- 2014: Pat Gavin (Dir., PGA Golf Management; Dept Head, MKTG)
The PGA’s Horton Smith Award was donated by the PGA of America Advisory Committee in support of the Association’s continuing work to promote and improve The PGA’s educational programs throughout its 41 sections. The award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education.
A PGA World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and 37-year member of The PGA, Horton Smith served as the Association’s president from 1952-1954 and devoted much of his time to improving educational programs. A two-time Masters Champion and winner of its inaugural event, Smith represented the United States on seven Ryder Cup teams and never lost a match. He died Oct. 15, 1963.