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Section Award Winners

2019 Section Award Winners

GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Jaime Sharp, PGA

The Valley Club - Hailey, Idaho
This award is based on the candidate’s entire record as a golf professional as it relates to service, length of membership, performance at club job and promotion of golf.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Brian Zeigler, PGA

The Club at 3 Creek - Jackson, Wyoming
Based on the candidate’s overall dedication and talent for teaching the game of golf.

ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Paul Bennett, PGA Associate

Bridger Creek Golf Course, Bozeman, Montana
The assistant professional who carries out his or her responsibilities in the most helpful manner to his or her head professional.

YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Luke Sestero, PGA

Crane Creek Country Club - Boise, Idaho
PGA member who provides excellent experience for junior golfers and who best exemplifies the ideals of those who work with youth.

BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD

Mike Hamblin, PGA

Blue Lakes Country Club - Twin Falls, Idaho
Based on contributions to club relations and employment.

HORTON SMITH AWARD

Jaime Sharp, PGA

The Valley Club - Hailey, Idaho
Based on contributions to golf professional continuing education.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Zach Abels, PGA

Canyon Springs Golf Course - Twin Falls, Idaho
Award recognizes the individual PGA member for their extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

RESORT MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR

Jeffrey Petersen, PGA

Sun Valley Golf Resort - Sun Valley, Idaho
Award recognizes the Resort Merchandiser of the Year based on the candidate’s abilities to purchase, present, and sell golf-related products in the most effective and attractive way possible while providing a high level of service to the customer at a resort golf facility.

PRIVATE MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR

Greg Wagner, PGA

Moonlight Basin - Big Sky, Montana
Award recognizes the Private Merchandiser of the Year based on the candidate’s abilities to purchase, present, and sell golf-related products in the most effective and attractive way possible while providing a high level of service to the customer at a private golf facility.

PUBLIC MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR

No Recipient


Award recognizes the Public Merchandiser of the Year based on the candidate’s abilities to purchase, present, and sell golf-related products in the most effective and attractive way possible while providing a high level of service to the customer at a public golf facility.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kelbi Lee, PGA

Black Bull - Bozeman, Montana
Based on most total points accumulated in various designated chapter, section, regional, and national events.

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Katie Somers, PGA

BanBury Golf Course - Eagle, Idaho
Based on most total points accumulated in various designated chapter, section, regional, and national events.

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ron Rawls, PGA

Crane Creek Country Club - Boise, Idaho
Based on most total points accumulated in various designated chapter, section, regional, and national events.