RON RAWLS RECOGNIZED AS 2020 RMSPGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA has named PGA Member Ron Rawls from Boise, Idaho, its 2020 Golf Professional of the Year. Rawls was previously named RMSPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2012 and was named the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2004. Rawls was elected to membership in the PGA of America in 1989 and has served Crane Creek Country Club as Head Professional since 2004.
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 that person’s Chapter, Section, Association and the game of golf.
Ron has led a life of service as a PGA Member. Proof of that is found in the fact that in his 30 years as a member he has served as a board member at Chapter, Section and National levels. In November of 2020 he completed a three-year term as District 9 (the Rocky Mountain, Utah and Colorado Sections) Director. This elected office placed him on the PGA of America Board of Directors, the governing body for the largest working sports organization in the United States of America. At the national level he has also served as the chair of the PGA of America Tournament Committee and the PGA of America Awards Committee.
Prior to his commitments at the national level, Ron served the Rocky Mountain Section, the Pacific Northwest Section and Aloha Section on their boards and on many committees as well as two task forces in the Snake River Chapter within the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. He also served as an officer of the Oregon Chapter of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA.
Ron has maintained an outstanding playing ability and was most recently named the 2019 Senior Player of the Year within the Rocky Mountain Section. He has won the Section Championship in two separate sections having captured the RMSPGA title in 2004 at Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Aloha Section Championship in 1991 at The Prince Course on the island of Kauai. He has qualified to play in the Senior PGA Professional Championship on six separate occasions and has qualified to advance to the regional or national PGA Professional Championship ten times.
Ron has an impressive list of accomplishments but when asked, he will say that what has provided him the most pleasure is employing, mentoring and working with twelve assistant professionals who have progressed on to their own head professional or general manager positions. He humbly views his efforts as an honor which lends credence to the fact that he has inspired other professionals through his actions, deeds and prowess.
Rawls has won many awards during his time in the Rocky Mountain Section and this second Golf Professional of the Year honor will join seven others he previously garnered. Rawls will be formally recognized as the 2020 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year in May as part of the 2021 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation.