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Julian Ramirez Wins 2015 Assistants’ Player of the Year

October 23, 2015

Julian Ramirez-2015 Assistants’ Player of the Year

The 2015 Assistants’ Player of the Year is Julian Ramirez of Riverwood National Golf Course in Otsego, MN. Saying that Julian made a splash in his first season on the Assistants’ Chapter would be an understatement. It speaks volumes to the caliber of player that Julian is to be able to win Player of the Year honors in just his first year. The 25 year-old from Coon Rapids, MN had a spectacular season finishing in the Top 2 in four of the five Assistants’ events. His performance in the Assistants’ Season Long Match Play Championship contributed significantly to him winning Assistants’ Player of the Year honors. As a newcomer, he won the championship match 3&1 over Paul Speltz of Midland Hills CC; he was seeded last given it was his first year as a part of the Assistants’ Chapter. Julian also had a great showing in the National Car Rental Assistants’ Championship, finishing tied for third and qualifying for the National Car Rental PGA Assistants’ Championship in Port St. Lucie, FL on October 29-November 1, 2015.

The Assistants’ Player of the Year is given to an Apprentice or Assistant PGA Professional who accumulates the most points throughout the season in the Assistants’ Chapter. Points are earned based on performance in both Section and Assistants’ Chapter events. Julian edged out Brian Seiwert of Bearpath G&CC by almost 90 points in the standings. Seiwert took last year’s Assistants’ Player of the Year honors but came up just short this season.

With this being your first year in the Assistants’ Chapter, did you image having this much success in your first year?

“The goal from the beginning was to be the Assistants’ Player of the Year. It was my goal, but I was not really sure of it because this was my first year being an Apprentice and competing in Assistants’ Chapter events. I knew my ability and that if I played good golf and was patient, I could give myself a chance. As the season went on it became a realistic goal.”

What has your first year been like and how will this experience carry over into your second year?

“It has been great. I’m meeting and getting to know everyone, especially since I’m working for Section President Steve Fessler. The Pro-Ams and Luther Events have given me a chance to network and meet the professionals. It is great to get my feet wet and a feel for being a part of the Section; I am looking forward to next year and figuring out my path in the golf business.”

What has been one of the biggest learning points for you?

“Learning time management skills between working, teaching, playing, and your personal life. Finding a balance is tough, and it can be stressful when that is not going well.”

Congratulations Julian on being the Assistants’ Chapter Player of the Year.

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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