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George Reynolds receives The Bill Strausbaugh Award

June 23, 2014

Minnesota Section PGA gives Bill Strausbaugh Award to George Reynolds.

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.

George Reynolds, Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner

George Reynolds, Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner

This year’s recipient is PGA Life Member George Reynolds. George has actively been involved in the Section’s Growth of the Game Committee and helped start the annual Sunshine Golf Clinics, designed to help high school coaches improve the performance of their student athletes. These clinics attract more than 200 high school coaches annually.

George was also involved with a used club program that helped provide equipment to schools with limited budgets to have golf as part of their athletic curriculum. This program is now overseen by the First Tee Minneapolis and has received more than 10,000 clubs over time.

George is also a member of the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame, Minnesota High School Coaches Hall of Fame and recipient of the MGA’s Warren Rebholz award for Distinguished Service to the game and previous winner of the Section’s Horton Smith and Player Development Awards.

Year turned pro?

Apprentice in 1957 and received my Class A in 1963

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?

I thought I might be a player. I also wanted to teach golf.

How are you growing the game of golf?

Free golf clinics, fundraising through golf, coaching high school golf team/students.

What was your greatest moment in golf?

Winning the Minn. Section PGA Senior Open and also playing in three USGA Senior Opens.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

Family, PGA Professional Gunnard Johnson , Bob Reith Sr., U of M coach Lester Bolstad

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?

Volunteer, fish, continue to grow with grandchildren.

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

Cruden Bay in Scotland and a sand green course.

Congratulations George!

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