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2016 Indiana PGA Special Award Winners Announced

February 16th, 2016

Tim Frazier, Golf Professional of the Year
Sycamore Hills Golf Club
  • Past Indiana PGA President, Indiana PGA Officer, Board Member (PGA, IGA-PGA, IGF),  Indiana PGA Tournament Committee Chair, PGA of America National Committee
  • Teacher of the Year, 2004
  • Merchandiser of the Year, 2005
  • Hosted and promoted eight national events as Head Professional at Sycamore Hills
Brian Natzel, Teacher of the Year
Swan Lake Resort
  • TPI & SPI Certified
  • Player Development Award, 2015
  • Top 100 Club Fitter – Golf Digest, 2013
  • PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game, 2006
  • Teaches/Coaches Ancilla College John Glen School District, Plymouth Schools and LaVille Schools
Doug Kuntz, Bill Strausbaugh Award
Richmond Elks Country Club
  • Head Professional at Richmond Elks for 35 years
  • Richmond Community Schools Boys & Girls Golf Coach – Boys State Champions ‘93, ‘96, ‘97, ‘03 & Girls State Runners-Up ‘03
  • Created event “Pro Players Fore Parkinson’s” and in five years has raised $305,000
  • Author of “The Front Nine”
Tom Harris, Horton Smith Award
Delaware Country Club
  • Co-Chair of Indiana PGA Education Committee, Led Teaching and Coaching Summit and Spring Meeting
  • Created 2016 PGA Member Survey
  • Merchandiser of the Year, 1999
  • Golf Professional of the Year, 2006
Ali Beam, Player Development Award
NSP Coordinator/Dir. of Indianapolis Programming
  • Bishop Chatard High School Girls Golf Coach
  • National First Tee Coach
  • Coordinates all First Tee National School Programs in Indiana and teaches classes in Indianapolis
  • Conducts six different camps at Riverside Golf Academy
Angela Gauck-Belter, Youth Player Development Award
North Branch Golf Course
  • PGA Junior League Coach
  • St. Mary’s Junior High School Golf Coach
  • Program Lead and Committee Member for The First Tee of Indiana
  • Tripled North Branch’s Junior Program during her five years there
Brock Wicker, Assistant of the Year
Meridian Hills Country Club
  • PGA Junior League Regional All-Star Team Head Coach
  • Raised over $21,000 in support of the Indiana Golf Foundation, The First Tee of Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
  • Directed over 25 lesson clinics and taught over 300 individual lessons in 2015
  • PGA Jones Cup Participant, 2007, 2009, 2010
Andrew Fortner, Merchandiser of the Year – Resort
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort
  • $270,000 in Merchandise Sales in 2015
  • Merchandising Philosophy: Emphasis on keeping a high margin while also being in touch with your clientele to know what he/she will purchase
Patrick Dodson, Merchandiser of the Year – Public
Prairie View Golf Club
  • $283,000 in Merchandise Sales in 2015
  • Merchandising Philosophy: Bring in products that have proven themselves over time, as well as take risks on new and upcoming fashion that might not be your typical golf attire.
Kyle Miller, Merchandiser of the Year – Private
Country Club of Terre Haute
  • $250,000 in Merchandise Sales in 2015
  • Merchandising Philosophy: Merchandise the golf shop in an appealing manner with the proper amount of inventory, while providing exceptional customer service.