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Steve Bengtson Named 2015 Public Facility Promoter of the Year

October 18, 2015

Steve Bengtson-2015 Public Facility Promoter of the Year

The 2015 Public Facility Promoter of the Year is awarded to Steve Bengtson of Whitefish Golf Club in Pequot Lakes, MN. This award which is for public facilities only, honors a PGA Professional who goes above and beyond in his/her contributions to the facility. Candidates are measured by the facility’s golf programs offered, tournament operations, merchandising, rules, promotion, and facility history.

Steve has been at Whitefish Golf Club for the last 20 years as a PGA Professional/General Manager. The main goal for his staff at Whitefish Golf Club is to make a lasting impression and create a great customer experience. He reiterates what they do, how they act and what is provided at Whitefish can dictate the customers’ experiences and whether the facility is promoted positively or negatively. The facility itself has undergone many projects over the last 20 years to keep advancing the course to meet the desires of golfers. He has helped implement and organize numerous events and programs to promote the game of golf at his facility. This includes community golf programs, junior golf programs and men’s & women’s leagues in addition to memberships, socials, & other events. Steve has been an exceptional ambassador for the game of golf, and the operations and mentality of his facility represent the Section to the highest standard.

Hometown: Buffalo, MN

Golf Background:

Being from Buffalo, MN, Steve’s golf career began at Buffalo Heights Golf Course and Wild Marsh Golf Course where he worked both on the grounds crew and in the shop during high school and college. He pursued a business degree at the University of St. Thomas while occasionally playing on the team as a replacement, yet he had no intention of becoming a professional afterwards. After school, he found himself playing a lot more and multiple friends recommended he get into the industry. Finally, he got into the golf business working for Minnesota Section President Steve Fessler at Pheasant Acres Golf Course as an Assistant Professional. This peaked his interest because of his ability to get behind the scenes more than most people would be able to. He initially left to work and teach in Arizona at Pavilion Lakes before coming back to work at The Pines—Grand View Lodge. Now he currently resides at Whitefish Golf Club where he has been making an impact in the community for 20 years.

When and why did you decide to become a PGA Professional?

“It was 1997, the reason why is that I love it. I grew up around it and playing it. Although hockey was my number one sport growing up, as I got older golf became the best for my career path. I was able to see more of the business side which attracted me to the golf profession. There was definitely a combination of aspects and avenues—teaching, business, merchandising, promotion—to the industry that caught my appeal.”

What does winning this award mean to you and your facility?

“Every person and staff member is working so hard to better themselves and the facility; and to be recognized, it speaks volumes. The golf business is challenging with so many passionate individuals looking to grow the game. Going from originally not having a Golf Professional at the course to being recognized by the PGA and the community with this award, it is extremely valuable and adds credibility to the facility.”

Congratulations and thank you for your services to the Section, Steve.

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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