FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Biltmore Hotel Miami Proudly Announces Jim McLean as the Recipient of the
Professional Development Award for PGA’s 2020 America National Awards
CORAL GABLES, FL. (August 17, 2020) – The Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark and luxury hotel in the heart of Coral Gables and part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, proudly announces that Jim McLean, from The Biltmore’s Jim McLean Golf School, is the recipient of the PGA Professional Development Award. The PGA of America recently announced its National Award recipients for its 2020 season.
This year, the PGA honored 12 PGA Members and the Nebraska PGA Section for their leadership and innovation in the game and business of golf.
“We are thrilled for Jim McLean but certainly not surprised,” said Matthias Kammerer, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel. “He is indeed a great professional Golf Trainer and we are very proud that his Golf School has a home here at The Biltmore – as he further elevates the golf industry with his professionalism as well as the game at The Biltmore Golf Course.”
2020 PGA of America National Awards Recipients:
- PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Ronny Glanton, PGA, Sherrill Park Golf Course – Richardson, Texas
- PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year: Mark Blackburn, PGA, Greystone Golf & Country Club – Birmingham, Ala.
- PGA Golf Executive of the Year: Dana Garmany, PGA, Troon®- Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Bill Strausbaugh Award: Larry Dornisch, PGA, Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, Ohio
- PGA Professional Development Award*: Jim McLean, PGA, Jim McLean Golf School – Coral Gables, Fla.
- Deacon Palmer Award: J.P. Lunn, PGA, Fountain Head Country Club – Hagerstown, Md.
- PGA Patriot Award: Christopher Runyan, PGA, GOLFTEC – Spokane, Wash.
- PGA Player Development Award: Rich Jones, PGA, Pine Ridge Golf Club – Coram, N.Y./Golf Galaxy – Bayshore, N.Y.
- PGA Youth Player Development Award: Chris Thomson, PGA, Wilderness Ridge Golf Club – Lincoln, Neb.
- Herb Graffis Award: Nebraska PGA Section
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Resort Category: Josué Reyes, PGA, Destination Kohler – Whistling Straits/Blackwolf Run – Kohler, Wis.
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Public Category: Jacob Lippold, PGA, Chambers Bay Golf Course – Tacoma, Wash.
- PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Private Category: Jason Ballard, PGA, Oak Hill Country Club – Rochester, N.Y.
- *The Horton Smith Award was renamed the PGA Professional Development Award in 2020.
“I’m extremely proud to receive this prestigious award from the PGA and the caliber of leaders that run the organization, I’m truly humbled” said Jim McLean. “We have built a premier and world-class golf school with a tremendous team and it is with them and all my colleagues at The Biltmore that we can continue to create great golfers and maintain our reputation as the top golf school in the country.”
Jim McLean is a PGA Master Professional and a 41-year PGA Member. He has dedicated his years to contributing to the education of PGA Professionals. As the CEO of the Jim McLean Golf Schools headquartered at The Biltmore Hotel, McLean is widely considered one of the country’s most influential golf instructors. McLean, who spent the past 26 years as a South Florida PGA Member, has taught numerous professional tour players, including major champions Tom Kite, Dave Eichelberger, Cristie Kerr, Liselotte Neumann, Lexi Thompson, Keegan Bradley and Gary Woodland. Eight of his junior players have been ranked No. 1 in the United States.
“This year’s National Awards winners are proven leaders and innovators in the game and business of golf, and the PGA of America salutes their accomplishments and passion for the sport,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “These 2020 recipients represent the best of the Association and inspire our nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals to reach new heights every day, as they strive to grow the game and drive our profession to a new standard of excellence.”
Led by PGA Golf Professional of the Year Ronny Glanton, PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Mark Blackburn and the first-ever PGA Golf Executive of the Year Dana Garmany, PGA’s honorees represent the very best of the Association. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 27, as part of the 2020 PGA Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Biltmore Hotel’s golf course is home to the University of Miami Women’s golf team and the NCAA Hurricane Invitational. In 2018, it became the headquarters for the Jim McLean Golf School and is being considered as a potential host site for a future PGA Tour Champions event. These developments, coupled with the fact that for 56 consecutive years The Biltmore golf course has been the annual host site to the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, ensures that top golfers compete at this course. The Biltmore golf course already boasts an alumni list that includes but is not limited to Tiger Woods, Lexi Thompson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Mark Calcavecchia, Jim Simon, Gary Koch, Brooke Henderson, Grace Park, Christie Kerr, Kelli Booth and Michelle McGann.
Fresh off the heels of an extensive $35-million restoration and redesign of all The Biltmore’s luxurious accommodations and golf course. While the facilities were closed due to COVID, the property conducted additional enhancements to implement new social distancing measures, as well as preventive maintenance work, a high level sanitization (which continues regularly) of the entire property, as well as aeriation procedures to the golf course that was previously scheduled for later this year.
For more information on The Biltmore Hotel, please visit www.biltmorehotel.com or call (800) 727-1926.
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About The Biltmore Hotel:
The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The 271-room resort assembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers an 18-hole, 71-par Donald Ross championship golf course, tennis courts, and the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States. Additional amenities at The Biltmore include private cabanas, a European spa, and an award-winning fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding the Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade, and the 19th Hole Golf restaurant. The hotel also boasts a culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings, public policy conferences, and is an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.BiltmoreHotel.com or call (800) 727-1926.
About Jim McLean:
A graduated of the University of Houston (with a major in economics), Jim McLean, is a PGA Master Professional and a 41-year PGA Member. He has dedicated his years to contributing to the education of PGA Professionals. As the CEO of the Jim McLean Golf Schools headquartered at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, McLean is widely considered as one of the country’s most influential golf minds, having provided decades of instructional education at international, national, and Section levels. More than 260 of his protégés have ascended to either Director of Golf or Director of Instruction positions. McLean, who has spent the past 26 years as a South Florida PGA Member, has taught numerous professional tour players, including major champions Tom Kite, Dave Eichelberger, Cristie Kerr, Liselotte Neumann, Lexi Thompson, Keegan Bradley and Gary Woodland. Eight of his junior players have been ranked No. 1 in the United States. An accomplished player in his early career, McLean dominated the Pacific Northwest as an amateur and competed as a touring professional for two years and captured several victories at PGA Section events. He qualified for 10 PGA Professional Championships; won the Westchester PGA Championship in the Metropolitan PGA Section; and the National Skins Game in Palm Springs, California. He competed in the 1972 Masters as an amateur, finishing tied for 43rd and qualified for 2 US Opens. A member of six Halls of Fame, including the World Teachers Hall of Fame, McLean has won numerous awards throughout his career, highlighted by the 1994 National PGA Teacher of the Year, 1987 Horton Smith Award in the Met Section and the 2019 Horton Smith Award in the S Florida Section; 1996 and 1998 South Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year; and 1986 Metropolitan PGA Section Teacher of the Year. McLean is ranked as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America and for two decades has been ranked by Golf Digest as the No. 3 Teacher in America. Additional accolades include: former Horton Smith Award recipient, named #1 golf schools in America and #1 ranked teacher in S Florida as well as Master PGA Professional www.twitter.com/mcleangolf