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Jay Meyerhoff Named 2016 Horton Smith Award Recipient

November 2, 2016

The 2016 Horton Smith Award recipient is Jay Meyerhoff of Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn. The Horton Smith Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Professionals. It is designed to give special acknowledgement to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuous contributions to professional education.

The award is given based on the nominee’s contributions to National PGA education programs, education programs and seminars within the PGA Section, development of articulates as it relates to and benefits education and building the image of both the PGA Professional and the Association.


Meyerhoff is a co-chair on the Education Committee of the Minnesota Section with colleague, CJ Meyer. He has accomplished a great amount in his two year stint on the committee. His passion for education is something he inherited at a young age.

“My mom and dad are both educators, so I grew up with it,”Meyerhoff said. “I’ve always tried to improve by making sure everyone is informed about being a PGA Professional; we aren’t just golfers, there is so much more to it. Letting them [aspiring PGA Professionals] know what goes on behind the scenes.”

Jay helped create and establish a teaching division within the committee to further educate golf professionals. He was a significant part of the Assistant Orientation program by reworking the mentoring division to help put the Assistants in the best position to succeed and reach their goals.

In addition to the aforementioned teaching tactics, the Education Committee has brought in multiple speakers, including guests from PGA of America, that have discussed a variety of topics; leadership, management and labor laws being among them. Another area of discussion was the implementation of a top flight junior golf program and how to run it, as well as other Growth of the Game initiatives. This proved to be very beneficial to membership and professionals looking to create new intrigue at their facility.

Jay has created a very successful and stable mentoring program within the Education Committee that has paid dividends to the Section among several other accomplishments in this field; he is extremely worthy of this recognition.

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

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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