2018 Special Awards


Candidate Bio Forms

We received an amazing number of nominations for the 2018 Special Awards. To ensure our best qualified candidates move to the interview stage, please read the bios below of those individuals you may not know.

The week of November 13th we will send you an email with a link to your ballot. At that time, you will be able to vote for two nominees in each category.

There are some truly amazing professionals nominated for these awards. Please read a few bios and decide who you think deserves to make it to the next round!


2018 Special Awards Nominees

Click the nominee’s name to read their bio.

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
Patrick Bloom, Forest Dunes Golf Club
Eric Conroy, Thousand Oaks Golf Club
Eric Dye, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Juan Martinez, Blythefield Country Club
Blake Nienhuis, Cascade Hills Country Club
AJ Partenio, Walnut Creek Country Club
Kevin Stires, Pine Lake Country Club
Eric Suran, Boulder Pointe Golf Club
Chris Tompkins, Barton Hills Country Club
Jordan Weinger, Orchard Lake Country Club
 


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
Tami Bealert, Hickory Creek Golf Course
Joe Charles, Treetops Resort/Jones Course
Ray Davis, Spring Lake Country Club
Mike Fay, Boyne USA Resorts
Chad Kurmel, Spartan Golf Academy at MSU
Brandon Roby, Cascade Hills Country Club
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course
 


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
Mike Boogaard, Pines Golf Course
Joe Charles, Treetops Resort/Jones Course
Mike Fay, Boyne USA Resorts
Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy
Larry Hamilton, Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club
Chad Kurmel, Spartan Golf Academy at MSU
Ed Laprade, Crystal Mountain Resort
Bob Percey, Meadowbrook Country Club
Brandon Roby, Cascade Hills Country Club
Adam Schriber, LochenHeath Golf Club
Jack Seltzer, Seltzer Golf Academy
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course

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
Rolla Frisinger, Island Hills Golf Club
Pete Kelbel, Walloon Lake Country Club
Matt Koets, Railside Golf Club
Chad Kurmel, Spartan Golf Academy at MSU
Tim Strickland, Stonebridge Golf Club
Scott Wilson, Bay Meadows Family Golf Course
 


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
Greg Babinec, Crystal Mountain Resort
Jim Dewling, Total Golf
Harry Dixon, Walloon Lake Country Club
Paul Lehnert, Pine Lake Country Club
John Seltzer, Blythefield Country Club
Wally Sierakowski, Red Run Golf Club
 


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
Paul Lehnert, Pine Lake Country Club
Mike McGonigal, Egypt Valley Country Club
Matt Flaherty, Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club
 


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
Mark Hogan, Treetops Resort
Jason Horricks, The Jewel at the Grand Hotel
Elliot Oscar, Forest Dunes Golf Club
 


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
Ian Ziska, Katke GC/FSU
 


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
Doug Bell, Manistee National Golf & Resort
Kevin McKinley, Treetops Resort
Aaron Waltz, Ferris State University PGA Golf Management
 


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
John Lindert, Country Club of Lansing
Ian Ziska, Katke GC/FSU
 


 

2018 Special Awards Timeline

 August 29, 2017

 Nomination Forms Sent to PGA Members via Email.

 October 2, 2017

 Nomination Forms Due to Michigan PGA Section Office

 Oct. 20 – Nov. 12

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

 Nov. 13 – Nov. 17

 Voting Open!

 Week of Nov. 27

 Announce Special Awards Finalists

 January 17 & 18, 2018

 Special Awards Committee Interviews Finalists

 February 2018

 Finalists are submitted for National Special Awards consideration

 Fall 2018

 2018 Special Awards Winners are announced at Fall Membership Meeting


QUESTIONS ABOUT SPECIAL AWARDS?

Please contact:
Anna Epkey
Michigan Section PGA
Communications Coordinator

aepkey@michiganpga.org 
517.641.7421