Golf News for Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | People

Billy Hoffman Middle Atlantic PGA Assistant Professonal of the Year

STAFFORD, Va. -- The MAPGA's Assistant Professional Association (APA) recognized Billy Hoffman, PGA Assistant Professional at Westwood Country Club (Vienna, Va.) as their 2012 Player of the Year. This is Hoffman's third APA Player of the Year (POY) honor since joining the Middle Atlantic Section in 2006.

Playing in seven of the eight APA events this year, Hoffman's sole APA win came at the kick-off event in April which was held at Spring Creek Golf Club (Zion Crossroads, VA). In his next six events, Hoffman continued to earn points, keeping him in the hunt for Player of the Year. Before the final event of the season, the APA Championship, Hoffman was in second place in the POY points race; just 33 points behind the leader Jaime Gylan, PGA Apprentice at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club. To Hoffman's surprise, Gylan did not play in the APA Championship due to the expecting arrival of his first child and Hoffman finished in a tie for fifth place. This finish earned Hoffman 100 additional points which was enough to take the lead by 49 points.

Hoffman, who is also a new father, is honored to receive this recognition and owes a lot of his achievement to his PGA Mentor, Joy Bonhurst, a teaching professional at ClubGolf in Gaithersburg, Md. "Her guidance has been a big part in me reaching my goals," states Hoffman. "I'm also grateful to have support from my wife, friends and family members."

About the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America
The Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA (MAPGA), located in Stafford, Virginia, is one of 41 Sections of The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA), headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As a part of The PGA since 1925, the MAPGA consists of over 1,100 members and apprentices in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and small portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Together, the MAPGA golf professionals, volunteers and staff support the mission of The PGA to promote enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to the game's growth by providing services to PGA Professionals and the golf industry.

Stephanie Jennings, PGA
(540) 720-7420 ext. 116