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2016 Minnesota Section PGA Award Winners

October 14, 2016

The Minnesota Section PGA would like to congratulate and recognize the following PGA Professionals for their commitment, leadership and continuous effort for promoting golf at their respective facilities as well as in their communities. The 2016 Minnesota Section PGA award winners will be honored at the Minnesota Section’s Fall Meeting on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.


Steve Whillock was named Golf Professional of the Year on top of his Senior Match Play Victory this year.

Golf Professional of the Year: Steve Whillock, Director of Golf at Oak Marsh Golf Club in Oakdale, Minn.

Teacher of the Year: Kris Kroetsch, Teaching Professional at Fargo Country Club in Fargo, ND

Youth Development Award: Dean Zahn, Head PGA Professional at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen, SD

Player Development Award: Brad Pluth, Director of Instruction for Golf Achievement Community in Chaska, Minn.

Assistant Professional of the Year: Pat Cairns, Assistant Golf Professional at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Facility Promoter of the Year (Private): Kellie Hoiness, Head PGA Professional at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

Facility Promoter of the Year (Resort): Mark C. Johnson, Head PGA Professional at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minn.

Facility Promoter of the Year (Public): Tom O’Connell, Head PGA Professional at Falls Country Club in International Falls, Minn.

Horton Smith Award: Jay Meyerhoff, Head PGA Professional at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn.

Bill Strausbaugh Award: Nathan Ollhoff, Head PGA Professional at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.

Patriot Award: Dale Jones,  Head PGA  Professional at Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for all you do for the Section!  Be sure to follow the blog and social media accounts to hear more from the winners.

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Al Pieper permalink
    October 19, 2016 6:18 pm

    Kudos from Al Pieper resident of Mendota Heights and lifelong buddy of Tom Campbell.


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