2017 Horton Smith Award - Danny Rainbow, PGA
The Horton Smith Award is given annually to the member that contributes to education programs for the betterment of the members and/or apprentices in the WPGA. The 2017 winner is Danny Rainbow of SentryWorld.
The Madison native developed a love for the game at a young age and shortly thereafter started to work his way up through the business. After a stint as a caddie at Nakoma GC he was able move on to work at University Ridge GC from 1997 until 2007. Over the course of those ten years he went from outside services to an assistant professional to finally golf operations manager. During his tenure he also was able to earn his college degree at UW-La Crosse and complete the PGA PGM education program in just over two years.
Next up would be stop as an assistant professional at Interlachen CC in 2007, which would lead Rainbow to his first head professional / general manager position. In the fall of 2008 he was hired as the General Manager of The Meadows of Six Mile Creek. From there he worked his way up at Madison Golf & Development and assumed the role of also overseeing Windwood GC in 2012. The impressive run of work experience and education led Rainbow to his current role as Director of Golf at SentryWorld in the spring of 2015.
During his tenure at Madison Golf he was elected to the WPGA Board of Directors as an at-large member in 2014. His election led him to being assigned the role of co-chairperson for the Wisconsin Assistant Golf Professionals Association committee. After two years under his belt he looked to take his leadership role to another level this past season. He expanded the WAGPA committee and decided to set key guidelines for offering education opportunities throughout the year. An increase in communication to current apprentices and an emphasis on camaraderie also became a lead focus for WAGPA
“I'm honored that my fellow professionals have taken note of my work on the PGA Board of Directors and WAGPA Committee,” Rainbow said. “It has given me a great avenue to focus on providing ways for assistants and apprentices to grow and develop.”
In 2011 he was also recognized by the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin for their annual leadership award, which is another testament to his commitment to bettering the people around him.
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