FAIRFIELD GLADE – A Fairfield Glade golf professional has received the “Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award” from the Tennessee PGA. Corey Wade, PGA assistant golf professional at Stonehenge Golf Club, was honored by the Knoxville chapter earlier this month.
The award recognizes a PGA professional for “extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.” It considers the PGA professional’s growth of the game, leadership commitment at the section and national levels of the PGA, and the impact made at the facility.
Ten PGA professionals were nominated by their peers in the Knoxville section to receive this award. Decision making guidelines include: contributions to section and national player development initiatives, quantity, quality and diversity of player development programs, use of “Play Golf America” tools and resources in the area of player development, quality of best practices, including uniqueness of ideas, increase in rounds/revenues, retention and customer satisfaction and inspiration of fellow PGA professionals in the area of development.
Among his accomplishments, Wade has created $20,000 in new revenue for the club. New players accounted for 750 nine- or 18-hole rounds in 2016. Just a few of Corey’s best practices beyond learning how to play include; learning how to drive a golf cart correctly, packing a golf bag properly and simple golf etiquette.
Fairfield Glade is a 12,000-plus+ acre golf, tennis and lake resort community located on the Cumberland Plateau near Crossville. The resort community has five championship golf courses, including Stonehenge.