Eric Jones is NCPGA Teacher of Year

Eric Jones of the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon has been selected 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Northern California Section of the PGA.

Jones, who played on the golf team at Stanford and later was an assistant coach for the Cardinal, won the 2003 World Long Drive Championship title and claimed the title again two years ago

“I am passionate about the art and science of teaching golf,” Jones said. “I feel strongly that the future of golf instruction lies not just in improving the swing nor in enhancing mental skills, but in the intersection of both disciplines, where the mind and the mechanics work together to maximize performance.”

Pat Jones of Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside was chosen NCPGA Player of the Year, while Ward Sutton of Hidden Valley Golf Club in Vallejo earned the Bill Strausbaugh Award and Ben Alexander of Bayonet and Black Horse was chosen to receive the Horton Smith Award.

Other 2014 NCGA award winners include Tom Morton of Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Player Development Award; Will Robbins of Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom, Youth Player Development Award; Gus Jones of Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Merchandiser of the Year-Private; Tim Lindeman of Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club, Merchandiser of the Year-Public;  Rusty Seymour of Yocha Dehe Golf Course in Brooks, Merchandiser of the Year-Resort; Tim Burr of Blackhawk Golf Club in Danville, Patriot Award; Greg Ciavarelli of Haggin Oaks, Club Fitter of the Year; Darcy Milligan of Bayonet and Blackhorse, Assistant Apprentice of the Year; Stacy Baker of Haggin Oaks, Golf Course Superintendent of the Year; Steve Gardner of Titleist, Sales Representative of the Year; and Emmy Moore-Minister of Voice of the Valley, Sports Media Person of the Year.

The awards will be presented on Sunday during the 2014 NCPGA Awards Ceremony at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose.



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