PGA Professional of the Year Tom Wildenhaus, PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Jamie Mulligan and PGA Golf Executive of the Year Joe Assell were among the headline winners at the 2021 PGA of America’s National Awards.
They and 10 other winners were unveiled during the 2022 PGA Show’s Opening Ceremony which was held today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
“This year’s outstanding class of National Awards recipients are inspiring those involved with the game of golf and the advancement of PGA Professionals throughout our industry,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “The PGA of America is proud to recognize their accomplishments, as they reflect the incredible expertise and talent throughout our Association. From nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals, these 13 recipients are at the forefront, reflecting a standard of success for all of us to emulate and admire.”
2021 PGA of America National Awards Recipients
- PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Tom Wildenhaus, PGA – Olde Florida Golf Club – Naples, Fla.
- PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year
Jamie Mulligan, PGA – Virginia Country Club – Long Beach, Calif.
- PGA Golf Executive of the Year
Joe Assell, PGA – GOLFTEC – Englewood, Colo.
- Bill Strausbaugh Award
Tim Beckwith, PGA (posthumous) – Sarasota National Golf Club – Sarasota, Fla.
- PGA Professional Development Award
Dr. Rich Ballinger, PGA – Sam Houston State PGA Golf Management University Program –
- Deacon Palmer Award
Bryan DeMarco, PGA – Pine Barrens Golf Club – Jackson, N.J.
- Patriot Award
Joe Grohman, PGA – Old Ranch Country Club/PGA Hope National Trainer – Seal Beach, Calif.
- PGA Player Development Award
Thomas Yost, PGA – First Tee – Four Corners – Kirtland, N.M.
- PGA Youth Player Development Award
Andrew Miller, PGA – LedgeRock Golf Club – Mohnton, Pa.
- Herb Graffis Award
Carolinas PGA Section
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category
Caroline Basarab, PGA – Reynolds Lake Oconee – Greensboro, Ga.
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category
Brian Tolnar, PGA – Mill Creek Park Golf Course – Canfield, Ohio
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category
Ian Brown, PGA – Butterfield Country Club – Oakbrook, Ill.
For biographies and information on all of the winners, click here.
Last month, the PGA of America announced Larkin Gross as the 2021 PGA Professional Player of the Year; Taylor Collins as 2021 Women’s PGA Professional Player of the Year, and Bob Sowards as the Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year.