JIM GORMLEY of Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates has been selected Southern California Golf Professional of the Year for 2022 for his overall performance as a golf professional, for leadership, service, promotion and performance in the game of golf.

Gormley previously was chosen 2018 Golf Professional of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association, which honors a golf professional who displays unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers.

In 2022, Gormley played on the winning team in the SCPGA Senior Division Kickoff Classic on the North Course at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills, and won the SCPGA Professional-Junior Championship alongside Kyle Wada at the Golf Club of California at Fallbrook, in addition to posting six other top-10 finishes.

BLAKE JIRGES of Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club was chosen SCPGA Teacher and Coach of the Year for excellence in golf instruction and coaching, along with overall performance as a golf professional.

JOHN KULOW of South Hills Country Club in West Covina was winner of the Tom Addis PGA Professional Award for special recognition to outstanding service and contributions to developing and improving educational opportunities for PGA golf professionals in Southern California.

SEIKO MATSUYAMA of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo received the SCPGA Youth Player Development Award for an SCPGA professional who reflects the image and qualities that juniors can emulate and provides opportunities for juniors to learn and play golf.

THOMAS CHU of San Diego Country Club received the SCPGA Assistant Club Professional of the Year Award, which is awarded for overall performance as a golf professional in leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf.

PETRA COLE of Coronado Golf Course was presented the SPCGA Player Development Award, which goes to a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

ERIK BROWN of Stadium Golf Center in San Diego received the SCPGA Clubfitter Award as a PGA golf professional who is an expert in the field of club fitting. Some of the considered criteria for this award are promoting club fitting at their facility and helping both PGA members and assistants further their knowledge on the effects of properly fitted equipment.

JIM DENNERLINE of Heroes Golf Club in Los Angeles was given the SCPGA Patriot Award, which goes to an SCPGA pro who personifies patriotism through the game of golf, and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United State of America.

TOM SOM of Arrowhead Golf Course in Oceanside was given the Bill Strausbaugh Award, which is presented to a PGA member who, by his or her day-to-day efforts, has made significant contributions through the mentoring of PGA Professional’s employment.

Other awards went to KEITH MURAKAMI of Trump National Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates as SCPGA Merchandiser of the Year in the Resort Category; KEVIN WONG of Rolling Hills Estates in Rolling Hills as Merchandiser of the Year in the Private Club Category, and JASON BEATTY of Encinitas Ranch Golf Course in Encinitas Ranch as Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Club Category.   


Player of the Year

MICHAEL BLOCK, PGA, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Women’s Player of the Year

DR. ALISON CURDT, PGA, Wood Ranch Golf Club

Senior Player of the Year

Rick Garboski, PGA, Golf Development Complex

Super Senior Player of the Year

PAUL WISE, PGA, Hillcrest Country Club

APA Player of the Year

RYAN NOMURA, Spanish Hills Club

Women’s Senior Player of the Year

MARIANNE HUNING, PGA, Bel-Air Country Club 



These award winners were celebrated for their accomplishments at the 2022 SCPGA President’s Dinner at Newport Beach Country Club.

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