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Steve Fessler is the Horton Smith Trophy Award Winner

May 27, 2014

Get to Know our Horton Smith Trophy Winner

Steve Fessler

Steve Fessler, Horton Smith Trophy Award Winner

The Horton Smith Trophy is awarded to the professional who has provided outstanding contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities in the Minnesota Section. This year’s recipient is Steve Fessler, PGA Professional at Riverwood National Golf Course. Steve has been a member of the Section’s Board of Directors since 2005 and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Section and Chair of the Section’s Junior Golf Committee. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Steve has been actively involved with the Assistant’s Chapter, Tournament Committee and Junior Golf Committee. An excellent teacher, Steve has instructed and helped many fellow professionals, amateur players and junior golfers.

Year turned pro?


What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?

True love of the game. I went from the investment field to an industry where people were in a much better mood.

How are you growing the game of golf?

We try to energize young and older golfers making their experience a positive one. Anything we can do to make the game easier is our goal at Riverwood.

What was your greatest moment in golf?

Playing golf with my father, nephew and my son Trey. I look forward to each round we all play together.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

Without question my Father Bill, he taught me to always try to smile and truly appreciate others around me and Don Waryan taught me the golf business!

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?

I love shooting baskets and spending any time with my son. Watching him get excited about everyday things is a treat.

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

Augusta, I would love to play with my son there. This past year Jeff Drimel let us play Medina and Trey asked wide eyed “Dad, is this what Augusta is like?”

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, certifications, and tournaments)

PGA Junior Golf Leader, Horton Smith Award and snuck in a few wins here and there over the years.

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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