Northwest Section of PGA Hands out Annual Honors

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA of America has named their 2013 special award winners today. The top Pacific Northwest PGA professionals in 15 categories were recognized by their peers for outstanding performance during 2013. The winners listed represent the very best of the Pacific Northwest Section's 1,100 PGA professionals in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska.

Marcus King, PGA general manager at Overlake G&CC in Medina, Wash., received the section's highest honor being named Golf Professional of the Year. King was recognized for his service to his club, development of an outstanding staff, community service to Special Olympics and commitment to his fellow PGA professionals as president of the Pacific Northwest Section.

Roger Wallace, PGA director of golf at Polson Bay Golf Course in Polson, Mont., was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award in appreciation for his service to his fellow PGA professionals and contributions to his community.

Bill Morach, PGA head professional at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., was named the recipient of the Horton Smith Award in recognition to his commitment to advancing education opportunities for his fellow PGA professionals.

Jason Owens, PGA teaching professional at Waverley Country Club in Portland, was recognized at Teacher of the Year for his outstanding performance as a teacher and commitment to expanding his teaching credentials.

Chris Garrison, PGA general manager at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Wash., was presented the Player Development Award for his innovative programs welcoming new players to his facility.

Joey Esh, PGA head professional at Lewiston Country Club in Lewiston, Idaho, received the Youth Player Development Award for his efforts to support Junior Golf at his club and in his community.

Chris Runyan of Sun Dance Golf Course, in Nine Mile Falls, Wash., was honored with the Patriot Award for his support of our nation's veterans and development of programs and fundraising for veterans in his community.

Derek Siesser of the Creek at Qualchan in Spokane, Washington was named the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year for his commitment to his customers, efforts to increase play and service to the association.

Mark Rashell, PGA head professional at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash., was named the Merchandiser of the Year for Public facilities for his approach to unique displays, continual event promotions and emphasis on club sales.

Mark Sursely PGA head professional at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina, Wash., was named the Merchandiser of the Year for Private clubs for his unique approach to merchandising, creative remodel of the golf shop to include a members bar and commitment to service to his members.

Tom Davidson, PGA director of golf at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, was named the Merchandiser of the Year for Resorts for his creative displays, unique product offerings and personal involvement in the daily merchandising operations.

Corey Prugh, PGA teaching professional at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane earned both the Sterling Cut Glass PNW PGA Player of the Year Awards and the Assistant Player of the Year thanks to outstanding play all year long. The award is based on points earned in section and national championships.

Jeff Coston, PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club in Blaine, Wash., earned his eighth consecutive PNW PGA Senior Player of the Year Award. Coston has won the award every year he's been eligible.

Jim Hofmeister, PGA professional from Liberty Lake, Wash., was named the recipient of the Perry Williams Award for his service to the section's Rules of Golf Committee. Hofmeister, who also serves on the National PGA Rules Committee, is a frequent rules official for section championships.

These 15 PGA professionals will be honored at the Pacific Northwest Section Special Awards Ceremony, March 16 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash.