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2015 Northern Texas PGA Section Major Award Winners Announced, Paul Earnest Named Golf Professional of the Year

November 20th, 2015

Each year the Northern Texas PGA Section recognizes its members and others in the golf community through the NTPGA Awards program. On behalf of the Northern Texas PGA Awards Committee and past Presidents of the Section, it is my pleasure to announce the 2015 Section Major Award Winners. 

PGA Member Awards

•    Golf Professional of the Year – Paul Earnest, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas


•    Assistant Golf Professional of the Year – Lee Rhind, Midland Country Club, Midland and Andrew Schelbert (1973-2015), Denton Country Club, Denton
 

•    Randy Smith Youth Player Development Award – Grady Randle, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas

 
•    Merchandiser of the Year Private Category – Gilbert Freeman, Lakewood Country Club, Dallas
 

•    Merchandiser of the Year Public Category – Tommy Darland, Andrews County Golf Course, Andrews
 

•    Merchandiser of the Year Resort Category – Paul Earnest, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas
 

•    Distinguished Service Award – Randy Smith, Royal Oaks Country Club, Dallas


•    Teacher of the Year – Tim Cusick, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas
 

•    Horton Smith Award (Education / Building the Image of a PGA Professional) – Ira McGraw, Jr., Cedar Crest Golf Course, Dallas
 

•    Bill Strausbaugh Award (Club Relations, Employment and Mentoring) – Bill Keys, PGA of America
 

•    Player Development Award (Growth of the Game) – Maulana Dotch, Cedar Crest Golf Course, Dallas


•    Yamaha Golf Cars / Lajitas Golf Resort Player of the Year – Stuart Deane, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington


•     Ben Hogan / NTPGA Stroke Play Average Award – Stuart Deane, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington


•    OMEGA Senior Points Challenge Winner – Perry Arthur, The Golf Club of Dallas, Dallas

Non-PGA Member Awards

•    Bob Galt Award (Media) – Pat Wheeler, Texas Links Magazine
 

•    Byron Nelson Award (Amateur) – Justin Thompson, NTPGA Junior Tour Member
 

•    Leon Faucett Award (Sales Representative) – Mike Ellis, Yamaha Golf Cars
 

•    Golf Course Superintendent Award – Brian Honea, The Lakes at Castle Hills, Lewisville
 

The Awards Committee consists of NTPGA Section President, Paul Earnest; Committee Chair, Courtney Connell and PGA Committee Members, Ben Burns, Jason Daly, Keith Harris, Christian Hughes, Chad Pearson, Greg Sikes, Brent Thaxton and Bert Walker.   

The Section Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Four Seasons Resort and Club.