2014 ROCKY MOUNTAIN PGA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
DAVID SNYDER NAMED 2014 RMSPGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named David Snyder, the Executive Director of the Wyoming State Golf Association, its PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Snyder is an 18-year member of the PGA of America and has lead the WSGA the past two years.
The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is the highest honor paid to a PGA professional. The honoree is chosen based on his or her outstanding leadership abilities, exceptional performance as a PGA Professional and distinguished service to the Association and to the game of golf.
Since his election to PGA membership in 1996, Snyder has distinguished himself as a leader. He has served his Chapter and the Section as an officer since 2005 and is the current President of the Section.
This marks the second time David has been honored as the RMSPGA Golf Professional of the Year and his fourth overall Section award. He takes great pride in an ever-growing state-wide junior program and his willingness to constantly learn more about becoming a better leader than he already is. David credits his peers and mentors for his continued success. He feels it is greatly important for him to listen to other member's thoughts and concerns while communicating with as much of the membership as possible.
Outside of his daily responsibilities to the state golf association, David takes time to speak at local schools, the Lion's Club, and the Optimist Club. In addition, he teaches golf for a local recreation center and community college near his home in Cody, Wyoming. Snyder created the Wyoming Cup, a Ryder Cup style competition between Wyoming golf professionals and amateurs. The event was a huge success and continues to be played at different venues around the state.
Snyder will be formally recognized as the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.
BEN BRYSON AND JEFF THOMSEN CAPTURE RMSPGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Ben Bryson, PGA Head Professional at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, is the 2014 Player of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. PGA Life Member Jeff Thomsen of Boise, Idaho, is the 2014 Senior Player of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section. Bryson and Thomsen earned their honors due to their performance throughout the season in Section and National events.
This is the second time Bryson has earned Player of the Year honors as he previously did so in 2012. Ben clinched a closely contested Player of the Year award by winning the final event of the 2014 tournament season, the Snake River Chapter Match Play Championship. On the national stage, Bryson qualified for and made the cut at the PGA Professional National Championship held at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grand Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bryson’s year included a third place finish in the SRC Facility Championship, a fifth place check at the RMSPGA Fall Pro-Pro, sixth at the Pro-Pro Shootout, and a ninth place finish at the Idaho Open.
61-year-old Jeff Thomsen continued to defy father time as he captured his ninth Senior Player of the Year award. Thomsen nearly doubled the point total of his closest pursuers capping off a phenomenal tournament season which featured victories at the Section Championship and the Senior Division of the Idaho Open. He also finished third at the Senior Section Championship and played in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship, an event he won in 2003.
Both Bryson and Thomsen will formally receive their honors during the 2015 RMSPGA Annual Meeting next May.
GREG GLOVER SELECTED AS 2014 RMSPGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Rocky Mountain Section PGA Member Greg Glover has been named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the RMSPGA. The Teacher of the Year award bestows special recognition upon a Rocky Mountain Section PGA golf professional that has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor. The honoree is chosen based on his or her performance, leadership, image, promotion of the game of golf, impact on teaching and golf instruction, as well as the individual’s involvement in junior activities at his or her facility, and innovative contributions to golf instruction and published articles.
This honor marks the first time Greg has won the RMSPGA Teacher of the Year award and his second Section award overall as he was the Private Merchandiser of the Year in 2013. Greg was elected to PGA Membership in 1996 and has a passion for teaching the game to all levels of players. It is imperative to Greg that he is well versed in many different methods and styles of teaching because he realizes the importance of communicating to all types of students. Greg specializes in teaching the fundamentals of the game and showing his students how to practice properly. In addition, Greg has invested greatly in the latest tools and equipment to quantify his students’ results. Over the last seven years as the Director of Golf at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Greg has instructed countless players spanning every level in an effort to further each person’s enjoyment of the game of golf.
In addition to his normal club duties, Greg is a student of the golf swing and a student of teaching technique. He has studied countless famed teachers and their methods to hone his craft. It was a goal of Greg’s to earn the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Teacher of the Year Award and the Section is happy to announce his achievement.
Greg will formally receive his award during the 2015 RMSPGA Annual Meeting next May.
McGEACHIN EARNS 2014 RMSPGA YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Scott McGeachin, PGA General Manager of Warm Springs Golf Course in Boise, Idaho, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Youth Player Development Award. McGeachin has been a member of the PGA of America since 1988 and has served the City of Boise with pride for 18 years.
The Youth Player Development Award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement in this field. Scott is dedicated to providing meaningful instruction and playing opportunities for juniors of all ages. His success clearly comes from his dedication to promoting the game and encouraging the next generation of golfers. Scott and his staff continually review and promote programs to facilitate the needs of the community.
Scott’s courses are host to four high schools, four junior high schools, two college teams, and nearly 700 children participate in their junior programs. In addition, junior golf teams play, learn, and practice three times each week with teaching staff also taking them to local tournaments to further their playing interests. There are a half dozen junior/parent scramble nights during the summer that average 60 players each week. Scott’s love for junior golf is clearly apparent by the way he designs his programs and how he looks to the future of the game.
The 2014 Youth Player Development Award marks the third time Scott has earned this honor having won in 2002 and 2006 when it was known as the Junior Golf Leader Award. He will be presented with the 2014 RMSPGA Youth Player Development Award in May of 2015 at the RMSPGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.
CAROLLO HONORED AS RMSPGA BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD RECIPIENT
Dave Carollo, of Eagle, Idaho, has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA as the 2014 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. Carollo, 26-year member of The PGA of America, is being honored with this award for the first time as a member of the Rocky Mountain Section. He also won the Strausbaugh as a member of the Southern California Section in 1997 in addition to being recognized at the chapter level twice in Southern California.
Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who, by their day-to-day efforts, has distinguished him/herself by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving employment situations and through service to his/her community.
As a PGA member, Dave has worked tirelessly to promote the PGA of America and its members. As a result, he has been actively involved with assisting his former assistant professionals in establishing their careers as PGA professionals. Dave has mentored various professionals who have attained PGA membership and given of his time to many through the years. He stresses never having asked any assistant to do anything he would not do himself and strives to positively affect how any professional he has worked with views their position.
The 2014 Bill Strausbaugh Award adds to an already distinguished resume for Carollo, the just retired PGA Head Professional at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho. In addition to his 2007 RMSPGA Assistant Professional of the Year award, Carollo won two Section and three Chapter awards during his tenure in the Southern California Section including the most prestigious Golf Professional of the Year award in 2002.
Dave will be formally recognized as the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award winner in May of 2015, as part of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Honors and Awards Presentation.
MARK WEHRMAN CHOSEN FOR RMSPGA HORTON SMITH AWARD
Mark Wehrman, PGA Head Professional at Big Sky Resort Golf Course in Big Sky, Mont., has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2014 Horton Smith Award. The Horton Smith Award is presented to a PGA member for his/her outstanding contributions to professional education.
Wehrman, elected to PGA membership in 2008, reflects this commitment through his dedicated service to the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. Mark is currently the RMSPGA Yellowstone Chapter Education Chairman. He has aided in the organization of various learning experiences and other educational opportunities for the members and apprentices of the Section including bringing PGA Master Professional and Hall of Fame member Dr. Gary Wiren to the Section to present a teaching seminar.
Mark’s willingness to educate does not stop with the organization of seminars and researching relevant content. He has been an apprentice mentor since 2008 in addition to being on the PGA Growth of the Game committee since 2010. Play Golf America programs are also part of his day-to-day operation at Big Sky and he is a member of the National PGA President’s Council for Growing the Game.
This award marks the third Section honor for Mark having won this award in 2012 and being this year’s Resort Merchandiser of the Year. He will formally receive recognition at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting in May.
MARK HOLIDAY SELECTED AS RMSPGA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
PGA Professional Mark Holiday of Bozeman, Mont., has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA as the 2014 recipient of the Player Development Award. Holiday, a 22-year member of The PGA of America has been honored as such to recognize his extraordinary contributions and achievements in the area of Player Development. This award considers the Professional’s “growth of the game” leadership commitment at Section and National levels and the impact made at his/her own facility.
As the PGA Director of Golf at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman, Mont., Mark continues to work tirelessly to promote the game of golf. He has hosted multiple Play Golf America days, emphasizes Get Golf Ready programs, and built the Rocky Mountain Golf Academy from the ground up. Mark and his staff also run comprehensive adult group lesson programs including novice and family fun nights. Nike camps for children have been a part of the Bridger Creek growth of the game culture for 11 years and continue to complement the multi-tiered Bridger Creek Junior Academy. Holiday and his staff continue to lead the way welcoming women, children, and men of all ages to learn the game.
This marks the eighth time Holiday will be recognized as an award winner within the Section. Holiday will be formally recognized as the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Player Development Award winner in May of 2015, during the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.
SHARP, MASON AND WEHRMAN RECOGNIZED AS RMSPGA MERCHANDISERS OF THE YEAR
Jaime Sharp, PGA Head Professional at The Valley Club in Hailey, Idaho, has been named the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year for private golf course facilities. This award marks the first time he has been so honored by the RMSPGA.
Jaime has been a member of the PGA of America for 10 years, and has been on staff at The Valley Club for 15 years. In that time he has seen countless changes in member’s tastes for fashion and accessories in addition to the never ending run of “latest and greatest” equipment. Jaime’s positive results come from his ability and willingness to adapt to this ever changing climate of selling golf related merchandise. Constant review, analysis and edit of the club’s merchandise plan are other keys to his longtime success.
Blake Mason, PGA Assistant Professional at Warm Springs Golf Course in Boise, Idaho, has been named the 2014 Merchandiser of the Year for public golf course facilities. This marks the second time he has won the Merchandiser of the Year award having done so previously in 2006. Blake has been a member of the PGA of America since 2006 and has loyally served Warm Springs for the past quarter century.
Blake’s merchandising philosophy is to provide products in a range of brands and prices to best meet the needs of Warm Springs’ diverse customer base. He also collaborates with as many vendors as possible to provide staff training and demo days so that any guest’s questions can be competently answered to insure sales at the time of customer first contact. He uses different types of merchandising techniques and stays on top of current trends to keep the Warm Springs inventory moving.
Mark Wehrman, PGA Head Professional at Big Sky Resort Golf Club in Big Sky, Mont., has been recognized as the 2014 Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities. Wehrman has spent the past three seasons at Big Sky and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2008. This is the first time Mark has garnered this award.
Mark keeps the old adage “You can’t sell from an empty shelf” firmly in his mind. By increasing the amount of merchandise in the shop, he was able to significantly increase sales over the last year. Mark changes the look in the shop every week for a fresh appearance and offers a special discount to pass holders. He also conducts in house product seminars at the beginning of the season to keep his staff knowledgeable about the merchandise and how the shop is supposed to look. Product knowledge and full service are big keys to profitability in Big Sky’s golf shop.
The Merchandiser of the Year Awards are presented to the individuals who excel in their 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 their respective golf facilities. Sharp, Mason, and Wehrman will receive their awards at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation next May.
JEFF ALLEN IS THE 2014 RMSPGA ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Jeff Allen of Hilands Golf Club in Billings, MT, has been named the 2014 Assistant Professional of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. Jeff has been employed at Hilands the past seven years, the last four as an assistant professional.
Jeff is very involved in all day-to-day golf operations at Hilands Golf Club. He has been, and is, a crucial part of the operation and a professional who takes on his responsibilities of teaching, tournament operations, staff management, and member care with an easy going demeanor and positive approach. He possesses the dedication to detail necessary to see any job through to a successful conclusion. Jeff is very focused on each individual experience and, as a supervisor, making sure that experience is as enjoyable as possible. He is constantly looking for ways to accommodate the needs of others while serving the best interests of the membership, his employer, and the game he loves.
Jeff has administered many events and is heavily involved in all tournaments conducted at Hilands. He believes preparation is the key to running smooth events and strives to make sure every element of any tournament is planned, accounted for, and ready to roll come tournament time. Jeff also takes great pride in player development as he has developed clinics for all ages and captained the Hilands Golf Club PGA Junior League Golf team. Jeff is also instrumental in the PGA Sports Academy and has taught for the First Tee of Montana. Jeff is proud to wear many hats as an assistant professional at Hilands and willingly takes on any and all tasks assigned to him. Jeff feels the more he does, the more he learns and the more he learns, the more valuable he is to the facility and its members. Jeff does his very best to lead by example as he continues to learn the many aspects of the golf business.
This is Jeff's first Section award and it will be formally presented to him at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA next May.