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NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2018 79 T he Northern California PGA conducted its annual awards presentation on Dec. 4 to honor outstanding performers among its 1,100 members in the Section. Held at North Ridge Country Club in Sacramento, the banquet was attended by more than 200 family and friends of the 19 honorees. Ed Winiecki, PGA, General Manager of San Jose Country Club took top honors as this year's Golf Professional of the Year. Winiecki has been in the golf industry for more than 30 years and "enjoys the opportunity to give back through youth golf, social causes, and certainly mentoring new golf professionals," Winiecki said. "While giving back, I have gotten much more than I could have ever imagined." The event was bittersweet for all as the Bill Strausbaugh Award was presented posthumously to Chris Thomas, PGA, for "outstanding integrity, character, and leadership while making significant impacts on the careers of PGA professionals." Thomas served admirably as Executive Director and COO of the Northern California Section for 14 years. Thomas is the only member to achieve PGA status while also serving as executive director. The game is in good hands and its stewards are indeed making an impact in Northern California. Recognizing the Best Top Northern California PGA Professionals Earn Honors BY FRANK LAROSA • Golf Professional of the Year E d Winiecki, PGA, San Jose CC • Bill Strausbaugh Award C hris Thomas, PGA, N CPGA • Youth Player Development Award M eredith Loosse, PGA, Woodcreek Golf Club • Horton Smith Award Z ach Jonas, PGA, Montreux Golf & CC • Player Development Award Justin Russo, PGA, Bayonet & Black Horse GC • Teacher of the Year Gary Bashford, PGA, Round Hill CC • Patriot Award Ron Kuwata, PGA, The Links at Rolling Hills Casino • Club Fitter of the Year Brian Eilders, PGA, Old B rockway GC • Public Merchandiser of the Year D avid Johnson, PGA, L aguna Seca Golf Ranch • Private Merchandiser of the Year Tony Deadeau, PGA, Martis Camp Club • Resort Merchandiser o f the Year Evan Ives, PGA, CordeValle Golf Club • Player of the Year David Solomon, PGA, Napa Valley CC • Senior Player of the Year Shawn McEntee, PGA, Coyote Creek GC • Super Senior Player of the Year Glen Stubblefield, PGA, LM, Valley Springs, CA • Assistant-Apprentice Player of the Year K yle Hansen, PGA Apprentice, Bidwell P ark GC • Assistant-Apprentice o f the Year John Crater, PGA A pprentice, Corral de Tierra CC • Media Person of t he Year Ron Agostini, The M odesto Bee • Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Keith Hill, CGCS, Hidden Valley CC • Sales Representative of the Year Jeff King, Carnoustie Sportswear, Legendary Headwear MARCIA LAROSA Gary Bashford, PGA Ed Winiecki, PGA 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

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