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Membership Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

Award Winner
Golf Professional of the Year Eric Lippert, PGA
Assistant Associate of the Year Donn Achen, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh Award Tom Morton, PGA
Club Fitter of the Year Tom Rezendes, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category Mike Dowd, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category Derek Zachman, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category Travis Alley, PGA
Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Doug Heinrichs
Horton Smith Award Tom Morton, PGA
Golf Salesperson of the Year Mark Attebery
Player Development Award Shawn Kelly, PGA
Sports Media Person of the Year David Marzetti
Teacher of the Year Ross Kroeker, PGA
Patriot Award Robert Smith, PGA

Player of the Year (Section, Senior & Super Senior, and Assistant-Associate)

Player of the Year honors are awarded to the top PGA Professionals and Associates for exemplary play throughout the tournament season and are based upon the Year to Date Points List in the following four categories: Section POY, Senior POY, Super Senior POY, and Assistant-Associate POY.

Award Winner
Section POY Scott de Borba
Senior POY Rodney Wilson
Super Senior POY Scott Hoyt
Assistant-Associate POY John O’leary

Are you or someone that you know making significant contributions to the game of golf, to your community or are you thinking outside the box and advancing the game? The Northern California Section of the PGA of America presents the following special awards to recognize the outstanding performances and superior achievements of our Section PGA Professionals, PGA Apprentices and Industry Associates. Based on the individuals’ entire career, emphasis is placed on the last five years of achievements and is presented to recognize extraordinary accomplishments both on and off the course.

3 Easy Steps to NCPGA Award Nomination

Step 1: Nominate an NCPGA Member or Industry Leader

Scroll down to review the listing of awards and their descriptions. Each nomination form (click on the appropriate link) includes awards criteria and eligibility information. If you would like to nominate an individual you may also contact the Special Awards Committee member in your Chapter. Please be sure to include the nominee’s name, facility name, the award for which they are nominated, and details regarding why they are nominated.

Step 2: Download and Complete the Award Nomination Form

Nomination forms are to be completed in a writing style called “Third Person” – as if you are talking about the nominee. If you are filling out your own nomination form please write in Third Person as if you are writing about a friend. Remember to emphasize your achievements as this form is what the committee will use to evaluate the nominations. Please save this document to your computer prior to answering the questions and/or closing the document. Your submission should be in the form of an electronic copy as a Word document.

Step 3: Submit Your Completed Award Nomination Form

Nomination Forms must be received by July 31, 2019. Send in your completed nomination form to Suzy Schneider at the NCPGA Section Office – (an electronic copy- word document- must be submitted).

2019 NCPGA Special Awards Committee

The Special Awards Committee is here to assist you with the nomination process. Please contact your chapter representative or the committee chair with your questions.

Name Position Course Number Contact
Mike Galli, PGA Chairman North Ridge Country Club (916) 967-5716 Email
Scott Steelman, PGA Bay Area Chapter Liaison Los Positas Golf Club (925) 455-7820 Email
Hayden Lyman, PGA Monterey Bay Area Chapter Liaison Pebble Beach Golf Club (831) 622-8723 Email
Ted Mattila, PGA North Coast Chapter Liaison Buckingham Golf & Country Club (707) 279-4863 Email
Kirby Lee, PGA North State Chapter Liaison Winchester Country Club (530) 878-3014 Email
Chris Bitticks, PGA San Joaquin Valley Chapter Liaison Life Member Active (209) 484-7416 Email
Andrew Workman, PGA Sierra Nevada Chapter Liaison Hole in One USA – Carson City (775) 671-1910 Email
Suzy Schneider Staff Liaison NCPGA Section Office (707) 449-4742 Email

NCPGA Special Awards

**Indicates nationally recognized award by the PGA of America Awards Program. 2019 award recipients who meet the criteria for submission to the national award will be submitted to the PGA of America Special Awards Program in 2020.

Golf Professional of the Year**

The NCPGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional (the finest exhibition of spirit, determination, business acumen, professionalism, promotion of the game of golf as well as service to the Section and the Association).

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years.

Teacher of the Year**

The NCPGA Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years & Candidate must be a Master Professional or Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching OR, must have attended or conducted a minimum combined total of TEN (10) national teaching workshops, teaching/coaching summits or sectional teaching workshops or teaching/coaching summits within the last FIFTEEN (15) years.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Horton Smith Award**

The NCPGA Horton Smith Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals. This award is designed to give special recognition to an inpidual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years & must be one of the following: Master Professional, Certified Professional, served as an Association Subject Matter Expert (SME), adjunct PGA faculty member, OR have conducted and/or taught at a minimum combined total of TEN (10) national education programs/workshops (to include PGA PGM) or sectional education programs/workshops within the last TEN (10) years.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Bill Strausbaugh Award**

The NCPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award is designed to recognize PGA Professionals who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Youth Player Development Award**

The NCPGA Youth Player Development Award (formerly the Junior Golf Leader) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in youth player development efforts as either a PGA Associate or Member for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Merchandiser of the Year**

The NCPGA Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those Class A PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons / merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The NCPGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Player Development Award**

Awarded to PGA Professionals for their extraordinary & exemplary contributions to player development and promotion of the game.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in player development as either a Member or Associate for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2019 nomination forms – CLICK HERE.

Patriot Award**

The Patriot Award is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America. NOTE: Due to the nature of this award, it may not be awarded every year.

*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2020 PGA National Awards Program, 2019 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in military programming efforts as either a PGA Member or Associate for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Assistant Associate of the Year

The NCPGA Assistant Associate of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Assistant Professional, PGA Teaching Professional or Associate for their overall performance as an Assistant or Associate. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in leadership, service to the Section and community and promotion of the game of golf.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Club Fitter of the Year

The NCPGA Club Fitter of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Class A Professional who has exhibited great knowledge in club fitting while striving to improve the game through properly fitted equipment.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Golf Course Superintendent of the Year

The NCPGA Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award is bestowed an individual for their service and contributions to the game of golf within the Northern California PGA Section.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Sales Representative of the Year

The NCPGA Sales Representative of the Year Award is awarded to an individual for their service to Northern California PGA Professionals, their merchandising team members and to the Section.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.

Sports Media Person of the Year

The NCPGA Sports Media Person of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has done an exceptional job in promoting and reporting the story of the PGA Professional in the Northern California Section.

*2019 nomination form – CLICK HERE.