Winter 2019

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• Golf Professional of the Year Ward Sutton, PGA MP • Teacher of the Year Kevin Hanssen, PGA, Pebble Beach Golf Academy • Player Development Award Aaron Hartesveldt, PGA, NCGA • Youth Player Development Award Will Robins, PGA, Will Robins Golf • Private Merchandiser of the Year Will Hutter, PGA, The Olympic Club • Resort Merchandiser of the Year Marianne Zabbo, PGA Pebble Beach Company • Public Merchandiser of the Year Abbas Qabazard, PGA, Presidio GC • Horton Smith Award Donn Achen, PGA, Del Monte GC • Assistant Associate of the Year Chris Galvin, PGA Associate, Sierra View CC • Sales Rep of the Year Greg Ciavarelli, PGA, Cleveland/Srixon/XXIO • Bill Strausbaugh Award Gus Jones, PGA, Martis Camp • Patriot Award Bob Epperly, PGA, Antelope Greens GC • Club Fitter of the Year Bryan Pate, PGA, Martis Camp • Golf Course Superintendent Mitch Jonas, Tahoe City GC • Player of the Year Jason Schmuhl, PGA, Windsor CC • Senior Player of the Year Dave Carr, PGA, Teal Bend GC • Super Senior Player of the Year Dave Bingham, PGA • Asst. Associate Player of the Year Donnie Baucom, PGA Associate, Morgan Creek GC • Media Person of the Year Frank LaRosa, Golf to Go/ESPN 1320 64 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG N O R T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A W I N N E R S The Best of the Best! Northern California PGA Recognizes 2018 Regional Award Winners BY FRANK LaROSA In accepting the section's highest honor, Sutton noted the challenges of keeping pace in an ever-changing world and quoted race car driver Mario Andretti who said, "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!" In congratulating the section's best of the best, NCPGA CEO Len Dumas said, "Our Northern California Section is diverse both in terms of geography and our members. From the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean, our members go to work each day to keep the game of golf relevant, accessible and enjoyable. Congratulations to all of them for the open door policy and friendly greeting each time a visitor arrives at their facility." T he Northern California PGA hon- ored Ward Sutton, PGA Master Professional, with the 2018 Golf Professional of the Year award. Sutton was chosen from more than 1,100 members in the Northern California Section. Golf Professional of the Year: Ward Sutton Horton Smith Award winner Donn Achen and Bill Strausbaugh Award winner Gus Jones share a laugh with Media Person of the Year and emcee Frank LaRosa (center).

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