2010 Section Award Winners



Joe Schwent
Professional of the Year

Randy Rachell


Darin Jacober
Soft Goods Representative
of the Year

Chris Hahn
Hard Goods Representative
of the Year


Michael Tucker
Bill Strausbaugh

Barbara Blanchar
Junior Golf Leader


Bobby Pavelonis
Teacher of the Year

Brett Moomey
Horton Smith


 Jon Crane
Private Merchandiser of the Year

Michael Murphy
President's Plaque


Jim Knoesel
Public Merchandiser
of the Year

Ryan Manselle
Resort Merchandiser
of the Year


Terry Houser
Hall of Fame


Bill Hall
Hall of Fame

2010 Playing Achievement Awards    

JC Anderson
Player of the Year

Brian Norman
Assistant Player
of the Year



Mark Faulkner
Senior Player of the Year

Mike Brengard
Super Senior Player
of the Year


Barbara Blanchar
Ladies Player of the Year



Merchandiser of the Year (awarded in three categories)

The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those Gateway PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons / merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The PGA honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities. 

Merchandiser of the Year Guidelines:
  • Gateway PGA member in good standing

Merchandiser of the Year Criteria:
1.    Criteria to Measure
a.    Demonstration of skill in planning and promotion of sales by presenting products to his/her market on a timely basis, and through the use of specialized merchandising techniques that include display and advertising.
b.    Demonstration of superior business acumen to include by not limited to inventory control and all related accounting/financial practices
2.    Selection Process
a.    Any PGA member in good standing meeting the outlined requirements.
b.    Gateway Awards Committee will select recipient based on criteria.
3.    Ineligible Categories
a.    Last Years Gateway PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award winners
                                                  i.     Ben Kent – Private
                                                 ii.    Bill Morrow – Public
                                                iii.    Paul Leahy - Resort
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
⇔ Gateway Award will be presented at the Gateway PGA Awards Ceremony, held in October.