2017 Youth Player Development Award - Bob Feller, PGA
In 1988 the Wisconsin Section, PGA began recognizing PGA professionals for their excellence in youth player development. First time recipient, Bob Feller of Reedsburg CC has been awarded this year’s honor. The Wauwatosa native has been the head professional at the club since 2000 and is a twenty year member of the Wisconsin Section, PGA. He spent time at both The Legend at Merrill Hills and River Club of Mequon before taking on his current head professional role.
For Feller and his team the year started off with an emphasis to take their junior golf program to a new level. That process began by completing level-one coaches training for The First Tee. Shortly thereafter and with the help of The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, Reedsburg CC became a new programming site for the organization. With this mix of new programming and some added marketing efforts, the club saw a sixty percent increase in participants.
Other highlights of the season included the club hosting a WPGA Junior Tour event for the 17th straight year, continuation of their popular family golf program and the opportunity for six of their juniors to participate in The First Tee Skills Challenge at The American Family Insurance Championship.
The year was then capped off by Feller working with five local elementary schools to incorporate The First Tee program into the physical education classes. Between 2016 and 2017 the program will look to bring the game of golf to more than 1000 Reedsburg area elementary students.
“I am humbled by the respect that I have earned from my peers in the golf industry,” Feller said. “By surrounding myself with dedicated staff, I have been able to create a wonderful program, which will continue to thrive. It is a great feeling to be acknowledged for our teamwork at RCC, and we are extremely motivated to continue to grow our program.”
Table of Contents1 - Background / Process
2 - 2017 Golf Professional of the Year - Michael O'Reilly, PGA
3 - 2017 Teacher of the Year - David Roesch, PGA
4 - 2017 Assistant Professional of the Year - Scott Walecki
5 - 2017 Youth Player Development Award - Bob Feller, PGA
6 - 2017 Horton Smith Award - Danny Rainbow, PGA
7 - 2017 Player Development Award - Jeff Ellingson, PGA
8 - 2017 Bill Strausbaugh Award - Joel Weitz, PGA
9 - 2017 Private Merchandiser of the Year - Vince Pulizzano, PGA
10 - 2017 Public Merchandiser of the Year - Andrew Barrett, PGA
11 - 2017 Resort Merchandiser of the Year - Jim Lombardo, PGA
12 - 2016 OMEGA Player of the Year - Ryan Helminen, PGA
13 - 2016 OMEGA Senior Player of the Year - Jim Schuman, PGA
14 - 2016 OMEGA Assistant Player of the Year - Andrew Troyanek
15 - 2017 Honorary Member - Ron Hurab
16 - 2017 Honorary Member - Thor Lundgren