Mill Creek MetroParks head golf professional Brian Tolnar has been named the PGA Merchandiser of the Year — Public Category by the Professional Golfers Association of America. Tolnar, a member of the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA since 2015, was recognized Wednesday during the opening ceremonies of the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida. This is the sixth time a Northern Ohio Section member has been selected for one of PGA of America’s top awards, a news release states.
The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes PGA professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf, according to the PGA’s website. A native of Hubbard, Tolnar returned to northeast Ohio in 2015 after a 12-year stay at two courses near Rochester, New York. He attended Youngstown State University and the PGA Professional Golf Management University program in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Tolnar oversees Mill Creek’s North and South courses, as well as an adjacent 18-hole, par-3 course. He is a three-time winner of the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA’s Merchandiser of the Year Award. “Anytime you have the opportunity to win one of these prestigious awards, it’s a total honor, whether at the section level or especially the national level,” Tolnar said in the release. “It’s a career changing opportunity professionally and a game changer for our golf operation at the Mill Creek MetroParks.”
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