In 2010, the Southern Chapter PGA Apprentice of the Year Award was renamed to the Assistant Professional of the Year. This year for the first time the award includes Class A Professionals who works as Assistant Professionals. The award is given based on overall performance at his/her facility, service to the Southern Chapter, the Southwest Section and the Association as a whole. Leadership, image and the ability to inspire golf professionals are also considered. It’s safe to say that the Awards Committee had its hands full with so many worthy candidates. In the end, it was his commitment to growing the Chapter, the effort he puts in to run the operation at his facility, and his commitment to the PGA of America that made Blanchard Golf Course’s Brent Lingel this year’s winner.