At the conclusion of the year’s tournament schedule, the Iowa Section will name a Player of the Year in four distinguished divisions. Player of the Year is awarded solely on performance in tournaments designated as point events. Each division will maintain its own eligibility and guideline requirements designed by the Tournament Committee to ensure the integrity of each award. The Tournament Committee determines all point events. The 4 divisions are, PGA Player of the Year, Assistant Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year, and Super Senior Player of the Year. There is also an Iowa PGA Professional who earns an award for Low Scoring Average.
Iowa PGA Player of the Year:
Chad Proehl, PGA Teaching Professional at Sugar Creek GC captured his third PGA Player of the Year Title playing in 23 Iowa PGA events in 2016. Chad captured 3 titles outright this year and finished in second place 3 other times. Outright wins this year included the Prairie Meadows Pro-Am at Copper Creek Golf Course, the Boy Scouts Pro-Am at Davenport Country Club, and the Iowa PGA Pro-Senior at Finkbine Golf Course. Proehl’s runner-up finishes include the Mizuno 36 Hole Classic at Elmwood Country Club, the Iowa PGA Section Championship at the Preserve on Rathbun Lake, and the season long Iowa PGA Match Play Championship. Congratulations again to Chad on his great play and Player of the Year award.
Super Senior Player of the Year:
In 2012, the Iowa PGA added a Super Senior Division for the Iowa PGA Tournaments. Mark Lemon, Head PGA Professional at Airport National GC, is the recipient of the 2016 award playing in 15 total events. To qualify, Professionals must be at least 60 years of age. Lemon won the Super Senior Division title at the Iowa PGA Foundation Pro-Am at TPC Deere Run, the Iowa PGA Pro-Junior at Fox Ridge Golf Course, the Iowa PGA Section Championship at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake, the Iowa PGA Junior-Senior Draw at Gates Park Golf Course, the Iowa PGA Senior Section Championship at Sunnyside Country Club, and the National Car Rental Pro-Am #2 at Tournament Club of Iowa. Congratulations to Mark on his second consecutive Super Senior Iowa PGA Player of the Year award.
Assistant Player of the Year:
Eric Wolfe, Assistant Professional at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta, Iowa, is the 2016 Iowa PGA Assistant Player of the Year. This year’s Assistant Player of the Year race was extremely close, with only a few points separating Wolfe and Runner-Up Ben Montgomery, PGA Apprentice at Ellis Park Golf Club. Wolfe played in 13 total events on the 2016 Iowa PGA Schedule. Eric won 6 outright events including the Mizuno 36 Hole Classic at Elmwood Country Club, National Car Rental Pro-Am #1 at Thunder Hills Country Club, the Junior Academy Stroke Play event at Pheasant Ridge, the Iowa PGA Pro-Junior at Fox Ridge, the National Car Rental Iowa PGA Assistant Championship at Spirit Hollow, and the Iowa PGA Shootout at Brown Deer Golf Club and Blue Top Ridge. Congratulations again to Eric Wolfe on winning his first Iowa PGA Assistant Player of the Year award.
Low Scoring Average:
Every year, the Iowa PGA Section also acknowledges the golf professional with the low stroke average. To be considered for this award, Professionals must play a minimum of 10 rounds that are included in the Player of the Year schedule. These events also must be administered by the Iowa PGA Section staff. Low stroke average is compiled by adding all rounds played and then dividing by the total number of rounds played. This year’s winner of this award is Darin Fisher, Head PGA Professional at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake. Fisher’s stroke average was 69.46. Congratulations to Darin on his Low Scoring Average Award.
The Iowa PGA Senior Player of the Year race is too close to call with results from the Senior Professional National Championship held later this year possibly deciding the outcome of this prestigious race. The award winner for the senior division will be honored at the 2017 Iowa PGA Spring Meeting.