ONTARIO, CALIF. – John McNair, PGA of JC Resorts is your 2014 Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Inducted into the Hall of Fame for the 2014 year is Jimmy Powell, PGA. Honorary Life Member inductees include Pete Coe, PGA, Jerry Hollingsworth, Steve Horrell, Gregg McHatton, PGA, of Vista Valencia Golf Course, and Monty Blodgett, PGA.
The 2014 Teacher of the Year is Larry Brotherton, PGA, of San Juan Hills Golf Club, Horton Smith Award is Robin Shelton, PGA, of Mountain Meadows Golf Club, Bill Strausbaugh Award is Susan Roll, PGA, of Carlsbad Golf Center, Youth Player Development Award is John Mason, PGA, of Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Assistant Professional of the Year is Grant Stobel, PGA, of Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Clubfitter of the Year is Monica Stratton, PGA, of Carlsbad Golf Center, Merchandiser of the Year (Public) is Joe Grohman, PGA, of Navy Golf Course, Merchandiser of the Year (Private) is Rick Stegall, PGA, Merchandiser of the Year (Resort) is Mark Greenslit, PGA, of Ojal Valley Inn & Spa, Player Development Award is John McNair, PGA, of JC Resorts.
Player of the Year is Michael Block, PGA, of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Senior Player of the Year is Tim Parun of The Loma Club, Mid Senior Player of the Year is Jon Fiedler of Las Posas Country Club, Super Senior Player of the Year is Jim Petralia of Los Angeles Country Club, Women’s Player of the Year is Petra Cole of Torrey Pines Golf Course, and AAA Player of the Year is Kenny Pigman of Goose Creek Golf Club.
Below you will find short biographies of your 2014 Special Award honorees. All of the 2014 Award recipients were honored at the President’s Dinner on December 7, 2014 at San Diego Country Club.
JOHN MCNAIR, PGA – Golf Professional of the Year
John McNair, Vice President of the Southern California PGA Section, currently works at JC Resorts in San Marcos where he has spent 15 years working as a leader. He has served on the Southern California PGA Board of Directors, Chairman of the Communications Committee, and has spoken at several PGA Section Marketing and Business Seminars. McNair has received many awards over the years, most recently the 2013 SCPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award. He has also won the 2012 SCPGA San Diego Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award, and the 2011 SCPGA San Diego Chapter Merchandiser of the Year – Resort.
McNair has continuously led by example at JC Resorts. He educates and trains fellow professionals at SCPGA Business Workshops. McNair is involved in several golf clinics he helped pioneer. This effort includes Neighborhood Golf, the SCPGA’s Golf in Schools program, and also Intro2Golf at JC Resorts. McNair attests to the impactful benefit of acquainting new golfers to the game. He believes by teaching someone the game of golf, you have the ability to instill great values, life lessons, health benefits and gratifying social experiences.
PETE COE, PGA – Honorary Life Member
Pete Coe has spent 32 years of his life working at La Jolla Country Club as a mentor and professional golfer. Coe served on the Board of Directors for the SCPGA San Diego Chapter. He also participated in education seminars, hosted events, and played in various events.
Pete has left an impactful legacy during his time at La Jolla Country Club. He held the integrity and rules of the game to the highest standards. His members are very respectful of the rules of golf and still consider themselves privileged to play at such a club. Coe’s dedication to the SCPGA section and San Diego Chapter is an embodiment of the PGA. His consistent effort to run guest tournaments, travel with members, and teach ladies group clinics are a few of his many accomplishments. Pete Coe has recently retired after 32 years at La Jolla Country Club.
JERRY HOLLINGSWORTH – Honorary Life Member
Jerry Hollingsworth was a partner of Singing Hills Golf Resort, now known as Sycuan Golf Resort, in El Cajon. He is an Honorary Life Member of the SCPGA San Diego Chapter. Jerry’s father is one of the two founding members to have acquired the land in order to build courses and open Singing Hills Golf Resort. Jerry’s father, Cecil Hollingsworth, studied and worked under the prolific golf course architect Billy Bell while the Los Angeles Country Club and Bel Air Country Club were being built. He then moved to San Diego with his partners and designed and constructed the three courses at Singing Hills Golf Resort: Oak Glen, Willow Glen and Pine Glen.
Hollingsworth made Singing Hills Golf Resort a place to apprentice, make a living, and practice the craft of golf for over 44 PGA members. Some awards Hollingsworth has won over his career include: Former National Golf Course Owners Association Treasurer and President, NGCOA Hall of Fame and Honorary Life Member, El Cajon Citizen of the Year Award recipient, Former San Diego County Planning Commission Chairman, and Member East County Economic Development Committee. Jerry’s ownership of the club has always been about being part of a family. His legacy has impacted numerous PGA professionals and continues to do so.
STEVE HORRELL – Honorary Life Member
Steve Horrell was the Managing Partner at Singing HillsGolf Resort, now known as Sycuan Golf Resort, in El Cajon with Jerry Hollingsworth for 43 years. Horrell’s father, alongside Hollingsworth’s father, acquired the land and moved from Los Angeles in 1955 to build the courses and open the Singing Hills Golf Resort. As owner, Horrell was greatly instrumental to the development and ideals of the club. He has provided countless PGA members with a place to study, practice, and learn their craft. Both Singing Hills Golf Resort and Sycuan Golf Resort have hosted numerous capter and section events, tournaments and meetings, and two USGA Junior Amateurs. Former Superintendent Dave Fleming and 12 Assistant Superintendents have gone to better themselves as a result of their association at Singing Hills with Steve and Jerry.
Horrell served as Director of Southern California Golf Association from 1968-1979, and President in 1977. He was also a Founding Chairman in the Andy Williams San Diego Open from 1968-1973, Director of the San Diego County Junior Golf Association in 1970-98, Executive Committee USGA in 1976-1983, Directior of the National PGA Property Management Board from 1996-99 and Chairman in 1998, Honoary Member of the SCPGA San Diego Chapter, Torrey Pines Walk of Fame, San Diego County Junior Golf Association Hall of Fame, and 2006 Breitbard Award in San Diego.
GREGG MCHATTON, PGA – Honorary Life Member
Gregg McHatton is a world reowned teacher who currently serves on the National Teaching Committee as well as the Section Teaching Committee Chair and member. McHatton developed the first national Teaching and Coaching Summitt in 1988. He is one of the most heralded and respected teachers of the SCPGA section. McHatton teaches all players at different levels to improve and enjoy the game. A common sentiment from all his students – watching him teach is like watching a master craftsman, artist, or musican share his gift. From the raw beginner to the elite tour professional, Gregg continues to be the master teacher who grows and preseves the game.
Gregg served as a Metro Chapter board member from 1982-1986, Section board member from 1984-1992, Tournament Chairman and Educaton Chairman. He has conducted and presented at numerous seminars and teaching summits. McHatton has also formerly funded and maintained SCPGAgolflessons.com promoting PGA Professionals throughout Southern California. McHatton is an accomplished player, renowned teacher, and role model for the finest gentlemen.
MONTY BLODGETT, PGA – Honorary Life Member
Monty Blodgett was the Head Professional at Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach. Blodgett served as a club professional, taught countless amateurs, and even worked with PGA Tour professional Esteban Toledo.
Monty has helped numerous players with their game and confidence, and mentored numerous PGA Professionals. He carried Life Member Active status and was a PGA Member for over 50 years. Monty Blodgett passed away at age 86 on September 15, 2014. Monty will be remembered as a mentor to young and upcoming golf professionals.
LARRY BROTHERTON, PGA – Teacher of the Year
Larry Brotherton is the teaching professional at San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan, Capistrano. He has been awarded the 2000 and 2006 Metro Chapter Teacher of the Year award and has been a six-time nominee for the SCPGA section Teacher of the Year. During his tenur as Head Golf Professional at the Aliso Creek Golf Course, he authorized over 150 golf related articles, which were published weekly in the Coastline News. Brotherton has also taught one of the most prominent and recognizable names in the profession, Ray Carrasco.
Larry has spent countless volunteer hours working with San Juan Hills High school in creating a golf program. Further, he also organizes hundreds of golf camps and clinics, free monthly clincs for women, and free weekly summertime clincs for the boys and girls club. He is considered a legend in the eyes of golfers in the San Juan Capistrano area.
ROBIN SHELTON, PGA – Horton Smith Award
Robin Shelton is the Co-Chairman of the Education Committee of the SCPGA. He has created and implemented programs such as “The Launchpad,” “Catalyst,” and leadership summits to improve the SCPGA education programs. Shelton began his golf career as a sixteen-year-old cleaning golf carts. He has worked through almost all components of the golf business. Shelton has completed all seven competencies in the Certified Professional Program, received an advanced certification from the Golfing Machine, obtained his Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and also his PGA Master Professional certification in 2011.
Shelton has been awarded the Golf Professional of the Year for the Metropolitan Chapter in 2010. This will be his second award from the section. He continues to inspire fellow golf professionals by leading by example and promoting an ideal that “if better is possible, good is not enough.”
SUSAN ROLL, PGA – Bill Strausbaugh Award
Susan Roll’s involvement with the Section’s Foundation has allowed the section to grow in player development, community outreach, and programming for PGA Professionals and their facilities. Starting from 2012, Roll has served as a member of the SCPGA Board of Directors (2010 as well), member of the SCPGA Junior Tour Foundation Advisory Board 2011- current, Chapter President of the SCPGA San Diego Chapter in 2013, Honorary President of San Diego Chapter in 2014, Vice President of the SCPGA San Diego Chapter in 2012, Secretary of San Diego Chapter in 2010-2011, and member of Board of Directors of the SCPGA San Diego Chapter in 2010-2013.
Roll has received numerous awards. In 2011, she was the PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Public Facilities. She has won the SCPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2011, the SCPGA Merchandiser of the Year in 2004, 2008, and 2010, the SCPGA 2009 Horton Smith Award, the SCPGA 2007 Club fitter of the Year. Within the San Diego Chapter, she has won 2010 Golf Professional of the Year, 2003 and 2009 Merchandiser of the Year, Public Facilities, and 2006 Club fitter of the Year.
JOHN MASON, PGA – Youth Player Development Award
John Mason is currently the PGA Director of Instruction managing a staff of 10 teaching professionals, who conduct numerous summer camps and after school programs. Mason was the first PGA Head Golf Professional at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course in 1998. He was instrumental in initiating the Junior Golf Program and had over 400 juniors sing up during the first year.
Mason became involved with the PGA Junior League in 2013, coaching his Encinitas Ranch team to the San Diego City Championship in July. John designed the San Diego County PGA Jr. League because he realized many young people where unable to play last year because of their busy schedules. As a coach and mentor to many top junior golfers, John has developed an image as a successful teacher and coach.
GRANT STOBEL, PGA – Assistant Professional of the Year
Grant Strobel currently serves on the San Diego Chapter Board of Directions for his third year term. Strobel has brought a calm, professional, caring approach to his position. His knowledge of customer service approach, calming personality, and positive attitude has impacted the culture of his club’s golf operations. Strobel is very involved with the SCPGA and San Diego Chapter. He is currently 5th on the Section Player of the Year Points List, and 1st on the San Diego Chapter Player of the Year Points List.
MONICA STRATTON, PGA – Club Fitter of the Year
Monica Stratton is a staff professional of Carlsbad Golf Center in Carlsbad. She has been a clubfitter for nine years and tech professional for 16 years. She has conducted more than 3,000 individuals in her career with all levels of players. Since joining the team at Carlsbad Golf Center, she has been able to watch and learn from Susan Roll, 2007 PGA Southern California Club Fitter of the Year. In 2013, around 50% of Stratton’s personal club fittings were referral based, an increase of 11% from 2012. While working for Callaway, Stratton has taught 12 Regional Callaway Golf Fitting protocol seminars, conducted four SCPGA club fitting seminars, and oversaw the fitting department at Carlsbad.
JOE GROHMAN, PGA – Merchandiser of the Year Public
Joe Grohman is currently the Head Professional at Navy Golf Course in Cypress. He has transformed the merchandising at Navy Golf Course by focusing on customer service, affordable pricing, and has doubled the resale revenue of the shop. Grohman has previously won 2010 Armed Forces Recreation Award U.S. Navy, 2012 Golf Professional of the Year, 2013 Golf Professional of the Year, and 2012 President’s Award. Grohman’s philosophy is to provide great customer service and great prices. He believes the foundation of sales depends on greeting customers warmly and making them feel welcome. Since Grohman took over the pro shop, they have doubled in their resale numbers from 2011 to now.
RICK STEGALL, PGA – Merchandiser of the Year Private
Rick Stegall was the Director of Golf at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA. In his 25 plus years experience as a PGA Golf Professional, he has managed the merchandising at 4 different facilities. Stegall focuses on a clear organization that will produce seamless sale numbers. Stegall has previously won two Metro Chapter Merchandiser of the Year awards for Resort and two SCPGA Metro Chapter Merchandiser of the year: 1992 Merchandiser of the Year – Resort, 1995 – Merchandiser of the Year – Resort, 2005 Merchandiser of the Year – Private, and 2011 Merchandiser of the Year – Private.
MARK GREENSLIT, PGA – Merchandiser of the Year Resort
Mark Greenslit is the Director of Golf at Ojal Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai. His responsibilities include buying, merchandising, selling, and inventory control for the Golf Shop. He believes the key to a successful retail venture is developing a comprehensive and detailed Retail Business Plan. Greenslit has also created a management position within the Golf Shop called the Golf Group Manager who oversees all tournaments and events schedule through the resort.
Mark Greenslit has previously won multiple awards as Merchandiser of the Year, they include: 2000 SCPGA Section Merchandiser of the Year (Resort), 2005 Northern Chapter Merchandiser of the Year (Public), 2006 SCPGA Section Merchandiser of the Year (Resort), and 2012 Northern Chapter Merchandiser of the Year (Resort).
JOHN MCNAIR, PGA – Player Development Award
(See above – Golf Professional of the Year)