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Eric Lohman, PGA, of Monarch Beach Golf Links named 2017 Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year

by: Bryce Seiver
Posted: November 20, 2017

ONTARIO...Eric Lohman, PGA, has been named the 2017 Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year. In addition, Lohman will receive the Bill Strausbaugh award recognizing his work for career development for PGA professionals, both to be presented at the Annual SCPGA President's Dinner on December 3rd at Newport Beach Country Club. The President's Dinner is an evening dedicated to honoring the outstanding achievements of SCPGA members in 2017. 

Lohman is the General Manager of Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA, and has been working in hospitality for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years, Eric has held managerial positions such as PGA Director of Sales and Marketing, PGA Director of Golf, and PGA General Manager. 

Growing up in the Coachella Valley, Eric was an accomplished high school golfer at Palm Springs High School. As an amateur, he had a distinguished career including winning the 1993 Washington State Amateur. Collegiately he lettered in golf as a freshman at the University of Houston then finished up his college career playing three additional years at UCLA. Now an active participant in Southern California PGA events, he qualified for the national PGA Professional Championship in 2014 & 2015.   

Mostly working in the public/resort golf sector, Eric has worked for numerous management companies including his current employer OB Sports based out of Scottsdale, AZ. Some of the golf clubs he has worked at are The Reserve in Aloha, OR; Trophy Lake in Port Orchard, WA; Cimarron Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine and his current position at Monarch Beach.

A PGA Member since 2000, Eric has served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Metro Chapter of the SCPGA, been an active participant in numerous Section committees, and is currently a Board member for the Section. Some of his accomplishments as a board member include creating the annual Chapter Challenge, reintroducing the Southern California Open which he hosted three years at Monarch Beach, and most recently he helped develop and host the very first Influencer Speaker Series as an arm of the Mentorship Committee, which he is also the chairperson.

For many years Eric has been a Nike Golf Elite Staff Member, and currently is a member of the Callaway Master Staff program. He has been very fortunate to have strong support from such great companies. Eric, along with his wife Lauren and their two daughters Harper and Sutton, resides in Newport Beach, CA. 

Lohman will receive their awards along with twenty-one other individuals who have made a significant impact thoughout the Southern California golf community. SCPGA President Todd Keefer, PGA said, "We congratulate our section award winners and commend them for their leadership and influence on all of us PGA Professionals." 

Below you will find the entire list of award recipients.  

2017 SCPGA Special Award winners:

  • Golf Professional of the Year – Eric Lohman, PGA – Monarch Beach Golf Links
  • Honorary Life Member – Tom Barber, PGA – Griffith Park Golf Course
  • Teacher of the Year – Bob Madsen, PGA – Sycuan Resort
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award – Eric Lohman, PGA – Monarch Beach Golf Links
  • Horton Smith Award – Tony Letendre, PGA – Professional Golfers' Career College
  • Assistant Professional of the Year – Eric Mitchell, PGA – Anaheim Hills Golf Club
  • Player Development Award – Steve Adamiak, PGA – The Legends Golf Club
  • Youth Player Development Award – Joe Grohman, PGA – Navy Golf Course
  • Clubfitter of the Year – Chris Lesson, PGA – Del Mar Golf Center
  • Merchandiser of the Year, Private – Marianne Huning, PGA – Bel-Air Country Club
  • Merchandiser of the Year, Public – Alan Scheer, PGA – Steele Canyon Golf Club
  • Merchandiser of the Year, Resort – Erik Wilson, PGA – The Grand Golf Club
  • Player of the Year – Kenny Pigman, PGA – Goose Creek Golf Club
  • AAA Player of the Year – Raj Samra – Friendly Hills Country Club
  • Women's Player of the Year – Alison Curdt, PGA – Wood Ranch Golf Club
  • Women's Apprentice Player of the Year – Erica Ilagan – Seacliff Country Club
  • Senior Player of the Year – Jon Fiedler, PGA – Los Posas Country Club
  • Super Senior Player of the Year – Paul Wise, PGA – Hillcrest Country Club
  • SCPGA Hall of Fame – Jeff Johnson, PGA – Southern Califonia PGA
  • SCPGA Hall of Fame – Bill Hulbert, PGA – PGA Tour Superstore – Irvine
  • SCPGA Hall of Fame – Frank Beard – Honorary Life Member
  • SCPGA Heritage Award – Shirley Spork – LPGA

  

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PGA

The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.

The Southern California Section was established in 1924, and today is comprised of over 1,700 golf Professionals working at over 500 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Southern California Section (SCPGA) is that Purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The SCPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within a geographic area that stretches from San Luis Obispo to the Tijuana Border, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada and Arizona borders.

The SCPGA created the Southern California PGA Foundation to develop and administer junior golf programs as well as an increasingly wide array of other community services throughout the Section. The Southern California PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates as a public foundation. The SCPGA Foundation is involved in and supports the growth of the game of golf through initiatives such as Play Golf America, Neighborhood Golf, California Alliance for Golf and the University of California at Riverside Turfgrass Research Program, to name a few. For more information, visit scpga.com or follow us on Twitter @scpga.


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