“The cornerstone of any success we may achieve is by building strong relationships cultivated from an enthusiastic approach and positive attitude,” said Tony Pancake, PGA Professional at Crooked Stick G.C. and Indiana’s 2009 Golf Professional of the Year. His enthusiasm for and involvement in the game has led to his success, and his hard work is recognized by his peers.
He strives to exceed members’ expectations and offer first-class programs in all aspects of his operation, while developing a staff to aid him in fulfilling this goal. He delegates many of the responsibilities and tasks that they will need as Head Professionals to help prepare them for their career in golf. The creation of an employee networking program, SCIL – Service, Character, Integrity, Leadership – demonstrates his dedication to helping those around him grow professionally. By treating people with respect and leading by example, he establishes a level of trust with his employees and members.
Pancake not only serves his membership at Crooked Stick G.C., but his Section and the PGA of America as well. He holds a position on the Executive Committee for the 2009 US Senior Open Championship and fulfills Corporate Merchandising Program and Event-Week Merchandising Program responsibilities. He is a promoter of Indiana PGA tournaments as a competitor, Pepsi Indiana Junior Golf Program as a parent and Professional, education program as an attendee and speaker, and the Indiana Golf Foundation as a supporter. When he visits other clubs around the country he acts as an ambassador for the Indiana Section. Additionally he has served as an education committee member and supported the Section’s mentoring program.
Pancake hopes to leave a legacy of humility, character and integrity along with representing a balance between his career, family and faith. He utilizes his position of influence and his experience to have a positive impact through golf. He is in an active participant in developing junior programs at his club, in his hometown of Zionsville and with the Indiana PGA. He serves as a guest speaker and conducts a clinic annually for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Camp hosted by the Gongaware Academy. He also serves as an instructor for a charitable group of local business men and women and coordinates a women’s clinic as part of an annual YouthLinks event. His church and the Zionsville youth sports programs also benefit from his involvement.
The Kentucky PGA also recognized Pancake’s service and leadership when they named him Kentucky PGA Professional of the Year in 1992. Tony served as the Head Golf Professional at Valhalla Golf Club from 1988 to 1996, Hurstbourne Country Club 1997 and Baltimore Country Club from 1998 to 2003. A list of past awards that also reflect his leadership include Bill Strausbaugh Award, Junior Golf Leader, Horton Smith Award and Merchandiser of the Year.