On Feb. 10, Chad Ayres, the Director of Golf Operations at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Batesville, Ind. was named the Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honors that the Indiana PGA can bestow on a working Club Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA Professional.
Ayres was presented with this award at the Indiana PGA Spring Business Meeting held at the Ritz Charles banquet facility in Carmel, Ind.
The award is bestowed upon a club professional who excels in the following areas:
-Strong moral character
-A substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf
-A model PGA Golf Professional
Ayres is a 1993 graduate of Manchester High School and a 1998 graduate from the University of Cincinnati where he lettered on the golf team.In 2003 he gained membership into the PGA of America as the top graduate in his class which was recognized by the Acushnet Golf Acadamy.
After working at two of the top private clubs on the east coast, Ayres accepted the position of Head Golf Professional at Hillcrest in 2006 and moved his family back to the Midwest. During his tenure at Hillcrest, Ayres has qualified and competed in three PGA National Championships, won five Indiana PGA Section tournaments, and in 2011 was named the Indiana PGA Merchandiser of the Year for all private clubs in the state and also the Retail Tribe’s Rainmaker of the year. he served on the Indiana PGA Board of Directors in 2013 as the Tournament Co-Chair.
Most recently, Ayres accompanied a group of Hillcrest Club Members to South Africa to compete in the World Club Pro Am. The event was played in Durban, South Africa over a five day span and Ayres finished fifth in the Professional Division.
“Being recognized by my peers to represent the Indiana PGA as the 2014 Professional of the Year is both an honor and a privilege,” said Ayres. “I’m very thankful to have the support of my family, club members, and staff. It is their support that drives and motivates me to give my best every day.”