Rob Wilkin Honored as Midwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Blue Springs, Mo. – October 26, 2016 – Rob Wilkin, in his 18th year as PGA head golf professional at Heritage Park GC in Olathe, Ks., has been named the recipient of the 2016 Midwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, the highest annual honor bestowed by the Midwest Section PGA on a PGA Professional.
“It’s hard to describe the great honor of being named the 43rd Midwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year,” said Wilkin. “Looking at the list of the past honorees of the award is very humbling. Those names are the legends in the Midwest Section PGA. To be recognized by my peers and be included in that group of outstanding individuals is unbelievable. I feel very fortunate and am humbled by it all. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Wilkin, 55, will be honored at the Midwest Section PGA Special Awards Ceremony on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Stoney Creek Inn. The awards program begins at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a 7:00 p.m. dinner reception. The evening’s program will feature all 2016 Midwest Section PGA Award winners:
Hall of Fame – Randy Towner, Firekeeper GC, Mayetta, Ks.
Hall of Fame – Tom Aikmus, Lake Quivira CC, Lake Quivira, Ks.
Apprentice/Assistant of the Year – Jennifer Clark, St. Andrews GC, Overland Park, Ks.
Bill Strausbaugh Award – Tom Aikmus, Lake Quivira CC, Lake Quivira, Ks.
Horton Smith Award – Andy Fisher, The Kansas City CC, Mission Hills, Ks.
Teacher of the Year – Brenndan Cooper, Tiffany Greens GC & Staley Farms GC, North KC
Jon E. Jacobson Award – David Crawley, Custer Hill GC, Fort Riley, Ks.
Player Development – Maureen Farrell, St. Andrews GC, Overland Park, Ks.
Youth Player Development – Mike Hargrave, Salina Municipal GC, Salina, Ks.
Club Fitter of the Year – Brian Maloney, Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
Media Award – Eldon Combs, Springfield, Mo.
Merchandiser of the Year Private – Ryan Fitzpatrick, CC of Leawood, Leawood, Ks.
Merchandiser of the Year Public – Nate Sargent, Creekmoor GC, Raymore, Mo.
Merchandiser of the Year Resort – Randy Towner, Firekeeper GC, Mayetta, Ks.
Sales Representative of the Year Soft Goods – Brad Wuhs, Independent.
Sales Representative of the Year Hard Goods, Nate Wright, Callaway Golf.
Jr. Golfer Student-Athlete Award – Caroline Klemp, St. James Academy, Lansing, Ks.
Jr. Golfer Student-Athlete Award – Grant Herrenbruck, Sacred Heart High School, Salina, Ks.