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    Award Winners

2018 Special Award Winners

Golf Professional of the Year ~ Chad Myers, Wamego Country Club
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year ~ Stephanie Curran, Kansas City Country Club
Teacher of the Year ~ J.B. Kim, Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Course
Youth Player Development ~ Joe Taylor, Creekmoor
Player Development ~ Brad Volker, Flight Golf Academy of KC
Clubfitter of the Year ~ John Richman, Martin City Golf Complex
Merchandiser of the Year (Public) ~ Shawn Freeman, Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course
Merchandiser of the Year (Private) ~ Rodney Wray, Wolf Creek Golf Links
Merchandiser of the Year (Resort) ~ Randy Towner, Firekeeper Golf Course
Bill Strausbaugh ~ Curt Nelson, Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Course
Horton Smith ~ Andy Fisher, Kansas City Country Club
Jon E. Jacobson Award ~ Steve King, Rivercut Golf Course
Patriot Award ~ Rick Grayson, Rivercut Golf Course
Deacon Palmer Award ~ Rickie Scott, Creekmoor
Hall of Fame Inductee ~ Brad Demo, Midwest Section PGA
Hall of Fame Inductee ~ Rob Wilkin, Heritage Park Golf Course
Hall of Fame Inductee ~ Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor
Sales Representative of the Year (Hard Goods) ~ Chad Homsey, Titleist
Sales Representative of the Year (Soft Goods) ~ Matt Feauto, Adidas
PGA Junior Golf Student-Athlete ~ Megan Propeck, Leawood, KS
PGA Junior Golf Student-Athlete ~ Cole Elling, Kansas City, MO
Media Award ~ Kevin Kietzman, 810 WHB

  • Hall of Fame
    Established in 2003, the Midwest Section PGA Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary careers by paying tribute to those individuals who have served the Section in an exemplary manner, set standards for promoting the game, acknowledged as an outstanding player or teacher of the game, and/or have contributed in a special way to growth and heritage of the Section.

    PGA Golf Professional of the Year
    Presented annually since 1974, this award honors the working PGA member whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. Special emphasis is placed on performance and achievement over the past five years in the following criteria: overall performance as a PGA Professional at his or her facility; service to the Midwest Section and the Association; leadership ability; image and ability to inspire fellow PGA Professionals and apprentices; and promotion of golf.

    PGA Apprentice / Assistant of the Year
    This award honors a Midwest Section PGA Apprentice or Assistant whose total contributions to the game best illustrate the proficiency necessary to be considered an imminent leader of the Section and outstanding professional. A strong emphasis is placed on performance and achievement the past twelve months in the following criteria: overall performance as an Apprentice or Assistant at his/her facility, participation in Section tournaments, involvement in Section Play Golf America initiatives, attendance at Section and District meetings, and contributions to the Midwest Section PGA Foundation – volunteer and/or monetarily

    PGA Teacher of the Year Award
    Presented annually since 1987, this award is based on the PGA Professional’s overall performance in teaching. It includes unusual, innovative and special teaching programs the honoree has initiated or played a key role in implementing; articles published in books and magazines; as well as outstanding golfers the PGA Professional has instructed.

    PGA Youth Player Development Award
    Presented annually since 1989, this award recognizes a PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Ongoing work by this PGA Professional includes involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf at the club level, in addition to support for national junior golf programs. The interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf are qualities of a successful junior golf leader.

    Horton Smith Award
    Presented annually since 1977, this award is designed to identify a PGA Professional and give special recognition for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. A seven-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member and two-time masters Champion, Smith was PGA President from 1952 – 54. He devoted much of his time to improving educational programs. Smith died in 1963.

    Midwest Section PGA Jon E. Jacobson Award
    The Jon E. Jacobson award is presented annually to a member of the Section Board of Directors. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Section. The overall performances as a member of the Board of Directors, and image as a professional are some of the criteria considered for this award.

    Bill Strausbaugh Award
    The Bill Strausbaugh Award was established in 1979, and is presented to a PGA Golf Professional who, by their day-to-day efforts, has distinguished themselves in mentoring their fellow PGA Golf Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the section, association, and the community.

    Strausbaugh, a PGA member since 1947 who also served on the PGA Board of directors for three years, created The PGA’s Career Services (now known as Employment Services) Department. The department counsels PGA members seeking employment, better job opportunities and improved working arrangements in their present positions. Strausbaugh died in 1999.

    Player Development Award
    The Player Development Award recognizes a leading PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of Player Development. The award considers a PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels, and the impact at the members’ own facility

    PGA Merchandisers of the Year
    The PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes those PGA Professionals who demonstrate excellence as businessmen or businesswomen and merchandisers in the promotion of the game at private, public, or resort facilities.

    Sales Representative of the Year Award
    Presented annually since 2002, this award recognizes a Sales Representative who excels in customer service, knowledge of product, and commitment to PGA Professionals and the Section. This award winner must stand out in business ethics and integrity.

    Club Fitter of the Year Award
    The Club Fitter of the Year Award was established in 1996, and is presented to a PGA Professional who stands out in the science of club fitting. This Professional must have a proven background in certified club fitting, knowledge of product, and committed to the teaching aspects of club fitting and the values of.

    Midwest Section PGA Media Award
    The Midwest Section PGA recognizes an individual or individuals for their contributions in the area of promotion and public awareness, and has helped to elevate the status of the PGA professional and Midwest Section PGA. Contributions to the Sections programs, scope of exposure and results of exposure are considered.

    Midwest Junior Student-Athlete Award
    The Student-athlete award is given annually to a student-athlete or athletes who have excelled in five areas of character: athletics, sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and community outreach. Additionally, each student-athlette must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be considered.

  • The Midwest Section PGA Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to recognize extraordinary careers by paying tribute to those individuals who have served the Section and/or golfing community in a commendable manner, set standards for promoting the game, are recognized as outstanding teachers, players and/or have contributed in a special way to the growth as well as adding heritage of the Section.

    2003 Stan Thirsk Kansas City Country Club
    2004 Sam Reynolds Hickory Hills Country Club
    2004 Harold "Jug" McSpaden PGA Tour
    2005 Leland "Duke" Gibson Blue Hills Country Club
    2005 Jon E. Jacobson Midwest Section PGA
    2006 Brien Boggess St. Joseph Country Club
    2009 Bobby Clayton Bobby Clayton's Clubfit/Repair
    2011 Tom Watson PGA Tour
    2011 Bud Williamson, Jr. Blue Hills Country Club
    2012 Rick Grayson Rivercut Golf Course
    2013 Jeff Johnson Sunflower Hills Golf Course
    2014 Perry Leslie Highland Springs Country Club
    2014 Brian Maloney Highland Springs Country Club
    2014 Ken Leland Moila Shrine & Country Club
    2014 Mike Habermehl St. Joseph Country Club
    2015 Jeff Burey Twin Oaks Golf Complex
    2015 Dorl Sweet Bill & Payne Stewart Golf course
    2015 Robert Stone, Sr.
    2016 Randy Towner Firekeeper Golf Course
    2016 Tom Aikmus Lake Quivira Country Club
  • Golf Professional of the Year

      1974-1979   1980-1989
    1974    Harry A. Robb 1980    Stan Thirsk
    1975    Leland (Duke) Gibson 1981    Ralph (Bud) Williamson, Jr.
    1976    Frand (Dutch) Stamberger 1982    Sam J. Reynolds
    1977    Harman Scharlau 1983    Harold Reed
    1978    John Bonella 1984    Bill Parker
    1979    Everett Vinzant 1985    Victor Sirna
        1986    Allen Lucht
        1987    Dale Howell
        1988    Brien Boggess
        1989    Perry Leslie
      1990-1999   2000-2009
    1990    Jim Fornier, Jr. 2000    Steve c. Specht
    1991    Jeff Burey 2001    Brad C. Demo
    1992    Jeff Johnson 2002    John P. Marquardt       
    1993    Perry Leslie 2003    Ken Leland
    1994    William (Bill) Skolaut 2004    Randy Syring
    1995    Pat Tubach 2005    Rick Grayson
    1996    Jeff W. Walster 2006    Randy Hunt
    1997    Brian Maloney 2007    Dan Schumacher
    1998    Tom Aikmus 2008    Steve Harrison
    1999    Paul Hooser 2009    Mike Habermehl
    2010    Randy Towner
    2011    John Richman
    2012    Jay Kennedy
    2013    Tom Aikmus
    2014    Andy Fisher
    2015    Rick Neal
    2016    Rob Wilkin



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