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January 27, 2021

Alabama-NW Florida Section Award Winners Announced

Rick Gorman Golf Professional of the Year among Alabama-NW Florida Section Award winners

Rick Gorman Named Golf Professional of the Year

The Alabama-NW Florida Section award winners for 2020 have been announced.

Leading the group of honorees is Rick Gorman, general manager at Scenic Hills Country Club in Pensacola,who was named the Golf Professional of the Year for 2020.

“It is truly an honor to be named Golf Professional of the Year,” Gorman told  “I am elated to share this award with my family, friends and fellow PGA Professionals – it speaks volumes to our golf operations staff and membership here at Scenic Hills. Thank you to the committee for this outstanding honor.”

A 25-year PGA member, it’s Gorman’s first Alabama–NW Florida PGA Section Award.

Full list of 2020 Alabama-NW Florida Section Award Winners

  • Golf Professional of the Year:  Rick Gorman, PGA | Scenic Hills Country Club
  • Assistant Professional of the Year:  Chris Biggins, PGA | The Country Club of Birmingham
  • Teacher of the Year:  Craig Bocking, PGA | The Ledges
  • Professional Development Award:  Matt Sheppard, PGA | Willow Point Golf & Country Club
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award:  Ty Andersen, PGA | Life Member
  • Player Development Award:  Aaron Croyle, PGA | The Country Club of Birmingham
  • Youth Player Development Award:  Max Doster, PGA | Blackburn Golf Academy – Greystone G & C.C.

Alabama-NW Florida Section Award Winners: Merchandisers of the Year

  • Private – David Pilkington, PGA | Pensacola Country Club
  • Public – Josh Meador, PGA | A.C. Read Golf Course
  • Resort – Rick Hileman, PGA | Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

OMEGA Players of the Year

  • Player of the Year:  Todd Bailey, PGA | Dewsweepers Performance Academy
  • Senior Player of the Year:  Neil Thompson, PGA | Ballantrae Golf Club
  • Assistant Player of the Year:  Paul McClure | RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove

The Alabama–NW Florida PGA, established in 1969, is one of 41 Sections that make up the PGA of America. The section is headquartered in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham at Ballantrae Golf Club. It represents over 400 Members and Associates in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

By Alabama Golf News staff

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