New Jersey Section, PGA of America,

Announces 2023 Special Award Recipients

Robin Curtis, Assistant Golf Professional at Maplewood Country Club, named 2023 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year;


Bedminster, N.J., Aug. 25, 2023…The New Jersey Section of the PGA of America (NJPGA) today announced its 2023 annual award recipients, led by Robin Curtis, Assistant Golf Professional at Maplewood Country Club, who was named 2023 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor for a PGA Professional within the Section.


Robin was elected to PGA Membership in 1998 and has served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Spring Brook Country Club, Crestmont Country Club, Mountain Ridge Country Club, Montclair Golf Club and most recently Maplewood Country Club. In addition to her work at these facilities, Curtis was the first female to be appointed onto the PGA of America Rules Committee where she continues to serve today. 


Curtis is joined by an esteemed list of PGA Professionals who were selected as 2023 NJPGA Special Awards winners thanks in part to their extraordinary efforts during the 2023 season. The New Jersey PGA plans to recognize the award recipients at NJPGA Fall Meeting on Monday, October 30th at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club and, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Golf Association, on Thursday, Oct. 26th at the Celebration of Golf at Canoe Brook Country Club. 


2023 NJPGA Special Award Winners:

  • Golf Professional of the Year: Robin Curtis – Maplewood Country Club - Maplewood, N.J.
  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Garrett Carpenter – Canoe Brook Country Club - Summit, N.J.
  • Teacher of the Year: Matt Wilson – Baltusrol Golf Club - Springfield, N.J.
  • Club of the Year: Hollywood Golf Club – Deal, N.J.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Ryan Fountaine – Baltusrol Golf Club - Springfield, N.J.
  • Professional Development Award: Jason Fiore – Green Brook Country Club - Caldwell, N.J. 
  • Merchandiser of the Year (Private): Tyler Teynor – Metedeconk National Golf Club - Jackson, N.J.
  • Merchandiser of the Year (Public): Rylee Plitz – Eagle Ridge Golf Club - Lakewood, N.J. 
  • Player Development Award: Christine Reuss – Canoe Brook Country Club - Summit, N.J.
  • Youth Player Development Award: Louis Hampton – Jumping Brook Country Club – Tinton Falls, N.J. 
  • Patriot Award: Brian Mackey – North Jersey Country Club - Wayne, N.J.
  • Deacon Palmer Award: Tom Flatt – Edgewood Country Club – Rivervale, N.J.
  • ​Salesperson of the Year: Rich Mosel – Golf Max


About the NJPGA

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. The NJPGA is one of 41 geographic sections throughout the country and has been in operation since 1925. In 2012 and 2015, the NJPGA was the recipient of the Herb Graffis Award, presented annually to a PGA Section that shows extraordinary or exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming. For more information on the NJPGA please visit  To learn more about the NJPGA’s Special Awards please visit




New Jersey PGA Special Awards
The New Jersey Section Special Awards Committee's mission statement is to ensure that the best individuals in each Special Award category are nominated, given equal consideration and ultimately recognized for their achievement.


National PGA Special Awards
The New Jersey Section has been well represented at the national level by dozens of PGA Professionals being nominated for their dedication to the game of golf. Over the course of the Sections history, over 13 winners have come from the New Jersey PGA. 

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2023 Golf Professional of the Year

Robin Curtis; Maplewood CC

2023 Assistant Professional of the Year

Garrett Carpenter; Canoe Brook CC

2023 Teacher of the Year

Matt Wilson; Baltusrol GC

2023 Club of the Year

Hollywood Golf Club

2023 Bill Strausbaugh Award

Ryan Fountaine; Baltusrol GC

2023 Professional Development Award

Jason Fiore; Green Brook CC

2023 Private Merchandiser of the Year

Tyler Teynor; Metedeconk National GC

2023 Public Merchandiser of the Year

Rylee Plitz; Eagle Ridge GC

2023 Player Development Award

Christine Reuss; Canoe Brook CC

2023 Youth Player Development Award

Louis Hampton; Jumping Brook CC

2023 Patriot Award

Brian Mackey; North Jersey CC

2023 Deacon Palmer Award

Tom Flatt; Edgewood CC

2023 Salesperson of the Year

Rich Mosel; GolfMax