PGA of America

PGA Annual Awards

PGA Golf Professional of the Year

The PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is determined annually by the PGA of America to honor the working PGA Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. Originally suggested by Richard S. Tufts, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, former president of the United States Golf Association, the award embraces a wide range of services executed by the PGA Professional and is the highest annual honor bestowed upon a PGA Professional.

2018 - Dan Pasternak (Essex Fells (N.J.) Country Club)

2017 - Darrell Kestner (Deepdale Golf Club, Manhasset, N.Y.)

2016 - Cary Cozby (Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.)

2015 - Tom Henderson (Round Hill Club, Greenwich, Conn.)

2014 - Ray S. Cutright (Idle Hour Club, Macon, Ga.)

2013 - Michael Doctor (Skaneateles Country Club, Skaneateles, N.Y.)

2012 - Mike Schultz (Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.)

2011 - Chip Essig (Hickory Stick Golf Club, Greenwood, Ind.)

2010 - Jim Mrva (Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, N.Y.)

2009 - Jack Barber (Meridian Hills Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind.)

2008 - Jim Antkiewicz (The Club at Nevillewood, Presto, Pa.)

2007 - Brent Krause (Wynlakes G & CC, Montgomery, Ala.)

2006 - Jim Manthis (Les Bolstad/U. of Minnesota G. Crs., St. Paul, Minn.)

2005 - Bill Eschenbrenner (Lone Star Golf Club, El Paso, Texas)

2004 - Craig Harmon (Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.)

2003 - Jim Brotherton Jr. (Old Overton Golf Club, Vestavia Hills, Ala.)

2002 - Jock Olson (Interlachen CC, Edina, Minn.)

2001 - Tony Morosco (Weston (Mass.) CC)

2000 - Charles “Vic” Kline (Indian Tree GC, Arvada, Colo.)

1999 - Ed Hoard (Athens Country Club, Athens, Ga.)

1998 - Ken Morton Sr. (Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.)

1997 - Tom Sargent (Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, Calif.)

1996 - Randall Smith (Royal Oaks CC, Dallas)

1995 - David C. Price (Bent Tree CC, Dallas)

1994 - Dick Murphy (Peachtree GC, Atlanta)

1993 - Don Kotnik (Toledo CC, Toledo, Ohio)

1992 - Martin T. Kavanaugh II (Hamilton Cty. Park Dst., Cincinnati, Ohio)

1991 - Joe Jemsek (Cog Hill G & CC, Lemont, Ill.)

1990 - Jim Albus (Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, N.Y.)

1989 - Tom Addis III (Singing Hills CC, El Cajon, Calif.)

1988 - Hank Majewski (Wakefield Valley GC, Westminister, Md.)

1987 - Bob Ford (Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pa.)

1986 - David Ogilvie (Flossmoor CC, Flossmoor, Ill.)

1985 - Jerry Cozby (Hillcrest CC, Bartlesville, Okla.)

1984 - Jerry Mowlds (Columbia-Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.)

1983 - Ken Lindsay (Colonial CC, Jackson, Miss.)

1982 - Bob Popp (Omaha (Neb.) CC)

1981 - John Gerring (Atlanta CC, Marietta, Ga.)

1980 - Stan Thirsk (Kansas City CC, Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

1979 - Gary Ellis (Pittsburgh Field Club, Pittsburgh)

1978 - Walter Lowell (Canton Public GC, Canton, Conn.)

1977 - Don Soper (Royal Oak GC, Royal Oak, Mich.)

1976 - Ron Letellier (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)

1975 - Walker Inman Jr. (Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio)

1974 - Paul Harney (Paul Harney’s GC, Hatchville, Mass.)

1973 - Warren Smith (Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, Colo.)

1972 - Howard Morrette (Twin Lakes CC,Kent, Ohio)

1971 - Ross Collins (Dallas Athletic Club, Dallas)

1970 - Grady Shumate (Tanglewood GC, Clemmons, N.C.)

1969 - A. Hubert Smith (Arnold Center CC, Tullahoma, Tenn.)
         - Wally Mund (Midland Hills CC, St. Paul, Minn.)

1968 - Hardy Loudermilk (Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, Texas)

1967 - Ernie Vossler (Quail Creek CC, Oklahoma City, Okla.)

1966 - Bill Strausbaugh Jr. (Turf Valley CC, Ellicott City, Md.)

1965 - Hubby Habjan (Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill.)

1964 - Lyle Wehrman (Merced G & CC, Merced, Calif.)

1963 - Bruce Herd (Flossmoor CC, Flossmoor, Ill.)

1962 - Tom Lo Presti (Haggin Oaks GC, Sacramento, Calif.)

1961 - Don Padgett (Green Hills CC, Selma, Ind.)

1960 - Warren Orlick (Tam O’Shanter CC, Orchard Lake, Mich.)

1959 - Eddie Duino (San Jose CC, San Jose, Calif.)

1958 - Harry Pezzullo (Mission Hills GC, Northbrook, Ill.)

1957 - Dugan Aycock (Lexington CC, Lexington, N.C.)

1956 - Harry Shepard (Mark Twain Community GC, Elmira, N.Y.)

1955 - Bill Gordon (Tam O’Shanter CC, Chicago)

PGA Teacher of the Year

The PGA Teacher of the Year Award was inaugurated in 1986 to honor outstanding teachers of golf among the ranks of the PGA of America membership. This award is based on the PGA Professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs that the Professional has initiated or played a key role in implementing; articles published in books and magazines; as well as outstanding golfers the Professional has instructed.

2018 - James Sieckmann (Shadow Ridge COuntry Club, Omaha, Neb.)

2017 - David Leadbetter (David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Champions Gate, Fla.)

2016 - Mike Adams (Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, N.J.)

2015 - Cameron McCormick (Brook Hollow Golf Club, Dallas, Texas)

2014 - Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen (Indian Canyon Golf Course, Spokane, Washington)

2013 - Lou Guzzi (Lou Guzzi Golf Academy at Talmore Country Club, Ambler, Pa.)

2012 - Michael Breed (Sunningdale Country Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.)

2011 - Mike Malaska (Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club, Superstition, Ariz.)

2010 - Todd Anderson (Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island, Ga.)

2009 - Mike Bender (Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary, Fla.)

2008 - Martin Hall (Ibis Golf & Country Club, West Palm Beach, Fla.)

2007 - Jim Hardy (Jacobsen/Hardy Golf Design, Houston, Texas)

2006 - Bill Forrest  (Troon Country Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

2005 - Peter Krause (Windsong Farm Golf Club, Independence, Minn.)

2004 - Hank Johnson (Greystone Golf & Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.)

2003 - Laird Small (Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Pebble Beach, Calif.)

2002 - Randy Smith (Royal Oaks CC, Dallas)

2001 - Craig Shankland (Hidden Lakes CC, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)

2000 - Jim Suttie (Cog Hill Golf Club, Lemont, Ill.)

1999 - Mike McGetrick (Mike McGetrick Golf Academy, Englewood, Colo.)

1998 - Dave Glenz (Crystal Springs GC, Hardyston, N.J.)

1997 - Rick Martino (Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club)

1996 - Chuck Cook (Barton Creek CC/Lakeside, Spicewood, Texas)

1995 - Jack Lumpkin (Sea Island/Golf Digest Learning Center, St. Simons Island, Ga.)

1994 - Jim McLean (Doral Golf Resort, Fla.)

1993 - Hank Haney (Hank Haney Golf Ranch, McKinney, Texas)

1992 - Bill Strausbaugh (Columbia CC, Chevy Chase, Md.)

1991 - Mike Hebron (Smithtown Landing CC, Smithtown, N.Y.)

1990 - Charles Sorrell (Lake Spivey GC, Jonesboro, Ga.)

1989 - Harvey Penick (Austin CC, Austin, Texas)

1988 - Jim Flick (The GC at Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

1987 - Gary Wiren (PGA National GC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

1986 - Manuel de la Torre (Milwaukee CC, Milwaukee, Wis.)

Youth Player Development Award

Begun in 1988 as the PGA Junior Golf Leader Award, today’s PGA Youth Player Development Award was renamed in 2014 for the PGA Professional who has made extraordinary and exemplary contributions to youth player development. Work by this PGA Professional includes involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf at the facility level and support for national junior golf programs.

2018 - Cameron Milton (Polson Bay G.C., Polson, Montana)

2017 - Brendon Elliott (Little Linksters LLC, Deltona, Fla.)

2016 - Dennis Johnson (Pine Meadow Golf Club, Mundelein, Ill.)

2015 - Bill Castner (Plainfield West 9 Golf Club, Edison, N.J.)

2014 - Tom Morton (Morton Golf, Sacramento, Calif.)

2013 - Nicole Weller (The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.)

2012 - Don Law (Club Med Academies, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)

2011 - Rick Grayson (Rivercut Golf Course, Springfield, Mo.)

2010 - Ann Finke (Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2009 - Vikki Vanderpool (Approaching the Green, Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

2008 - Jimmy Headrick (The First Tee of New Orleans (La.))

2007 - Danny Harvanek (The Golf Club at Bear Dance, Larkspur, Colo.)

2006 - Francis Selva (Race Brook Country Club, Orange, Conn.)

2005 - Will Reilly (Twining Valley Golf & Fitness Club, Dresher, Pa.)

2004 - John Godwin (Godwin Creek Golf Course, Columbus, Ga.)

2003 - Steve Hogan (Miller Park Golf Course, Omaha, Neb.)

2002 - Ken Morton Sr. (Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.)

2001 - Charlie Lanzetta (Rockland (Mass.) GC & Green Harbor GC, Marshfield, Mass.)

2000 - Bob Dolan (Columbia CC, Chevy Chase, Md.)

1999 - Harry Hammond (Whitford CC, Exton, Pa.)

1998 - Lissa Horton (Tennessee PGA Section, Franklin, Tenn.)

1997 - Alan Abrams (Indian Tree Golf Club, Arvada, Colo.)

1996 - Sherwin Cox (Ross Rogers GC, Amarillo, Texas)

1995 - Wayne Warms (Due Process Stable GC, Colts Neck, N.J)

1994 - Sandy La Bauve (Stonecreek GC, Phoenix)

1993 - Richard Tollette Jr. (Bunker Hills GC, Coon Rapids, Minn.)

1992 - Paul Miner (Tamarack CC, Greenwich, Conn.)

1991 - Mike Crotty (The Shamrock GC, Powell, Ohio)

1990 - Duke Butler (TPC at the Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas)

1989 - Tom Sargent (Yorba Linda CC, Yorba Linda, Calif.)

1988 - Rick Murphy (Cardinal G & CC, Greensboro, N.C.)

Bill Strausbaugh Award

Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

2018 - Cameron Doan (Preston Trail Golf Club, Dallas, Texas)

2017 - John Kennedy (Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.)

2016 - Joe Tesori (TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

2015 - Bill Hughes (TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

2014 - Roger Wallace (Polson Bay Golf Course, Polson, Mont.)

2013 - Dan Pasternak (Panther Valley Golf & Country Club, Allamuchy, N.J.)

2012 - Harry Hammond Jr. (Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, Pa.)

2011 - Bob Dolan Jr. (Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Md.)

2010 - Nelson Long Jr. (Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.)

2009 - Dennis Satyshur (Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.)

2008 - Clayton Cole (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.)

2007 - Michael Doctor (Skaneateles (N.Y.) Country Club)

2006 - Michael Harmon (Secession Golf Club, Beaufort, S.C.)

2005 - Tom Nieporte (Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.)

2004 - Paul Reinking (Kankakee (Ill.) Country Club)

2003 - Steve Napoli (Wannamoisett Golf Club, Rumford, R.I.)

2002 - Jerry Hogge (Methodist College, Fayetteville, N.C.)

2001 - Gary Reynolds (Hartford (Conn.) Golf Club)

2000 - Glenn Brown (Westwood CC, Vienna, Va.)

1999 - William Heald (Riverside (Ill.) GC)

1998 - Tom Tetrault (Fall River (Mass.) CC)

1997 - Doug Ritter (Meadia Heights CC, Lancaster, Pa.)

1996 - William Mitchell (Innis Arden GC, Old Grenwich, Conn.)

1995 - Ed Ibarguen (Duke University GC, Durham, N.C.)

1994 - Kurt Sokolowski (Pinebrook CC, Weston, Mass)

1993 - John Poole (Chester Valley GC, Malvern, Pa.)

1992 - William Munguia (Plantation GC, Olive Branch, Miss.)

1991 - Michael Burke (Pass Christian Isles (Miss.) GC)

1990 - Ron Hoetmer (Overlake G & CC, Medina, Wash.)

1989 - Martin T. Kavanaugh II (Hamilton County Park District, Cincinnati)

1988 - Earl Maurer (Onondaga G & CC, Fayetteville, N.Y.)

1987 - Richard Walker (Morris Park CC, South Bend, Ind.)

1986 - Richard Churilla (Wheeling (W.Va.) CC)

1985 - Roger Van Dyke (Flint (Mich.) GC)

1984 - Bill Eschenbrenner (El Paso (Texas) CC)

1983 - Patrick Rielly (Annandale GC, Pasadena, Calif.)

1982 - Robert F. Smith (Wolferts Roost CC, Albany, N.Y.)

1981 - William Heald (Riverside GC, North Riverside, Ill.)

1980 - Mal McMullen (Kokomo (Ind.) CC)

1979 - Dale Mead (Del Rio CC, Modesto, Calif.)

Horton Smith Award

The Horton Smith Award was donated by the PGA of America Advisory Committee in support of the Association’s continuing work to promote and improve the PGA’s educational programs throughout its 41 Sections. The award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Horton Smith, a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and 37-year member of the PGA, served as the Association’s president from 1952-1954 and devoted much of his time to improving educational programs. A two-time Masters Champion and winner of its inaugural event, Smith represented the United States on seven Ryder Cup teams and never lost a match. Horton Smith died in 1963.

2018 - Joseph Hallett (Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, Franklin, Tenn.)

2017 - Jeff Adkerson (Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.)

2016 - Bryan Jones (Black Oak Golf Club, Long Valley, N.J.)

2015 - Russ Libby (Hidden Hills CC, Jacksonville, Fla.)

2014 - Pat Gavin (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

2013 - John Hughes (Golf Digest Schools, Orlando, Fla.)

2012 - Carl Alexander (The Golf Club of Purchase, N.Y.)

2011 - John J. Rogers (Majestic Ridge Golf Club, Chambersburg, Pa.)

2010 - John Kennedy Jr. (Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.)

2009 - Derek Hardy (Talega Golf Club, San Clemente, Calif.)

2008 - Mark Wilson (Watermark Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.)

2007 - Tom Carpus (Kennett Square (Pa.) Golf & Country Club)

2006 - Thomas Tatnall (Tatnall Associates LLC, Ridgeland, Miss.)

2005 - Warren Bottke (Abacoa Golf Club, Jupiter, Fla.)

2004 - Ralph Bernhisel (Phoenix (Ariz.) CC)

2003 - Ray Cutright (Idle Hour Golf Club, Macon, Ga.)

2002 - Brent Krause (Wynlakes Golf & CC, Montgomery, Ala.)

2001 - Paul Bergen (The Legends Club of Tennessee (Franklin))

2000 - David Normand Jr. (Indian Hills GC, Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

1999 - Coleman Plecker (Manor CC, Rockville, Md.)

1998 - Ed Ibarguen (Duke University GC, Durham, N.C.)

1997 - Warren “Stoney” Brown (Crane Creek CC, Boise, Idaho)

1996 - Ed Hoard (Athens (Ga.) Country Club)

1995 - Ken Morton Sr. (Haggin Oaks GC, Sacramento, Calif.)

1994 - Bill Eschenbrenner (El Paso (Texas) CC)

1993 - Rick Burton (Burlington, N.C.)

1992 - Conrad Rehling (Univ. of Alabama GC, Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

1991 - Joe Terry (Gulf Shores (Ala.) GC)

1990 - Mike Hebron (Smithtown Landing CC, St. James, N.Y.)

1989 - Verne D. Perry (Cedars GC, Brush Prairie, Wash.)

1988 - Guy Wimberly (Arroyo Del Oso GC, Albuquerque, N.M.)

1987 - Ken Lindsay (Colonial CC,Jackson, Miss.)

1986 - Mark Darnell (West Lake CC, Augusta, Ga.)

1985 - Larry Startzel (CC of Lansing, Lansing, Mich.)

1984 - Don Essig III (The Hoosier Links, New Palestine, Ind.)

1983 - Bill Strausbaugh (Columbia CC, Chevy Chase, Md.)

1982 - Kent Cayce (Evansville (Ind.) CC)

1981 - Tom Addis III (Singing Hills CC, El Cajon, Calif.)

1980 - Dale Mead (Del Rio G & CC, Modesto, Calif.)

1979 - Howard E. Smith (Riverside GC,Diamond Bar, Calif.)

1978 - Andy Nusbaum (Siwanoy CC, Bronxville, N.Y.)

1977 - Paul Runyan (Green Gables CC, Denver)

1976 - Jim Bailey (Adams Park Golf Course, Brighton, Colo.)

1975 - John P. Henrich (Elma Meadows GC, Elma, N.Y.)

1974 - Bill Hardy (Chevy Chase (Md.) Club)

1973 - George Aulbach (Pecan Valley CC, San Antonio, Texas)

1972 - John Budd (New Port Richey, Fla.)

1971 - Irvin Schloss (Dunedin, Fla.)

1970 - Joe Walser (Oklahoma City CC)

1969 - Paul Hahn (CC of Miami, Florida)

1968 - R. William Clarke (Hillendale CC, Phoenix, Md.)

1967 - Donald E. Fischesser (Evansville (Ind.) CC)

1966 - Gene C. Mason (Columbia-Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.)

1965 - Emil Beck (Black River CC, Port Huron, Mich.)

PGA Player Development Award

From 1982 to 2001, the President’s Plaque was awarded to the PGA of America member with the highest individual contribution to National Golf Day charities. Beginning in 2006, a special award that recognizes PGA Professionals at the Section and national level for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development, which support Play Golf America initiatives, was established. In 2011, it was renamed the PGA Player Development Award.

2018 - Marvol Barnard (Southwest - Haven Golf Club, Green Valley, Ariz.)

2017 - Tom Morton (Northern California - Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.)

2016 - Mary Hafeman (North Florida - Deercreek Country Club,Jacksonville, Fla.)

2015 - Tim Krebs (Southern Texas - Butterfield Trail Golf Club, El Paso, Texas)

2014 - Ralph Landrum (Kentucky - World of Golf, Crestview Hills, Ky.)

2013 - Jordan Young (Michigan, Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth, Mich.)

2012 - Mark Holiday (Rocky Mountain - Bridger Creek Golf Course, Bozeman, Mont.)

2011 - Brian Bain (New England - Robert T. Lynch, Municipal Golf Course, Brookline, Mass.)

2010 - Andy Barbin (Philadelphia - Chesapeake Bay Golf Club, Rising Sun, Md.)

2009 - Kyle Heyen (Colorado - Hiwan Golf Course, Evergreen, Colo.)

2008 - Bob Collins (Tri-State - Oak Tree Country Club, West Middlesex, Pa.)

2007 - Will Reilly (Philadelphia - Twining Valley Golf & Fitness Club, Dresher, Pa.)

2006 - Bob Baldassari (Middle Atlantic - Cannon Ridge Golf Club, Fredericksburg, Va.)

2002-05 - No Award presented

1993-2001 - Randall Smith (Northern Texas - Royal Oaks CC, Dallas)

1992 - Orrin Vincent (Southwest - Angel Park GC, Las Vegas)

1991 - Randall Smith (Northern Texas - Royal Oaks CC, Dallas)

1990 - Jeff Walser (Southern California - PGA West, La Quinta, Calif.)

1984-89 - Randall Smith (Northern Texas - Royal Oaks CC, Dallas)

1983 - Steve Braley (South Central - Oak Tree CC, Edmond, Okla.)

1982 - Steve Braley (South Central - Oak Tree CC, Edmond, Okla.)

Patriot Award

Originated in 2008, the Patriot Award is presented at the PGA Annual Meeting and follows the inspiration of Patriot Golf Day founder Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional from Broken Arrow, Okla., the award’s first honoree. The Patriot Award is presented by the PGA of America to a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

2018 - Ken Juhn (Terrace Hill Golf Center, Temple Terrace, Fla.)

2017 - Kevin McKinley (Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Mich.)

2016 - Steve Grelner (Links to Freedom, Springfield, Va.)

2015 - David Windsor (Adaptive Golf Academy, Sarasota, Fla.)

2014 - SGM James C. Dickerson (Iowa City, Iowa)

2013 - Bob Beach (Braintree Municipal Golf Course, Braintree, Mass.)

2012 - John Kennedy Jr. (Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.)

2011 - John Hines (Baiting Hollow Club, Baiting Hollow, N.Y.)

2010 - Jim Estes (Golf Park, Olney, Md.)

2009 - Andy Weissinger (Fort Eustis, Va.)

2008 - Maj. Dan Rooney (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

Deacon Palmer Award

The PGA of America established the Deacon Palmer Award, named after Arnold Palmer’s late father who overcame personal obstacles to succeed as a PGA Professional, in 2014. The Award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his/her life.

2018 - Monty Elam, PGA (Whiteford Valley Golf Club, Ottawa Lake, Michigan)

2017 - Sam Depe III, PGA (Hickory Heights Golf Club, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania)

2016 - William “Bill” Flynn*, PGA (Windham C.C., Windham, New Hampshire)

2015 - Brad Clayton, PGA (Puzzle Duck Golf, Oxford, North Carolina)

2014 - Deacon Palmer*, PGA (accepted by Arnold Palmer)

Herb Graffis Award

From 1974 to 2001, the Herb Graffis Award was presented annually to the PGA of America Section with the highest financial contribution to National Golf Day/National Golf Month charities. In 2006, the PGA Board of Directors established a special award recognizing a PGA Section for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development. A golf historian and founder of several golf magazines, Herb Graffis, with his brother, Joe, also founded the National Golf Foundation and the Golf Writers Association of America. The recipient of the 1988 PGA Distinguished Service Award, Herb Graffis died at the age of 95 on Feb. 12, 1989.

2018 - Colorado PGA Section

2017 - Gateway PGA Section

2016 - Northern Texas PGA Section

2015 - New Jersey PGA Section

2014 - Southern California PGA Section

2013 - Tennessee PGA Section

2012 - New Jersey Section

2011 - Colorado Section

2010 - Metropolitan Section

2009 - Midwest Section

2008 - Philadelphia Section

2007 - Carolinas Section

2006 - Northern California Section

2002-2005 - No Award presented

2001 - Northern Texas Section

2000 - Northern Texas Section

1999 - Northern California Section

1998 - Northern California Section

1997 - Southern California Section

1996 - Southern California Section

1995 - Northern Texas Section

1994 - Southern California Section

1993 - Northern Texas Section

1992 - Southwest Section

1991 - Southern California Section

1990 - Southern California Section

1989 - Southern California Section

1988 - Southern California Section

1987 - Southern California Section

1986 - Southern California Section

1985 - Southern California Section

1984 - Northern Texas Section

1983 - South Central Section

1982 - Georgia Section

1981 - Northern Ohio Section

1980 - Southern California Section

1979 - Illinois Section

1978 - Carolinas Section

1977 - Michigan Section

1976 - Michigan Section

1975 - Michigan Section

1974 - Michigan Section

PGA Merchandisers of the Year

In 1978, the PGA of America and Sports Illustrated established the PGA Merchandisers of the Year Award to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as businesspersons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. Today, the PGA of America honors PGA Professionals in three categories: private, public and resort facilities. Candidates are nominated by their respective PGA Section offices. Award consideration is based on the following guidelines:

  • A PGA member in good standing
  • Overall credit rating
  • Credit rating within the industry
  • Community involvement

The candidate shall have demonstrated skill in planning and promotion of sales by presenting products to his/her market on a timely basis, and through the use of specialized merchandising techniques that include display and advertising.

Private

2018 - Nick Muller (Country Club of Lincoln (Nebraska))

2017 - Mike Strlekar (Montclair Golf Club, West Orange, N.J.)

2016 - Mark Thush (Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

2015 - Jason Epstein (The Club at Las Campanas, Santa Fe, N.M.)

2014 - Scott Nye (Merion Golf Club Springs Resort, Bedford, Pa.)

2013 - Scott Paris (Plainfield Country Club, Westfield, N.J.)

2012 - George Kahrhoff (The Country Club at Castle Pines (Colo.))

2011 - Jeffrey Kiddie (Aronimink Golf Club, Newton Square, Pa.)

2010 - Mark Mongell (Cherokee Town & CC, Atlanta, Ga.)

2009 - Brian Morrison (Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC)

2008 - John Lyberger Jr. (Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md.)

2007 - Doug Steffen (Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.)

2006 - Richard Stewart (Kalamazoo (Mich.) CC)

2005 - John Buczek (Grandfather G & CC, Linville, N.C.)

2004 - Michael Harmon (Secession GC, Beaufort, S.C.)

2003 - David Impastato (St. Charles (Ill.) CC)

2002 - Cary Cozby (Wichita (Kan.) CC)

2001 - Dick Hyland (Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

2000 - Gregory Lecker (Canoe Brook CC, Summit, N.J.)

1999 - Tim Moher (Del Mar CC, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)

1998 - Jim Tureskis (Wolferts Roost CC, Albany, N.Y.)

1997 - Bob Ford (Oakmont (Pa.) CC)

1996 - not awarded

1995 - Marty Lass (Edina (Minn.) CC)

1994 - Regi Starzyk (St. Charles (Ill.) CC)

1993 - Charles Raudenbush (Pine Valley (N.J.) GC)

1992 - Tim O’Neal (Frenchman’s Creek CC, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

1991 - Earl Puckett (Twin Orchard CC, Long Grove, Ill.)

1990 - Keith Schneider (GC of Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Colo.)

1989 - Bob Ross (Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.)

1988 - James Thompson (Oneida G & RC, Green Bay, Wis.)

1987 - Russ Garner (Windyke CC, Germantown, Tenn.)

1986 - Bob Barrett (Shoal Creek (Ala.) CC)

1985 - Bob Ford (Oakmont (Pa.) CC)

1984 - not awarded

1983 - Willie Gibbons (Belle Meade CC, Nashville, Tenn.)

1982 - Steve Braley (Oak Tree CC, Edmond, Okla.)

1981 - Mike Vucinich (Greensburg (Pa.))

1980 - Bob Hickman (Medinah (Ill.))

1979 - Mark Darnell (West Lake CC, Augusta, Ga.)

1978 - Eldridge Miles (Bent Tree CC, Dallas)

Public

2018 - Mark Rashell (The Golf Club at Newcastle (Wash.))

2017 - Mark Pfingston (Bear Dance Golf Club, Denver, Colo.)

2016 - Matt Brown (Highlands Golf Club, Gearhart, Ore.)

2015 - Jim Hajek (Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden, Colo.)

2014 - George Ancuta (Knoll Country Club, Ardmore, Pa.)

2013 - Rick Kline (Sittler Golf Center, Kutztown, Pa.)

2012 - Dale Smigelsky (Collindale Golf Course, Fort Collins, Colo.)

2011 - Susan Roll (Carlsbad (Calif.) Golf Center)

2010 - Dennis Johnsen (Pine Meadow GC, Mundelein, Ill.)

2009 - Nevin Phillips (Mahogany Run Golf Course, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

2008 - Mike Woods (Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.)

2007 - Adam Carney ( Big Creek G & CC, Mountain Home, Ark.)

2006 - Brad Braden (Poppy Ridge GC, Livermore, Calif.)

2005 - Fabian McIntyre (Falcon’s Fire G. Club, Kissimmee, Fla.)

2004 - Greg Villeneuve (Montage Hotels & Resorts, Laguna Beach, Calif.)

2003 - John Kerins (Tam O’Shanter GC, Hermitage, Pa.)

2002 - Joseph “Ted” Gallina (Legends Club of Franklin (Tenn.))

2001 - Leigh Bader (Pine Oaks GC, South Easton, Mass.)

2000 - Marc Cruse (Crooked Creek GC, Lincoln, Neb.)

1999 - Zack Veasey (Hillandale GC, Durham, N.C.)

1998 - Ken Morton Sr. (Haggin Oaks GC, Sacramento, Calif.)

1997 - Joe Shershenovich (Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

1996 - not awarded

1995 - Leigh Bader (Pine Oaks GC, South Easton, Mass.)

1994 - Ronald Beck (Crumpin Fox GC, Bernardston, Mass.)

1993 - Tim Corrigan (Holiday GC, Olive Branch, Miss.)

1992 - Zack Veasey (Hillandale CC, Durham, N.C.)

1991 - Willis Denmark (Jamestown Park GC, Jamestown, N.C.)

1990 - Ken Morton Sr. (Haggin Oaks GC, Sacramento, Calif.)

1989 - Marc Cruse (Mahoney GC, Lincoln, Neb.)

1988 - Luke Veasey (Hillandale GC, Durham, N.C.)

1987 - Luke Veasey (Hillandale GC, Durham, N.C.)

1986 - Sherwin Cox (Ross Rogers GC, Amarillo, Texas)

1985 - Bill Munguia (Holiday GC, Olive Branch, Miss.)

1984 - not awarded

1983 - Gary Dee (Bear Creek G. Ctr., Dallas/Ft. Worth)

1982 - Bob Sprunk (Valleywood GC, Swanton, Ohio)

1981 - Stan Shaver (Pawnee Prairie GC, Wichita, Kan.)

1980 - Al Starr (Yahara Hills GC, Madison, Wis.)

1979 - Guy Wimberly and Bob Meiering (Arroyo Del Oso GC, Albuquerque, N.M.)

1978 - U.C. Ferguson (Lincoln Park GC, Oklahoma City)

Resort

2018 - Erik Wilson (The Grand Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.)

2017 - Zack Chapin (Arcadia (Mich.) Bluffs Golf Club)

2016 - Kelly O’Donnell (Wolfdancer Golf Club, Lost Pines, Texas)

2015 - Miles Blundell (Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y.)

2014 - Ron Leporati (West Omni Bedford, Parsippany, N.J.)

2013 - Josué Reyes (Blackwolf Run & Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wis.)

2012 - Amy Pendergast (Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort)

2011 - Hill Herrick (The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.)

2010 - Tom Davidson (Circling Raven GC, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)

2009 - Caroline Basarab-Dennison (The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, S.C.)

2008 - Mike Buccerone (The Resort Club at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

2007 - Dirk Willis (Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisc.)

2006 - Brian Gerard (The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C.)

2005 - Ron Dunham (Teton Pines Resort & CC, Jackson, Wyo.)

2004 - Paul Earnest (Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, Texas)

2003 - Russ Miller (The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2002 - Charles “Chip” King (Pine Needles Lodge & GC, Southern Pines, N.C.)

2001 - John Freitas (Hualalai GC, Kapulehu, Kona, Hawaii)

2000 - Rick Castillo - Wailea Golf Club, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii)

1999 - John Jackson (The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

1998 - Stephen Cryan (Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & CC)

1997 - Brad Doyle (Grand Cypress GC, Orlando, Fla.)

1996 - not awarded

1995 - Joseph (Jay) Colliatie (Pelican Hill GC, Newport Coast, Calif.)

1994 - Mike Abbott (Las Colinas Sports Club, Irving, Texas)

1993 - Anthony Austin (Marriott’s Orlando (Fla.) World Center)

1992 - Craig Williamson (Ko Olina GC, Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii)

1991 - Kevin Hammock (Marriott Seaview GR, Absecon, N.J.)

1990 - James Bellington (Las Colinas Sports Club, Irving, Texas)

1989 - Tim Skogen (Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, Calif.)

1988 - Gary Planos (The Golf Club, Kapalua, Hawaii)

1987 - Gary Wilcox (La Paloma CC, Tucson, Ariz.)

1986 - Greg Abadie (La Quinta (Calif.) GC)

1985 - Craig Williamson (Kapalua (Hawaii) GC)

1984 - not awarded

1983 - Ken Judd (Americana/Lake Geneva, (Wis.))

1982 - Jay Overton (Innisbrook, Tarpon Springs, Fla.)

1981 - Dave Johnson and Jerry Holley (Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas)

1980 - Bob Putt (Horseshoe CC, Marble Falls, Texas)

1979 - Harold “Rags” Ragland (Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kamuela, Hawaii)

1978 - Roger Maxwell (Camelback CC, Scottsdale, Ariz.) 

PGA Distinguished Service Award

Inaugurated in 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

2018 - No Recipient

2017 - Mark and Debi Rolfing (Maui, Hawaii)

2016 - No Recipient

2015 - Deane Beman (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.)

2014 - Bill Clinton (Chappaqua, N.Y.)

2013 - Lee Trevino (Dallas, Texas)

2012 - Dave Stockton (Redlands, Calif.)

2011 - Larry Nelson (Marietta, Ga.)

2010 - Billy Casper (Springville, Utah)

2009 - William Powell (East Canton, Ohio)

2008 - Dennis Walters (Jupiter, Fla.)

2007 - Jack Burke Jr. (Houston, Texas)

2006 - Fred Ridley (Tampa, Fla.)

2005 - Wally Uihlein (North Dartmouth, Mass.)

2004 - Pete Dye (Carmel, Ind.)

2003 - Vince Gill (Nashville, Tenn.)

2002 - Tim Finchem (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla.)

2001 - Mark McCormack (Windermere, Fla.)

2000 - Jack Nicklaus (North Palm Beach, Fla.)

1999 - Bill Dickey (Phoenix, Ariz.)

1998 - Paul Runyan (Pasadena, Calif.)

1997 - George H. W. Bush (Houston, Texas)

1996 - Frank Chirkinian (Augusta, Ga.)

1995 - Patty Berg (Fort Myers, Fla.)

1994 - Arnold Palmer (Bay Hill, Fla.)

1993 - Byron Nelson (Roanoke, Texas)

1992 - Gene Sarazen (Marco Island, Fla.)

1991 - Gerald Ford (Rancho Mirage, Calif.)

1990 - No Recipient

1989 - Bob Hope (Palm Springs, Calif.)

1988 - Herb Graffis (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.)

PGA Professional Player of the Year

Begun in 1984, the PGA Professional Player of the Year is determined over a period from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, of the current year. The award is based on points earned in the following events: PGA Championship, PGA Professional Championship, U.S. Open, PGA Stroke Play Championship, PGA Match Play Championship, regular PGA Tour events, Web.com Tour events, PGA Tournament Series, Section PGA Professional Championship and final Section Player of the Year standings. The PGA Professional Player of the Year standings are published throughout the year, with updates in March, July, October and concluding Dec. 31. The PGA Professional Player of the Year Award is presented at the PGA Professional Championship.

2018 - Ryan Vermeer (Happy Hollow Club, Omaha, Neb.)

2017 - Rich Berberian Jr. (Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Mass.)

2016 - Rich Berberian Jr. (Windham Country Club, Derry, N.H.)

2015 - Matt Dobyns (Fresh Meadow CC, Lake Success, N.Y.)

2014 - Bob Sowards (New Albany (Ohio) Country Club)

2013 - Rod Perry (Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, Port Orange, Fla.)

2012 - Rod Perry (Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, Port Orange, Fla.)

2011 - David Hutsell (The Elkridge Club, Baltimore, Md.)

2010 - Mike Small (University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.)

2009 - Rick Schuller (Swaders Sports Park, Prince George, Va.)

2008 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2007 - Mike Small (University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.)

2006 - Mike Small (University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.)

2005 - Bob Sowards (Wedgewood G & CC, Powell, Ohio)

2004 - Bob Sowards (Wedgewood G & CC, Powell, Ohio)

2003 - Bob Sowards (Wedgewood G & CC, Powell, Ohio)

2002 - Don Berry (Edinburgh GC, Brooklyn Park, Minn.)

2001 - Tim Thelen (Baywood CC, Pasadena, Texas)

2000 - Rick Hartmann (Atlantic GC, Bridgehampton, N.Y.)

1999 - Jeff Freeman (Tamarisk CC, Rancho Mirage, Calif.)

1998 - Bruce Zabriski (Westchester CC, Rye, N.Y.)

1997 - Bruce Zabriski (Westchester CC, Rye, N.Y.)

1996 - Bruce Zabriski (Westchester CC, Rye, N.Y.)

1995 - Jim Estes (Evanston GC, Skokie,Ill.)

1994 - Bruce Zabriski (Winged Foot CC, Mamaroneck, N.Y.)

1993 - Mike San Filippo (Shaker Hills GC, Harvard, Mass.)

1992 - Tom Wargo (Greenview GC, Centralia, Ill.)

1991 - Bruce Zabriski (Oyster Bay GC, Southampton, N.Y.)

1990 - Brett Upper (Feather Sound CC, Clearwater, Fla.)

1989 - Lonnie Nielsen (Crag Burn Club, East Aurora, N.Y.)

1988 - Bob Ford (Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pa.)

1987 - Lonnie Nielsen (Crag Burn Club, East Aurora, N.Y.)

1986 - Lonnie Nielsen (Crag Burn Club, East Aurora, N.Y.)

1985 - Ed Dougherty (Edgemont CC, Edgemont, Pa.)

1984 - Bill Schumaker (Crooked Lake GC, Columbia City, Ind.)

PGA Senior Professional Player of the Year

Begun in 1995, the Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year is determined over a period from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, of the current year. The award is based on points earned in all tournaments comprising the “regular” PGA Professional Player of the Year award, in addition to the following senior events: the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, U.S. Senior Open, Senior PGA Professional Championship, PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship, champions Tour events, Senior Division of the PGA Tournament Series and Senior Section Championships. The Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year standings are published throughout the year, with updates in early March, July 1, Oct. 15 and concluding Dec. 31. The Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Award is presented during the PGA Professional Championship.

2018 - Bob Sowards (Dublin, Ohio)

2017 - Mike Small (Champaign, Ill.)

2016 - Brad Lardon (Las Campanas, Santa Fe, N.M.)

2015 - Brian Cairns (Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth, Mich.)

2014 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2013 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2012 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2011 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2010 - Sonny Skinner (River Pointe Golf Club, Albany, Ga.)

2009 - Chris Starkjohann (Oceanside, Calif.)

2008 - Kirk Hanefeld (Acton, Mass.)

2007 - Chris Starkjohann (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)

2006 - Chris Starkjohann (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)

2005 - Darrell Kestner (Glen Cove, N.Y.)

2004 - Darrell Kestner (Glen Cove, N.Y.)

2003 - Bob Ralston (Little Rock, Ark.)

2002 - Jay Overton (Palm Harbor, Fla.)

2001 - Jay Overton (Palm Harbor, Fla.)

2000 - Ed Sabo (Bear Lakes CC, West Palm Beach, Fla.)

1999 - Jim Ahern (Phoenix, Ariz.)

1998 - Roy Vucinich (Moon Township, Pa.)

1997 - Roy Vucinich (Moon Township, Pa.)

1996 - Steve Veriato (Austin, Texas)

1995 - Mike Joyce (Amelia Island, Fla.)

Legends of the PGA

The Legends of the PGA program was established in 1995 to recognize past PGA Presidents for their contributions to the Association and the golf industry. The honorees are recognized with a special display featuring memorabilia from the president’s term in office. The display and audio-visual presentation is featured at the PGA Annual Meeting.

2017 - M.G. Orender, Jacksonville, Fla. (2003-04)

2016 - not awarded

2015 - not awarded

2014 - Jack Connelly, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (2001-02)

2013 - not awarded

2012 - Will Mann, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (1999-2000)

2011 - not awarded

2010 - Ken Lindsay, Jackson, Miss. (1997-98)

2009 - not awarded

2008 - Tom Addis III, Beaumont, Calif. (1995-96)

2007 - not awarded

2006 - Gary Schaal, Murrells Inlet, S.C. (1993-94)

2005 - Dick Smith, Williamstown, N.J. (1991-92)

2004 - Patrick Rielly, La Canada, Calif. (1989-90)

2003 - J.R. Carpenter, Hattiesburg, Miss. (1987-88)

2002 - Mickey Powell, Carmel, Ind. (1985-86)

2001 - Mark Kizziar, Scottsdale, Ariz. (1983-84)

2000 - Joe Black, Carefree, Ariz. (1981-82)

1999 - Don Padgett, Pinehurst, N.C. (1977-78)

1998 - Henry Poe, High Point, N.C. (1975-76)

1997 - William Clarke, Phoenix, Md. (1973-74)

1996 - Warren Orlick, Birmingham, Mich. (1971-72)

1995 - Max Elbin, Bethesda, Md. (1966-68)

(Parenthesis indicate years as PGA President) 

PGA Player of the Year

First awarded in 1948, The PGA Player of the Year Award is given to the top PGA Tour player based on his tournament wins, official money standing and scoring average. The point system for selecting the PGA Player of the Year was amended in 1982 and is as follows: 30 points for winning the PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Open Championship or Masters; 20 points for winning The Players Championship; and 10 points for winning all other designated PGA Tour events. In addition, there is a 50-point bonus for winning two majors, 75-point bonus for winning three, 100-point bonus for winning four.

2018 - Brooks Koepka

2017 - Justin Thomas

2016 - Dustin Johnson

2015 - Jordan Spieth

2014 - Rory McIlroy

2013 - Tiger Woods

2012 - Rory McIlroy

2011 - Luke Donald

2010 - Jim Furyk

2009 - Tiger Woods

2008 - Padraig Harrington

2007 - Tiger Woods

2006 - Tiger Woods

2005 - Tiger Woods

2004 - Vijay Singh

2003 - Tiger Woods

2002 - Tiger Woods

2001 - Tiger Woods

2000 - Tiger Woods

1999 - Tiger Woods

1998 - Mark O’Meara

1997 - Tiger Woods

1996 - Tom Lehman

1995 - Greg Norman

1994 - Nick Price

1993 - Nick Price

1992 - Fred Couples

1991 - Corey Pavin 

1990 - Nick Faldo

1989 - Tom Kite

1988 - Curtis Strange

1987 - Paul Azinger

1986 - Bob Tway

1985 - Lanny Wadkins

1984 - Tom Watson

1983 - Hal Sutton

1982 - Tom Watson

1981 - Bill Rodgers

1980 - Tom Watson

1979 - Tom Watson

1978 - Tom Watson

1977 - Tom Watson

1976 - Jack Nicklaus

1975 - Jack Nicklaus

1974 - Johnny Miller

1973 - Jack Nicklaus

1972 - Jack Nicklaus

1971 - Lee Trevino

1970 - Billy Casper

1969 - Orville Moody

1968 - No Award

1967 - Jack Nicklaus

1966 - Billy Casper

1965 - Dave Marr

1964 - Ken Venturi

1963 - Julius Boros

1962 - Arnold Palmer

1961 - Jerry Barber

1960 - Arnold Palmer

1959 - Art Wall

1958 - Dow Finsterwald

1957 - Dick Mayer

1956 - Jack Burke Jr.

1955 - Doug Ford

1954 - Ed Furgol

1953 - Ben Hogan

1952 - Julius Boros

1951 - Ben Hogan

1950 - Ben Hogan

1949 - Sam Snead

1948 - Ben Hogan

Vardon Trophy

The Vardon Trophy, named by the PGA of America in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, was preceded by the Harry Radix Trophy, which was initiated in 1934. The Radix Trophy was presented to Ky Laffoon (1934), Paul Runyan (1935) and Ralph Guldahl (1936). Radix was an Illinois businessman who was a member of the PGA Advisory Committee. The PGA changed the name of the award to the Vardon Trophy in 1937 to commemorate Harry Vardon, who died the same year. The Vardon Trophy is a bronze-colored plaque measuring 39” by 27” and features sculpted hands replicating Vardon’s famed overlapping grip on a golf club. From 1947 to 1987, the Vardon Trophy was awarded to the professional golfer with the lowest scoring average. In 1988, the criteria was adjusted to award the Vardon Trophy to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds (i.e. stipulated rounds as defined by the Rules of Golf, as approved by the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland), in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each tournament. As a result, a player’s adjusted score may be higher or lower than his actual score. For example, a player shoots 70 each day at a tournament while the field average was 73. His 280 total would then be adjusted to 268 since he actually played 12 shots better than the field did during the tournament. Any player with an incomplete round will be ineligible to win the Vardon Trophy.

Point System (* Point system began in 1937)

1942-46 - No Award – WWII

1941 - Ben Hogan (494)

1940 - Ben Hogan (423)

1939 - Byron Nelson (473)

1938 - Sam Snead (520)

1937 - Harry Cooper (500_

1936 - Ralph Guldahl (Radix Trophy)*

1935 - Paul Runyan (Radix Trophy)*

1934 - Ky Laffoon (Radix Trophy)*

 

Lowest Scoring Average

1962 - Arnold Palmer (70.27)

1961 - Arnold Palmer (69.85)

1960 - Billy Casper (69.95)

1959 - Art Wall (70.35)

1958 - Bob Rosburg (70.11)

1957 - Dow Finsterwald (70.30)

1956 - Cary Middlecoff (70.35)

1955 - Sam Snead (69.86)

1954 - Dutch Harrison (70.41)

1953 - Lloyd Mangrum (70.22)

1952 - Jack Burke (70.54)

1951 - Lloyd Mangrum (70.05)

1950 - Sam Snead (69.23)

1949 - Sam Snead (69.37)

1948 - Ben Hogan (69.30)

1947 - Jimmy Demaret (69.90)

 

Lowest Adjusted Scoring Average

2018 - Dustin Johnson (68.698)

2017 - Jordan Spieth (68.846)

2016 - Dustin Johnson (69.172)

2015 - Jordan Spieth (68.911)

2014 - Rory Mcilroy (68.827)

2013 - Tiger Woods (68.98)

2012 - Rory McIlroy (68.87)

2011 - Luke Donald (68.86)

2010 - Matt Kuchar (69.61)

2009 - Tiger Woods (68.05)

2008 - Sergio Garcia (69.12)

2007 - Tiger Woods (67.79)

2006 - Jim Furyk (68.86)

2005 - Tiger Woods (68.66)

2004 - Vijay Singh (68.84)

2003 - Tiger Woods (68.41)

2002 - Tiger Woods (68.56)

2001 - Tiger Woods (68.81)

2000 - Tiger Woods (67.79)

1999 - Tiger Woods (68.43)

1998 - David Duval (69.13)

1997 - Nick Price (68.98)

1996 - Tom Lehman (69.32)

1995 - Steve Elkington (69.62)

1994 - Greg Norman (68.81)

1993 - Nick Price (69.11)

1992 - Fred Couples (69.38)

1991 - Fred Couples (69.59)

1990 - Greg Norman (69.10)

1989 - Greg Norman (69.49)

1988 - Chip Beck (69.46)

1987 - Dan Pohl (70.25)

1986 - Scott Hoch (70.08)

1985 - Don Pooley (70.36)

1984 - Calvin Peete (70.56)

1983 - Ray Floyd (70.61)

1982 - Tom Kite (70.21)

1981 - Tom Kite (69.80)

1980 - Lee Trevino (69.73)

1979 - Tom Watson (70.27)

1978 - Tom Watson (70.16)

1977 - Tom Watson (70.32)

1976 - Don January (70.32)

1975 - Bruce Crampton (70.56)

1974 - Lee Trevino (70.53)

1973 - Bruce Crampton (70.57)

1972 - Lee Trevino (70.57)

1971 - Lee Trevino (70.64)

1970 - Lee Trevino (70.64)

1969 - Dave Hill (70.34)

1968 - Billy Casper (69.82)

1967 - Arnold Palmer (70.18)

1966 - Billy Casper (70.27)

1965 - Billy Casper (70.85)

1964 - Arnold Palmer (70.01)

1963 - Billy Casper (70.58)

PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

The PGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism is presented during the Golf Writers Association of America annual spring dinner in conjunction with the Masters. The award honors members of the media for the steadfast promotion of golf, both locally and nationally, throughout their career.

The selection committee consists of representatives of the PGA of America, United States Golf Association, PGA Tour, Champions PGA Tour, LPGA, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, American Society of Golf Course Architects, National Golf Foundation, European PGA Tour and past recipients.

2019 - Doug Ferguson, Jacksonville, Fla. (Associated Press)

2018 - Lorne Rubenstein, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (ScoreGolf/The Globe and Mail)

2017 - Larry Dorman, Bonsall, Calif. (New York Times)

2016 - George Peper, Vero Beach, Fla. (Links)

2015 - Ron Sirak, Wellfleet, Mass. (Golf Digest)

2014 - Tim Rosaforte, Jupiter, Fla. (Golf World/Golf Channel)

2013 - John Hopkins, Cardiff, Wales (London Times)

2012 - Jaime Diaz, Carthage, N.C. (Golf Digest)

2011 - Jerry Tarde, Fairfield, Conn. (Golf Digest)

2010 - Dave Kindred, Locust Grove, Va. (Golf Digest)

2009 - Art Spander, Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Tribune)

2008 - Marino Parascenzo, Ellwood City, Pa. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

2007 - Jack Berry, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Golfer)

2006 - Ron Green Sr., Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Observer)

2005 - Al Barkow, Albany, Calif. (Golf Illustrated)

2004 - Bob Verdi, Northbrook, Ill. (Golf Digest/Golf World)

2003 - Renton Laidlaw, Drumoig, Scotland (Golf Channel)

2002 - Nick Seitz, Rowayton, Conn. (Golf Digest)

2001 - Kaye Kessler, Littleton, Colo. (Links)

2000 - Jim McKay, Monkton, Md. (ABC Sports)

1999 - Ken Venturi, Marco Island, Fla. (CBS Sports)

1998 - Dave Anderson, Tenafly, N.J. (New York Times)

1997 - Jack Whitaker, Bridgehampton, N.Y. (ABC Sports)

1996 - Furman Bisher, Fayetteville, Ga. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

1995 - Dan Jenkins, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Golf Digest)

1994 - Frank Chirkinian, Jupiter, Fla. (CBS Sports)

         - Bob Green, Weatherford, Texas (Associated Press)

1993 - Jim Murray, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times)

1992 - Herbert Warren Wind, Weston, Mass. (Author)

1991 - Dick Taylor, Pinehurst, N.C. (Links)