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Section Awards Program

WNYPGA Section Special Awards

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


Section Special Award Nominations NOW OPEN

The Awards Committee has received feedback over the last few years on the Section Award Nomination Process and is happy to announce two changes for the 2020 Season.

1.     We have changed the timing to spring of when the nomination process is released to the Membership.  We understand how busy our Members are in the middle of summer and wanted to allow more time and participation overall.  Please note that your nominations in 2020 will most likely be based off the work done in the 2019 season.

2.     Each nominee will now receive a standard template to fill out with supporting materials for the committee to review. Templates were created for each award and ensure consistency for all candidates, as well as touch on the most important aspects that the committee will be grading the candidates on.

We hope you enjoy the changes to the process!

2019 Award Winners & Archives

Professional of the Year

JAY SUTHERLAND, PGA
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Bill Strausbaugh Award

JEFF BEAVER, PGA
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Horton Smith Award

MIKE D'AGOSTINO, PGA
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Teacher of the Year

ERIK BARZESKI, PGA
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Merchandiser of the Year - Private

JASON BALLARD, PGA
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Merchandiser of the Year - Public

MIKE ROEDER, PGA
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Merchandiser of the Year - Resort

JOE BOCK, PGA
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President’s Plaque

MICHAEL O'CONNOR, PGA
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Youth Player Development Award

LAUREN TALLMAN, PGA
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Assistant of the Year Award

CHRIS ZUMPANO, PGA
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Player of the Year

KIRK STAUFFER, PGA
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Senior Player of the Year

KIRK STAUFFER, PGA
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Women's Player of the Year

LAUREN TALLMAN, PGA
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Assistant Player of the Year

CONOR GRANDIN, PGA
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