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2023 Award Nominations

This year our Section will continue using the online awards tool called OpenWater to collect and manage award nominations as well as award applications. This tool will help create a more efficient and streamlined process both at the Section and National Award levels.

The nomination is only the start of the process, so please don’t hesitate to nominate yourself or your co-workers. The nomination is helpful additional information, and it ensures that the candidate gets emailed the application. The committee will only review the actual submitted applications, so the key is to get as many nominated candidates in the system as we can! To submit a nomination, you must create an account and complete the nomination form(s). You can log back into OpenWater to submit more nominations at any time during the nomination period which will end approximately on August 4, 2023.

How to Get Started!
  1. Click on the link below to begin.
  2. On our OpenWater homepage, click on the “Submit a Nomination” button to create a new account, or login if you already have an account. Once your account is created, you will be automatically redirected to the nomination form.
  3. Complete and submit the nomination form. (You will need to complete a brief form for each individual you wish to nominate.)
 
Click Here to Begin the Nomination Process! – Link available in the summer of 2023
 
Self-Nominations are permitted and encouraged. Award application links will be sent to the nominees once the nomination period has ended. Nominees will complete and submit the award applications online.
 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kristine Alonso (kalonso@pgahq.com). 

2022 Award Recipients

Pictures and bios coming soon

Each year the MAPGA recognizes its most outstanding PGA Professionals and amateurs in the Middle Atlantic region for their exemplary contributions toward making The PGA and the MAPGA better Associations. In all categories, the recipients of these awards contribute a tremendous amount of time and energy to our Association.

THIS IS THE HIGHEST HONOR PAID TO A PGA PROFESSIONAL. OVERALL PERFORMANCE AS A PGA PROFESSIONAL, LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE MAPGA AND TO THE ASSOCIATION, LEADERSHIP ABILITY, PROMOTION OF THE GAME OF GOLF, IMAGE AS A PGA PROFESSIONAL AND ABILITY TO INSPIRE FELLOW PGA PROFESSIONALS ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD.


 

AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOLF INSTRUCTION ALONG WITH OVERALL PERFORMANCE AS A PGA PROFESSIONAL. IMPACT ON TEACHING AND GOLF INSTRUCTION, INVOLVEMENT IN JUNIOR GOLF ACTIVITIES, INNOVATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO GOLF INSTRUCTION AND ARTICLES PUBLISHED ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD.


 

PRESENTED TO A PGA PROFESSIONAL FOR OUTSTANDING INVOLVEMENT IN CHARITABLE AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES; UNTIRING AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MENTORING PGA PROFESSIONALS, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF EMPLOYMENT AND CLUB RELATIONS, INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER REFLECTING POSITIVITY UPON THE PROFESSION. THESE CRITERIA REFLECT THE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES THAT BILL STRAUSBAUGH POSSESSED DURING HIS LIFETIME – SERVICE TO HIS ASSOCIATION AND HIS COMMUNITY AND MENTORING TO HIS FELLOW PGA PROFESSIONALS.


 

THIS AWARD BESTOWS SPECIAL RECOGNITION ON A PGA PROFESSIONAL FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOW PGA PROFESSIONALS. CONTRIBUTIONS TO PGA AND MAPGA EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND INCLINATION FOR CONTINUING CONTRIBUTIONS AND ASSISTANCE ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD.


 

THIS AWARD BESTOWS SPECIAL RECOGNITION ON A PGA PROFESSIONAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE AREA OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS IN CONDUCTING AND/OR SUPPORTING PLAY GOLF AMERICA INITIATIVES. THIS AWARD CONSIDERS THE PGA PROFESSIONAL’S GROWTH OF THE GAME LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT AT THE SECTION AND NATIONAL LEVELS, PLUS THE IMPACT MADE AT HIS/HER OWN FACILITY.


 

RECOGNIZES A PGA PROFESSIONAL WHO IS A LEADER IN JUNIOR GOLF, REFLECTS THE IDEALS AND QUALITIES THAT JUNIORS CAN EMULATE AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNIORS TO LEARN AND PLAY GOLF. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MAPGA AND PGA JUNIOR PROGRAMS AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF JUNIOR GOLF AT THE FACILITY AND COMMUNITY LEVEL ARE SOME OF THE CRITERIA CONSIDERED FOR THIS AWARD.


 

RECOGNIZES PGA PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED SUPERIOR SKILLS AS MERCHANDISERS IN THE PROMOTION OF GOLF. AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOLF SHOP OPERATIONS IN THREE CATEGORIES: PRIVATE, RESORT AND PUBLIC/MUNICIPAL/MILITARY/SEMI-PRIVATE. CANDIDATES ARE JUDGED ON MERCHANDISING PERFORMANCE, DETAILS AND INNOVATION, DISPLAYS, MERCHANDISING TECHNIQUES, INVENTORY MIX, SHOP OPERATIONS, MERCHANDISING PHILOSOPHY, AND STAFF TRAINING.


 

RECOGNIZES PGA PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED SUPERIOR SKILLS AS MERCHANDISERS IN THE PROMOTION OF GOLF. AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOLF SHOP OPERATIONS IN THREE CATEGORIES: PRIVATE, RESORT AND PUBLIC/MUNICIPAL/MILITARY/SEMI-PRIVATE. CANDIDATES ARE JUDGED ON MERCHANDISING PERFORMANCE, DETAILS AND INNOVATION, DISPLAYS, MERCHANDISING TECHNIQUES, INVENTORY MIX, SHOP OPERATIONS, MERCHANDISING PHILOSOPHY, AND STAFF TRAINING.


 

RECOGNIZES PGA PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED SUPERIOR SKILLS AS MERCHANDISERS IN THE PROMOTION OF GOLF. AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOLF SHOP OPERATIONS IN THREE CATEGORIES: PRIVATE, RESORT AND PUBLIC/MUNICIPAL/MILITARY/SEMI-PRIVATE. CANDIDATES ARE JUDGED ON MERCHANDISING PERFORMANCE, DETAILS AND INNOVATION, DISPLAYS, MERCHANDISING TECHNIQUES, INVENTORY MIX, SHOP OPERATIONS, MERCHANDISING PHILOSOPHY, AND STAFF TRAINING.


 

THIS AWARD BESTOWS SPECIAL RECOGNITION ON AN ASSISTANT PGA PROFESSIONAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO HIS/HER PEERS AND THE MAPGA AND IN HIS/HER COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASSISTANTS IN THE MAPGA.


 

AN OUTSTANDING AMATEUR OR AMATEURS WILL BE SELECTED WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MAPGA INCLUDE THE PROMOTION OF GOLF, PROMOTION OF THE MAPGA AND PGA PROFESSIONALS, RECOGNITION BY THE MAPGA AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY AS A LEADER IN HIS/HER FIELD AND HIS/HER SUPPORT OF THE MAPGA GOLF PROGRAMS.


 

THIS AWARD HONORS AN OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM FOR EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SECTION WITH REGARD TO THE PROMOTION OF GOLF, PROMOTION OF THE MAPGA AND PGA PROFESSIONALS, SCOPE AND DISTRIBUTION, QUALITY AND CONTENT OF MEDIA COVERAGE AND RECOGNITION AS AN OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST BY HIS/HER PEERS.


 

THIS AWARD HONORS A GOLF SALESPERSON IN THE REGION FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE, SUPPORT AND DEDICATION TO THE MEMBERS AND APPRENTICES OF THE MAPGA.


 

Past Award Recipients

The Professional of the Year Award is the highest honor paid to a PGA Professional. Overall performance as a PGA Professional, level of service to the MAPGA and to the Association, leadership ability, promotion of the game of golf, image as a PGA Professional and ability to inspire fellow PGA Professionals are some of the criteria considered for this award.

  • 2021 – Mike Healy
  • 2020 – J.P. Lunn
  • 2019 – David Dorn
  • 2018 – Rob McNamara
  • 2017 – Matthew Schulze
  • 2016 – John Madden
  • 2015 – John Lyberger
  • 2014 – Joshua Tremblay
  • 2013 – Richard Cromwell
  • 2012 – John Malinowski
  • 2011 – Jim Fitzgerald
  • 2010 – Phil Owenby
  • 2009 – Kenny Clark
  • 2008 – Tommy Joyce
  • 2007 – Dean Hurst
  • 2006 – Kevin Taylor
  • 2005 – Pete Van Pelt
  • 2004 – Rick Miller
  • 2003 – Paul Michaelian
  • 2002 – Frank Laber
  • 2001 – Bob Baldassari
  • 2000 – Glenn Brown
  • 1999 – Allen Wronowski
  • 1998 – Butch Liebler
  • 1997 – Robert Dolan Jr.
  • 1996 – Coleman Plecker
  • 1995 – Robert Fretwell
  • 1994- Tom Barry
  • 1993 – Wayne Holley
  • 1992 – Mike Ahrnsbrak
  • 1991 – Rod Thompson
  • 1990 – Chuck Bassler
  • 1989 – Rod Thompson
  • 1988 – Hank Majewski
  • 1987 – Jim Folks
  • 1986 – Frank Herrelko
  • 1985 – John Haines
  • 1984 – Peter Hodson
  • 1983 – Dave Walker
  • 1982 – Fred King
  • 1981 – George Jakovics
  • 1980 – Alex McNeil
  • 1979 – Herb Rose
  • 1978 – Don Saylor
  • 1977 – Clare Emery
  • 1976 – John Snyder
  • 1975 – Bill Deck
  • 1974 – Carroll Boggs
  • 1973 – Donald Beach
  • 1972 – Leo Steinbrecher
  • 1971 – Frank Cronin
  • 1970 – Tony Marlowe
  • 1969 – Andy Gibson
  • 1968 – Henry Gerardi
  • 1967 – Tony Marlowe
  • 1966 – Bill Strasbaugh Jr.
  • 1965 – Carl Rasnic
  • 1964 – George Bird
  • 1963 – Wiffy Cox
  • 1962 – Max Elbin
  • 1961 – Ward Burgess
  • 1960 – Bill Clarke
  • 1959 – Ralph Beach
  • 1958 – Carroll MacMaster
  • 1957 – George Diffenbaugh
  • 1956 – Al Houghton
  • 1955 – Jimmy Flattery

Awarded for excellence in golf instruction along with overall performance as a PGA professional. Impact on teaching and golf instruction, involvement in junior golf activities, innovative contributions to golf instruction, and articles published are some of the criteria considered for this award.

This section award is presented to an individual whose tireless effort, unwavering dedication, and exceptional contributions to the game of golf result in significant benefit to the Middle Atlantic section, its members and apprentices, and the entire golf community. The section president personally selects the outstanding recipient of this award.

Presented to a PGA professional for outstanding involvement in charitable and community activities; untiring and distinguished service mentoring PGA professionals, especially in the area of employment and club relations, integrity, and character reflecting positivity upon the profession. These criteria reflect the characteristics and qualities that Bill Strausbaugh possessed during his lifetime – service to his association and his community and mentoring to his fellow PGA professionals.

This award bestows special recognition on a PGA professional for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for fellow PGA professionals. Contributions to PGA and MAGPA education programs and inclination for continuing contributions and assistance are some of the criteria considered for this award.

This award bestows special recognition on a PGA professional for exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development and for extraordinary efforts in conducting and/or supporting play golf America initiatives. This award considers the PGA professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the section and national levels, plus the impact made at his/her own facility.

Recognizes a PGA professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the ideals and qualities that juniors can emulate, and provides opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf. Contributions to MAPGA and PGA junior programs and involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf at the facility and community level are some of the criteria considered for this award.

Recognizes PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. Awarded for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: private, resort, and public/municipal/military/semi-private. Candidates are judged on merchandising performance, details and innovation, displays, merchandising techniques, inventory mix, shop operations, merchandising philosophy, and staff training.

Recognizes PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. Awarded for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: private, resort, and public/municipal/military/semi-private. Candidates are judged on merchandising performance, details and innovation, displays, merchandising techniques, inventory mix, shop operations, merchandising philosophy, and staff training.

Recognizes PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. Awarded for excellence in golf shop operations in three categories: private, resort, and public/municipal/military/semi-private. Candidates are judged on merchandising performance, details and innovation, displays, merchandising techniques, inventory mix, shop operations, merchandising philosophy, and staff training.

This award bestows special recognition on an assistant PGA professional for distinguished service to his/her peers and the MAPGA and in his/her commitment to improving opportunities for assistants in the MAPGA.

An outstanding amateur whose contributions to the MAPGA include the promotion of golf, promotion of the MAPGA and PGA professionals, recognition by the MAPGA and business community as a leader in his/her field, and his/her support of the MAPGA golf programs.

This award honors an outstanding individual in the field of journalism for exemplary contributions to the section with regard to the promotion of golf, promotion of the MAPGA and PGA professionals, scope and distribution, quality and content of media coverage, and recognition as an outstanding journalist by his/her peers.

This award honors a golf salesperson in the region for outstanding service, support, and dedication to the members and apprentices of the MAPGA.

2022 Rolex Players Of The Year

The MAPGA tracks four Rolex POY races and continually updates them throughout the season. The Rolex Player of the Year (POY) competitions for all categories will end with the Players Cup. Players may earn Rolex POY points by competing in specific tournaments that are considered Rolex POY events.


ROLEX OPEN & WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Ashley Grier, PGA

Yinglings Golf Center


ROLEX SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Rick Schuller, PGA

Stonehenge Golf & Country Club


APA PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Larkin Gross, PGA

Springfield Golf & Country Club