Central New York's Michael Doctor Heads 2013 PGA National Award Recipients as PGA Golf Professional of the Year
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA Master Professional Michael Doctor, in his 28th season as PGA head professional at Skaneateles (N.Y.) Country Club, has been named recipient of the 2013 PGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest annual honor bestowed upon a PGA of America Professional.
Doctor, 62, a resident of Camillus, N.Y., heads the 2013 PGA of America award class that will be honored in a ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 22, in conjunction with the 61st PGA Merchandise Show. The PGA of America Awards ceremony will be conducted in the Chapin Theater of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., and the son of a PGA Professional, Doctor was raised in Plattsburgh, a community in northeastern New York. From as early as the fourth grade, Doctor committed himself to building a career as a PGA Professional. Elected to PGA membership in 1979, Doctor has served two terms on the national PGA Board of Directors. He also excelled in Section leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern New York PGA through 1984, and he has served two terms as president of the Central New York PGA Section.
Doctor is the 59th recipient of the PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, and is the second member of the Central New York PGA Section to receive this honor (Harry Shepard of Elmira, N.Y., in 1956).
Other recipients of 2013 PGA of America Awards are:
Lou Guzzi of Glenside, Pa. – PGA Teacher of the Year
Nicole Weller of Savannah, Ga. – PGA Junior Golf Leader
Daniel Pasternak of Morristown, N.J.– Bill Strausbaugh Award
John Hughes of Haines City, Fla. – Horton Smith Award
Jordan Young of Flat Rock, Mich. – PGA Player Development Award
Bob Beach of Braintree, Mass. – Patriot Award
Tennessee PGA Section – Herb Graffis Award (for exemplary contributions to Player Development)
Josue Reyes of Kohler, Wis. – PGA Merchandisers of the Year - Resort Facilities
Richard Kline of Kutztown, Pa. – PGA Merchandisers of the Year - Public Facilities
Scott Paris of Westfield, N.J. – PGA Merchandisers of the Year - Private Facilities
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