Congratulations to the 2017
Nebraska Section PGA
Special Award Nominees

 

Golf Professional of the Year - The highest award our Section presents.  This award is based on overall performance as a PGA golf professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game.  Nominees:  Mike Antonio, PGA; Mike Brown, PGA; Chris Cover, PGA; Dennis Fruchtl, PGA; Don Germer, PGA; Don Graham, PGA; David Honnens, PGA; Tom Johnson, PGA; Brian Kuta, PGA; Nick Muller, PGA; Greg Neujahr, PGA; Jeff Perdew, PGA; James Rolls, PGA; Gil Russell, PGA; Rodd Slater, PGA; Denis Vontz, PGA

 

Teacher of the Year - Awarded for excellence in golf instruction along with overall performance as a golf professional.  Nominees:  Kevin Boehler, PGA; Mike Cornell, PGA; Tim Fox, PGA; Jeff Henry, PGA; Greg Johannesen, PGA; Chad Lydiatt, PGA; Jonathan Mielke, PGA; Ryan Norman, PGA

 

Horton Smith Award - Bestows special recognition for outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA golf professional.  Nominees:  Brad Goetsch, PGA; Sean O'Neill, PGA; Terry Riordan, PGA

 

Bill Strausbaugh Award - Awarded to an individual who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves in the areas that truly reflect the characteristics and qualities that Bill Strausbaugh possessed during his lifetime – service to his Association, service to his fellow PGA professionals in helping them improve their employment situations and service to the community.  Nominees:  Chris Cover, PGA; Wade Foreman, PGA; Nathan Kalin, PGA; Hank McFarland, PGA; Tony Pesavento, PGA; Matt Shaner, PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA

 

Youth Player Development - Awarded to the PGA golf professional who is a leader in junior golf, reflects the image and qualities that juniors can emulate, and provides opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf.  Nominees:  Joseph Canny, PGA; Mark Christensen, PGA; Richard Delfs, PGA; Wade Foreman, PGA; Sonya Freese, PGA; Jared Frost, PGA; Kyle Huse, PGA; Tom Johnson, PGA; Chad Lydiatt, PGA; Dave Malone, PGA; Jonathan Mielke, PGA; Ryan Norman, PGA; Jerad Palmer, PGA; Jacob Pribnow, PGA; Mike Schuchart, PGA; Rodd Slater, PGA; Joe Wiegand, PGA; Chris Wiemers, PGA

 

Merchandiser of the Year/Private Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf.  Nominees:  Mike Antonio, PGA; Adam Coates, PGA; Kevin Drew, PGA; Ross Eickhoff, PGA; Sonya Freese, PGA; Dennis Fruchtl, PGA; Don Germer, PGA; Nathan Kalin, PGA; Hank McFarland, PGA; Dominick Mitchum, PGA; Nick Muller, PGA; Bobby O'Keefe, PGA; Brandon Wedding, PGA

 

Merchandiser of the Year/Public Facility - Recognizes the PGA golf professional that has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf.  Nominees:  Doug Bengston, PGA; Jon Benson, PGA; Brad Neunaber, PGA; Phil Palmer, PGA; James Rolls, PGA; Matt Shaner, PGA; Loudan Steffes, PGA; Joe Sutter, PGA

 

Facility of the Year - Recognizes the golf facility that has played an important role in Section activities, as well as promotion of the game of the golf for men, ladies and juniors.  Nominees:  Ager Golf Course, Lincoln, NE; Ashland Golf Club, Ashland, NE; Awarii Dunes Golf Club, Axtell, NE; Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Hillcrest Country Club, Lincoln, NE; Indian Creek Golf Course, Elkhorn, NE; Indian Trails Country Club, Beemer, NE; Oak Hills Country Club, Omaha, NE; The Prairie Club, Valentine, NE; Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island, NE; Scottsbluff Country Club, Scottsbluff, NE; Wildhorse Golf Club, Gothenburg, NE; Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln, NE

 

Sales Representative of the Year- Based on overall performance as a sales representative including product knowledge, service, professionalism, and involvement in Section activities.  Nominees:  Craig Cosby, PING Golf; Mark Crowther, Titleist; Marc Cruse, Columbia; Joel Logan, TaylorMade; Mike Long, adidas; Stan Sheffield, FootJoy; Brian Winge, Callaway

 

Assistant Professional of the Year - This award is based on overall performance as an assistant professional, including leadership, service and promotion of the game.  Nominees:  Mark Christensen, PGA; Connor Farrell, PGA; Kyle Huse, PGA; Nick Inutska, PGA; Sam Jonell, PGA; Brett Klug, PGA; Justin Onken, PGA; Karrie Van Ravenswaay, PGA

 

Player Development – Based on the PGA golf professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility.  Nominees:  Joe Canny, PGA; Mark Christensen, PGA; Tom Johnson, PGA; Hank McFarland, PGA; Phil Palmer, PGA; Owen Schuette, PGA; Seth Scollard, PGA; Matt Shaner, PGA; Chris Thomson, PGA

 

Patriot Award - Recognizes the 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.  Nominees:  Mike Antonio, PGA; Jim White, PGA; Cliff Yohe, PGA

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