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Section and Chapter Awards

2019 Award Recipients

Professional of the Year Winner

Bobby Jacks, PGA

Professional of the Year

Patriot Award Winner

Robbie Gueringer, PGA

Patriot Award

Assistant Professional of the Year Winner

Kyle Carpenter, PGA

Assistant Professional of the Year

Horton Smith Award Winner

Matt Williamson, PGA

Horton Smith Award

Jason Prendergast, PGA Merchandiser of the Year - Private

Jason Prendergast, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year - Private

Merchandiser of the Year Public Winner

Adam Scott, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year - Public

Merchandiser of the Year Award Winner

Sean Racki, PGA

Merchandiser of the Year - Resort

Player Development Award Winner

Adam Scott, PGA

Player Development Award

Teacher of the Year Award Winner

VJ Trolio, PGA

Teacher of the Year

PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner

Chris Burkstaller, PGA

Youth Player Development Award

Mississippi Chapter Professional of the Year Winner

Olly Thomson, PGA

Mississippi Chapter Professional of the Year

Mississippi Chapter Assistant of the Year Winner

Kyle Carpenter, PGA

Mississippi Chapter Assistant of the Year

Louisiana Chapter Professional of the Year Award Winner

Jim Justus, PGA

Louisiana Chapter Professional of the Year Award

Louisiana Chapter Assistant of the Year Winner

Greg Sonnier, PGA

Louisiana Chapter Assistant of the Year

Barbato Thomas Award Winner

Grant Larson

Barbato-Thomas Award

Carpenter Lindsay Award Winner

Margo Coleman

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

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

2018 Frank Gumpert

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
1996 David Marchand
1997 John Harless
1998 Brad White
1999 Bill Caldwell, III
2000 Oliver Thomson
2001 Craig Gibson
2002 Jay O’Hern
2003 Tim Basel
2004 Tommy Mayne
2005 Gamon Manne
2006 Gamon Manne
2007 Bruce Bell
2008 Craig Thahan
2009 Tim Yelverton
2010 Kirk Jones
2011 Jared LeBouef
2012 Bobby Peterson
2013 Marshall Cusey
2014 Cory Cooper
2015 William (Billy) Allen
2016 Ian Wenzel
2017 Justin Mann
2018 Marie Gateley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
2007 J.T. Crawford
2008 Tony Luczak
2009 James T. Crawford
2010 Nathan Barrow
2011 Brian Long
2012 Tim Brown
2013 Tim Yelverton
2014 Tim Yelverton
2015 VJ Trolio
2016 VJ Trolio
2017 Robbie Gueringer
2018 Matt Williamson

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

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
2013 Cory Cooper
2014 Cory Cooper
2015 Justin Mann
2016 Grant Landry
2017 Marie Gateley
2018 Blaine Patin

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
2013 Tim Poznaniak
2014 Taylor Navin
2015 William (Billy) Allen
2016 Tyler Daniels
2017 Blake Hatfield
2018 Nate Kitson

Chapter Awards

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
2013 Luke Farabaugh
2014 JT Crawford
2015 Cliff Wagner
2016 Gamon Manne
2017 Cliff Wagner
2018 Robbie Gueringer

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
2013 Cory Cooper
2014 Cory Cooper
2015 Justin Mann
2016 Grant Landry
2017 Marie Gateley
2018 Blaine Patin

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

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
2013 Chris Jester
2014 David Lee
2015 Tim Basel
2016 Tim Basel
2017 Billy Pomeroy
2018 Olly Thomson

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
2013 Tim Poznaniak
2014 Taylor Navin
2015 William (Billy) Allen
2016 Tyler Daniels
2017 Blake Hatfield
2018 Nate Kitson

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