2020 Special Award Recipients Announced

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 21, 2020) — The Connecticut Section PGA announced today the 2020 Special Award Recipients. “This is an incredible group of PGA Professionals who have excelled in the professional and are truly deserving of our recognition,” said Howie Friday, President of the Connecticut Section.

Headlining the list of honorees is Ian Marshall who has been named the Golf Professional of the Year, the 62nd professional so named to this highest honor. Marshall oversees IamGolf and also serves as golf coach and instructor with Northeast Performance Institute. He currently is the Honorary President of the Section having served all the offices of Secretary, Vice President, and President. Presently, he is a member of the PGA of America Board of Director, representing District 1 and the Connecticut, New England, and Northeastern New York PGA Sections.

In addition to the professional award recipients, The Tradition at Oak Lane was named the public golf course of the year and will received the Walter Lowell Distinguished Service Public Golf Course Award.

Marshall and the following honorees will receive their awards and recognition in a Special Awards Ceremony in Sunday, October 4 at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield, Conn.

2020 Special Award Recipients

Golf Professional of the Year

IAN MARSHALL, A-24, IamGolf LLC, Watertown, Conn.

Assistant Professional of the Year

JEFF BEALE, A-8, The Farms Country Club, Wallingford, Conn.

Teacher of the Year

MARC BAYRAM, A-1, Timberlin Golf Club, Berlin, Conn.

Player Development Award

Jon Wilson, A-6, Golf Center at Lyman Orchards (Middlefield, Conn.) and A-12, Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)

Youth Player Development Award

BRIAN PHELPS, A-14, Golf Club of Avon, Avon, Conn.

Bill Strausbaugh Award

PHILIP KRICK JR., A-13, Mohegan Sun Golf Club, Baltic, Conn.

Professional Development Award

FRANCIS KRINGLE, Life Member Active, West Springfield, Mass.

Public Merchandiser of the Year

WILLIAM STREET, A-1, Whitney Farms Golf Course, Monroe, Conn.

Private Merchandiser of the Year

STEVE MADISON, A-1, Golf Club of Avon, Avon, Conn.

Patriot Award

JOHN NOWOBILSKI, Life Member Active, Manchester, Conn.

Sales Representative of the Year

BILL HERMANSON, East Lyme, Conn.

Walter Lowell Distinguished Service Public Golf Course Award