Boyne Golf Professionals Earn 2010 Michigan PGA Special Awards

Boyne GolfBoyne scored an impressive double win in the 2010 Michigan PGA annual awards as club professionals, Mike Chumbler and Brian O’Neill, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the game of golf.

Chumbler, Boyne’s director of golf, was named winner of this year’s Bill Strausbaugh Award, while O’Neill, Boyne’s director of golf instruction, earned the Junior Golf Leader Award.  Chumbler and O’Neill represent a collection of northern Michigan resorts including Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort, west of Petoskey.

“Having two special award winners in the same year is a great accomplishment for Boyne,” said Kevin Helm, executive director of the Michigan PGA. “We have a lot of talented and dedicated professionals in Michigan, so having both Mike Chumbler and Brian O’Neill selected by their peers for their awards says a lot about them and the quality of the professional staff as a whole at Boyne.”

The Bill Strausbaugh Award was established in 1979 to recognize the PGA Professional for distinguished service to the community as well as day-to-day mentoring of their fellow professionals to improve their employment situations. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Bill Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

Chumbler, who has been a member of the Boyne team for 14 years, earned the honors for his commitment to his fellow PGA professionals, as well as his service to the local community. Chumbler helped establish such charitable activities as the only northern Michigan First Tee Chapter located at Boyne Highlands Resort, the annual Harbor Cup fundraiser, as well as volunteers time teaching golf to youth at local schools.

The Junior Golf Leader Award is presented annually to the PGA member who demonstrates leadership within the junior golf community and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.

O’Neill, who is celebrating 20 years with Boyne, has been director of golf instruction since 2000.  He also trained under teaching legend Jim Flick, which helped him develop one of the top golf school programs in the country. This has included developing all levels of junior golfers through the popular Nike Junior Golf Camps. O’Neill works with over 200 junior golfers annually through individual instruction and the Nike Junior Golf Camps, which helped him earn the special award.

O’Neill said working with junior players reinforces his love of teaching.

“I feel that in any arena it is nice to receive recognition for what you do,” he said. “My passion is in teaching and helping people play the game better, and with juniors it is an honor and privilege to witness such desire to learn. I look forward to impacting junior golf for years to come.”

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