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EMPEY EARNS PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
STEIN SELECTED AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
ATKINS IS ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Dallen Atkins of Juniper Hills Country Club in Pocatello, Idaho, has been named the 2013 Assistant Professional of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. Dallen has been employed at Juniper Hills the past eleven years.
Dallen is very involved in all day-to-day golf operations at Juniper Hills Country Club. He has been, and is, a crucial part of the operation and a professional who takes on new tasks with a positive approach. He possesses the dedication to detail necessary to see any job through to a successful conclusion. Dallen 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 his employer and the game he loves.
Dallen has administered many events and is heavily involved in all tournaments conducted at Juniper Hills. Dallen is the First Assistant at the club, in addition to being the Tournament Director and Golf Shop Manager, he is a club-fitter, a merchandiser, an instructor, and willingly takes on any and all tasks assigned to him. Dallen 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. Dallen does his very best to lead by example as he continues to learn the many aspects of the golf business.
This is Dallen's first award within the Section and it will be formally presented to him at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA next May.
GLOVER, OTTE, PETERSEN RECOGNIZED AS MERCHANDISERS OF THE YEAR
Greg Glover, PGA Director of Golf at 3 Creek Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, has been named the 2013 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. Greg has been a member of the PGA of America for 17 years, the last six at 3 Creek Ranch. In that time he has seen countless changes in the landscape of the golf business. Greg’s positive results come from his ability and willingness to adapt to this ever changing climate of selling golf related merchandise. Mutual respect for customers and his staff is another key to his longtime success.
Preston Otte, the PGA General Manager at Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl, Idaho, has been named the 2013 Merchandiser of the Year for public golf course facilities. This marks the first time he has won a Section award. Preston has been a member of the PGA of America since 2010 and has served Clear Lake the past 2 seasons. Otte’s competitive price structure and fresh look in the shop following a renovation paves the way for him to have a successful sales program. He uses different types of merchandising techniques and stays on top of current trends to keep the Clear Lake golf shop fresh and inviting.
Jeffrey Petersen, the PGA Director of Golf at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho, has been recognized as the 2013 Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities. Petersen has spent the past 8 seasons at Sun Valley and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2005. This is the second time Jeff has garnered this award having previously done so in 2009. Jeffrey uses his experience in the resort industry to his advantage. He knows a resort is a different form of operation than a normal golf course or country club. By using a varied product line which includes keepsake type items and out-of-the-ordinary logo merchandise, Petersen keeps the inventory moving. In addition, Petersen feels employee training and personality is a huge element to success. Product knowledge and full service are big keys to his profitability in Sun Valley’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. Greg, Preston, and Jeffrey will receive their awards at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation next May.
NAFFZIGER NAMED JUNIOR GOLF LEADER
Kylee Naffziger, PGA Head Professional at Bridger Creek Golf Course in Bozeman, Montana, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Junior Golf Leader award. Naffziger has been a member of the PGA of America since 2002 and has been with Bridger Creek Golf Course for 18 years.
The Junior Golf Leader award is presented annually to the PGA Member who demonstrates their leadership within the junior golf community, reflecting the ideals of those who work with youth. Kylee is dedicated to providing meaningful instruction and playing opportunities for juniors of all ages. She has been the director of the junior golf programs at Bridger Creek since 1998. During the 2013 season, Kylee and the staff at Bridger Creek conducted lessons with more than 350 juniors from ages 4 to 18 years old. Through the years, Kylee has attended countless events concentrating on growth of the game, teaching, and junior golf activities and programs.
The junior golf programs offered by Kylee at Bridger Creek in 2013 included: a Pee-Wee program for ages 4-6 that had more than 125 participants; a 12-week junior academy with 95 participants; a program called Turf-Mites for kids ages 7 to 15 that had over 100 children participate in a four-hour introductory golf camp; hosting and administering the only Nike Golf Camp in the state of Montana; and the SNAG golf after school golf program. The SNAG program was taken to schools in Bozeman, Belgrade, and Livingston, Montana, during the winter months and taught indoors at those schools.
Kylee implemented a junior lease program in 2006. The goal of the program is to get properly fit equipment to any junior players without them having to invest in a set they will quickly grow out of. The program has been successful and in 2013, more than 80 sets were leased.
The 2013 Junior Golf Leader award marks the sixth overall honor Kylee has earned within the Rocky Mountain Section PGA as she has previously received the 2002 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award, the 2007 and 2010 Junior Golf Leader award, and the 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year award. Kylee will be presented with the 2013 RMSPGA Junior Golf Leader award in May of 2014 at the RMSPGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.
RAWLS NAMED STRAUSBAUGH RECIPIENT
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.
AMES HONORED AS HORTON SMITH AWARD WINNER
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.
SNYDER SELECTED AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
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.
HOLIDAY NAMED GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
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.