Pros say yes to new South Central Section office

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The PGA South Central Section will soon have a new home office. Section members voted to spend roughly $600,000 on a new office that will be built just to the east of the current office near Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow.

Construction on the 3,900-square foot facility will begin this summer and should take six to eight months. The building will have more expansive offices, a meeting room, storage for the section’s tournament equipment and vehicles and other conveniences notably lacking at the current office.

Also at the recently concluded section meetings at the Doubletree Hotel in south Tulsa, members were addressed by recently re-elected PGA of America CEO Pete Bevaqua.

At Monday night’s award dinner, Southern Hills Director of Golf Cary Cozby accepted the South Central Section Professional of the Year award while long-time member and current general manager of Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City Bob Philbrick was inducted into the section Hall of Fame. Cozby was introduced by his father, long-time Hillcrest Country Club professional Jerry Cozby, while former Midwest Section executive director Jon Jacobsen gave a verbose but heartfelt retrospective of Philbrick’s career.

Video link to award winners:

Cary Cozby

Bob Philbrick

Other award winners honored at the banquet.

Horton Smith (Education)
Bob Phelps, University of Central Oklahoma PGM Program

Bill Strausbaugh (Club Relations)
Tim Fleming, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

Youth Player Development
Mike Hansen, Duncan Golf & Tennis Club

Player Development
Michael Boyd, The Club at Indian Springs

Patriot Award
Doug Carlton, Deer Creek Golf Course/Little Rock AFB

Teacher of the Year
Josh Cook, Wichita Country Club

Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Nick Bryan, The Alotian Club

Private Merchandiser of the Year
Cary Cozby, Southern Hills Country Club

Public Merchandiser of the Year
Steve Blaske, Tex Consolver Municipal Golf Course

Resort Merchandiser of the Year
Barry Howard, Hot Springs Country Club

Salesperson of the Year
Jeff Simpson, YAMAHA Golf Car Co.


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