Mark Mongell, PGA director of golf at the Cherokee Town & Country Club was elected the 23rd president in the history of the Georgia Section, PGA of America this past Monday at the Georgia PGA Annual Meeting held at the Alpharetta Marriott.
Mongell was elected to PGA membership in 1985 and is a quarter century member of the PGA of America. Following graduation from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, he served apprenticeships at South Hills Country Club and the Pittsburgh Field Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along with The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Mark obtained his first head golf professional position at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware and led that operation for ten years.
In August of 1998, he joined the staff at Cherokee Town and Country Club as the director of golf. His wife Lisa and their three children, P.J., Gia, and Mark Jr. reside in John’s Creek, GA. Mongell was recognized in 1997, 2005 and 2009 as the PGA Merchandiser of the Year at the section level and in 2010 he was awarded the National Merchandiser of the Year honor.
Mark received the Horton Smith award in 2001 for his leadership and contributions to the Section’s education program. In 2013, he was recognized by his peers as the recipient of the Bill Strasbaugh award for his contributions in mentoring younger PGA professionals. Mark has served on both the Philadelphia PGA and Georgia PGA boards of directors, and had been on the Georgia PGA executive board for the last four years and served as the president of the Georgia PGA Foundation for the last two years.
Brian Albertson, PGA head professional at Coosa Country Club was elected the vice president of the Georgia PGA on Monday as well. Albertson has served on the executive committee for two years as secretary. Albertson lives in Rome with wife Kristen, and their children, Peyton and Jack.
John Godwin, PGA professional at US Kids Golf was elected as the next secretary of the Georgia PGA. He resides in Pine Mountain. Godwin has won numerous section events over the years and was the recipient of the 2004 PGA of America Junior Golf Leader award.
Brian Stubbs, PGA head professional at the Country Club of Columbus moves into the honorary president position. Stubbs, the 2013 Georgia PGA Professional of the Year has been on the executive committee for the past six years. Stubbs resides in Columbus with his wife Catherine and their two children, Hannah and Tyler.
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of the PGA of America. Its membership includes over 800 PGA professionals working at over 265 golf courses, clubs, retail stores, and ranges throughout the state. Additionally, more than 20 Georgia PGA members compete on one of the PGA Tours. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, print, radio, and television media.