Broken Arrow, OK – Barry Howard, Hot Springs, Ark, has been awarded the South Central PGA’s highest honor as the 2018 South Central PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
Howard, a 27 year PGA Member, has been the general manager of Hot Springs Country Club since 2002. Prior to being promoted to his current role, he served as the club’s head professional for more than 10 years.
Howard began his service to The South Central Section as the Membership Committee Chair and a member of the Section’s Tournament Committee. He served two terms as the Arkansas Chapter Director on the Section Board of Directors before being elected a Section Officer in 2014. He has progressed through the offices of Secretary, Vice President and currently leads the Section as President, a role he will hold until 2020.
Howard is also well known in the Arkansas golfing community. He was the first PGA Professional to serve on the Arkansas State Golf Association Board of Directors as well as being elected the Chairman of their Hall of Fame Committee. He is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce Metro Partnership Board and a two-time president of the Lakeside School Board.
As a player, teacher, and coach, Howard’s resume is equally as strong. He is the defending Senior Match Play Champion, a past participant in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship, and has captained his PGA Jr. League Team to two consecutive appearances in the PGA Jr. League National Championship.
In addition to Barry Howard, the South Central PGA would also like to congratulate all of the 2018 Special Award Recipients. The award winners will be recognized at the South Central PGA Section Annual Special Awards Banquet, Sunday, March 3rdat The Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Tulsa.
Among Oklahoma pros to be honored, Brent Cryer of Henderson Golf Management was named Teacher of the Year; Pat McCrate of LaFortune Park Golf Course in Tulsa is Public Course Merchandiser of the Year; Shannon Friday of Graves Golf School in Oklahoma City was honored for Player Development, Tony Biata of the Folds of Honor Foundation will receive the Patriot Award, Henderson will be given the Bill Strausbaugh Award for club relations and Kyle Emerson of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was named the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.
Long-time professional Pat Jenkins of Lake Hefner Golf Club will be inducted into the South Central Section Hall of Fame along with Jon Zieske (1968-2017), former head professional at The Alotion Club near Little Rock.
Golf Professional of the Year
Barry Howard, Hot Springs Country Club, Hot Springs, AR
Hall of Fame Inductees
Pat Jenkins, Lake Hefner Golf Club, Oklahoma City, OK
Jon Zieske (1968-2017), The Alotion Club, Roland, AR
Teacher of the Year
Brent Cryer, Henderson Golf Management, Edmond, OK
Shannon Friday, Graves Golf School, Oklahoma City, OK
Youth Player Development
Dawn Darter, The Greens at North Hills, Sherwood, AR
Horton Smith (Education)
Brian Soerensen, KickingBird Golf Club, Edmond, OK
Bill Strausbaugh (Club Relations)
Michael Henderson, Henderson Golf Management, Edmond, OK
Tony Biata, Folds of Honor Foundation
Private Merchandiser of the Year
Brian Ward, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, KS
Public Merchandiser of the Year
Pat McCrate, LaFortune Park Golf Course, Tulsa, OK
Resort Merchandiser of the Year
Ryan Chapman, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club, Kingston, OK
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Kyle Emerson, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, Nichols Hills, OK
Salesperson of the Year
Sid Johnson, Cleveland/Srixon Golf