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2019 Utah Section PGA Awards Announced
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Section PGA, experts in the game and business of golf in Utah, released the 2019 Utah Section PGA Awards on October 29th. Highlighting the award-recipient list is Hobble Creek Golf Course Head Golf Professional Craig Norman as Utah Section PGA Professional of the Year.
Annually, the Utah Section PGA forms an awards committee to assist in the selection process of the 14-available awards. Nominees are requested by Utah Section members across the state and then chosen by the Award Committee members and by peer voting.
Award winners are PGA professionals who go above-and-beyond to fulfill the Utah Section PGA’s mission to be a leader in promoting the enjoyment of and involvement in the game of golf. Award recipients are selfless leaders at their own facilities and commonly enjoy opportunities to teach and grow the game of golf in Utah.
2019 Utah Section PGA Awards:
Professional of the Year: Craig Norman, Hobble Creek
Teacher of the Year: Tommy Sharp, Golf Lab
Youth Player Development Award: Jake Wyatt, Gladstan
Assistant of the Year: Jon DeBoer, Tuhaye
Jon Unger Award: Brian Howes, Callaway
Merchandiser of the Year Private: Marty Bauer, Glenwild
Merchandiser of the Year Public: Lynn Landgren, Bonneville
Player Development Award: Bryant Boshard, The Ridge
Superintendent of the Year Public: Tracy Howard, Carbon Golf Course
Superintendent of the Year Private: Paul Stokes, Logan Country Club
Horton Smith Award: Chad Pettingill, Jeremy Ranch
Bill Howard Award: Dale Darling
Bill Strausbaugh: Darci Olsen, Glenmoor
Gentleman Jeff Award: Scott Whittaker
Each award recipient is celebrated at the Utah Section PGA Annual Meeting, February 11-13th in St. George, Utah, alongside the Utah PGA Winter Classic played at SunRiver Golf Club, St. George Golf Club and Sand Hollow Resort.
Norman, DeBoer, Wyatt and Boshard were asked their thoughts when the award list was released:
Craig Norman (Photos attached)
Professional of the Year:
“I had no idea and I may not be deserving of that great honor…If you look at the names on that list over the years, that is a lot to live up to. I am deeply honored and cannot believe it, no, not at all.”
Assistant of the Year:
“The award reflects an acknowledgment of all assistant professionals within our section. I’ve worked for some amazing head golf professionals throughout my years and hope they know this is a product of their influences.”
Youth Player Development:
“It’s a tremendous honor. I am extremely humbled and grateful to win this award. Junior golf development has always been a passion of mine since entering the PGA… Introducing the game to the next generation is a big motivation. I want our game to be accessible to anyone and everyone. Focusing on junior golf and making a less-intimidating, more-fun oriented program has always been a goal of mine.”
“I became a PGA professional because of my love and passion for the game. The past few years working with juniors, seniors and veterans has shown me the value and joy it brings to not only their lives, but my own as well. My new reason for being a PGA professional is to continue to spread the game to as many people as possible and share the joy and love it brings to my life.”
About the Utah Section PGA: The Utah Section PGA was established in 1986 and has 375 members and associates providing golf professional services at 90 facilities throughout Utah. It is the mission of the Utah Section PGA to be a leader in promoting the enjoyment of and involvement in the game of golf. The Utah Section PGA seeks to be a strong and prominent organization within the golf community by providing quality programs and services to both PGA Members and others.
For more information please contact:
Utah Section PGA, Publicist