Cedars at Dungeness’ Bill Shea honored as Professional of Year

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Updated: January 3, 2020

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA released its annual 2019 awards. Here are the winners for the Pacific Northwest Section PGA:

• Golf Professional of the Year: Bill Shea, PGA, Director of Golf at the Cedars at Dungeness and Peninsula GC, received the Section’s highest honor in being chosen as the 2019 Golf Professional of the Year. 

• Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Kevin Story, PGA of Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, OR was named the 2019 Assistant Professional of the Year. 

• Player Development Award: Derek Siesser, PGA of Indian Canyon GC in Spokane, WA was honored with the 2019 Player Development Award. 

• Youth Player Development Award: Sara Griffin, PGA of Griffin Golf in Sumner, WA received the 2019 Youth Player Development Award. 

• Bill Strausbaugh Award: Greg Manley, PGA, General Manager at Meridian Valley CC in Kent, WA was recognized for being an outstanding mentor with the 2019 Bill Strausbaugh Award. 

• Horton Smith Award: Harold Bluestein, PGA of Harold Bluestein Golf LLC in Vancouver, WA was honored with the 2019 Horton Smith Award, an award that goes to a PGA model educator. 

• Teacher of the Year: Jason Aichele, PGA, Teaching Professional at Meadow Springs CC in Richland, WA was selected as the 2019 Teacher of the Year.             

• Patriot Award: Chris Runyan, PGA, Teaching Professional at GolfTEC – Spokane in Spokane, WA received the 2019 Patriot Award. 

• Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Jacob Lippold, PGA, Head Professional at Chambers Bay GC in Tacoma, WA was named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Public facilities.

• Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Jeff Simonds, PGA, Director of Resort Operations at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR was honored with the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year award for Resort facilities. 

• Merchandiser of the Year – Private: Gordon Corder, PGA, Head Professional at Manito G&CC in Spokane, WA received the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year award for Private facilities

• Deacon Palmer Award: Carissa Simons, PGA of Griffin Golf was recognized with the 2019 Deacon Palmer Award for outstanding performance in the face of a personal challenge. 

• Perry Williams Award: Kathy Brown, PGA, Head Professional at Twin Lakes Village in Rathdrum, ID received the 2019 Perry Williams Award for her service to the Section’s Rules of Golf Committee.