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Meet Our Minnesota PGA Award Winners

November 21, 2012

Get to Know our Minnesota PGA Section Award Winners

Each month, we’re putting a much-deserved spotlight on our Minnesota PGA members who have been honored with a variety of awards. Our profile for this month is:

Jeff Sorenson – 2012 Player of the Year

Jeff is currently the Teaching Professional at Columbia Golf Course.   This was Jeff’s 4th time receiving this award.  His highlights this year included winning 6 Pro-Ams and a low round of 64 in the Edinburgh USA Pro-Am.  

Jeff Sorenson

Jeff Sorenson – Player of the Year

What year did you turn professional?


What was your motivation to become a PGA professional?

I liked teaching, working at golf courses, and playing tournament golf.

How are you growing the game of golf?

At the First Tee Minneapolis we teach over 800 kids per year and offer great beginner lessons that are more than just mechanics. I give between 900 and 1000 hours of total instruction each year and foster the improvement of many players. I also play numerous events and the trickle down effect of students, members, friends, and general public following along creates great interest in the game and makes them play more!

What was your greatest moment in golf?

Playing in the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

My father who started me in golf. I worked on the Edinburgh USA staff as a caddy when I was a teenager. I’ve also been influenced by the Minnesota golf community and their enthusiasm for the game.

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?

Playing with my dog, Dewey, watching movies, European sports carts, and hanging out with friends.

If you could play any course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?

Pebble Beach with my dad, brother, and Arnold Palmer


2003 and 2005 Minnesota PGA Assistant Player of the Year

2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Minnesota PGA Player of the Year

5 Minnesota major victories, 87 professional victories

Congratulations Jeff on an outstanding year playing golf and for being a role model in the Minnesota golf community.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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