CIPGA Awards

CIPGA Awards

DEADLINE to nominate fellow Central Illinois PGA Chapter Professionals is Friday, October 19. Members should login to the Member Side of the Illinois PGA website to access the nomination form. Nomination form link is posted in the upcoming events tab. 
Guidelines:

Nomination should be based on a candidate's entire past experience and commitment for continuing one's contributions and assistance.
- Achievements during the past five years should be emphasized
- The CIPGA Chapter Sepcial Awards Committee will select a recipient on the criteria

Ineligible Categories:
- Class “F” and “Reserve” members (formerly Inactive Members)
- Associates (exception: B-8's may be nominated for Assistant Golf Professional of the Year).
NOTE: All CIPGA Chapter Special Awards are based on the previous year
(i.e. 2018 CIPGA Chapter Special Awards are for the 2017 calendar year).
GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Central Illinois Chapter PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional. Central Illinois PGA Chapter Golf Professional of the Year Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Demonstration of strong moral character
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the CIPGA & the game of golf
  • Well-regarded as a model PGA Professional
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Central Illinois Chapter Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award bestows special recognition to an Assistant Professional (Class A-8 or B-8). The following guidelines are used to determine nominees for this prestigious award
  • ​Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Demonstration of strong moral character
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the CIPGA & the game of golf
  • Well-regarded as a model PGA Professional

BILL STRAUSBAUGH AWARD (Club Relations)

The Central Illinois Chapter PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award is designed to recognize PGA Professionals who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. Central Illinois PGA Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of record of service to the Central Illinois PGA Chapter and Illinois PGA
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Involvement in civic activities and local charitable causes within the community
  • Recognized as someone of outstanding character 
HORTON SMITH AWARD (Education)
The Illinois PGA Horton Smith Award recognizes the PGA Professional who is the model educator of PGA Golf Professionals. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Central Illinois PGA Chapter Horton Smith Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Demonstration of strong moral character
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the CIPGA & the game of golf
  • Well-regarded as a model educator of PGA Golf Professionals
  • Continuing education records will serve as a resource for verification of programs taught by the nominee
MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR
The Central Illinois PGA Chapter Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  The Central Illinois PGA Chapter honors one PGA Professional in combined categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities. 
  • PGA member in good standing.
  • Overall credit rating.
  • Credit rating within the industry.
  • Community involvement.
RICHIE HAMMEL AWARD
This award is presented to a Central Illinois PGA Chapter Professional for a career of distinguished service to the CIPGA, IPGA, and its members.  This individual demonstrates integrity and character reflecting positively upon the profession and is highly regarded as a role model professional within the industry.
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership.
  • Demonstration of strong moral character.
  • Maintain a substantial record of service to the Central Illinois PGA Chapter & the game of golf.
  • Well-regarded as a model PGA Professional.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Central Illinois PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of 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. Central Illinois PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year Guidelines:
  • Recognized as an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership.
  • Initiation and/or implementation of unusual, innovative and/or special teaching programs.
  • Publication of articles, books, magazines, etc.
  • Instruction of outstanding golfers.
YOUTH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Central Illinois PGA Youth Player Development Award (formally the Junior Golf Leader Award) recognizes the PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Central Illinois PGA Chapter Youth Player Development Award Guidelines:
  • Demonstration of involvement in the promotion and development of junior golf
  • Support of National junior golf programs
  • Proven interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf
  • Recognized as someone of outstanding character