Tumwater, WA

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA selected the top professionals in 10 categories, as recognized by their peers, for outstanding performance during an exceptionally challenging year. The winners listed below represent the very best of the Pacific Northwest Section’s 1,100 PGA Professionals in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska. They join the 2020 Merchandiser of the Year award winners in three categories, who were announced in October.


John Grothe, PGA, of Willamette Valley CC in Canby, OR received the Section’s highest honor in being chosen as the 2020 Golf Professional of the Year. Currently the President of the Oregon Chapter, John lives and breathes the mantra of “play, teach, promote”. John is a supporter of the Chapter and the Section, participating in pro-ams and majors and offering use of his facility to the Chapter and the Oregon Golf Association. John not only understands the value of teaching the game to his members, but he also appreciates continued education for self-improvement. John has given back to the association, promoting through his work with the Chapter and Section Boards and serving on various committees.


Marcus King, PGA of Sahalee CC in Sammamish, WA is recognized as the Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. Marcus personifies the mentorship, service and integrity that are requisite of the award. A past PNWPGA President, Marcus has served with distinction at every level of PGA governance from committee service through his Chapter and Section officer’s chairs. Marcus specializes in mentoring and promoting PGA Members as General Managers and elevating PGA members into “non-traditional” leadership positions at their facility. Devoted to diversity and inclusion, Marcus has and continues to serve a multitude of charitable causes. Most notable are Special Olympics where Marcus has served at the local, state, national and international levels. Marcus is only the second member in Section history to win four different Section awards.


Jason Aichele, PGA of Meadow Springs CC in Richland, WA was selected as the 2020 Teacher of the Year. Winner of this award five times previously, Jason maintains the gold standard with his teaching philosophy, which is to “customize the experience to allow each student to achieve their goals while enjoying the game of golf”. Despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19, Jason managed to sign up 90 kids for a modified fall offering of PGA Junior League. He also maintains one of the largest single facility PGA Junior League programs in the Pacific Northwest.


Harold Bluestein, PGA of Harold Bluestein Golf, LLC in Vancouver, WA is recognized as the Professional Development Award recipient.  Harold has spent the majority of his career in the development of players, PGA professionals and himself.  Harold’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge has led him to positions of Chapter and Section leadership.  Always the consummate student, Harold has shown a gift for identifying, developing and administering educational programs that are relevant to today’s PGA Members and Associates.  Harold is published numerous times in PGA Magazine’s “Best Practices”, served on the National Player Development Committee and penned two books.  It’s fair to say “there is no pause button” on Harold Bluestein.


Greg Manley, PGA of Meridian Valley CC in Kent, WA has been selected to receive the Patriot Award. Unwavering support for the men and women in America’s Armed Forces is in Greg Manley’s DNA. Largely through his efforts, the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am Benefiting the Folds of Honor has raised over $400,000 for the Folds of Honor. Greg’s leadership has inspired Meridian Valley’s membership and Board to conduct a variety of events that have raised an additional $50,000 for the American Lakes Veterans Course. Long recognized as an outstanding leader and person of strong moral character, both criteria of the award, Greg has inspired thousands to join him in his mission to support our military.


Nick Pollock, PGA of Seattle GC in Shoreline, WA was named the 2020 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Nick met the challenges of COVID-19 by creating a computerized tee time system and online pro shop – none of which existed at his facility before 2020.  He also increased his lesson revenue by 40% and created a new 13-week league with 65 players.  He has shown exemplary leadership skills as a supervisor and the lead of four Assistant Professionals. He completed two PGA Certifications. He is a CMA member and serves on the Western Washington Chapter PGA Board and Assistants’ Committee.


Ryan Young, PGA of Chambers Bay GC in Tacoma, WA was honored with the Player Development Award. He previously won this award in 2016. In 2020, Ryan ran 27 programs, with 200 more  participants than the previous year, despite the stay-at-home order in Washington due to COVID-19.  During that time, Ryan offered remote coaching, helping 120 students from his living room. Ryan actively shares his ideas with his fellow professionals, and was recently interviewed by a PGA Magazine writer who will publish a best practices article about his Wounded Warriors Project “Virtual Golf Clinics”.


Jared Lambert, PGA of Meadow Lakes GC in Prineville, OR received the Youth Player Development Award. Jared is also the Tournament Director for the Central Oregon Junior Golf Association.  He heavily promoted his junior golf programs and made sure every junior he met received the whole slate of offerings available to them.  Jared’s creative and proactive approach to the season paid off, as he had a 12% increase in summer camp participation and over 500 participants between his nine COJGA events.  One of his new programs, GOLF with the PRO, was also well received.


Bob Scott, PGA of Meadow Wood GC in Liberty Lake, WA has been selected as the Deacon Palmer Award recipient, “displaying outstanding integrity, character and leadership in a effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life.” After a misdiagnosis in 2013, Bob was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma of the brain in 2015 with a terminal prognosis. Bob’s staff organized a fundraiser to defray medical costs that over 350 people participated over 2 golf courses, bearing witness to the impact Bob had on Spokane’s golfing public. After surgery and treatments, Bob returned to work in the spring of 2016 and was later rewarded by Spokane County with another 5-year management contract. Today, Bob Scott is cancer free!


Jeff Ellison, PGA of Lacey, WA was honored with the Perry Williams Award for his service to the Section’s Rules of Golf Committee. Jeff was the Pacific Northwest PGA Section’s Director of Tournament Operations from 1990-2004, and CEO from 2004-2020.  He assisted the Rules Committee and answered the Rules Helpline the entire time.


These 10 outstanding PGA Professionals be honored at the PNW PGA Special Awards Ceremony on September 20 at Arrowhead GC. The 2020 Merchandiser of the Year award winners— Matt Brown, Craig Hunter and Nicholas McCaslin— along with the 2020 Player of the Year award winners—Jeff Coston, Shane Prante and Brady Sharp— will be celebrated at the PNW PGA Merchandise Show  in October at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

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Contact:
Marlena Cannon
Director of Communications
Pacific NW Section PGA