WNYPGA Awards Committee

David Wedzik
​Golf Evolution

Ryan Swanson
Pinehurst GC

Bob King
Lakeside CC

Gary Occhino
​Orchard Park CC

Troy Moss
Chautauqua GC

Tim Falkner
​Crag Burn GC

Kyle Benish
​Holiday Valley GC

Jeff Beaver



Awards, Honorariums, Master Professionals and 
Hall of Fame Members


The Western New York PGA conducts a special awards program each year that gives recognition to Section golf professionals for their outstanding contributions, performance, and achievements within the golf profession and the Western New York Section.

Tournament awards are given based on playing performance in Western New York Section tournaments. Player Of The Year points are awarded for all Section competitions at which the professionals compete in individual scoring. Points are awarded on a finish basis to Members only, and the professional with the most points at the end of the tournament season is awarded Player Of The Year at the Annual Fall Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

For a complete description of each award please click here.

Jerry Coleman
Awards Committee Chairman


Click on pictures for archives of each respective award


Professional of the Year            Assistant Professional of the Year      Player Development               
Tim Fries, PGA                              Sean Moffat, PGA                                       David Wedzik, PGA


Youth Player Development Award                 Horton Smith Award                 Bill Strausbaugh Award
 Gary Occhino, PGA                                            Steve Carney, PGA                      Tim Fries, PGA



  Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)    Merchandiser of the Year (Semi-Private)
  Steve Carney, PGA                                  Bob King, PGA 

Not Pictured - Merchandiser of the Year (Private) -  Jay Sutherland, PGA



Media Representative of the Year     Sales Representative of the Year                                     
Dave Eaton                                              Dave Barrett

Not Pictured - Spectator of the Year  - Rich & Ruth Suchora