ONTARIO, CALIF. (Jan. 5, 2023) – Michael Block, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, wins the 2022 PGA of America Professional Player of the Year.

An award that began in 1984, the PGA Professional Player of the Year honors the PGA Professional who accumulates the most nationwide points from January 1 through December 31. Block, who not only was a fixture atop the leaderboards in Southern California, also took his game across the country and amassed 1007.5 points to sit atop this year’s points list and win the award over the best competitive PGA Professionals.

When asked about this honor, Block said, “This was one of my last bucket list dreams. That’s why I made it a priority to make it to Florida to seal it up. Once I did have the lead, I didn’t want to lose it again as I had in the past by not playing in the Tournament Series events. I have a very supportive management at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. There’s no way I could have done this and been gone as much as I am from home if I didn’t have my wife and kids’ support as well.”

Block now joins a long list of talented PGA Professionals to win the prestigious award and adds to his trophy case on the year. He was recently named the 2022 Rolex Southern California PGA Player of the Year for the ninth time in his career and fifth straight. He also claimed the 2022 Section Championship, his third time winning the Southern California PGA Professional Championship.

Block was also a member of the U.S. team at the 30th PGA Cup, contested at FoxHills Club & Resort in Surrey, England, in September. He rallied from a four-hole deficit in the opening singles match on the final day to earn a crucial point and help the U.S. team win its first overseas PGA Cup since 2009.

Block becomes the second Southern California PGA Member to receive the prestigious honor, joining Jeff Freeman, who was named in 1999.

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