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2014 PGA Award Winners

November 1, 2014

Award Winners Named During Fall Meeting

On Monday, October 27, the Minnesota Section PGA acknowledged the contributions of its members during the fall meeting awards luncheon. Among the award recipients this year were the first women’s player of the year, a 15-time player of the year and Minnesota golf Hall of Fame member, the late Mike Zinni. Here is a recap of this season’s winners.

2014 Women’s Player of the Year

Angie Ause of Oak Marsh Golf Club accumulated 381.60 points to win the inaugural Women’s Player of the Year Award. Ause won the Luther Pro-Series Women’s event and finished seventh in the Women’s Tapemark.

2014 Assistant Player of the Year

Brian Seiwert, Assistant Professional at Bear Path Golf and Country Club accumulated 373.70 points to win his 1st Minnesota Section Assistant Player of the Year award.  Seiwert won the 2014 Assistants Match Play Championship and Assistant’s Event #3 and finished fourth in the National Car Rental Minnesota PGA Assistant Championship

2014 Minnesota PGA Player of the Year

Don Berry, PGA Professional at Edinburgh USA Golf Club accumulated 769.66 points to win his 15th Minnesota Section Player of the Year award.  Berry won the 2014 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am, finished runner-up in the Minnesota Match Play Championship and tied for 3rd in the Minnesota PGA Professional Championship.

2014 Senior Player of the Year

The 2014 Senior Player of the Year is not yet completed.  Leading into the 2014 PGA Senior Professional Championship is Don Berry of Edinburgh USA, who has accumulated 250 points to lead Brad Schmierer of Hastings Country Club by 132.50 points.  The PGA Senior Professional Championship is taking place November 13-16 at PGA Golf Club in Prot Saint Lucie, Florida.

2014 Assistant Professional of the Year

This year’s recipient, Chris Larson, has been an assistant professional at Moorhead Country Club the past seven years. During his tenure at Moorhead, Chris coordinates and runs corporate events, runs and coordinates the club’s junior program of 90-110 students annually, and instructs both Get Golf Ready programs and Hook kids on golf programs at the club. Chris also coordinates the Dakota Chapter Free Lesson Day at the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks minor league Baseball games annually and is a member of the Dakota Chapter Board of Directors and Section Assistant’s Board of Directors.

2014 PGA Youth Development Award

This year’s recipient, Ty Armstrong, has been the PGA Teaching Professional at GolfTec Eden Prairie since 2011 and coach of Eden Prairie High School golf team during this time. Ty’s passion for teaching junior golf is well known in the Eden Prairie area.  He is actively involved in a community 9-hole golf league organized by the local PGA Professionals each summer, and spends endless time working with and supporting the Eden Prairie High School boys golf team, which cumulated with the team winning the 2013 Minnesota State High School state championship.

2014 Resort Facility of the Year

This year’s recipient in the Resort Facility Category is Mark Neva of Deacon’s Lodge.  Mark has been the PGA Professional at Deacon’s Lodge since 1999 and oversees the golf programs, promotion, merchandising, and teaching at the facility.  Mark and his facility continue to be actively involved in hosting Section, MGA, and MWGA events.

2014 Public Facility of the Year

This year’s recipient in the Public Facility Category is Scott McDonald of Minnewaska Golf Club.  Scott has been the PGA Professional at Minnewaska Golf Club since 2012 helping oversee the golf programs, promotion, merchandising, and teaching at the facility.  During his three-year tenure at the facility, Scott has helped increase traffic at the club, and through promotion has seen traffic on the club’s website increase by more than 40% since arriving at Minnewaska.

2014 Private Facility of the Year

This year’s recipient in the Private Category is Ron Rebrovich of Alexandria Golf Club.  Ron has been the PGA Professional at Alexandria Golf Club the past twelve years helping oversee the golf programs, promotion, merchandising, and teaching at the facility.  Ron has been the tournament chairperson for the annual Resorters Golf Tournament that brings more than 300 golfers to the Alexandria community each year.

2014 PGA Player Development Award

This year’s recipient is PGA Master Professional of Instruction Greg Schulze of University Les Bolstad Golf Club. At University Golf Club, Greg instructs ten golf classes annually for the University of Minnesota school of Kinesiology, eight week-long junior camps and weekly Special Olympics golf clinics as well as over 400 hours of private instruction.

Greg has been a member of the Junior Golf Committee, Growth of the Game committee, and currently is the Chair of the Section’s Education committee.

Horton Smith Trophy Award

Michael Zinni, the long-time PGA Professional at Mankato Golf Club, is the posthumous recipient of the 2014 Horton Smith Trophy.  Mike was an active member of the Section’s Board of Directors since 1989 with a term as President in 1995-96.  He also served on the PGA of America’s Board of Directors for two terms (1997-1999 and 2005-2007) and served on the Instruction, Special Awards, Tournament and Properties Committees at the National level.

Mike was the Section Professional of the Year in 1996, Bill Strausbaugh Award winner in 2000 and 2007, the Private Club Merchandiser of the Year in 1990 and inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. Mike also coached the Minnesota State University, Mankato golf team from 2003-2009.

Bill Strausbaugh Award

This year’s recipient is Alan Cull, General Manager of TPC Twin Cities. Cull has been the general manager of TPC Twin Cities since 2002, helping oversee the facility’s operations including golf, food and beverage, promotion, merchandising, and teaching at the facility.  TPC Twin Cities has been the annual host to the Champions Tour 3M Championship and annual hosts the Family Fun Zone tied to that event that promotes golf and other activities to those who attend.

Alan has also helped oversee the TPC Twin Cities annual youth golf clinic for local schools and Birdies for the Brave Pro-Am golf event.

PGA Teacher of the Year

Sam Emerson, PGA Teaching Professional at Tartan Park Golf Course, is the 2014 Minnesota Section PGA. Sam has been actively involved with instructional programs in his community that include an Adult/Child program at his facility, lessons at White Bear Lake schools for at-risk sixth graders, YMCA golf lessons as part of their summer rec program, and the VA Hospital program that has led to the formation of the Eagle’s Turf non-profit organization.

Steve Weidner Award

This year’s recipient is Dan Waldoch, PGA Professional at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck, ND.  Dan has spent the past 40 years in the Bismarck community dedicated to developing golfers and creating a place for junior golfers to play.  Dan has been instrumental in the formation of the Dakota Junior Golf Association, a place for juniors in North Dakota to play competitive golf as well as learn the game.

PGA Golf Professional of the Year

Rob Hary, at Minnesota Valley Country Club since 1979, is the 2014 recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year.  A 39-year member in the PGA, Rob has been always been instrumental in all facets of the golf operations at Minnesota Valley Country Club. Rob’s passion for Growing the Game, the facility’s caddie program, and junior golf is very important to him. A two-time winner of the Section’s Junior Golf Leader Award,  Rob has dedicated much of his time to youth which includes a nationally known junior golf program, and a leader in the area of PGA junior golf league.

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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