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Tumwater, WA – Pat Huffer, PGA Head Professional at Crooked River Ranch and Steve Prugh, PGA Head Professional at Manito G&CC have been honored as the 51st and 52nd members of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame.   Founded in 1981, the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have distinguished themselves among the professionals in the Pacific Northwest and contributed to the game of golf.

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Pat Huffer, PGA
Crooked River Ranch
Steve Prugh, PGA
Manito G&CC

Pat Huffer has been the PGA Head Professional at Crooked River Ranch in central Oregon since 2006.  Prior to his move to central Oregon, Huffer was a fixture for 25 years in Roseburg, Oregon, first at Roseburg Country Club and finally at Stewart Park Golf Course.   In addition to Huffer’s service to his golfers he has consistently served his community and fellow PGA Professionals.   Huffer spent over 20 years in the governance of the Pacific Northwest Section and Oregon Chapter serving on the Board of Directors and culminating as President of the Pacific Northwest Section in 2007-2008.

At Crooked River, Huffer is instrumental in the Central Oregon Golf Forum which connects industry stakeholders enhancing the golf experiences available in the region.   Under Huffer’s leadership the Central Oregon Golf Trail was formed to market central Oregon as a golf destination.

Huffer has been honored by his peers on numerous occasions including receiving the Bill Strausbaugh Award 6 times for his service to his fellow professionals in the area of employment.   A fixture on the National PGA scene, Huffer served on the PGA of America Employment Committee and numerous Task Forces.

Huffer is a graduate of Lake Chelan High School and the University of Washington, playing on the golf teams at both schools.

 

Steve Prugh has served his entire 36 year career at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Washington.   Prugh’s first three years were under the mentorship of Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame member Jim Shriver and the last 33 years as PGA Head Professional.  Prugh is recognized as a well-rounded professional, skilled in all facets of the game. Prugh has been honored by the Pacific Northwest Section as Teacher of the Year, Junior Golf Leader and Golf Professional of the Year.

As a player, Prugh played for the University of Oregon before turning professional   His record as a professional is impressive. Prugh has played on 4 Hudson Cup teams, 5 Senior Hudson Cup teams, played in the 2006 US Senior Open, and has competed in 5 PGA Professional National Championships.

Like Huffer, Prugh has a long history of serving his fellow PGA Professionals.   A long serving member of the Board of Directors Prugh served as Pacific Northwest Section President from 2011-2012.

Junior Golf is a passion for Prugh as witnessed by his 23 years of service as a District Director for the Washington Junior Golf Association and strong junior program at Manito G&CC.

Golf is the family business for the Prugh’s with wife Susan serving as a USGA Rules Official, daughter Hillary playing golf at Montana State, son Corey a PGA Teaching Professional at Manito G&CC and son Alex a PGA Tour player. Interestingly, not only did Prugh win the 1972 Washington State High School Golf Championship while at Ferris High School, but Corey (1999) and Alex (2003) accomplished the same feat, while at Ferris of course.


 

Both men will be formally inducted into the Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame on April 24, 2015 at the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held at Inglewood Country Club.   This joint celebration between the Pacific Northwest Section PGA and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association recognizes those that represent the very best in the game of golf.

The Pacific Northwest Section is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is one of 41 geographical regions of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It includes the states of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as northern Idaho and western Montana. It is the largest geographic section of the PGA of America, and with approximately 1,200 PGA members and apprentices, ranks sixth among the sections in number of professionals. For more information visit www.pnwpga.com.