STEVE ORRICK WINS 2019 IPGA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

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2019 IPGA Professional of the Year Steve Orrick.

STEVE ORRICK of the Country Club of Decatur, has been named 2019 Illinois PGA Professional of the Year by the Illinois PGA Section.

The IPGA additionally announced 10 Special Award winners for the section.

“We are privileged to have such an outstanding group of PGA Professionals in the Illinois Section that are dedicated to growing and improving that game for everyone,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois Section. “This year’s Special Award winners exemplify all that PGA Professionals have to offer as experts in the business and the game of golf.”

The other 2019 Special Award winners are: BILL ABRAMS (Balmoral Woods Golf Club)-Teacher of the Year. RYAN PEAVEY (Knollwood Club)-Assistant Professional of the Year. CONNIE DEMATTIA (Cantigny Golf)-Youth Player Development Award. CHRIS GUMBACH (River Forest Country Club)-Bill Strausbaugh Award. VINCE JUAREZ (Deerpath Golf Course)-Horton Smith Award. JOE SHEREN (S.M.A.R.T Golf & Fitness  Instruction)-Player Development Award. ADAM ROSUCK (Northmoor Country Club)-Bill Heald Career Achievement Award. PATRICK CROW (Chicago Highlands Club)-Merchandiser of the Year-Private. TIM O’NEAL (Life Member-North Shore Country Club-Retired)-Distinguished Service Award. RICH FLORES (Pheasant Run Resort)-Deacon Palmer Award, awarded by the section for the first time.

The Illinois PGA Section Professional of the Year Award has been presented since 1955. It rewards the complete all-around professional, and looks at their accomplishments over the last five years. Including accomplishments at their home club, service to the Illinois PGA, leadership and inspiration towards other professionals and promoting the game of golf.

Orrick has served as head golf professional at the CC-of Decatur since 2007.

“I was pretty shocked when I found out I won the Golf Professional of the Year Award,” said Orrick. “I’m honored to win this award and be recognized by my fellow Illinois PGA Members. Anytime you receive and award you feel humbled and honored, but even more so when it’s the highest honor you can achieve, and it means so much when it’s voted on by your peers.”

Orrick has won several other IPGA Special awards over the Years, including the 2005 Assistant Player of the Year. Orrick was the 2012 IPGA Section Championship Winner, and runner up in 2014. Additonally, Orrick has a long list of accomplishments in the Central Illinois PGA Section.

For additional details, visit IPGA.com.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.