Illinois PGA Special Awards

Illinois PGA Special Awards

Nominations closed for 2018.

Guidelines:

Nomination should be based on a candidate’s entire past experience and commitment for continuing one’s contributions and assistance.

  • Achievements during the past five years should be emphasized.
  • The Illinois PGA Special Awards Committee will select a recipient based on the criteria.

Ineligible Categories:

  • Current Chairman of the Illinois PGA Special Awards Committee
  • Class “F” and “Reserve” members (formerly Inactive Members)
  • Associates

NOTE: All Illinois PGA Special Awards are based on the previous year
(i.e. 2018 Illinois PGA Special Awards are for the 2017 calendar year).

 

GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Illinois PGA 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. Golf Professional of the Year Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership.
  • Demonstration of strong moral character.
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the Illinois PGA & the game of golf.
  • Well-regarded as a model PGA Professional.
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Illinois PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award bestows special recognition to an Assistant PGA Professional (Class A-8). The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award.
  • ​Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership.
  • Demonstration of strong moral character.
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the Illinois PGA & the game of golf.
  • Well-regarded as a model PGA Professional.
BILL HEALD AWARD
The Bill Heald Career Achievement Award is presented to a PGA member of the Illinois PGA for a career of service to employers, mentoring, community service, playing ability, teaching, junior golf, education and going above and beyond the duties of a PGA Professional and has not been previously honored as the Illinois PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

 
BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD
The Illinois PGA 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. Bill Strausbaugh Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of record of service to the Illinois PGA and the PGA of America.
  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Involvement in civic activities and local charitable causes within the community.
  • Recognized as someone of outstanding character.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The Illinois PGA Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
 
HORTON SMITH AWARD
The Illinois PGA 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. Horton Smith Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Demonstration of strong moral character
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the Illinois PGA & the game of golf
  • Well-regarded as a model educator of PGA Golf Professionals
  • Continuing education records will serve as a resource for verification of programs taught by the nominee
MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR
The Illinois PGA 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 Illinois PGA honors one PGA Professional in three separate categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities. Merchandiser of the Year Guidelines:
  • PGA member in good standing.
  • Overall credit rating.
  • Credit rating within the industry.
  • Community involvement.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Illinois PGA Player Development Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. This award considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility. The Player Development Award Guidelines:
  • Contributions to Section and National Play Golf America initiatives
  • Quantity, quality and diversity of player development programs
  • Use of Play Golf America tools and resources
  • Quality of best practices, including uniqueness of ideas, increase in rounds/revenues, retention and customer satisfaction
  • Inspiration of fellow PGA Professionals in the area of player development
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Illinois PGA 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. Teacher of the Year Guidelines:
  • Recognized as an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership.
  • Initiation and/or implementation of unusual, innovative and/or special teaching programs.
  • Publication of articles, books, magazines, etc.
  • Instruction of outstanding golfers.
YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Illinois PGA Youth Player Development Award (formally the Junior Golf Leader Award) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Illinois PGA Youth Player Development Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf
  • Support of National junior golf programs
  • Proven interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf
  • Recognized as someone of outstanding character