Bill Hughes, 2015 PGA of America National Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient

With Bill Hughes, 2015 Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient.

With Bill Hughes, 2015 Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient.

Bill Hughes was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his outstanding display of integrity, character and leadership in his commitment to mentoring others within the PGA of America Association. It seems whenever I stop by to visit Bill Hughes in his office at TPC Sawgrass I always meet a young PGA Golf Professional, coach or player either coming or going.

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A PGA member for 32 years and a Master Professional since 1995 he has served as the General Manager at TPC Sawgrass for the past 9 years. But it’s not the position, it is the person and people who come to play the Stadium or Dye’s Valley at TPC Sawgrass and meet him, know that immediately when you meet him.

When I first met him in 2008 he immediately got me and what I was trying to do even before I really knew. I remember his acronym for how he manages—TEAM —Together Everyone Activates the Magic! What a respected and lovable guy as you can see in this video that helped kick off the 100-day, 14-country, 18,471-mile ‘Journey to Olympic Golf.’ You are magical Mr. Hughes!

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Congratulations Bill!

TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Bill Hughes, PGA Master Professional and the General Manager at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is the winner of the 2015 Bill Strausbaugh Award, which acknowledges a PGA Professional’s outstanding display of integrity, character and leadership in their commitment towards mentoring others within the Association. Hughes, a PGA member for 32 years, and a PGA Master Professional since 1995, has served at TPC Sawgrass for the last nine years. A two-time winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award at the North Florida PGA Section level, Hughes has mentored hundreds of aspiring and current PGA Professionals. Hughes has maintained a strong voice on local advisory councils, which includes serving on the North Florida PGA Foundation Board for the past nine years. During his tenure on the Foundation Board, Hughes has aided in transforming it into one of the nation’s leading non-profit junior golf organizations. He helped shape the current junior tour, which provides numerous levels at an affordable cost. Drawing from his own experiences in junior golf as a teenager, Hughes credits the enjoyable and educational benefits of the program as key factors in contributing to the growth of the game of golf. Hughes also serves as a board member of several non-profit organizations in North Florida, such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Heal Every Autistic Life (HEAL) and True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors.

Source: PGA of America