MAMARONECK, NY — A familiar and respected name in Westchester golf circles is now a part of PGA history.
The PGA just announced the Class of 2023 PGA of America National Awards honorees at the 2023 PGA Show today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Katie Wiedmar, PGA, the Golf Shop Manager and First Assistant Professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, is one of them, having received the 2023 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private Category.
The PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. Wiedmar’s approach to merchandising has been focused on recognizing member preferences. Working at Winged Foot for a decade and developing relationships with members have boosted her ability to understand their style and tendencies, allowing her to come up with a buying plan for respective members.
Wiedmar graduated from the Eastern Kentucky PGA Golf Management University Program, where she competed on the golf team and completed internships at several noted facilities, including Valhalla Golf Club, Indian Creek Country Club and Winged Foot Golf Club.
After her internship at Winged Foot, Wiedmar was offered a full-time position and eventually became the first woman to serve as Golf Shop Manager and First Assistant at the Mamaroneck club. She worked with the USGA in preparation for the 2020 US Open Championship.
Wiedmar received her MBA from Iona University in 2020, and was the recipient of the PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private Category from the Metropolitan PGA Section in 2021.
Full List Of 2023 PGA of America National Awards Recipients
- PGA Golf Professional of the Year Jeff Kiddie, PGA – Aronimink Golf Club – Newtown Square, Pa.
- PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Kevin Weeks, PGA – Cog Hill Golf & Country Club – Lemont, Ill.
- PGA Golf Executive of the Year Bernie Friedrich, PGA – Boyne Resorts – Petoskey, Mich.
- Bill Strausbaugh Award Jack Druga, PGA – Life Member – Metropolitan PGA Section – Southampton, NY
- PGA Professional Development Award Nick Papadakes, PGA – Onwentsia Club – Lake Forest, Ill.
- Deacon Palmer Award Jamie Nieto, PGA – The Preserve at Oak Meadows – Addison, Ill.
- PGA Patriot Award John Carpineta, PGA – Bensalem Township Country Club – Bensalem, Pa.
- PGA Player Development Award Josh Tremblay, PGA – Springfield Golf & Country Club – Springfield, Va.
- PGA Youth Player Development Award Susie Redman, PGA – The Woodlands Country Club – The Woodlands, Texas
- Herb Graffis Award Southern Texas PGA Section
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category Grace Hurley, PGA – Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category Katie Wiedmar, PGA – Winged Foot Golf Club – Mamaroneck, NY
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category Ian Ziska, PGA – American Dunes Golf Club – Grand Haven, Mich.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment to stand out as an honoree among nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals, as they are celebrated for furthering the business and game of golf,” PGA President John Lindert said. “Congratulations to our 13 National Award recipients for their inspirational dedication to the game. The PGA of America is proud to shed a spotlight on our Award winners and their amazing accomplishments, as they reflect the world-class expertise and talent of our Association.”
The formal National Awards ceremony will take place this November during the 2023 PGA Annual Meeting in Frisco, Texas.
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