The Professional of the Year is awarded to the individual whose contributions to the game of golf best exemplify the complete PGA member, based on service to the Southern Chapter, the Southwest Section PGA and the Association. It recognizes individuals who are dedicated to the promotion of the game, show leadership ability, and inspire fellow golf professionals.
This year’s nominees included the Accenture Match Play Championship’s Wade Dunagan, Tubac Golf Resort’s Dennis Palmer, Randolph Golf Complex’s Pam Drake, Blanchard Golf Course’s Brent Lingel and Rick Price of the Southwest Section PGA.
Past winners include Tucson City Golf’s Mike Hayes, Tucson Country Club’s Michael Haywood, the Accenture Match Play Championship’s Wade Dunagan, The Stone Canyon Club’s Todd Huizinga, the Westin La Paloma’s Steve Hughes, just to name a few.
Rick Price was announced as the 2010 recipient of this prestigious award during the 2010 Sponsor Recognition and Awards Presentation held at Skyline Country Club. As the Operations Coordinator for the Southern Chapter PGA, Price was recognized for his significant contribution to the Southern Chapter as well as his unrelenting promotion of the game of golf.
Price, who has considerably increased sponsorships during the past year, was also instrumental in the creation of a partnership forming our magazine — making it the “Official Publication” for the Southern Chapter. Subsequently, taking on the role as Editor, writer and photographer, Price has made an overwhelming impact within the community to increase public awareness of the game of golf, and recognize both professionals and amateurs within Southern Arizona.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Rick,” states Dan Wickman, President of the Southern Chapter of the Southwest Section, PGA. “His work ethic and dedication to the industry are truly amazing. He cares about the quality of our publication, and has been helpful in creating programs that benefit everyone involved in the industry.”
In addition to implementing the BlueGolf tournament program to run Chapter events, Price coordinates the Ricki Rarick Junior golf program and has heavily participated in its fund raising efforts. He is passionate about juniors learning the game of golf, was a huge part of the High School State Championships success this year, and even communicates with the junior golfers through Facebook!
Price is no stranger to this award, being honored now for the fourth time in the Southern Chapter and once for the entire Southwest Section PGA. However, it is obvious to most members of the Southern Chapter that the overall success of the Chapter can be accredited to the continued dedication, determination and drive that he continues to display.
Upon receiving the award, Price was clearly grateful to be acknowledged once again. “What an honor, first of all, to be associated with so many outstanding professionals. To have the opportunity to serve you, and the association, is something I thank God for daily. I love what I do, and to receive recognition for my efforts is certainly appreciated.” Price said.