Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2001 to recognize those SCSPGA Professionals
who, over the course of their careers, have made significant contributions to enhance & promote the
game of golf in the Sun Country Section. The goal is to bring much deserved recognition to the many fine
golf professionals of this section.

2001 - Guy Wimberly
2002 - Edward Moya
2003 - Herb Wimberly, Bill Eschenbrenner,
Bobbie Hickson, Paul Brilliant
(Executive Committee when Sun Country Section was activated)
2004 - Gene Torres
2005  - Ron Doan
2006 - Don Klein
2007 - Richard McGuire
2008 - Bobby Kaerwer
2009 - Joe McDermott
2010 - John Speary
2011 - Bob Meiering
2012 - Tom Nielsen
2013 - Dennis McCloskey
2014 - Danny Swain
2015 - Manny Martinez
2016 - Michael Olson

2017 - Howie Tucker
2018 - Mark Pelletier
2019 - Grant Dalpes
2020 - Henry Sandles
2021 - Pat Gavin
2022 - Tony Hidalgo
2023 - Dan Koesters

Professional of the Year

The highest annual honor bestowed upon a Sun Country PGA Professional is a recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of golf. Nominees for this prestigious award are selected through a peer-based evaluation process that takes into account various criteria. These criteria include the nominee's overall performance as a golf professional at their respective facility, their level of service and dedication to both their Section and the broader golfing community, their leadership skills, their image as a role model in the profession, and their ability to inspire fellow professionals. Additionally, nominees are evaluated on their efforts in promoting the game of golf, highlighting their commitment to growing and fostering the sport. This award reflects the highest standards of excellence and commitment within the Sun Country PGA Professional community.

1983 - Mike Atkins
1984 - Tom Nielsen
1985 - Jim Dickson
1986 - Joe Tiano
1987 - Howie Tucker
1988 - Guy Wimberly
1989 - Joe McDermott
1990 - Henry Sandles
1991 - Dave Donachie
1992 - Don Klein
1993 - Dave Brown
1994 - Ron Doan
1995 - Tony Hidalgo
1996 - Roger Martinez
1997 - Grant Dalpes

1998 - Mark Pelletier
1999 - John Speary
2000 - Dan Koesters
2001 - Roger Martinez
2002 - Gary Davis
2003 - James Williams & Scott Gates
2004 - Grant Dalpes
2005 - Scott Gates
2006 - Daniel Nunez
2007 - Todd Kersting
2008 - Dan Koesters
2009 - Dave Brown
2010 - Mike Ciolek
2011 - D. Mathew Molloy
2012 - Grant Dalpes

2013 - Dan Koesters
2014 - Derek Gutierrez
2015 - Pat Gavin
2016 - D. Matthew Molloy
2017 - Mike Singleton
2018 - Pat Gavin
2019 - Brad Lardon
2020 - Jason White
2021 - Zach Hoefel
2022 - Matthew Long
2023 - Derek Gutierrez

Assistant Professional of the Year

The PGA Assistant Professional of the Year Award stands as one of the highest honors from the Association and is conferred upon a dedicated club professional who epitomizes the complete PGA Professional. This award recognizes their multifaceted contributions, including demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities, possessing strong moral character, maintaining a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf, and being widely regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional. It celebrates professionals who excel in various aspects of their role.

2009 - Steve Manning
2010 - Zach Hoefel
2011 - Zach Hoefel
2012 - Vernon Bane
2013 - Erin Hinderliter
2014 - Chris Nieto
2015 - Sigurd Dalen
2016 - Anthony Romero
2017 - Nick Knee
2018 - Elias Eilers
2019 - Steve Manning
2020 - Matthew Sheehan
2021 - Elias Eilers
2022 - Cisco Ertz
2023 - Ben Gasparich

Jack Hardwick Teacher of the Year

This award bestows special recognition on a Sun Country PGA Golf Professional for their outstanding services as a golf instructor. Key criteria include their overall performance as an instructor at their facility, service to the Section and Association, leadership abilities, professional image, the capacity to inspire peers, contributions to the promotion of golf, their impact on teaching and golf instruction at the sectional level, involvement in junior golf activities at their facility, innovative contributions to golf instruction, and any articles they've written for publication. This accolade celebrates professionals who excel in various aspects of golf instruction.

1987 - Dick McGuire
1988 - Tom Nielsen
1989 - Jack Hardwick
1990 - Jack Hardwick
1991 - Bobby Kaerwer
1992 - Tom Velarde
1993 - Tom Velarde
1994 - Jack Hardwick
1995  -Ron Doan
1996 - Ron Doan
1997 - Cameron Doan
1998 - Bill Eschenbrenner
1999 - Todd Kersting
2000  -Bill Harvey & David Braxton
2001 - Bob Lowry
2002 - Ross Nettles

2003 - James “Tad” Bourg
2004 - Ross Nettles
2005 - Ross Nettles
2006 - Todd Kersting
2007 - Rob Lowry
2008 - Bill Harvey
2009 - Sandy Lemon
2010 - Todd Kersting
2011 - Todd Kersting
2012 - Todd Kersting
2013 - Tom Velarde
2014 - Todd Kersting
2015 - Kevin Amhaus
2016 - Henry Stetina
2017 - Brad Lardon
2018 - Thomas J. McMullan

2019 - Thomas J. McMullan
2020 - Thomas J. McMullan
2021 - Henry Stetina
2022 - Henry Stetina
2023 - Henry Stetina 

Pat Gavin Professional Development Award

Formerly known as the Horton Smith Award, the Pat Gavin Professional Development Award is a prestigious recognition within the Sun Country PGA community. During the summer Sun Country PGA Board of Directors meeting in July 2020, the Section leadership unanimously decided to re-name the existing Horton Smith Award as the Pat Gavin Award. This renaming serves as a tribute to Pat Gavin, the long-serving director of the New Mexico State University PGA Golf Management Program, who has devoted his professional life to the growth and prosperity of the PGA of America and its members. The award underscores outstanding contributions to educational programming, emphasizing the development of educational initiatives, creation of beneficial articles, and the promotion of a positive image for PGA Golf Professionals and the Association. Pat Gavin's remarkable influence in educating over a thousand PGA members and his enduring impact on PGA professionals across the country earned him this honor. His involvement with the Sun Country PGA's leadership and governance, as well as numerous accolades, further solidify his legacy. This award, now named in his honor, acknowledges those who have made significant and enduring contributions to the professional growth and image of PGA Professionals in the Sun Country region.

1984 - Bobby Kaerwer
1985 - Jack Hardwick
1986 - John Speary
1987 - Bobby Kaerwer
1988 - Guy Wimberly
1989 - Bobby Kaerwer
1990 - Bill Eschenbrenner
1991 - Bill Eschenbrenner
1992 - Mark Pelletier
1993 - Mark Pelletier
1995 - Mark Pelletier
1996 - Mark Pelletier
1997  -Terry Jennings
1998 - Pat Gavin
1999 - Pat Gavin
2000 - Pat Gavin

2001 - Pat Gavin
2002 - Pat Gavin
2003 - Chris Moya & Jim Surber
2004 - Pat Gavin
2005 - Herb Wimberly
2006 - Pat Gavin
2007 - Pat Gavin
2008 - Pat Gavin
2009 - Jason White
2010 - Pat Gavin
2011 - Pat Gavin
2012 - Pat Gavin
2013 - Pat Gavin
2014 - Joshua Salmon
2015 - Grant Dalpes
2016 - Joshua Salmon

2017 - D. Matthew Molloy
2018 - Joshua Salmon
2019 - Paul Kruger
2020 - Joshua Salmon
2021 - Joshua Salmon
2022 - Tom Velarde
2023 - Jason Baldwin

Bill Strausbaugh Award

This award recognizes Sun Country PGA members who, through their daily efforts, significantly mentor PGA Professionals in our Section and/or the PGA of America. It also considers the member's integrity, character, service to the Association, and involvement in community and charitable activities. Criteria for nominations include contributions to golf's image, mentoring, character, community and Association involvement, and service to the Association. This award honors those who inspire others, display outstanding character, and make meaningful contributions to their professional community and beyond.

1983 - Bill Eschenbrenner
1984 - Bobby Kaerwer
1985 - Bull Durham
1986 - Jack Hardwick
1987 - Ray Hardy
1988 - Howie Tucker
1989 - Guy Wimberly
1990 - Dennis McCloskey
1991 - Sam Zimmerly
1992 - Dennis McCloskey
1994 - John Speary
1995 - Chris Moya
1997 - John Speary
1998 - Brian Zongker
2000 - Roger Martinez
2001 - John Speary

2003 - Dan Koesters
2004 - Ron Doan
2005 - Guy Wimberly2006 - Grant Dalpes
2007 - Grant Dalpes
2008 - Jason White
2009 - Grant Dalpes
2010 - Roger Martinez
2011 - Roger Martinez
2012 - Dan Koesters
2013 - Grant Dalpes
2014 - Derek Gutierrez
2015 - Pat Gavin
2016 - Daniel Nunez
2017 - Jason White
2018 - Brad Lardon

2019 - Derek Gutierrez
2020 - Brad Lardon
2021 - Vernon Bane
2022 - Joshua Salmon
2023 - Pat Gavin 

Youth Player Development Award

The Youth Player Development Award, previously known as the Junior Golf Leader Award, celebrates Sun Country PGA Professionals who excel in youth player development. It recognizes those who provide valuable opportunities for juniors to learn and enjoy golf, exhibiting outstanding character and dedication to the field. Nominations are based on their contributions to youth player development programs, involvement in promoting youth golf, and their overall leadership and service in this domain. This award represents excellence in nurturing young golf talent.

1988 - Russ Moore
1989 - Pete Chavez
1990 - Pete Chavez
1991 - Doug Lyle
1992 - Henry Sandles
1993 - Chris Moya
1994 - Chris Moya
1995 - Grant Dalpes
1996 - Grant Dalpes
1997 - Mike Olson
1998 - Todd Kersting
1999 - Racquel Huslig
2000 - Chris Piano
2001 - Jill Trujillo
2002 - Racquel Huslig
2003 - Chris Moya & Tom Velarde
2004 - Bob Lowry
2005 - Eric Eggleston

2006 - Eric Eggleston
2007 - Rob Lowry
2008 - Eric Eggleston
2009 - Rob Lowry
2010 - Grant Dalpes
2011 - James Williams
2012 - Thomas Yost
2013 - Thomas Yost
2014 - Jason White & James Williams
2015 - Thomas Yost
2016 - Linda Howell
2017 - Crae Fields
2018 - Henry Stetina
2019 - Jason Montoya
2020 - Henry Stetina
2021 - Sigurd Dalen
2022 - Austin Wallace 
2023 - Nick Knee

Player Development Award

This award recognizes PGA Professionals for their extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in player development. It evaluates their commitment to growing the game at both Section and National levels and their impact at their facility. The award considers specific criteria, including contributions to Play Golf America Initiatives, the quality and diversity of player development programs, the effective use of Play Golf America tools and resources, exceptional best practices, such as innovative ideas, revenue growth, enhanced retention, and elevated customer satisfaction. It also takes into account their ability to inspire fellow PGA Professionals in player development. This accolade celebrates those who excel in this field.

2008 - Todd Kersting
2009 - Racquel Huslig
2010 - Michael Singleton
2011 - Michael Singleton
2012 - Zach Hoefel
2013 - Todd Kersting
2014 - Thomas Yost
2015 - Todd Kersting
2016 - Thomas Yost
2017 - Timothy Krebs
2018 - Sigurd Dalen
2019 - Henry Stetina
2020 - Thomas Yost
2021 - Thomas Yost
2022 - Jason White
2023 - Gerome Espinoza

Merchandisers of the Year

Private Merchandiser of the Year
Resort Merchandiser of the Year
Public Merchandiser of the Year

Marilea Bush Amateur of the Year

The Marilea Bush Amateur of the Year award, named in honor of a dedicated Sun Country PGA staff member who courageously battled cancer and passed away in 2007, recognizes individuals based on the criteria that exemplified Marilea's 17-year tenure at the Section office. These criteria include their contributions to the game of golf and their unwavering participation and dedication to the sport. This award pays tribute to individuals who embody Marilea's passion for and commitment to the game of golf.

1984 - Don Van Pelt
1985 - Henry Robinson
1986 - Ted Martinez
1987 - Rosemary Thompson
1988 - Bill Hicks
1989 - G. Carruthers/H. Jensen
1990 - Sam Lynn
1991 - S. Mortimer/L. Lujan
1992 - Rosemary Thompson
1993 - Tony Hidalgo, Sr
1994 - Ike Kalangis
1995 - JoJo Robertson
1996 - Luke Otero
1997 - Edd Bush
1998 - Donna Sauve

1999 - Pat Gordon
2000 - Dr. Richard Peck
2001 - Dan Vukelich
2002 - Dr. Phil Vitale
2003 - Corky Clark
2004 - Mike Quinlan
2005 - Ken Adams
2006 - Marilea Bush
2007 - Scott Summers
2008 - Matt Williams
2009 - Ken Adams
2010 - Travis Hicks & Bobby Martinez
2011 - Ronne Mercer
2012 - Tom DiFrancesco
2013 - Joe Sholtis

2014 - Lara Davis
2015 - Dana Lehner
2016 - Adrienne Fields
2017 - Mike Quinlan
2018 - Bruce Buchman
2019 - Kim & Cindy Smith
2020 - David Kimble
2021 - Bill Doyle
2022 - William Lutz
2023 - Dan Hon

Salesperson of the Year

This award, based on specific criteria, celebrates those individuals who demonstrate unwavering support and integrity in their dealings with fellow golf professionals in the section. Their honesty in representing products, along with active participation in Section championships, junior golf education, and member/associate services, sets a benchmark for excellence within the golf professional community. It recognizes their exceptional commitment to maintaining the highest standards of support, integrity, and service, making a meaningful impact in their role.

1993 - Bob Scrivner - Titleist/FootJoy
1994 - Bob Scrivner - Titleist/FootJoy
1995 - Brad Gehrke - Ping
1996 - Craig Stumpf - Spalding/Top-Flite
1997 - Brad Gehrke - Ping
1998 - Brad Gehrke - Ping
1999 - Craig Stumpf - Spalding/Top-Flite
2000 - Brad Gehrke - Ping
2001 - Tom MacVicar - FootJoy
2002 - Justin McKinney - Titleist
2003 - Richard Burrows - Sundance
2004 - Vince Falcone - Callaway
2005 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2006 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2007 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2008 - Adam Kase - Titleist

2009 - Mark Zapach - Nike Golf
2010 - Kenny Blake - SkyCaddie/Adams Golf
2011 - Shaun Haberstroh - TaylorMade
Adam Kase - Titleist
2012 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2013 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2014 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2015 - Eric Eggleston - Club Car
2016 - Justin Thayer - Nike Golf
2017 - Eric Eggleston - Club Car
2018 - Jason Masek – Masek Rocky
Mountain Golf Cars
2019 - Perry Kauppinen – TaylorMade Golf
2020 - Adam Kase – Titleist
2021 - Perry Kauppinen – TaylorMade Golf

2022 - Adam Kase - Titleist
2023 - Perry Kauppinen - TaylorMade Golf

Players of the Year

Player of the Year
Senior Player of the Year
Associate Player of the Year

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