Recent Iowa PGA News
At the conclusion of the year’s tournament schedule, the Iowa Section will name a Player of the Year for four distinguished divisions. Player of the Year is awarded solely on performance in tournaments designated as point events. Each division will maintain its own eligibility and guideline requirements designed by the Tournament Committee to ensure the integrity of each award. The Tournament Committee determines all point events. The 4 divisions are, PGA Player of the Year, Assistant Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year and Super Senior Player of the Year, and a Low Scoring Average recipient. The Iowa PGA also awards a low scoring average award.
The race for PGA Player of the Year continued as usual to be very, very close, coming down to the very end with only 24.92 points separating the winner and the runner-up. Sean McCarty head PGA Professional at Brown Deer GC captured his sixth PGA Player of the Year Title playing in 22 Iowa PGA events in 2014. Sean captured 5 titles outright this year and tied for first place 5 other times. Outright wins this year included the National Rental Car Pro Am #1 at The Preserve, Foursome Match Play at Fort Dodge CC, the Junior Academy Stroke Play at Pheasant Ridge GC, the Boys Scouts Pro Am held at Davenport CC and the National Rental Car Pro Am #2 at Hyperion Field Club. Congratulations again to Sean on his great play and Player of the Year award.
In 2012 the Iowa PGA added a Super Senior Division for the Iowa PGA Tournaments. Bob Moreland, PGA active Life Member from Ottumwa is the recipient of the 2014 award playing in 10 total events, 8 of those were in the Super Senior Division. To qualify Professionals must be at least 60 years of age. Bob won the Super Senior Division title at the Iowa PGA Pro Junior held at Pheasant Ridge GC and the Iowa PGA Shootout held at Finkbine GC. This is Bob’s second super senior POY title, previous year was 2013 and to anyone in the Iowa PGA Section it is no secret he is one great player and a fantastic PGA Professional. He has many awards and trophies including 5 Player of the Year Titles, 9 Senior Player of the Year Titles, a Junior Golf Leader Award and a PGA Golf Professional of the Year honor. Congratulations to Bob Moreland the 2014 Super Senior Iowa PGA Player of the Year.
Every year, the Iowa PGA Section also acknowledges the golf professional with the low stroke average. To be considered for this award, Professionals must play a minimum of 10 Iowa PGA Section staff administered rounds that are included in the Player of the Year schedule. Low stroke average is compiled by adding all rounds played and then dividing by the total number of rounds played. This year’s winner of this award is Tracy Vest, PGA Teaching Professional at Des Moines G & CC. Tracy’s stroke average was 70.58. Congratulations to Tracy on your Low Scoring Average Award.
The Iowa PGA Assistant Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year races are too close to call with results from the National Assistant’s Championship and Senior Professional National Championship held later this year possibly deciding the outcome of these two prestigious races. The award winners for these two divisions will be honored at the 2015 Iowa PGA Spring Meeting.