Marc DeWall Named STPGA Golf Professional of the Year

Marc DeWallOnce a year for every year since 1968, the Southern Texas PGA has chosen one of its members to receive the honor of being its Golf Professional of the Year.

The honoree for 2010 is Marc DeWall, the head golf professional at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch in Boerne. DeWall and his fellow award winners will be honored during a ceremony on Feb. 20 at Horseshoe Bay Resort. 

The Golf Professional of the Year is the STPGA’s highest award and the recipient is chosen on the basis of his or her overall performance as a PGA golf professional, level of service to the Southern Texas PGA, leadership, image, ability to inspire fellow professionals and service to the region’s golf community.

DeWall has been a PGA Professional since 1992 and has spent his entire career working within the STPGA.

A Nebraska native, DeWall attended the University of Nebraska his freshman year of college and was a walk-on collegiate golfer. He transferred to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where he received a scholarship and played golf for three years.

He graduated from St. Mary’s in 1989, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing and a minor in business management. He immediately took a job as an assistant professional at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, and his transition to “Texan” was complete.

DeWall worked at The Dominion until 1994, when he took a first assistant position at La Cantera Resort. That assignment turned out to be short term; six months later, the head golf professional at The Dominion opened up. DeWall interviewed for and secured those duties, and served as The Dominion’s head professional for over 11 years.

In March 2006, he made a change. The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, a major, high-end club and community in nearby Boerne, came calling. The new club needed a head professional of its own, and DeWall was the man. He’s been at that facility ever since.

Throughout most of his career as a PGA Professional, DeWall has taken time to serve the Southern Texas PGA. He first sat on the Section’s Board of Directors in 1999 and he has been actively involved ever since. He has served as the STPGA’s President for the past two years, as its vice president in 2007 and 2008, and as its secretary in 2005 and 2006.

While he has worked with and led several of the STPGA’s committees, he points to a couple of experiences as “special.”

“One of the most rewarding things I did was serving as chairman of the STPGA’s Annual Meeting Committee for 1998,” said DeWall. “We held the meeting in San Antonio and that’s what got me started serving the Section’s membership and our educational programs.”

DeWall received the STPGA’s 2001 Horton Smith Award for his efforts to improve the educational opportunities offered STPGA members by the Section.

“I also had the opportunity to work closely with our national organization when the PGA held its annual meeting in San Antonio in 2003, and, of course, working with our Section’s Sponsorship Committee was a valuable experience,” said DeWall. “I’ve always enjoyed the business side of the Section’s activities, getting in front of the people we work with and who support us to discuss what we do and how those people can help us accomplish our missions to the benefit of golf in southern Texas.

Communications, committee involvement, sponsorships and fiscal management are a few areas of STPGA operations in which DeWall believes his term as president has had significant impact.

“I think we’ve done a great job of communicating real information to our Section members and apprentices during the past couple of years.  We have also worked hard to refocus our various committees on their assigned tasks,” said DeWall. “We have planted the seeds for getting more PGA members involved in the Section through the committee structure. I believe this is the way we will continue to make our Section even stronger moving forward.”

“I think the same things can be said about our sponsorship and tournament activities,” he added. “It’s no secret that the economy has presented us with increasing challenges in those areas, but I think we’ve been able to hold our own, and that, too, speaks well of our future.”

“I think the same things can be said about our sponsorships and fiscal management,” he added. “It’s no secret that the economy has presented us with increasing challenges in those areas.  Our overall sponsorships have remained solid as we understand more than ever the importance of building and maintaining relationships with the companies and individuals that support us.  Also, Mike Ray and his staff have done a great job of managing the business affairs of the Section and positioned us well for the future.”

From a personal perspective, DeWall points to his participation on the STPGA’s 2009 and 2010 Texas Joe Black Cup Matches as being high points of his presidency, but even those experiences may pale next to the presentation of his STPGA Golf Professional of the Year award, which will take place during the STPGA’s 2011 President’s Dinner, Feb. 20 at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

“It’s hard to describe how big an honor I consider this award,” DeWall said. “There is simply nothing better than being respected by your peers and having them acknowledge the work you have exerted on behalf of them and their organization.”

“I’ve been very lucky to have had tremendous support from the people I’ve worked for and with, and that’s helped me be able to give back to the game and profession from which I earn my living,” said DeWall. “There are some incredibly bright people that I have met and served with on this journey.  I am very fortunate that I call many of them my friend’s today. I think I’ve given a lot, but I think I’ve received so much more than I’ve given.”

DeWall will be joined on the podium at the STPGA2011 President’s Dinner for formal presentation of the STPGA’s entire slate of awards for 2010.

The complete list of 2010 Southern Texas PGA award recipients is below:

Golf Professional of the Year - Marc DeWall
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, Boerne

Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year - Lonny Alexander
Onion Creek Club, Austin

Junior Golf Leader - Jennifer Burdette
Blackhorse Golf Club, Cypress

Horton Smith Award - Dustin Burell
The Quarry Golf Club, San Antonio

Bill Strausbaugh Award - Mark Steinbauer
The Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands

Assistant Professional of the Year - Matt Klein
Austin Golf Club, Austin

Merchandisers of the Year

The Quarry Golf Club , San Antonio (Public)
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, Boerne (Private)
The Westin LaCantera Resort, San Antonio (Resort)

STPGA Player of the Year - Lonny Alexander
Director of Instruction, Onion Creek Club, Austin

STPGA Senior Player of the Year - Steve Parker
PGA Life Member, Houston

Bridgestone STPGA Senior Series Player of the Year - Frank Conner

San Antonio

STPGA President’s Plaque - Doug Borow
General Manager, Cypresswood Golf Club, Spring

STPGA Golf Sales Representative of the Year - Mark Danton
Mark Danton Golf Golf, Houston

STPGA Amateur of the Year - Casey Grice
College Station

STPGA Junior Golfers of the Year


Stratton Nolen, Austin (Boys)
Taylor Moreno, Austin (Girls)

STPGA Special Service Award - Danny Jones
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club, Montgomery

STPGA Meda/Public Relations Award - Mark Button
Houston Links Magazine, Houston
 

 

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