Stewart wins Carolinas PGA award for work at Duke Golf Club

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford native Jessie Stewart was won major awards on the golf course and she keeps adding honors as the PGA Head Golf Professional at Duke University Golf Club.

Stewart, who’s been the head pro at the Duke club, located at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, since 2004, won the 2012 Public Access Golf Course Merchandiser of the Year award from the Carolinas PGA.

Three PGA pros across the Carolinas receive the annual honor; one for a public course, one for a private club and one for a resort. Stewart was recognized and awarded at the Carolina PGA’s Annual Special Awards and Honors Ceremony in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in February.

Stewart was already an award-winning pro during her career at Duke University Golf Club. She won the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game, a national honor, four years between 2006-10. Stewart has run the Duke University Junior Camp at the club from 2006 to the present.

The Merchandiser of the Year is a unique honor for a professional working at a unique golf club.

“Jessica and her co-head professional Brent Bowen take every advantage of their connection to Duke University,” said a press release about Stewart and the award. “The entire golf club staff is involved in creating merchandising plans around the University sports seasons as well as the Carolinas golf season. Being located on a university campus requires the golf shop to keep a variety of goods, at all price points.”

Ten Carolinas PGA pros were award-winners in various categories at the ceremony. They are the best in the field, or course, at contributing to golf’s growth, “maintaining the integrity of the golf industry” and being the best examples of being a PGA pro.

Stewart, a Lee County graduate, was a two-time All-American golfer at Methodist University in 2002 and ‘03 as Methodist won the NCAA Div. III National Championship in both years. She was the individual runner-up in the 2003 NCAA Championship.