The Golf Professional of the Year Award is the highest honor paid to a PGA Professional within the Indiana Section PGA. The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award: overall performance as a golf professional at his/her facility, level of service to his/her Section and to the Association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promotion of golf. While this honor should be based on a professional's entire record, emphasis should be placed on his/her performance and achievements over the last five years.
Tom Thome - Elcona CC
Our 2013 Indiana Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year began his professional career in 1977 under the mentorship of Lynn Janson, the head golf professional at Green Ridge Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Throughout his apprenticeship program under Janson, Thome learned the importance of hard work, attention to detail and the importance on a high level of customer service and relationship building. Those values have stuck with Thome throughout his 35 year career in the golf industry.
Thome has been the Director of Operations at Elcona Country Club for the past three years, and is going on his twentieth year as a Head Professional at Elcona. To consistently become better at what he does, he continues to attend educational seminars provided by the Indiana Section, reads books about customer service and equipment, and also looks for educational opportunities outside of the golf industry.
In his 20 years of being a Head Professional at Elcona, Thome has guided nine Assistant Professionals into Head Professional roles at various clubs, which he considers to be his biggest achievement thus far. That accomplishment helped earn Thome the 2012 Indiana Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award.
His dedication to and involvement with the Indiana Section has come in the form of service in various capacities as well as hosing Championship events. Thome served on the Indiana PGA Board of Directors in 2001 and 2002 and was chairman of the Education Committee in 2002. He has hosted three Northern Opens, two Club Professional Championships, and the Indiana Open Championship. In 2016, Elcona will host the State Amateur Championship, making it the 8th facility in Indiana to host both the Am and the Open.
In Thome’s application he stated: “Leading by example is the best way to inspire other golf professionals. A willingness to work long hours, showing them that paying attention to detail creates credibility within our membership, and going the extra mile sets our operation apart from the rest of our competition. I create an atmosphere within the golf operation that we win as a team or lose as a team. We definitely have had more wins than loses.”
|1955||Wayne Timberman, Sr.|
|1957||Herman Uebele, Sr.|
|1970||Bill Kratzert, Jr.|
|1973||James Gallagher, Sr.|
|1974||Don Essig, III|
|1978||James Gallagher, Sr.|
|1984||Jim Ferriell, Jr.|
|1994||Jim Ferriell, Jr.|