Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; National Awards for Two Locals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; National Awards for Two Locals

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Byline: Garry Smits

A bit of history was made in the TPC Network and the Northern Chapter PGA last week.

When TPC Sawgrass general manager Bill Hughes was named the recipient of the PGA of America's national Bill Strausbaugh Award; and Hidden Hills general manager Russ Libby awarded the Horton Smith Award, it is believed to be the first time two members of the Northern Chapter received national awards in the same year.

In addition, Hughes is the first club professional or GM in the TPC Network to be honored with a national award by the PGA.

The PGA gives the Strausbaugh Award to a PGA pro for "outstanding display of integrity, character and leadership in their commitment towards mentoring others within the [PGA]."

Hughes, who became a PGA Master professional in 1995, has been a PGA member for 32 years, the last nine at the TPC Sawgrass. He has won the Strausbaugh Award at the section level twice.

The Horton Smith Award, named for the two-time Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame members, is given to the pro who has made "outstanding and continuing contributions to PGA education."

Libby has been a club pro for 20 years, the last 12 at Hidden Hills.


Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach shot a good number in one of the most competitive U.S. Women's Amateur sectional qualifiers in the nation, at the Vero Beach Country Club.

Her 71 earned first alternate in a qualifier in which the top 11 players broke par. It was because of the difficulty of that event that Berman received a letter from the United States Golf Association earlier this week informing her that because of a withdrawal, she had made the field to the Women's Amateur Aug. 10-16 at the Portland (Ore.) Country Club.

Alternates are drawn first from the sectionals with the best scores.

Berman will join the field of 156 for two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. The top 64 advance to match play.


Dan Nevin, the PGA Tour's community outreach manager, will play on Monday at the St. …

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