Bela Nagy, PGA Director of Golf at Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach, has been named the 2016 Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Category. Last fall, the golf shop at Sandridge Golf Club underwent a renovation to create more usable space and improve their merchandising techniques. The staff changes their golf shop every two weeks to promote new merchandise and provide a fresh look for customers. In addition to the consistent change with merchandise, Nagy and his staff have seen great success from the Cleveland Wedge Clinic. The clinic included two hours with a Cleveland Representative and a wedge for $150. They sold a total of 96 wedges to 52 participants. Nagy is no stranger to receiving awards, as he won the Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Category for the Southeast Chapter in 2015. He also has won the award on a section level in 2013 and 2014. Nagy has also been recognized for his involvement with junior golf as the South Florida PGA Youth Player Development Award Recipient in 2014 and has been named a US Kids Top 50 Teacher in 2005, 2009 and 2014. The Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on November 15th at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Click here to register for the event.
Rob Anderson, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at Mediterra in Naples is the the 2016 Merchandiser of the Year in the private category. Anderson is in his sixth year at The Club at Mediterra and is the South Florida PGA Awards Chairperson. The merchandising goal at The Club at Mediterra is to create an interactive environment allowing the staff to better engage members and guests. Anderson and his team make it a priority for their golf shop to be a welcoming environment with a unique presentation. The merchandising team works toward building relationships with members to understand their equipment, apparel and gift needs. A member survey given out each year allows the staff to plan for the members apparel tendencies. The merchandising team also keeps records of their shoppers and notifies them when specific sizes or styles come in that they know will peak their interest based on their shopping tendencies. To enhance the members’ experience, The Club at Mediterra offers a full time club fitter to their members to handle all equipment needs. The club fitter has more than doubled equipment sales in the past four years and brings experience and expertise to the members fitting experience. With the full time club fitter, they host unique events such as multi-vendor demo days and trunk shows to offer special products and promote the interactive experience they work towards. “The South Florida PGA Merchandiser of the Year award is by far the highest honor bestowed upon me in my career as a PGA Professional, and it is with great pride and excitement that I will share it with the PGA Professionals, teammates, and Club Members that have both inspired and supported me so much,” [...]
NAPLES (Sept. 21, 2016) – Alan Morin picked the perfect way to clinch his ninth South Florida PGA Player of the Year honors by winning the Section Championship. Morin shot a 4-under 68 Wednesday to win the South Florida PGA Section Championship for a record fifth time. The PGA Assistant Professional at The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth won by three shots at 10-under 206 at Wyndemere Country Club (Green/White courses). The victory also clinched Player of the Year honors for the 47-year-old Morin, who had to finish in front of Chris Kaufman, PGA Teaching Professional at BallenIsles Country Club and Lee Rinker, PGA Director of Golf at Emerald Dunes Golf Club to do so. “It’s humbling and very self-gratifying to win both the Section Championship and Player of the Year honors,” said Morin, who earned spots in next year’s Honda Classic and the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. “There’s a lot of great players in the section -- former Tour players.” Morin started the day in a five-way tie for the lead and maintained a share of the lead with Andrew Filbert after both shot 33s on the front nine. Filbert, the PGA Assistant Professional at Bonita National Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, birdied the 10th to take the lead, but bogeyed the next two holes to fall two back after Morin made a birdie at No. 12. Morin finished with six pars, but wasn’t sure he won until he saw the scoreboard. “I couldn’t believe I won by three shots,” he said. “I thought for sure somebody would make a run on the back nine.” Andrew Filbert, PGA Assistant [...]