition as a person of outstanding integrity and character that reinforces the values and
    image of the association
  • Level of service and activity to the section, association and the game itself
  • Previous awards and participation in non-golf community/civic activities
 


HORTON SMITH AWARD

  • Candidate’s contributions, techniques and support of both National and Section Education
    programs and seminars
  • Articles or programs that directly relate to education of fellow PGA Professionals
  • Contributions made by the candidate to grow and strengthen the image of a PGA Professional
  • Examples of the candidate’s leadership and networking ability
 


 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SPECIAL AWARDS?
Please contact:
Anna Epkey
Michigan Section PGA
Communications Coordinator

aepkey@michiganpga.org 
517.641.7421