The awards serve not only as recognition for the hard work and dedication of each PGA Professional but the way in which they have so brilliantly adapted to the adversities of 2020.
“Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. We are extremely pleased to be able to get together and present these awards at the tail end of what has been a challenging year,” said SA Senior State Manager, David Barker.
“The submission of numerous nominees reflects the calibre of PGA Professionals we have here in South Australia and their fantastic contributions to our sport.”
Jamie Clutterham has been named the South Australian PGA Management Professional of the Year for his work at North Adelaide Golf Course.
Jamie’s work in the introduction of new technologies at North Adelaide Golf Club to improve venue efficiencies and the golfer experience, as well as fast tracking projects including the integration of handicaps into memberships have led to a significant increase in traffic and club membership.
Kooyonga Golf Club PGA Professional Daniel Blackwell has been awarded the South Australian Coach of the Year award for his work with both South Australia’s established and emerging golfing talents.
Blackwell’s innovative approach to coaching during COVID-19 including an increased presence online and on social media as well as continued learning and development have seen him recognised once again for his contributions to coaching in the state.
Simon MacWhirter’s successful adult group coaching programs at North Adelaide Golf Course, a fresh approach to course management through on-course training as well as growing junior MyGolf programs have seen him named the SA PGA Game Development Professional of the Year for 2020.
For his work in providing a welcoming and uplifting pro shop environment at Thaxted Park Golf Club and a focus on MyGolf, ladies and SAAGA golf clinics, PGA Professional Cody Sherratt has been named the SA PGA Club Professional of the Year.
2020 has been a particularly interesting year for Sherratt. The South Australian travelled to Nepal earlier this year to complete the Everest Base Camp trek, an experience he hopes will aid his work as a PGA Professional. Find out more about Sherratt’s journey to Everest Base Camp earlier this year here.
Ahead of the award celebrations PGA Tour of Australasia regular Ben Stowe won the SA PGA Professionals Championship, played on Grange Golf Club’s east course, with a round total of 4-over 76 in gusting SA conditions.
View the final SA PGA Professionals Championship leaderboard here.
Rain and increasing winds also challenged the field at the SA Trainee Championships where Nick Thompson fired winning rounds of 70 and 79 for a 5-over total to finish eight strokes clear of Joshua Groom in second place.
View the final SA Trainee Championships leaderboard here.