Cherokee Town & Country Club Director of Golf Mark Mongell was elected the 23rd President of the Georgia PGA at the Section’s annual meeting last month at the Alpharetta Marriott.
Mongell has been a PGA member since 1985 and became a member of the quarter century club several years ago. He got his start at two clubs in the Pittsburgh area and also worked at San Francisco’s Olympic Club before landing his first head professional job at Wilmington County Club in Delaware.
After 10 years as head pro there, Mongell was selected as the Director of Golf at Cherokee T&CC and has served in that position for more than 15 years.
During his tenure at Cherokee, Mongell has been named the Georgia PGA’s Merchandiser of the Year three times (1997, 2005, 2009) in the private club category, and was the PGA’s national Merchandiser of the Year in 2010.
Mongell also was named the winner of the Horton Smith Award in 2001 for leadership and contributions to the Section’s education program and won the 2012 Bill Strausbaugh Award for his efforts in mentoring young PGA pros.
For the last four years, Mongell has served on the Georgia PGA’s executive board, and has been the president of the Georgia PGA Foundation the last two years.
Brian Albertson of Rome’s Coosa Country Club was elected the Georgia PGA’s Vice President, with John Godwin of US Kids Golf elected the Section’s Secretary.
Brian Stubbs of Country Club of Columbus, the outgoing President, will move into the position of honorary president. Stubbs has served on the executive committee the last six years.
Stubbs was also recently named the Georgia PGA’s Professional of the Year for 2013 at the Section’s annual banquet.
Jon Tattersall of Fusion Golf Atlanta was named the Teacher of the Year, with Kory Reitz of Ocean Forest the Bill Strausbaugh Award winner and Paul Kruger of The Landings in Savannah the Horton Smith Award winner.
Other winners included Chuck Scoggins of Hamilton Mill (Junior Golf Leader), Josh Nichols of TPC Sugarloaf (Growth of the Game Award) and Bill Fedder of Druid Hills GC (Assistant of the Year).
Merchandisers of the Year were Cary Brown of Valdosta CC (Private), Phil Wagoner of River Pines (Public) and the golf staff at Reynolds Plantation’s courses (Resort).