Special Awards

Are you or someone that you know making significant contributions to the game of golf, to your community or are you thinking outside the box and advancing the game? The Northern California Section of the PGA of America presents the following special awards to recognize the outstanding performances and superior achievements of our Section PGA Professionals, PGA Apprentices and Industry Associates. Based on the individuals' entire career, emphasis is placed on the last five years of achievements and is presented to recognize extraordinary accomplishments both on and off the course.
 
3 Easy Steps to NCPGA Award Nomination

2017 Nominations are now open! All completed nominations forms must be received in the Section office by June 1, 2017.

Step 1: Nominate an NCPGA Member or Industry Leader
Scroll down to review the listing of awards and their descriptions available in 2017. Each nomination form (click on the appropriate link) includes awards criteria and eligibility information.  If you would like to nominate an individual, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Chairrman of the Special Awards Committee will be in contact with them or contact the Awards Committee Member in your Chapter. Please be sure to include the nominees name, facility name and the award in which you are nominating them for. Also, be sure to include details regarding why they are being nominated for the award.
 
Step 2: Download and Complete the Award Nomination Form
Most individuals who are nominated complete this form themselves as they are best able to provide the details needed for the nomination. Be sure to include as much information as possible and include descriptive examples in order to emphasize your achievements. Remember, this form is what the committee will use to evaluate your nomination. Be sure to save this document to your computer (Save As - My Documents/Desktop) prior to answering the questions and/or closing the document. Please remember to submit an electronic copy of your nomination (word document).
 
Step 3: Submit Your Completed Award Nomination Form
Nomination Forms for the 2017 Awards Program must be received by June 1, 2017. Send in your completed nomination form to Suzy Schneider at the NCPGA Section Office - (an electronic copy- word document- must be submitted). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 NCPGA Special Awards Committee

The Special Awards Committee is here to assist you with the nomination process. Please contact your Chapter Representative or Awards Committee Chairman should you have questions regarding the NCPGA Special Awards Program.
 
Mark Naylor, PGA Chairman Crow Canyon Country Club (925) 735-7105   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David Solomon, PGA Bay Area Chapter Liaison Ruby Hill Golf Club (925) 417-5850 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cole Handley, PGA Monterey Bay Area Chapter Liaison Poppy Hills Golf Club (831) 622-8239 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ted Mattila, PGA North Coast Chapter Liaison Buckingham Golf & Country Club (707) 279-4863 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mike Galli, PGA North State Chapter Liaison North Ridge Country Club
(916) 967-5716 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gregg Feddersen, PGA San Joaquin Valley Chapter Liaison Elkhorn Golf Club (916) 474-3900 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Greg Raleigh, PGA Sierra Nevada Chapter Liaison Dayton, NV (775) 848-8588 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Suzy Schneider Staff Liaison NCPGA Section Office (707) 449-4742 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCPGA Special Awards

*Indicates nationally recognized award by the PGA of America Awards Program. 2017 NCPGA Award Recipient will be submitted for consideration to the PGA of America Special Awards Program in 2018.

Golf Professional of the Year*

The NCPGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional (the finest exhibition of spirit, determination, business acumen, professionalism, promotion of the game of golf as well as service to the Section and the Association).
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Teacher of the Year*

The NCPGA Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professional's overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years & Candidate must be a Master Professional or Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching OR, must have attended or conducted a minimum combined total of TEN (10) national teaching workshops, teaching/coaching summits or sectional teaching workshops or teaching/coaching summits within the last FIFTEEN (15) years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Horton Smith Award*

The NCPGA Horton Smith Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years & must be one of the following: Master Professional, Certified Professional, served as an Association Subject Matter Expert (SME), adjunct PGA faculty member, OR have conducted and/or taught at a minimum combined total of TEN (10) national education programs/workshops (to include PGA PGM) or sectional education programs/workshops within the last TEN (10) years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Bill Strausbaugh Award*

The NCPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award is designed to recognize PGA Professionals who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must be a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Youth Player Development Award*

The NCPGA Youth Player Development Award (formerly the Junior Golf Leader) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in youth player development efforts as either a PGA Apprentice or Member for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Merchandiser of the Year*

The NCPGA Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons / merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The NCPGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Player Development Award*

Awarded to PGA Professionals for their extraordinary & exemplary contributions to player development and promotion of the game.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in player development as either a Member or Apprentice for a minimum total of 10 years.
 
*2017 nomination forms - CLICK HERE.

Patriot Award*

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. NOTE: Due to the nature of this award, it may not be awarded every year.
*NOTE: In order to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the 2018 PGA National Awards Program, 2017 NCPGA Award Winners must currently be a Class A PGA member in good standing and involved in military programming efforts as either a PGA Apprentice or Member for a minimum total of 10 years.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Assistant Apprentice of the Year

The NCPGA Assistant Apprentice of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Assistant Professional, PGA Teaching Professional or Apprentice for their overall performance as an Assistant or Apprentice. This award is based on a professional's overall performance in leadership, service to the Section and community and promotion of the game of golf.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Club Fitter of the Year

The NCPGA Club Fitter of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who has exhibited great knowledge in club fitting while striving to improve the game through properly fitted equipment.

*2017 nomination form -CLICK HERE.

Golf Course Superintendent of the Year

The NCPGA Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award is bestowed an individual for their service and contributions to the game of golf within the Northern California PGA Section.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Sales Representative of the Year

The NCPGA Sales Representative of the Year Award is awarded to an individual for their service to Northern California PGA Professionals, their merchandising team members and to the Section.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Sports Media Person of the Year

The NCPGA Sports Media Person of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has done an exceptional job in promoting and reporting the story of the PGA Professional in the Northern California Section.

*2017 nomination form - CLICK HERE.

Player of the Year (Section, Senior & Super Senior, and Assistant-Apprentice)

Player of the Year honors are awarded to the top PGA Professionals and apprentices for exemplary play throughout the tournament season and are based upon the Year to Date Points List in the following four categories: Section POY, Senior POY, Super Senior POY, and Assistant-Apprentice POY.

*Click here to view the Player of the Year Points List.
 

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Section Special Award Winners:

  Golf Professional of the Year Assistant Apprentice of the Year  
  Stuart Smith, PGA
Somersett Golf & Country Club
John Hermans, PGA
Montreux Golf Course
 
  Bill Strausbaugh Award Club Fitter of the Year  
  Ward Sutton, PGA
Hidden Valley Country Club
Steve Hummel, PGA
Wolf Run Golf Club
 
  Youth Player Development Award Golf Course Superintendent of the Year  
  Shane Balfour, PGA
Junior Golf Association of Northern California
Scott McCullough
The Ridge Golf Course
 
  Horton Smith Award Sales Representative of the Year  
  Eric Jones, PGA
Eric Jones Golf Academy
Gary Martin
Bushnell, Under Armour, Gear for Sports, CRU Golf, Camelbak, CMC Golf
 
  Player Development Award Sports Media Person of the Year  
  Phil Green, PGA
Home on the Range
Dave Marzetti & Sam Salerno
The Shagbag Golf Show
 
  Teacher of the Year Patriot Award  
  Patrick Parrish, PGA
Nicklaus Club - Monterey
Jessie Walker, PGA
Cypress Lakes Golf Course
 
  Merchandiser of the Year Players of the Year  
  Public
Brad Harmon, PGA
Presidio Golf Club
Player of the Year
Ray Otis, PGA
CordeValle Golf Club
 
  Private
Brett Faulkner, PGA
Castlewood Country Club
Senior Player of the Year
Shawn McEntee, PGA
Chardonnay Golf Club
 
  Resort
Brandon Bowling, PGA
Plumas Pines Golf Resort
Super Senior Player of the Year
Glen Stubblefield, PGA, LM
Valley Springs, CA
 
    Assistant Apprentice Player of the Year
Steve Watanabe Jr., PGA
The Bridges Golf Club