Pigman Claims NCPGA Player of Year Award

Kenny Pigman, an assistant PGA pro at Jack Tone Golf in Ripon, earned the 2020 Northern California PGA Player of the Year Award.

Pigman, who has been a Class A PGA member since 2016, moved from the Southern California PGA Section where he was 2017 SCGPA Player of the Year while at Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma, to the Northern California Section in 2019.

Winner of the 2018 PGA National Assistants Championship, Pigman amassed a total of 946 points in five NCPGA tournaments this year, winning the NCPGA Pro Series 1 and Pro Series 3 titles, in addition to finishing second in the Pro Series 2.

Dave Carr, Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, is the NCPGA Senior Player of the Year for the second time. Carr collected 543.5, winning the Super Senior Pro-Pro 7 and tying for first in both the NCPGA Senior Section Championship and Senior Pro-Pro 8.

Jim Hosley, a PGA Life Member from Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, claimed the NCPGA Super Senior Player of the Year Award. Hosley finished with 144.5 points, winning the Super Senior Pro-Pro, while also finishing second once and third twice.

Kyle Hansen, Assistant Professional at Bidwell Park Golf Course in Chico, is the 2020 NCPGA Assistant Associate Player of the Year. Hansen, who also won this award in 2017, finished with 804.5 points in seven tournaments, winning the NCPGA AA Medal Play title.

“The NCPGA is extremely proud to recognize our 2020 Award Recipients,” said Executive Director Len Dumas of the Northern California PGA. “In a challenging year where golf became an escape for so many people, including avid players and newcomers to the game, this group of PGA Professionals and industry executives delivered an experience that helped both the game and business of golf in so many ways.”

Other 2020 NCPGA award winners include:

Golf Professional of the Year: Mike Galli, Head Golf Professional at North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks, where he has served since 1997, achieved PGA status in 2007. Among his students has been Cameron Champ of Sacramento, who now is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Teacher of the Year: Matt Flenniken, Director of Instruction at Los Lagos Golf Course, in San Jose. Flenniken has taught the game for 35 years at a rate of 2,000 lessons per year for an incredible total of 66,000 lessons to date. During the Coronavirus pandemic, he opened an online teaching portal for remote learning.

Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Owen Miller, Assistant Golf Pro at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno.

Player Development Award & Youth Player Development Award: Jill Womble, Program Director at the First Tee Tri-Valley at Pleasanton Golf Center, earned both awards.

PGA Professional Development Award: Jeremy Gray, Golf Administrator at the Northern California Golf Association in Pebble Beach.

Bill Strausbaugh Award: Eric Jones, founder of Eric Jones Golf Academy in Castro Valley, was named winner of the Strausbaugh Award, which recognizes a PGA Member who mentors fellow PGA Professionals by improving their employment situations through service to the community.

Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Ronnie Theobald, Head Golf Professional at Bailey Creek Golf Course in Westwood.

Merchandiser of the Year – Private: David Pfisterer, Head Golf Professional at Clear Creek Tahoe, in Carson City, Nev.

Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Tom Morton, PGA Master Professional, Director of Coaching & Instruction at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.

Club Fitter of the Year: Lionel Rodgers, Fitting Specialist at PGA Tour Superstore in East Palo Alto.

Golf Course Superintendent of the Year: Jim Ferrin, Superintendent at Timber Creek Golf Course, in Roseville.

Sales Representative of the Year Award: Lee McCormick, Sales Representative for PING Golf, who holds more than 40 PING fittings and demo days every year.

Sports Media Person of the Year: Michael Jacobi of KSCO Radio in Santa Cruz, who for 20 years has provided listeners updates on junior and amateur golf.





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