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Requirements and Eligibility for Teacher & Coach of the Year
The following requirements are for National Award Winners. Your Section may waive certain criteria for Section Award Winners.
The "PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Award" bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as a golf teacher and coach.
- Candidate must be a PGA member in good standing.
- Candidate must be well regarded as a model PGA member.
- Demonstration and acknowledgement as an individual of outstanding leadership and strong moral character.
The following persons are ineligible:
- Previous National PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year award winners;
- Past Presidents of the Association;
- Current members of the Association Board of Directors;
- Nominees for National Office;
- Class "F" or "Reserved" members;
- PGA National Headquarters Staff and PGA Section Staff are not eligible for National Awards (Excluding Employees of PGA Golf Properties or Section Golf Properties).
PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year minimum criteria:
- Candidate must have been a Class A PGA member in good standing for a minimum total of 10 years.
- Candidate has developed the image, reputation, and ability to inspire fellow PGA members with an emphasis on Teaching and Coaching.
- Candidate must have maintained a substantial record of service to the game of golf, as well as helping to further educate their fellow PGA professionals with an
- emphasis on Teaching and Coaching.
- Candidate must have maintained a substantial record of service and promotion toward the growth of the game.
- Candidate must be a Master Professional or Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching OR, must have attended or conducted a minimum combined total of TEN (10) national teaching workshops, teaching/coaching summits or sectional teaching workshops or teaching/coaching summits within the last FIFTEEN (15) years.
Guidelines for Selection:
The candidate will be considered on the basis of the following:
- Their entire PGA career which will include all of their teaching and coaching experience, skill sets, service, and commitment to the Game of Golf, their Association, and their Section;
- The performance in teaching at the facility, Chapter, Section, and National levels;
- The impact made on fellow teachers, as well as the contributions made through their efforts to educate their fellow PGA professionals;
- Outstanding amateur, junior, and/or professional golfers the candidate has instructed;
- Teaching awards and recognitions that the teacher has received;
- The written or video-graphic contributions through national and local media such as books, magazines, newspapers, internet, teaching products, teaching aids, etc.;
- Unusual, innovative and/or special teaching programs the golf professional has initiated or played a key role in implementing;
- Other contributions provided to The PGA.