2013 Section Award Winners

The Gateway PGA presents the following special awards to recognize the outstanding performances and superior achievements of PGA Professionals. Emphasis is placed on the individual achievements over the course of their career with particular emphasis on the current year.
Committee and Voting Awards

Joe Dodich PGA Professional of the Year

Gideon Smith,
Quincy Country Club
PGA Assistant Professional of the Year

Brandon Coffey,
Forest Hills Country Club
PGA Teacher of the Year

Barbara Blanchar,
WingHaven Country Club
PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award

Jeffrey Field,
Fox Run Golf Club
PGA Horton Smith Award

Craig Liddle,
Meadowbrook Country Club
PGA Junior Golf Leader

Kevin Corn,
Oak Brook Golf Course
President's Plaque/Growth of the Game

Jon DePriest,
Sunset Hills Country Club
PGA Resort Merchandiser of the Year

Ryan Manselle,
Osage National Golf Resort
 PGA Public Merchandiser of the Year

Ty Zimmerman,
The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club
 PGA Private Merchandiser of the Year

Michael Tucker,
Bellerive Country Club
Hard Goods Sales Rep of the Year

David Kohlberg,
Callaway Golf
Soft Goods Sales Rep of the Year

Michael Bechert,
Nike Golf

Playing Awards
PGA Player of the Year
PGA Senior Player of the Year

Bob Gaus,
Tower Tee

PGA Super Senior Player of the Year

Steve Heckel,
Crab Orchard Golf Club

PGA Assistant Player of the Year

Shane Blankenship,
Franklin County Country Club
PGA Women's Player of the Year

Barbara Blanchar,
WingHaven Country Club

Honorary Gateway PGA Membership
Robert Shogren



Gateway PGA Junior Awards

9 Hole Girls Champion
Madison DeRousse
9 Hole Boys Champion
Alex Heib
18 Hole Girls Champion
Tess McCorkle
18 Hole Boys Champion
Elliot Ambort
Tour Girls Champion
Racheal Pearson
Tour Boys Champion
Dillon Eaton
Low Stroke Average Girls
 Racheal Pearson
Low Stroke Average Boys
Alex Ciaramintaro



Teacher of the Year Award

The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of Gateway PGA membership. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.
Teacher of the Year Award Guidelines:

  • Recognized as an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of Gateway PGA membership.
  • Initiation and/or implementation of unusual, innovative and/or special teaching programs.

  • Publication of articles, books, magazines, etc.

  • Instruction of outstanding golfers.

Teacher of the Year Award Criteria:
1.    Criteria to Measure

       a.     Overall performance in teaching at the facility, Section, and National levels.
2.    Selection Process

       a.    Nomination should be based on a candidate’s entire past experience and commitment for continuing one’s contributions and assistance.

       b.    Achievements during the past five years should be emphasized.

       c.    Awards Committee will select a recipient based on the criteria.
3.    Ineligible Categories

       a.    Last Year Teacher of the Year Award winner – Steve Heckel

       b.    Current members of the Gateway PGA Board of Directors

       c.    Class “F” and “Inactive” members

       d.    Apprentices
e.    PGA National Headquarters staff and PGA Section staff
Other Considerations
⇔ Award will be presented at the Gateway PGA Awards Ceremony, held in October