Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Time to Honor Area Pros

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Time to Honor Area Pros

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A drum roll, please.

It is time to recognize some club golf pros that have made our area one great place to visit and play golf.

Let's start with Tim Beckwith, the director of golf at The Oaks Club. The 1,500 members of the North Florida PGA Section voted Beckwith as the section's 2012 Golf Professional of the Year. This is the highest honor a club pro can earn in the North Florida PGA Section, which includes the Southwestern Chapter. There are four chapters in the section.

"I am incredibly humbled by this award," said Beckwith. "The support from the membership at The Oaks Club along with our first class staff as well as my family is what made it possible. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by my peers who work for the same goals."

Beckwith has been with The Oaks Club for 12 years and is one of only 430 PGA Master Professionals in the world.

This award follows Beckwith being named the Southwestern Chapter Pro of the Year.

Up next is Jack Binswanger of Sarasota and former Sarasotan Will Frantz.

They were inducted into the North Florida PGA Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Reunion Resort in Orlando.

Binswanger is the longtime owner of Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota and has been an active member and officer of the North Florida PGA and its Southwestern Chapter.

Currently, Binswanger is the honorary president of the Section but he has served on the board for 14 years and has been past president off the Chapter and Section.

Frantz, the former head pro at Palm-Aire Country Club and Bobcat Trail Golf Club, is a past North Florida PGA champion and has played in several PGA Tour events.

Once considered the best playing club pro in the area, he now makes his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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