ATLANTIS, FL – Naples’, Martha Hall, has been named the 2013 South Florida PGA Horton Smith Award Recipient. This award is designed to recognize individual golf professionals for their outstanding and continuing contributions to developing and improving education opportunities for the PGA golf professional.
As PGA Internship Director for the PGA Golf Management Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, Hall has the opportunity to put the next generation of PGA Members in a position to maximize their involvement with The PGA of America and their Sections. Through her mentorship, she is able to help guide her students into positions of success both on the course and in the classroom.
“In my position at Florida Gulf Coast University, I witness the powerful impacts of education programs daily,” says Hall. “This drives my enthusiasm for making quality professional development and networking opportunities available to my fellow PGA Members. I am thrilled anytime I can do something to help others succeed.”
Hall has served as the Southwest Chapter of the South Florida Section’s Education Chairperson for the past year and during that time has spearheaded many programs to help both her PGA Golf Management students at FGCU and her fellow PGA Members of the SFPGA. One of Hall’s most influential accomplishments is her formation of the formal mentoring program between Southwest Chapter PGA Professionals and the PGA Golf Management students at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“My inspiration came from the outstanding professional guidance and encouragement I received from my first mentor in the industry,” expressed Hall. “He taught me skills and lessons that have been essential to my professional success. I wanted to perpetuate that gift by ensuring the students have the same advantage as they start out in the industry.”
The mentoring program highlights the generosity and willingness of the South Florida PGA Golf Professionals to help encourage and mentor the next generation of PGA Members as they work and grow into professional positions in the golf industry. Through hundreds of hours of volunteerism, these PGA Members work with Hall to pass along the knowledge, strategies, and core values that will be essential for the success of these young students.
Additionally, as a member of the South Florida PGA Growth of the Game Committee from 2008 to 2011, Hall spearheaded a Florida Gulf Coast University Play Golf America Event in 2009 which allowed FGCU PGA Golf Management students to volunteer their time to growing the game. Students gave over 80 free lessons to the participants of the clinic. Hall has also acted as a growth of the game ambassador by volunteering her time and talents at numerous Play Golf America events across the section.
“I am humbled to be recognized by my peers in a PGA Section that is laden with exceptionally talented and dedicated PGA Professionals,” says Hall about receiving this honor. “To have my efforts acknowledged is an honor.”
Martha Hall, along with the ten (10) other South Florida PGA Annual Award winners, will be recognized at the SFPGA Awards Night in November.