PELHAM, Ala. (January 7, 2021) – In a year which brought unimaginable loss and heartache for many across the world, these individuals embody what it means to live in hope and go above and beyond the call of duty as a PGA Professional.  The Special Awards Committee is thrilled to unveil the 2020 Class of Honorees.

Headlining the group, Rick Gorman, PGA General Manager at Scenic Hills Country Club in Pensacola, has received the Golf Professional of the Year Award in 2020.  “It is truly an honor to be named Golf Professional of the Year,” says Rick.  “I am elated to share this award with my family, friends and fellow PGA Professionals – it speaks volumes to our golf operations staff and membership here at Scenic Hills.  Thank you to the committee for this outstanding honor.”

A 25-year PGA Member, this is Rick’s first Alabama–NW Florida PGA Section Award.

See below for the full list of 2020 Special Award Recipients:

  • Golf Professional of the Year:  Rick Gorman, PGA | Scenic Hills Country Club
  • Assistant Professional of the Year:  Chris Biggins, PGA | The Country Club of Birmingham
  • Teacher of the Year:  Craig Bocking, PGA | The Ledges
  • Professional Development Award:  Matt Sheppard, PGA | Willow Point Golf & Country Club
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award:  Ty Andersen, PGA | Life Member
  • Player Development Award:  Aaron Croyle, PGA | The Country Club of Birmingham
  • Youth Player Development Award:  Max Doster, PGA | Blackburn Golf Academy – Greystone G & C.C.

Merchandisers of the Year

  • Private – David Pilkington, PGA | Pensacola Country Club
  • Public – Josh Meador, PGA | A.C. Read Golf Course
  • Resort – Rick Hileman, PGA | Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

ROLEX Players of the Year

  • Player of the Year:  Todd Bailey, PGA | Dewsweepers Performance Academy
  • Senior Player of the Year:  Neil Thompson, PGA | Ballantrae Golf Club
  • Assistant Player of the Year:  Paul McClure | RTJ Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove

Media Contact:  Hayden Lewis, PGA |



The Alabama – NW Florida PGA is one of 41 Sections that make up the PGA of America. Our Section is headquartered in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham, Alabama at Ballantrae Golf Club. Established in 1969, the Section consists of over 400 Members and Associates in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Section exists to support its Members who are the driving force to growing the sport and business of golf.