Hardwick Gains MAPGA Honor
    Tech coach named winner of Bill Strausbaugh Award
    March 31, 2005

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech Director of Golf Operations and head golf coach Jay Hardwick has been named the winner of the 2005 Bill Strausbaugh Award by the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA.

    The Strausbaugh Award bestows special recognition on a PGA member who by his/her day-to-day efforts has made significant contributions through mentoring of other PGA Professionals, has demonstrated integrity and character, service to the Association and involvement in charitable and community activities.

    "I am extremely honored to be named as the recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award," Hardwick said. "Mr. Strausbaugh was one of the first professionals that I met in the Middle Atlantic Section when I accepted my first head professional position in 1973. I was fortunate to have him as one of my instructors at PGA Business School II in 1975 and will always remember the encouragement he gave to the young professionals as he guided us early in our careers. This award is very special to me because Mr. Strausbaugh was not only a friend, but also a mentor."

    The award is named for the late Bill Strausbaugh, who was the PGA professional at Columbia Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Strausbaugh was a pioneer in the area of club relations and was largely responsible for elevating the employment standards of the golf professional, as well as serving his community and the game of golf. He was especially active in the developing and educating of young professionals and taught for many years at the PGA Business Schools.

    The award presentation will be made at the PGA Hall of Fame Honor Awards Banquet on Nov. 12 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Hardwick will be recognized in front of his peers at the section fall meeting on October 31.

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