The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named long time PGA Professional Ron Dunham from Wilson, Wyo., its 2017 Golf Professional of the Year.  Dunham is a 41 year member of the PGA of America and has served five clubs since beginning his career in 1974 and has been a fixture at Teton Pines Country Club and Resort in Jackson, Wyo. the last 16 of those 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 the game of golf.


The Rocky Mountain Section congratulates Ron on a wonderful career as he has retired and has taken up permanent residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  He and his wife Missy have been the faces of Teton Pines and his devotion to his club and The PGA of America is not to be questioned.  In our Section he has hosted the Section Championship four separate times in addition to the Rendezvous and fall pro-ams many of you have frequented.


Ron has produced a distinguished career and it includes twice being named Golf Professional of the Year in the Central New York Section where he has also been ensconced in their Hall of Fame.  His list of Section awards is long, 8 times recognized, and is marked by the notable achievement of being named the Resort Merchandiser of the Year by the PGA of America in 2005 while a member of the grand old Rocky Mountain Section.  He is one of only three national award winners hailing from the modern boundaries of our Section.  Ron’s accomplishments were not confined to the workplace as he won the Central New York Section’s Vardon Cup Award for the lowest stroke average in 1985.


Dunham’s list of service to the Association is impressive.  He served both the Central New York and New Jersey Sections as a member of their Board of Directors.  In addition, Ron twice served as a member of the National Board serving District 4 from 1990-1993 and our own District 9 from 2008-2011.  He continues to work during the winter as part of the PGA of America’s Winter Tournament Staff.   


Dunham will be formally recognized as the 2017 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.