Middle Atlantic PGA Award Winners
Jay Dufty, PGA Named Middle Atlantic PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner
Mentoring fellow PGA Professionals has been a passion for Jay for the past 20 years. Mentored early in the profession by Larry Murphy, a Minnesota PGA Section Hall of Fame member, Jay learned firsthand that the success can be measured in how one mentors and coaches those around him. The current Director of Golf at Washington Golf & Country Club has been named the Middle Atlantic Bill Strausbaugh Award winner for his outstanding involvement in charitable and community activities and untiring service in mentoring fellow PGA Professionals. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.
Mark Russo, PGA Named Middle Atlantic PGA Horton Smith Award Winner
Russo, of Night Hawk Golf Center, has attempted to inspire his fellow golf professionals through education and mentoring. In his presentations and education events, Mark tries to give the PGA Professionals and Associates in attendance some simple and easy ways to make a difference in the games of their members and guests, and to increase their value at their facilities. Mark understands how important this education can be to his fellow PGA Professionals for career enhancement and job retention. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.
Michael Millen Named Middle Atlantic PGA David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award Winner
Michael Millen, of the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA), is recognized as an outstanding amateur that has contributed to the MAPGA through the promotion of golf and promotion of the MAPGA and PGA Professionals. Michael was introduced to the game of golf early, at the age of four, by his parents at the Piping Rock Club in New York. To say that Golf is close to the family is an understatement. His great grandfather Daniel Chauncey was the President of the Metropolitan (Met) Golf Association in New York and the United States Golf Association (USGA). His father served as a board member for the New York State Golf Association. And currently, Michael is President of the Virginia State Golf Association. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.
Michael Adkins, PGA Named Middle Atlantic PGA Private Merchandiser of the Year Award Winner
Michael Adkins has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Private Merchandiser of the Year Award for his dedication and success at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. Since taking over the operation in 2016, Michael has worked hard to establish merchandise goals, standards, and increase overall presentation, as well as improve sales and gain member loyalty. Michael is very proud of the team he works with, as he knows the pride and passion they possess is instrumental in the success of his golf shop. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.
Jim Estes, PGA Named Middle Atlantic PGA Player Development Award Winner
Jim Estes is a pioneer and mentor in the adaptive golf arena, and PGA professionals are using his adaptive curriculum in group settings and private coaching programs nationwide. To date, Jim has introduced more than 5,000 post- 9/11 veterans and their family members to the game of golf—a game many of these individuals would have never had access to. Since its founding, the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) has provided, free of charge, more than 2500 custom-fitted club sets to wounded veterans, and through a lifetime membership program, offers veterans five maintenance golf lessons per year with PGA professionals. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.
Billy Hoffman, PGA Named Middle Atlantic PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner
Billy is regularly called upon by other PGA Professionals, locally and nationally, to consult about improving junior golf programs, teaching junior golfers and the role of coach. The Director of Golf at Westwood Country Club has a strong presence on social media that promotes the game, positivity and inspires others. He is upfront and honest with parents and will customize lessons and training to fit the junior golfer’s level of interest. He was recognized as one of Golf Digest’s Top Instructors in Virginia from 2017 – present, U.S. Kids Top 50 Teachers in 2018, and chaperoned a student to the National Drive, Chip & Putt Event in 2017. He will be honored at the March 9, 2020 MAPGA Spring Meeting as well as the March 21, 2020 MAPGA Awards Banquet.