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Aaron Jacobson Named 2015 Youth Development Award Recipient

October 19, 2015

Aaron Jacobson-2015 Youth Development Award Winner

The 2015 Youth Development Leader of the Year Award winner is Aaron Jacobson of Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, MN. This Youth Development Award is awarded to a PGA Professional that demonstrates involvement in the promotion of junior golf, support of National junior golf programs, and an interest and ability to provide opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf. This person must also have outstanding character as well as a notable overall image, service, and leadership in the junior golf area.

Aaron has had a dramatic impact on the junior golf program at Rush Creek Golf Academy over the past year. He assisted in increasing junior registrations rapidly over the past four years. Rush Creek Golf Academy hosts week-long camps, lesson leagues and classes on course-play & instruction, and “Divots” classes for kids’ ages 3-5—most of whom are being introduced to golf for the first time. He also continued the development of a travel league that began last year which aims to successfully take beginning golfers and make them tournament-ready players. Aaron has helped establish a great culture at Rush Creek Golf Club and has been instrumental in increasing participation and intrigue for golf in his community.

Hometown: Willmar, MN

Golf Background:

Aaron has been around the game of golf starting at age 8 and continued to be heavily involved in the sport. He knew before he graduated high school that this was what he wanted to do. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College before getting his foot in the door of the golf business. Joel Jacobson at Eagle Creek Golf Club, Aaron’s uncle, has been a constant mentor and helped educate Aaron about the game itself and continues to impact his career today.

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

“1995. I loved being around the sport of golf. I began my golf career as an Apprentice at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy before becoming a PGA Class A member. I spent some time at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ before making my return to Minnesota where I have been at Rush Creek Golf Club for the past 13 years.”

What does winning this award mean to you?

“It means I’m making a difference by helping grow the game of golf. I am making it easy for youth to get involved and introduced to the sport. For example, we provide them with the equipment, so they just need to show up to play. Another aspect is really pushing it in the community to promote the game.”

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

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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