2017 Player Development Award - Jeff Ellingson, PGA
The 12th recipient of the Wisconsin Section, PGA Player Development Award is Jeff Ellingson of Edelweiss Chalet CC. Ellingson is currently the general manager at the facility and has been in his current role since 2007. Prior to arriving at Edelweiss Chalet, Ellingson also spent time at Kestrel Ridge GC and Deer Valley GC.
He was elected to PGA membership in 2006 and earned the prestigious honor of being named both the 2006 WPGA Assistant Professional of the Year and the 2015 Bill Strausbaugh award winner.
The Mount Horeb native has been actively involved with the Wisconsin Section, PGA since becoming an apprentice in 2002. In 2010 he upped his involvement as he was elected as a board member for the section. He has played a key role as a past chairperson for the WAGPA committee and now currently heads up the player development committee.
As chairperson of the player development committee Ellingson played a key role in the decision and process of hiring of Erika Pirkl, the section’s Player Development Coordinator. He also represented the Wisconsin Section, PGA on a national level at key player development meetings.
Ellingson’s efforts carry over nicely to the club level as he is a proud programming site for The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, is actively involved with PGA Junior League Golf and also provides an advanced program towards high school golfers.
“I am humbled to be recognized and honored to win this award,” Ellingson said. “To be fortunate enough to work with a great group of people, both at Edelweiss Chalet CC and around the Wisconsin Section, inspires me to be the best I can be every day. It motivates me to want to help in any way I can.”
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