Broken Arrow –The PGA South Central Section celebrated its first ever female Golf Professional of the Year and three local legends were enshrined in the section’s Hall of Fame during its annual awards dinner Sunday, highlighting the three-day section spring meetings and merchandise show at Stoney Creek Resort in Broken Arrow.
Dawn Darter of Sherwood, Arkansas, a PGA member for 35 years and head professional The Greens in North Hills since 2010, was a popular choice as Golf Professional of the Year.
Inducted into the PGA South Central Golf Hall of Fame were Steve Ball of The Ball Golf Center in Oklahoma City, High Edgmon, who was instrumental in growing Oak Tree Country Club when it was one of Landmark’s flagship facilities, and Bill Agler, long-time head pro at Fayetteville Country Club.
Ball, who worked at Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond early in his career, was an early adopter and a pioneer in the practice of custom fitting and his Ball Golf Center has done more than 35,000 custom fittings. He is a noted teacher as well and his students include Talor Gooch, currently on the PGA Tour.
Edgmon played a huge role as Oak Tree and Landmark expanded and was president of Oak Tree CC from 1981-95. After Landmark faded in the wake of the Resolution Trust Corp. savings and loan fiasco, he became president and CEO of Western Golf Properties and in 2003 took a position as a managing director for Troon Golf in Scottsdale.
Following is the complete list of award winners.
Golf Professional of the Year
Dawn Darter, PGA, The Greens at North Hills, Sherwood, Ark.
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Trent Rommann, PGA, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan.
Teacher of the Year
Kyley Tetley, PGA, The Club at Indian Springs, Broken Arrow
Bill Strausbaugh Award
Troy Hendricks, PGA, The City of Wichita Park & Rec Department, Wichita
Horton Smith Award
Lindsey Cook, PGA, UCO PGA Golf Management, Edmond
Player Development Award
Brent Cryer, PGA, Henderson Golf Management, Edmond
Youth Player Development Award
Carlton Dove, PGA, Wichita Country Club, Wichita
Jim Young, PGA, River Oaks Golf Club, Edmond
Deacon Palmer Award
Mark Fuller, PGA, The Golf Club at Surrey Hills, Yukon
Merchandiser of the Year (Public/Resort)
Scot Weller, PGA, Auburn Hills Golf Course, Wichita, Kan.
Merchandiser of the Year (Private)
Jon Burton, PGA, Hardscrabble Country Club, Fort Smith, Ark.
Salesperson of the Year
Bobby Rucker, Footjoy, Edmond
South Central Hall of Fame Inductees
Steve Ball, Edmond
Hugh Edgmon, Scottsdale Ariz.
Bill Agler, Fayetteville, Ark.