BEAUMONT, CALIF. – Scott Stubbs, the 2008-2009 Southern California PGA President, from GolfTEC Rancho Bernardo is your 2012 Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Inducted into the Hall of Fame for the 2012 year are PGA Professionals Jamie Mulligan of Virginia Country Club, and J.D. Ebersberger of The Palms Golf Club. The 2012 Player of the Year is Gregory Casagranda, PGA from Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, AAA Player of the Year is Bobby Nickell of Monarch Beach Golf Links, Women’s Player of the Year is Courtney Erdman of Altadena Golf Course. The Senior Player of the Year is Chris Starkjohann, PGA from Torrey Pines and Golf Outings, and Super Senior Player is Bob E. Smith, PGA of Olivas Links Golf Course. Below you will find short biographies of your 2012 Special Award honorees. All the 2012 Award recipients will be honored at the President’s Dinner on December 2, 2012 at Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
SCOTT STUBBS – Golf Professional of the Year
Scott Stubbs currently works at GolfTEC in Rancho Bernardo as a Certified Personal Coach and teaches a Rules of Golf course at the Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula. He previously worked at Vista Valley Country Club for seven years as a Head Professional and then in 2011, became Director of Golf. Stubbs previously worked as a Head Professional at Anaheim Hills Golf Club and Dad Miller Golf Club. Hacienda Golf Club is where Stubbs started out his career as an Assistant Professional in 1983. Stubbs has been awarded 1989 Metro Chapter Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, 1991 Southern California PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, 1992 Metro Chapter Horton Smith Award, 1993 Metro Chapter Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, and 1997 Metro Chapter Golf Professional of the Year.
Stubbs has been involved, since he was an Apprentice, over the past 25 years starting as a Metro Chapter Board member, to a Metro Chapter President and Section Chapter Representative. Stubbs then became an At-Large Director on the SCPGA Board of Directors working his way to Section Secretary, Vice President/Treasurer, and in 2008, Southern California PGA President.
Stubbs has also been very active on many committees including Membership Committee, Finance Committee, Apprentice Committee, Education Committee, Tournament Committee and currently the Past Presidents Committee. He also took on the role of Chairman for the Apprentice Committee, Education Committee, and Tournament Committee.
JAMIE MULLIGAN – Hall of Fame
Jamie Mulligan is one of few PGA professionals to hold the job title of Chief Operations Officer at his club, Virginia Country Club. He is a believer in world-class customer service to his members and guests. Also, golf instruction is treated as a business at his club and is made to be a vital part of the culture.
Mulligan has spent countless hours studying the best players in the world and their golf swings and his students include LPGA Hall of Famer, Amy Alcott, PGA TOUR winner John Cook, PGA TOUR winner Gary Halberg, PGA TOUR winner Paul Goydos. His students also include PGA TOUR players John Merrick, John Mallinger, Peter Tomasulo, and Patrick Cantlay, former #1 amateur in the world.
Mulligan is the 2005 SCPGA Golf Professional of the Year, 2000 SCPGA Teacher of the Year, and is a member of the Long Beach Hall of Fame. His awards include the 1999 Metro PGA Teacher of the Year, 2002 Metro PGA Golf Professional of the Year, and 2004 Metro PGA Horton Smith Award winner. He also helped introduce the Challenge Cup for the SCPGA Junior Tour. He is also a regular contributor to golf magazines throughout the country.
J.D. EBERSBERGER– Hall of Fame
J.D. Ebersberger is the owner and operator of The Palms Golf Club in La Quinta and was formerly the Director of Golf at The Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii. Ebersberger was also a designer and the builder of The Palms Golf Club. While in Hawaii, he served as president of the Aloha Section as well as served as a Delegate to the PGA of America Annual Meeting for six year. He also founded the Aloha Section Hawaii Hall of Fame. Ebersberger served in many National and Section Committees including the Employment Committee, Apprentice Committee, and the Competitions Committee for the PGA. He has served the Tournament Committee, National Golf Day Committee, and the Education Committee at the Section level.
Ebersberger is a three-time winner of the Aloha Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year as well as winning the Bill Strausbaugh Award and the Teacher of the Year Award in Hawaii. He also won awards for his facilities including Top 20 Golf Shops in America while at Mauna Kea and PGA West. He was also presented as the Golf Industry Magazine Businessman of the Year in 1991 and presented the Golf Magazine Gold Medal Award as one of the top twelve golf resorts in America.
He is also an accomplished teacher and player having given over one thousand golf lessons a year as well as winning the Aloha Section Championship in 1990, the Aloha Match Play Championship in 1988 and the SCPGA Inland Empire Chapter Senior Championship in 2003. He also was on the winning team for the SCPGA Senior – Junior Championship in 1996 and 2000.
ED HOLMES – Honorary Life Member
Ed Holmes is the President at The Shale Companies and Cove Builders, Inc. Ed Holmes’ accomplishments started in 1987 when he was the SCGA Mid-Amateur Runner-Up. In 1995, Holmes became a member of the SCGA Board of Directors and a member of the SCGA Rules and Competitions Committee. In 2000, he was the Victoria Club President followed by becoming the SCGA President and Pacific Coast Golf Association in 2007. In the year 2008, he was the California Golf Association President and in 2011, a member of the SCGA Foundation Board of Directors.
Holmes supports all of golf including competitive, amateur, recreational, junior and professional golf, as well as the history, rules and competitions, and the SCPGA. He is credited by his peers for the resurrection of the SCGA Foundation, and was the driving force behind the 2006 launch of Youth of Course in Southern California. Holmes also helped in the creating of the Honors Matches, and Inland Empire Cup Matches, both pitting the best professionals against amateurs. He loves golf and believes things like this are great for the game.
GLENN DECK – Teacher of the Year
Glenn Deck is the Director of Instruction for the Pelican Hill Golf Academy. A PGA professional since 1988, Deck has been one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America” since 2002, and in 2012 named Golf Tip’s “Top 25 Teachers in America.” In addition, he is a contributing senior instructor for Golf Tips Magazine. He is the instructor of many juniors, womens, seniors, and adults including the 2012 California State Open Champion Steve Lim. Deck works with you, your body structure and your natural motion. His goal is to find the best way for you to improve your golf game. He utilizes video analysis along with feel and verbal communication to ensure the best way for you to improve your golf game.
Deck was named the 1995 SCPGA Metro Chapter Teacher of the Year and 1996 SCPGA Teacher of Year. He has written over 75 articles for publications including Golf Magazine, Golf Tips, and Southland Golf. Deck has also written a 50-page workbook for Pelican Hill Golf Academy covering full swing, short game, fundamentals, and course management skills.
BILLY GIBBS – Junior Golf Leader
Billy Gibbs currently works at Blacklake Golf Resort & is Program Director at The First Tee of Central Coast. Gibbs involvement with Junior Golf began long before membership. In 2008, when he earned his PGA Membership, he had spent over a decade devoted to the promotion and instruction of juniors. One of his ambitions as a PGA Golf Professional was to become involved with PGA Junior Golf Programs at all levels, including Chapter, Section and National. This involvement with PGA Junior Golf is among his top priorities as a PGA Professional. In 2011, Gibbs was named the 2011 Northern Chapter Junior Golf Leader.
In the Northern Chapter as well as across the country as a National First Tee Trainer of coaches, Gibbs is given numerous opportunities to educate and inspire those who work directly with young golfers. He is able to promote the game of golf on a daily basis through my contact with students, parents, staff and onlookers who are able to feel and experience his enthusiasm and love for the game.
Frequently on busy Sunday afternoons at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo, California, a group of excited and interested parents and staff, including golf professionals, can be seen observing and joining in on a First Tee Junior Golf class. By incorporating fun, well-planned activities and presenting golf skills in an engaging way, Gibbs has been able to inspire fellow golf professionals to do the same. Because he loves teaching golf and working with students of all ages, his enthusiasm is clearly evident and works to excite others in his profession. He is always eager to share my knowledge, expertise and passion for the game.
Gibbs also hosts a weekly Golf Talk Radio show on ESPN with fellow PGA Professional Mike Brabenec where he is able to pass on knowledge and enthusiasm to a very large audience. This has done a great deal to promote golf across the geographic area and has inspired other professionals with our spotlight on all golf has to offer across our county and beyond.
JOHN MASON – Horton Smith Award
John Mason is the Director of Instruction for the JC Golf School at Encinitas Ranch. He started in the golf business in 1978, working for Tom Addis at Singing Hills Country Club while playing college golf for San Diego State University. He then gained his PGA membership in 1993. Mason founded the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course in 1998 and was Head Golf Professional for one year before creating the golf school and moving outside to teach. John was San Diego Chapter Teacher of the Year in 2004, Southern California Section Teacher of the Year in 2005, San Diego Chapter President from 2006-09, San Diego Chapter Golf Professional of the Year in 2008 and is the Southern California Section Horton Smith Award winner this year. He has been a member of the SCPGA Board of Directors since 2006 and currently serves as the Co-chair of the Teaching Committee.
KIM FALCONE – Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Kim Falcone is the daughter of a PGA golf professional who was a former Iowa Section President, and has been exposed to the PGA of America throughout her entire life, learning the importance of giving back not only to the game of golf, but to the organization that supports the golf professional. Falcone entered the golf business in 1993 & became a Class “A” PGA professional in 1995. She was an Assistant Golf Professional at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO for 7 years, before moving to La Jolla Country Club where she is now an Assistant Head Golf Professional. In early 2012, Falcone was instrumental in promoting the USGA and PGA of America backed “Tee it Forward” initiative at La Jolla CC by proposing a change in their tee structure and scorecard. The program was launched on May 1, 2012 with an overwhelmingly positive response.
Falcone has served on many committees including on the PGA of America President’s Council on growing the game, the Gateway Section Tournament Committee, the San Diego Chapter Special Awards Committee, San Diego Chapter Board of Directors, the Southern California Section Tournament Committee, Special Awards Committee, and the Women’s Committee as the Co-chair. Falcone is the recipient of the 2011 San Diego Chapter Assistant Professional of the Year and 1995-1998 Women’s Player of the Year in the Gateway Section. She is active in her education, enrolled in the PGA of America’s Certified Professional Program with a goal of attaining certification in Golf Operations by the end of 2012.
TIM SKOPHAMMER – Club Fitter of the Year
Tim Skophammer is a PGA Teaching Professional at Empire Lakes Golf Course in Rancho Cucamonga. He attended his first PGA club fitting seminar at Santa Teresa Golf Club in San Jose in 1986 and was hooked. The seminar satisfied his curiosity because it explained why some of my students were continually reverting to poor habits and not improving. Skophammer went on to obtain certification as a club fitter by HG. Before worked at Empire Lakes Golf Course, Skophammer worked at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento where he became an “expert” in the field by using and managing the fitting carts for the 27 different manufacturers. Tim took iron sales from 80% stock in 1996 to 80% custom in 2000 and reduced his inventory substantially, raised profit margins, increased cash flow and most importantly increased customer satisfaction. He became certified by Ping, Titleist, Cobra, Tour Edge, Slazenger, Zevo, Taylor Made, Cleveland, Callaway, Lange, Dimension Z, Square 2, and others probably forgotten.
Skophammer has performed at least one club evaluation on every student seen since 1990. Club fitting has been a part of every instruction program he has been associated with in the past 22 years. Even raw beginners are introduced to the concept from the onset of their lessons. In the five years Tim was at Haggin Oaks he sold over $1 million worth of clubs. He would estimate over 7,000 fittings, averaging 320 a year for 22 years.
Skophammer has been awarded the 2000 Northern California Club Fitter of the Year, 2002 and 2007 Inland Chapter Club Fitter of the Year, 2009 Inland Empire Chapter Bill Strasbaugh Award, 2009 Inland Empire Chapter Teacher of the Year, and 2010 Inland Empire Chapter Horton Smith Award.
JASON TAYLOR – Bill Strausbaugh Award
Jason Taylor is the Executive Director of the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and was the 2010-2011 Southern California PGA President. Taylor is very active, having served on every committee and many task forces of the Inland Empire Chapter, SCPGA and the PGA of America Employment Committee and Inclusion Committee. He is a part of various other PGA of America activities, mostly with a focus on employment, inclusion and growth of the game initiatives.
In 2008, he received the Southern California PGA Presidents Award and in 2004, named Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Jason has impacted the careers of PGA professionals primarily through promoting the PGA through involvement in amateur golf as well as in leadership positions within the SCPGA. Amateur activities include the promotion and alliance with the PGA at the Inland Empire Amateur Championship, Inland Empire Cup Matches, and the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation. He conceived and founded all three entities, which proudly display the PGA logo. Directly on the professional side, his service listed above has given him the opportunity to represent the PGA to owners and operators of golf facilities and related businesses. As well, Taylor has always been a promoter of the business of golf through various channels and encouraged PGA members and apprentices to be aware of the business of golf, how they can contribute to this and how this enhances their value.
JOE WILLIAMS – Merchandiser of the Year – Resort
Joe Williams is the PGA Golf Director at Indian Wells Golf Resort. He is exposed to the latest technology and have available resources that many clubs simply do not have access to. His merchandising philosophy takes into account these factors, but he also believe merchandising techniques that have proven successful over the years are extremely valuable.
His philosophy is to treat each guest with an uncompromising level of service and courteousness, with trained staff to exceed the expectations of the guests in all instances. Treat guests in a manner that will make them want to come back and to bring their friends. He preaches customer service to all associates.
Some staples implemented may seem simple, but are imperative to success. Williams is constantly striving to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to fashions. Patti Graham has an extremely keen eye when it comes to new items. Joe gives her quite a bit of freedom to travel to merchandising shows, not just golf shows, to see what is hot and upcoming. The shop is more than a golf shop, and he continues to offer items that most shops will not carry. Williams constantly talks about what items and vendors to use to prevent becoming just another golf shop.
Williams uses an iconic name and logo, and sometimes people can lose sight of that, they don’t. The logo is used wherever and whenever possible. The hotel guests are typically from distant places and they want to show off where they have been, therefore, almost all of our golf shirts and caps are logoed. The shop carries many different price points in quite a few items to accommodate the guest’s needs. One thing that noticed is that people are always looking for gifts to bring back home to family and friends. Williams provides many choices for them as possible.
SCOTT SCOZZOLA – Merchandiser of the Year – Public
Scott Scozzola is the PGA Golf Director at DeBell Golf Club, a highly active 18-hole public facility in the Burbank. His merchandising philosophy is first to maintain an inventory of hard goods and soft goods that meet customer needs for both selection and pricing. He achieves this by maintaining a mix of goods that are both pro-line (full price) and off-brand (closeout merchandise). Secondly, the golf shop continually has to have a fresh look. Merchandise must be rotated and displays must be changed on a monthly basis. Lastly, it is important to constantly drive traffic to your golf shop through creative ideas, promotions and events. Keep your loyal customers informed via email blasts, post promotional material throughout the clubhouse, and offer acceptable discounts that will entice your customers to make purchases. In 2002, Scozzola received the Metro Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award and in 2009 the Metro Chapter Merchandiser of the Year – Public.
MARIANNE HUNING – Merchandiser of the Year – Private
Marianne Huning is the PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Bel-Air Country Club. Her merchandising philosophy is to provide the most amazing customer service and satisfaction to all members and guests. Huning does this by making sure that each and every member knows that if they don’t see their size or color they are able to get it for them as soon as possible. Her job is to keep the merchandise in the shop fresh and colorful, to be on the cutting edge of fashion and not to carry the same shirt as every other golf shop and off course shop. Her philosophy is to listen to what members are saying and making sure they have a product for each and every member and their guest. Huning places emphasis on the member’s wants and needs; they are her number one priority.