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Section and Chapter Awards

2021 Award Recipients

Marie Gateley, PGA

Professional of the Year Award

David Coleman, PGA

Patriot Award

Jake Narro, PGA

Bill Strausbaugh Award

Adam Scott, PGA

Professional Development Award

Tim Yelverton, PGA

Teacher of the Year Award

William Heirtzler, PGA

Player Development Award

Bobby Flanagan, PGA

Youth Player Development Award

Robert Smith, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year Award - Private

Tim Basel, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year Award - Public

Sean Racki, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year Award - Resort

Taylor Ross, PGA

Assistant Professional of the Year Award

Jake Narro, PGA

Louisiana Chapter Professional of the Year Award

Nick Schiattareggia, PGA

Louisiana Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

Eddie Welch

Barbato-Thomas Award

Kyle Ramey, PGA

Mississippi Chapter Professional of the Year Award

Joel Grantham

Mississippi Chapter Assistant of the Year Award

Tim Yelverton, PGA

Carpenter-Lindsay Award

Award Information and Previous Recipients

The highest honor paid to a Gulf States PGA Professional. The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award:

  •  Overall performance as a golf professional at his/her facility.
  •  Level of service to the Section and Association.
  •  Leadership ability.
  •  Image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals.
  •  Promotion of golf

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Marie Gateley
2020 Robbie Gueringer
2019 Bobby Jacks
2018 Gamon Manne
2017 Tim Basel
2016 Craig Campo
2015 David Marchand
2014 Chris Jester
2013 Jeffrey Adkerson
2012 James T.  Crawford
2011 Jared LeBouef
2010 David Lee
2009 Jim Dorman
2008 Mark Powell
2007 Jim Dorman
2006 Jared LeBouef
2005 Fred Schroeder
2004 Dennis McGrail
2003 David Marchand
2002 Russ Fransted
2001 Cliff Wagner
2000 Ron Hickman
1999 Greg Core
1998 Ernie Blue
1997 W.E. Morgan
1996 Ed Selser
1995 Jimmy Gallagher
1994 Greg Core
1993 James Leitz
1992 Sam Dunning
1991 William Earl Morgan
1990 Frank Mackel
1989 Jimmy Headrick
1988 Butch Brooks
1987 Sam Dunning
1986 Bill Caldwell, Jr.
1985 Byron Cautreau
1984 Robbie Webb
1983 Ken Lindsay
1982 George Cascino
1981 Henry Thomas
1980 Frank Gumpert
1979 Ben Nelson
1978 Mike Barbato
1977 Johnny Stahl
1976 Gray Little
1975 Norman Bryant
1974 Johnny Myers
1973 Luca Barbato
1972 James Ray Carpenter
1971 Charlie Dugas
1970 Robbie Webb

 

The Patriot Award is presented to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

The Patriot Award Guidelines:

  • Contributions and support to the United States Armed Forces and its Activity Duty personnel and veterans.
  • Proven interest, concern, and ability to provide opportunities and experience for active-duty personnel and veterans to learn and play golf.
  • Demonstration and acknowledgment as an individual of outstanding leadership and strong moral character.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 David Coleman
2020 Matt Williamson
2019 Robbie Gueringer
2018 Frank Gumpert

 

This award is presented to those Gulf States PGA Members who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves in the field of Club Relations, causing dramatic improvements in employment condition in the Section and/or the PGA of America.

The guidelines for this award include:

  • Length of service as a chairperson, committee member or worker on club relations and employment, or as a resource person in these areas
  • Length of activity, i.e. number of calls made to golf facilities, contacts with professionals, employees on employment matters, etc
  • Involvement in education efforts relating to club relations and employment by either writing or speaking on a Sectional or National basis.
  • Involvement in the development of data and statistics, materials or programs used either Sectional or Nationally on club relations and employment activities.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Jake Narro
2020 Matt Williamson
2019 Mike Raby
2018 Jeff Adkerson
2017 James T. Crawford
2016 Todd Robertson
2015 James T. Crawford
2014 David Marchand
2013 Jared LeBouef
2012 Jared LeBouef
2011 Jim Dorman
2010 James T. Crawford
2009 David Marchand
2008 Jared LeBouef
2007 Kevin Walls
2006 David Marchand
2005 Kevin Walls
2004 Kevin Walls
2003 Bill Caldwell, Jr
2002 Greg Core
2001 Greg Core
2000 Greg Core
1999 Greg Core
1998 Michael Burke
1997 Bill Caldwell, Jr
1996 Greg Core
1995 Bill Caldwell, Jr
1994 Michael Burke
1993 Jimmy Gallagher
1992 Michael Burke
1991 Michael Burke
1990 Michael Burke
1989 Michael Burke
1988 Michael Burke
1987 Joel Gann
1986 Frank Mackel
1985 Bill Merritt
1984 Butch Brooks
1983 George Cascino
1982 Butch Brooks

 

This award is designed to recognize individual golf professionals for their outstanding and continuing contributions in developing and improving education opportunities for Gulf States PGA professionals.

The guidelines for this award include:

  • Contributions to the Section and National PGA Education program
  • Contributions and assistance toward the development of articles which benefit and relate to education.
  • Building the image of the PGA professional and the Association

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Adam Scott
2020 Adam Scott
2019 Matt Williamson
2018 Robbie Gueringer
2017 Billy Pomeroy
2016 Cliff Wagner
2015 James Leitz
2014 Cliff Wagner
2013 James Leitz
2012 Jeff Adkerson
2011 Ron Hickman
2010 Jeff Adkerson
2009 Jeff Adkerson
2008 Ron Hickman
2007 Jeff Adkerson
2006 Ron Hickman
2005 J.T. Crawford
2004 Blaine Merrit
2003 Tom Tatnall
2002 Ron Hickman
2001 Frank Gumpert
2000 Ron Hickman
1999 Ron Hickman
1998 Ron Hickman
1997 Robert Garner
1996 Jerry Weeks
1995 Ron Hickman
1994 Butch Brooks
1993 Jerry Weeks
1992 Butch Brooks
1991 Graham Pilsch
1990 James Leitz
1989 Matt Pinter
1988 Bill Caldwell, Jr.
1987 Ken Lindsay
1986 Ken Lindsay
1985 Bobby Mercer
1984 Russell Redford
1983 Ben Nelson
1982 Luca Barbato
1981 Arvin Ginn
1980 Tommy Martty
1979 James Ray Carpenter
1978 Al Michael
1977 Al Michael
1976 Al Michael

 

Designed to give special recognition to a Gulf States PGA professional who has performed outstanding services as a golf instructor. With golf instruction as a cornerstone of the PGA professional, this award is representative of a highly trained, highly skilled individual.

Criteria to be considered are:

  • Overall performance as a golf instructor at his/her facility
  • Level of service to Section and Association
  • Leadership ability
  • Image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals
  • Promotion of golf
  • Use of teaching aids and the ability to illustrate their effectiveness
  • Techniques for teaching small and large groups
  • Articles written for publication in books and magazines
  • Commitment to self-improvement in the area of instruction

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Tim Yelverton
2020 Blake Thomas
2019 VJ Trolio
2018 Clay Weems
2017 VJ Trolio
2016 Hoppy Smith
2015 Tim Yelverton
2014 Rob Noel
2013 Brian Manzella
2012 James Leitz
2011 Rob Noel
2010 VJ Trolio
2009 Rob Noel
2008 VJ Trolio
2007 Tim Brown
2006 Jeff Parks
2005 James Leitz
2004 Tim Brown
2003 Neel DeRouen
2002 James Leitz
2001 Lester Cook
2000 Rob Noel
1999  Randy Tupper
1998 Tommy Moore
1997 Bobby Chrestman
1996 Bill Caldwell, Jr
1995 Jimmy Day
1994 Mike Shannon
1993 Rob Noel
1992 Ernest Ross
1991 Mike Shannon
1990 Bert Newman
1989 Johnny Myers
1988 Frank Gumpert

 

The Player Development Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. This award considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility.

Formerly the President’s Plaque Award

  • Contributions to Section and National Play Golf America initiatives.
  • Quantity, quality and diversity of player development programs.
  • Use of Play Golf America tools and resources.
  • Quality of best practices, including uniqueness of ideas, increase in rounds / revenues, retention and customer satisfaction.
  • Inspiration of fellow PGA Professionals in the area of player development.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 William Heirtzler
2020 Blake Thomas
2019 Adam Scott
2018 Matt Williamson
2017 Robbie Gueringer
2016 VJ Trolio
2015 VJ Trolio
2014 Tim Yelverton
2013 Tim Yelverton
2012 Tim Brown
2011 Brian Long
2010 Nathan Barrow
2009 James T. Crawford
2008 Tony Luczak
2007 J.T. Crawford

 

This award is designed to pay recognition to a Gulf States PGA professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the qualities and ideals of those who work with our nation’s youth. This person provides opportunities and experiences for juniors to learn and play better golf.

The guidelines for this award include:

  • Contributions to junior programs in the Section
  • Involvement in and promotion of developing junior golf at his/her facility and also within the community
  • Support the PGA junior golf programs
  • Overall integrity as an individual and acceptance by junior golfers

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Bobby Flanagan
2020 Chad Darby
2019 Chris Burkstaller
2018 Hoppy Smith
2017 Chris Altese
2016 Chris Altese
2015 Derek Smith
2014 Rob Noel
2013 VJ Trolio
2012 Tim Yelverton
2011 VJ Trolio
2010 Jeff Jennings
2009 Craig Campo
2008 Jeff Jennings
2007 Jimmy Headrick
2006 Tim Hogan
2005 Brad White
2004 Mark Powell
2003 Ernest Ross
2002 Cliff Wagner
2001 Curtis Galle’
2000 Anthony Price
1999 Brad White
1998 Danny Tatum
1997 John Schiller
1996 Robbie Webb
1995 Robbie Webb
1994 Gary Carpenter
1993 Ronnie Benandi
1992 Ronnie Benandi
1991 Robbie Webb
1990 Ronnie Benandi
1989 Woody Arnold
1988 Jimmy Headrick

 

This award recognizes those Gulf States PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The award is given for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: Private, Resort, and Public/Military/Semi-Private.

The candidates are judged in the following areas:

  • Merchandising ability and techniques
  • Inventory levels and turn rate
  • Shop Display
  • Attention to detail

The guidelines for this award include:

  • PGA Member in good standing
  • Credit rating within the industry and overall credit rating
  • Community involvement
  • Involvement in the development of data and statistics, materials or programs used either Sectional or Nationally on club relations and employment activities.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Robert Smith
2020 Bobby Jacks
2019 Jason Prendergast
2018 Jason Prendergast
2017 David Marchand
2016 Bobby Jacks
2015 Brad Pullin
2014 Jason Prendergast
2013 Brad Pullin
2012 David Marchand
2011 Gamon Manne
2010 David Marchand
2009 Jason Prendergast
2008 Cliff Wagner
2007 Cliff Wagner
2006 Emily Heromann
2005 J.T. Crawford
2004 Emily Hanchar
2003 David Marchand
2002 Dennis McGrail
2000 Cliff Wagner
1999 Rob Bradley
1998 Frank Gumpert
1997 Russ Fransted
1996 Ernie Blue
1995 Randy Bell
1994 Ernest Ross
1993 Andre’ Marchand
1992 Randy Bell
1991 Frank Gumpert
1990 Jimmy Gamblin
1989 Joel Gann
1988 Jerry Weeks
1987 Bill Caldwell

 

This award recognizes those Gulf States PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The award is given for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: Private, Resort, and Public/Military/Semi-Private.

The candidates are judged in the following areas:

  • Merchandising ability and techniques
  • Inventory levels and turn rate
  • Shop Display
  • Attention to detail

The guidelines for this award include:

  • PGA Member in good standing
  • Credit rating within the industry and overall credit rating
  • Community involvement
  • Involvement in the development of data and statistics, materials or programs used either Sectional or Nationally on club relations and employment activities.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Tim Basel
2020 Alex Abbruzza
2019 Adam Scott
2018 Chris Jester
2017 Chris Burkstaller
2016 Chris Burkstaller
2015 Andres Prieto
2014 Andres Prieto
2013 Andres Prieto
2012 Brian Long
2011 Todd Robertson
2010 Stan Stopa
2009 Luke Farabaugh
2008 Phillip Wright
2007 Craig Campo
2006 Todd Robertson
2005 Jared LeBouef
2004 Brad White
2003 Brad White
2002 John Schiller
2000 John Schiller
1999 Randy Tupper
1998 Blane Merritt
1997 Joe Davis
1996 Randy Tupper
1995 Ronnie Benandi
1994 Ronnie Benandi
1993 Ronnie Benandi
1992 Ronnie Benandi
1991 Ronnie Benandi
1990 Ronnie Benandi
1989 Stan Stopa
1988 Ronnie Benandi
1987 Woody Arnold

 

This award recognizes those Gulf States PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The award is given for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: Private, Resort, and Public/Military/Semi-Private.

The candidates are judged in the following areas:

  • Merchandising ability and techniques
  • Inventory levels and turn rate
  • Shop Display
  • Attention to detail

The guidelines for this award include:

  • PGA Member in good standing
  • Credit rating within the industry and overall credit rating
  • Community involvement
  • Involvement in the development of data and statistics, materials or programs used either Sectional or Nationally on club relations and employment activities.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Sean Racki
2020 Blake Hatfield
2019 Sean Racki
2018 Rick Gehr
2017 Chris Champagne
2016 Chris Champagne
2015 Sean Racki
2014 Bob Wolcott
2013 Chris Champagne
2012 David Stinson
2011 Sean Racki
2010 André Caldwell
2009 Chris Champagne
2008 Sean Racki
2007 Sean Racki
2006 Phil Schmitt
2005 Sean Racki
2004 Chris Altese
2003 Chris Altese
2002 Chris Altese
2000 Jerry Hinton
1999 Todd Robertson
1998 Kenny Hughes
1997 Kevin Walls
1996 Phil Hill
1995 Kenny Hughes
1994 David Bright
1993 Phil Hill
1992 Phil Hill
1991 Phil Hill
1990 Phil Hill
1989 Mickey Bradley
1988 Phil Hill
1987 Mickey Bradley

 

The award for Assistant Professional of the Year is an award given to the apprentice or assistant who has shown outstanding service to Gulf States PGA and their facility. Candidates should possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a strong record of services to the Section, the Assistant Association and the game of golf. The guidelines for this award include:

The Award cannot be based wholly or substantially based on Playing Ability.

Candidate should be chosen based on:

  • Leadership Ability;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Participation in Section Programs;
  • Participation in the Section’s Assistants Association
  • Overall Performance
  • Winner should be regarded as rising professionals within The PGA of America and are viewed as the most likely candidates to be quality Head Golf Professionals, Directors of Golf and General Mangers in the future.
  • Promotion of the game of Golf
Year Winner
2021 Taylor Ross
2020 Marie Gateley
2019 Kyle Carpenter
2018 Marie Gateley
2017 Justin Mann
2016 Ian Wenzel
2015 William (Billy) Allen
2014 Cory Cooper
2013 Marshall Cusey
2012 Bobby Peterson
2011 Jared LeBouef
2010 Kirk Jones
2009 Tim Yelverton
2008 Craig Thahan
2007 Bruce Bell
2006 Gamon Manne
2005 Gamon Manne
2004 Tommy Mayne
2003 Tim Basel
2002 Jay O’Hern
2001 Craig Gibson
2000 Oliver Thomson
1999 Bill Caldwell, III
1998 Brad White
1997 John Harless
1996 David Marchand

 

Chapter Awards

Louisiana

This award is for Members only in the Louisiana Chapter. The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award:

  • Overall performance as a golf professional at his/her facility.
  • Level of service to the Chapter and Association.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals.
  • Promotion of golf

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Jake Narro
2020 Reg Adams
2019 Jim Justus
2018 Robbie Gueringer
2017 Cliff Wagner
2016 Gamon Manne
2015 Cliff Wagner
2014 JT Crawford
2013 Luke Farabaugh

 

The award is for Apprentices and A-8 Members in the Louisiana Chapter. It is an award given to the apprentice or assistant who has shown outstanding service to the Louisiana Chapter PGA and their facility. Candidates should possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a strong record of services to the Chapter, the Assistant Association and the game of golf.

The guidelines for this award include:

  • Overall performances as an Assistant Golf Professional
  • Service to the Chapter; Section and Assistant Association
  • Leadership Ability
  • Promotion of the game of Golf

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Nick Schiattareggia
2020 Will Heirtzler
2019 Greg Sonnier
2018 Blaine Patin
2017 Marie Gateley
2016 Grant Landry
2015 Justin Mann
2014 Cory Cooper
2013 Cory Cooper

 

The Barbato-Thomas Award is presented to individuals in recognition of those who have unselfishly served and supported the game of golf and the PGA professional.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Eddie Welch
2020 Dan Peoples
2019 Grant Larson
2018 Mary Capouch
2017 Carr McCalla
2016 Mike Drury, Sr.
2015 Dan McDonald
2014 Mike Rodrigue
2013 Gerry Barousse
2012 James Leitz
2011 David Marchand
2010 Benji Nelson
2009 Kelly Gibson
2008 Dr. John Hendry
2007 Cliff Wagner
2006 James Leitz
2005 Rob Bradley
2003 Buster Toms
2002 Bill Caldwell
2001 Frank Mackel
2000 John Myers
1999 Freddie Haas
1998 Jim Hunter
1997 Lionel Hebert
1996 Tommy Wulf
1995 Archie Manning
1994 Mike Rodrigue
1993 Herb Schilling
1992 Paul Buckley
1991 Bob DeMoss
1990 Charlie Dugas
1989 Byron Gautreau

 

Mississippi

This award is for Members only in the Mississippi Chapter. The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award:

  • Overall performance as a golf professional at his/her facility.
  • Level of service to the Chapter and Association.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals.
  • Promotion of golf

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Kyle Ramey
2020 Rory Nelson
2019 Olly Thomson
2018 Olly Thomson
2017 Billy Pomeroy
2016 Tim Basel
2015 Tim Basel
2014 David Lee
2013 Chris Jester

 

The award is for Apprentices and A-8 Members in the Mississippi Chapter. It is an award given to the apprentice or assistant who has shown outstanding service to the Mississippi Chapter and their facility. Candidates should possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a strong record of services to the Chapter, the Assistant Association and the game of golf.

The guidelines for this award include:

  • Overall performances as an Assistant Golf Professional
  • Service to the Chapter; Section and Assistant Association
  • Leadership Ability
  • Promotion of the game of Golf

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Joel Grantham
2020 Gentry Barton
2019 Kyle Carpenter
2018 Nate Kitson
2017 Blake Hatfield
2016 Tyler Daniels
2015 William (Billy) Allen
2014 Taylor Navin
2013 Tim Poznaniak

 

The Carpenter-Lindsay Award is presented to individuals in recognition of those who have unselfishly served and supported the game of golf and the PGA professional.

Previous Winners

Year Winner
2021 Tim Yelverton
2020 Dr. Bob Abney
2019 Margo Coleman
2018 Kevin Walls
2017 Jim Dorman
2016 Melanie Morgan
2015 Janet Leach
2014 Mickey Bradley
2013 Joe Sanderson
2012 Mark Powell
2011 Ben Nelson
2010 Benji Nelson
2009 Chuck Stinson
2008 Rob Armour
2007 Craig Sartin
2006 Todd Jenkins
2005 Don Hershfelt
2004 Baxter Lee
2003 Bob Travis
2002 Jeff Morton
2001 Doyle Warrington
2000 Sonny Lawson
1999 George Bryan