Tommy Brannen, the master PGA professional at Augusta Country Club, has been named Georgia PGA Professional of the Year.
Brannen has been at Augusta for 15 years and is extremely proud of the growth and development of the youth golf program at the club. Last year the club got involved with the PGA Golf League and had 89 juniors involved in the program.
“Junior golf is special to me,” Brannen said. “That’s what’s going to grow the game. Our club loves the juniors, they don’t get kicked off the course. You see them all the time and that’s great.”
The after-school program at the club is massive. It keeps him and three assistants busy for three afternoons a week.
Others honored at the Georgia PGA’s annual ceremony were: Kevin Roman, Cherokee Town and Country Club as teacher of the year; Phil Taylor, Ansley Golf Club, with President’s Award; Tommy Wood, Waterford Golf Club, with Patriot’s Award; Mike Shannon, Sea Island Golf Club, with Horton Smith Award; Rick Burton, East Lake Golf Club, with Distinguished Service Award; Billy Jack, St. Ives Country Club, with Bill Strausbaugh Award; Gary Cressend, Augusta Country Club, with Youth Player Development Award; Jeff Gotham, Cateechee Golf Club, with Player Development Award; Patrick Higgins, Ansley Golf Club, as Assistant PGA Professional of the Year