The Dever | E-Z-GO KPGA Spring Member Conference was held at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort on Monday, February 29. Kentucky PGA Professionals and apprentices were treated to an exciting day in Lexington. In addition to our morning Business Meeting and Special Awards Presentation, we had an outstanding featured education speaker in James Sieckmann, PGA of Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska.
The morning opened with a generous collection of donations to the Kentucky Golf Foundation and KPGA Fund (a division of the Kentucky Golf Foundation which supports KPGA Player Development Grant monies) – a special thank you to all the Members and apprentices who gave over $1,200 for these great causes!
The business meeting updated KPGA members on several important topics including: PGA Junior League Golf safety measures, the strong relationship of the KGA-PGA, many upcoming exciting events (the Kentucky Scramble, Feeder’s Supply Pro-Am and Pro-Pro events and Pro-Pro Series), critical Player Development tools to drive rounds and revenue to facilities, ways to contribute to PGA Golf Day, KPGA Fund Grant Recipients, junior golf enhancements, marketing opportunities and much more! We also welcomed new apprentices, section transfers, Members and Certified Professionals into the KPGA since the Fall Member Conference.
After the General Session concluded, we recognized our exceptional Golf Professionals of 2016 in the Special Awards Presentation. That began with recognizing Half Century Member, Gary Feldman and Quarter Century Members: Patrick Berry, Dave Kaesheimer, Garry Nelson, Kenny Perry, Terry Simon and Matt Taylor. The following Special Awards were also given out to many individuals who make a large difference in the Commonwealth through golf:
Sales Representative of the Year: Doug Schoerke
Media Representative of the Year: John Engle
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Blake Watts, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year (Resort): Jerry Shoffner, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year (Private): Scott Sedgwick, PGA
Horton Smith Award: Larry Ward, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh Award: Pete Garvey, PGA
Deacon Palmer Award: Eric Gilliland, PGA
Youth Player Development: Colby Wollitz, PGA
Teacher of the Year: Larry Ward, PGA
Growth of the Game Award: Derrick Griffitts, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year Award: Danny Baron, PGA
We completed the day with a great education seminar from James Sieckmann, who spoke enthusiastically about the short game from 120 yards and in. Thank you to the Education Committee for a quality program and to Sieckmann for sharing his expertise. It was a terrific day of fellowship, learning and celebrating our PGA Professionals in Kentucky!
Business Meeting Materials
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