2017 Bill Strausbaugh Award - Joel Weitz, PGA
Joel Weitz, the general manager and owner of Vitense Golfland in Madison is being recognized as the 32nd Wisconsin Section, PGA Bill Strausbaugh award winner. It is Weitz’s fourth WPGA special award, with his other honors coming as the 2005 Golf Professional of the Year and 2006 and 2012 Player Development recipient. He also served as the Wisconsin PGA president from 2003 to 2005.
The Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented each year to the PGA member who has shown outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring PGA Professionals and has made a significant impact on the careers of PGA Professionals.
For Weitz the framework of the award dates back to the inception of Vitense Golfland. The facility which was opened by Weitz’s grandfather in 1955, has always been a facility that has proudly displayed the PGA brand while employing PGA professionals to both teach the game of golf and work in several other facets.
It is considered a hotbed for golf instruction that currently has five WPGA members and one apprentice teaching out of its Top 50 rated golf range and TaylorMade Player Development Center. In 2015 it also became home to The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.
Whether it is a new apprentice or PGA member looking for a place to teach, Weitz has always done and continues to do what he can to help dedicated golf professionals.
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