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Pat Cairns Named 2016 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year

October 26, 2016

Pat Cairns of Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn. is the 2016 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. One of the highest honors the Association can give to an Assistant Golf Professional, this award identifies an individual who has excelled in their role and executed a wide range of services at his or her facility.


The criterion for this award is the overall performance as a golf professional, service to the Section and Association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire and promotion/growth of the game.

Cairns, the First Assistant at Somerset since the Spring of 1998, holds a lot of responsibility in different aspects of the day-to-day operations. He is in charge of merchandising and all related inventory and financial controls, tournament programming featuring both men’s and women’s golf activities, the junior golf program and putting group. Also on his task list was the supervision of golf shop staff, the caddie program and running the club fitting program.

He credits his success to Dave DuSchane, his Head Golf Professional and mentor at Somerset.

“Dave [DuSchane] has always allowed me to demonstrate that I am capable of performing the many duties required of a golf professional,” said Cairns. “It is special to have a boss that is a wonderful mentor and a friend.”

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

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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