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Boise, ID
Wednesday December 13 01:19pm EST
24° F

Humidity: 84%
Wind: Calm
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Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Areas of freezing fog. High 36F. Winds light and variable.
Cloudy. High around 35F. Winds light and variable.
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 38F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.














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            Ron Rawls of Boise, Idaho, has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA as the 2013 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. Rawls, a 24-year member of The PGA of America, was honored with this award for the fourth time as a member of the Rocky Mountain Section. 
            Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who, by their day-to-day efforts, has distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving employment situations and through service to his/her community.
            As a PGA member, Ron 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. Ron has mentored many PGA members and given of his time to various organizations within the Boise area. They include the First Tee of Idaho, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, Boise State University, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
            The 2013 Bill Strausbaugh Award adds to an already distinguished resume for Rawls, the PGA Head Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho. In addition to his 2006, 2008, and 2010 Strausbaugh awards, he also previously garnered the 2007 and 2010 Private Merchandiser of the Year Award. He was honored as the 2004 Golf Professional of the Year in the Pacific Northwest Section and the 2012 Golf Professional of the Year award winner in the Rocky Mountain Section.
            Ron will be formally recognized as the 2013 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award winner in May of 2014, as part of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Honors and Awards Presentation.


            Dustin Ames, PGA Head Professional at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho, has been selected by the Rocky Mountain PGA Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award.
            The Horton Smith Award is presented to a PGA member for his outstanding contributions to professional education. Ames, elected to PGA membership in April of 2011, reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. Dustin is currently the Snake River Chapter PGA Secretary and serves on the Education Taskforce of his chapter. He has aided in the organization of various education experiences and other educational opportunities for the members and apprentices of the Section.
            This award marks the first Section honor for Dustin and he will formally receive recognition at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting in May.


            Rocky Mountain Section PGA Member David Snyder has been named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the RMSPGA.  This honor marks the first time David has won the RMSPGA Teacher of the Year award and his third Section award overall.   David was elected to PGA Membership in 1996 and has a passion for promoting and growing the game especially through teaching junior golf.   Over the last 10 years as the Head Golf Professional at Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club, David has instructed countless players spanning every level in an effort to further each person’s enjoyment of the game of golf.
            The Teacher of the Year award bestows special recognition on a Rocky Mountain Section PGA golf professional who 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.
            In addition to his normal club duties, David reached out to local schools in his area and was instrumental in causing the implementation of the National First Tee School Program in grades K-8. As part of this program, the local high school brought their P.E. classes to Olive Glenn for a two week series of lessons and on-course experience. He also volunteered his time to work with P.E. teachers and their students both teaching the game and helping them understand course care and etiquette.              
            As David's multi-faceted career continues to grow and take new direction, his innovative mind and creative ideas will serve him well as he moves to his new duties as Executive Director of the Wyoming State Golf Association. He will receive his Teacher of the Year award during the 2014 RMSPGA Annual Meeting next May.


            The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named Mark Holiday, the PGA Director of Golf at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman, Montana, its 2013 PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Holiday is a 21-year member of the PGA of America and with the presentation of this year’s award, he adds to an impressive resume of recognition for his dedication and service.
            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 1992, Holiday has distinguished himself as a leader. He has served his Chapter as an officer in the past, given education seminars, and is currently serving on the National PGA Player Development Committee.
            This marks the eighth time Mark has been honored as a Rocky Mountain Section PGA award winner. He has earned the Public Merchandiser of the Year award twice, having received that honor in 2003 and 2011, the Bill Strausbaugh award in 2005, and the Player Development award four times - 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. In addition, Mark was honored by the PGA of America as the National award winner for Player Development in 2012. He takes great pride in an ever-growing desire to grow the game and inspire others as he is serving as the Section’s chairman of the Growth of the Game task force.          
             Holiday will be formally recognized as the 2013 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting.