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    Award Winners

    Golf Professional of the Year Award

    Bill Filson, PGA; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

    The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional. Well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

    Teacher of the Year

    Cheryl Anderson, PGA; Mike Bender Golf Academy

    The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professional's overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.

    Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Eric Dietz, PGA; Mountain Lake Club

    The Bill Strausbaugh Award is designed to recognize PGA Professionals who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

    PGA Professional Development Award

    Brian Riddle, PGA; TPC Sawgrass

    The PGA Professional Development Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.

    Youth Player Development Award

    Jim Endicott, PGA; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

    The PGA Junior Golf Leader Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.

    Player Development Award

    Steve Brewer, PGA; Dubsdread Golf Course

    The President's Plaque is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. This award considers the PGA Professional's growth of the game leadership commitment and the impact made at the facility.

    Merchandiser of the Year - Private

    Derek Morrison, PGA; Sugarmill Country Club

    The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.

    Merchandiser of the Year - Public

    Mike Tuohy, PGA; Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch

    The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.

    Merchandiser of the Year - Resort

    Grace Hurley, PGA; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

    The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public, and Resort facilities.

    PGA Assistant of the Year

    Matthew Chen, PGA; Bay Hill Club & Lodge

    The PGA Assistant of the Year Award is designed to recognize the Assistant PGA Professional whose enthusiasm, growth, and leadership to the facility and involvement in the Chapter reflect the potential to lead and contribute to the future of the game and industry.

    Patriot Award

    Jim Endicott, PGA; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

    The Patriot Award is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

    Patriot Award

    Doug Holloway, PGA; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

    The Patriot Award is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

    Deacon Palmer Award

    Paul Barone, PGA; Sara Bay Country Club

    The Deacon Palmer Award honors a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life.

    Chapter PGA Professional of the Year Award

    Bill Filson; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links


    Chapter PGA Professional Development Award

    Darin Hoff; Golf Travel Professionals


    Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Not Awarded


    Player Development Award

    Steve Brewer; Dubsdread Golf Course


    Patriot  Award

    Jim Endicott; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

    Doug Holloway; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Private)

    Derek Morrison; Sugarmill Country Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Resort)

    Patrick Dill; Championsgate Golf Resort


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Public)

    Mark Verkey; Palmer Legends Country Club


    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    Cheryl Anderson; Mike Bender Golf Academy


    Youth Player Development Award

    Jim Endicott; Royal St. Cloud Golf Links


    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    Matthew Chen; Bay Hill Club & Lodge


    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    Jamie Wilson; Cobra Puma


    Chapter Distinguished Service Award

    Dale Borrowman


    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    Not Awarded

    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    The Baby Lou Award

    Royal St. Cloud Golf Links


    Chapter Deacon Palmer Award

    Ryan Ely; Hawks Landing Golf Club


    Chapter 2021 Player of the Year Award

    Greg Koch; Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes


    Chapter 2021 Senior Player of the Year Award

    Nick Frontero; Tee It Up


    Chapter 2021 Assistant Player of the Year Award

    Greg Koch; Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes

    Chapter PGA Professional of the Year Award

    Stefan Brunt; Sawgrass Country Club


    Chapter PGA Professional Development Award

    Brian Riddle; TPC Sawgrass


    Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Stefan Brunt; Sawgrass Country Club


    Chapter Player Development Award

    Aaron Russell; Sawgrass Country Club


    Chapter Patriot Award

    Wes Tucker; St. Johns Golf Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Private)

    Stefan Brunt; Sawgrass Country Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Resort)

    Grace Hurley; Ponte Vedra Inn & Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Public)

    Not Awarded


    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    Hayes Farley; San Jose Country Club


    Chapter Youth Player Development Award

    Bryan Kipnis; Eagle Harbor Golf Club


    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    Nicole Cousart; TPC Sawgrass


    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    Chip Holcombe; Srixon/Cleveland Golf


    Chapter Distinguished Service Award

    Cary Helton; JAGA


    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    Lucas Andrews; TPC Sawgrass


    Chapter Deacon Palmer Award

    Not Awarded


    Chapter 2021 Player of the Year

    Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth; San Jose Country Club


    Chapter 2021 Senior Player of the Year

    Gerry James; The Palencia Club


    Chapter 2021 Assistant Player of the Year

    Carl Miller; World Golf Village- King & Bear

    Chapter PGA Professional of the Year Award

    Kevin Paschall; Legacy Golf Club


    Chapter PGA Professional Development Award

    Mark Trotter; Waterlefe Golf & River Club


    Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Jeff Boudrie; Legacy Golf Club


    Player Development Award

    Melissa Williams; Tara Golf & Country Club


    Patriot Award

    Charlie Darbyshire; Waterford Golf Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Private)

    Darren Dimick; Gator Creek Golf Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Resort)

    Patrick Gogoel; Ritz-Carlton Members Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Public)

    Michael Tuohy; Esplanade at Azario


    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    Stephen Arnold; Longboat Key Club


    Chapter Youth Player Development Award

    Ryan Macey; Bradenton Country Club


    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    Nick Lombardi; The Founders Golf Club


    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    Keith Martin; Callaway Golf


    Chapter Distinguished Service Award

    Not Awarded


    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    Donald Abell; Tara Golf & Country Club


    Chapter Deacon Palmer Award

    Paul Barone; Sara Bay Country Club


    Chapter 2021 Player of the Year Award

    David Hronek; GOLFTEC Sarasota


    Chapter 2021 Senior Player of the Year Award

    David Hronek; GOLFTEC Sarasota

    Chapter Professional of the Year Award

    Chris Slattery; Avila Golf & Country Club 


    Chapter PGA Professional Development Award

    Matt Jordan; Streamsong Resort


    Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Eric Dietz; Mountain Lake Club


    Player Development Award

    No Winner


    Patriot Award

    Fred Curtis; Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Private)

    Rob Anderson; Old Memorial Golf Club


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Resort)

    Matt Jordan; Streamsong Resort


    Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award (Public)

    Shaun Van Patten; Pure Science Golf


    Chapter Teacher of the Year Award

    Nathalie Filler; The Vinoy Golf Club


    Youth Player Development Award

    Aaron Fusiek; Carrollwood Country Club


    Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

    Richard Webster; Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club


    Chapter Sales Representative of the Year Award

    Hannah Schonewald; Adidas


    Chapter Amateur of the Year Award

    No Winner


    Chapter Superintendent of the Year Award

    No Winner


    Chapter Deacon Palmer Award

    Tom Shea; The Eagles Golf Club


    Chapter 2021 Player of the Year Award

    Jonathan Mansfield; Clearwater Country Club


    Chapter 2021 Senior Player of the Year Award

    Keith Kulzer; Golf Grove Learning Center