Ross Wins Horton Smith Award

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Ross has been the head golf professional at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex since 2004.
Ross has been the head golf professional at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex since 2004.

April 14, 2008

Dan Ross, the PGA Professional for Purdue's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., has been selected by the Indiana PGA Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2008 Horton Smith Award.

The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA member for his outstanding contributions to professional education. Ross reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities and involvement in the Indiana Section.

"It means a lot to receive the award, because it means that people inside and outside of Purdue were saying that they thought I was doing a good job helping the education levels and the PGA," Ross said.

While serving as apprentice chairman on the Indiana PGA Board of Directors, Ross worked with the education chairman to develop an orientation program as well as a mentorship program. He also organized a player development program to help apprentices pass their Playing Ability Test (PAT). As part of the program, PGA members are available to meet with apprentices for an hour to discuss the mental side of taking the PAT, as well as play a practice round with them to improve the apprentice's chance of passing.

Ross has also contributed to building the image of PGA Professionals by co-hosting a radio show with PGA Professional Tom Guipe called "Golf Talk" which aired on ESPN Radio during the 2007 golf season. He constantly promoted the PGA Professional as being a true expert in all areas related to the playing and teaching of the game of golf. In the show, he included golf tips, etiquette and informed the community of upcoming golf events.

Few people are as devoted to the education and development of PGA Professionals and Apprentices in Indiana as Dan Ross, and his devotion is recognized by his peers and acknowledged with the Horton Smith Award.

"I had just finished teaching a golf class when I got the phone call that I had been chosen," Ross said. "I am honored by the award. I have seen so many of my peers get awards and now I'm going to be one of these people. It is kind of stunning."



Along with Ross, eight other Indiana PGA Professionals received PGA Special Awards. They were Denny Dennis of Bloomington Country Club in Bloomington for Professional of the Year, Mike Abbott of The Bridgewater Club in Carmel for Teacher of the Year, Tony Pancake of Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel for the Bill Strausbaugh Award, Nick Kowalczyk of Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville for Assistant Golf Professional, Steve Cohen of Greenbelt Golf Course in Columbus for Junior Golf Leader, Bo Wright of Rozella Ford Golf Course in Warsaw for Public Merchandiser, George Arvanitis of Country Club of Indianapolis in Indianapolis for Private Merchandiser, and Jeff Schroeder of Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis for Resort Merchandiser.

Ross is now eligible for the national Horton Smith Award as presented by the PGA of America.