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Today is October 19, 2017

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. 






Past Recipients



(The Hornung Trophy awarded for Golf Professional of the Year)

A Complete History of Past Winners





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