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Section Award Winners

2021 Section Award Winners

GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Wes Roberts, PGA

Shooting Star of Jackson Hole - Teton Village, Wyoming
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 & COACH OF THE YEAR

T.J. Yeaton, PGA

Shooting Star of Jackson Hole - Teton Village, Wyoming
Based on the candidate’s overall dedication and talent for teaching the game of golf.

ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Robert Holmes, PGA

The Club at SpurWing - Meridian, Idaho
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

Zach Abels, PGA

Canyon Springs Golf Course - Twin Falls, 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

No Recipient in 2021


Based on contributions to club relations and employment.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Doug Hagen, PGA

Riverside Country Club - Bozeman, Montana
Based on contributions to golf professional continuing education.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Andrew Navarro, PGA

The Club at 3 Creek - Jackson, Wyoming
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

No Recipient in 2021


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

Jon McAleer, PGA

Bridger Creek Golf Course - Bozeman, Montana
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

Ben Polland, PGA

Shooting Star of Jackson Hole - Teton Village, Wyoming
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

Jim Empey, PGA

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