JIM DICKERSON – Patriot Award
Finkbine Golf Course, Iowa City, Iowa & Blue Top Ridge at Riverside – Riverside, Iowa
Jim Dickerson is a PGA Teaching Professional at the University of Iowa Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City; and the Director of Instruction for the GIVE (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) Foundation at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. Since 2008, he has been the lead instructor for the GIVE Foundation, a national golf rehabilitation model known for its success in using the game of golf to aid in a veteran’s recovery from both physical injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) issues.
Dickerson, 70, has guided more than 600 veterans and their families to learn the game of golf. Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and raised in Iowa City, Dickerson is a retired Sergeant Major who served in Vietnam as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1968. Following his retirement from the Army in 1991, Dickerson became an assistant professional at Finkbine Golf Course and was elected to PGA membership in 1995. He is the first Iowa PGA Section member to receive the National Patriot Award and was the inaugural Iowa Section Patriot Award recipient in 2013. Dickerson also received the Iowa PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2012.
Dickerson and 10 other PGA National Award winners will be honored, Nov. 20, 2014, in conjunction with the PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
Other recipients of 2014 PGA of America Awards include:
- Ray Cutright, of Macon, Georgia – PGA Golf Professional of the Year
- Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, of Colbert, Washington – PGA Teacher of the Year
- Tom Morton, of Sacramento, California – PGA Youth Player Development Award
- Roger Wallace, of Polson, Montana – Bill Strausbaugh Award
- Pat Gavin, of Las Cruces, New Mexico – Horton Smith Award
- Ralph Landrum, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky – PGA Player Development Award
- Southern California PGA Section – Herb Graffis Award
- Scott Nye, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities
- George Ancuta, of Hackettstown, New Jersey – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Facilities
- Ron Leporati, of Bedford, Pennsylvania – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Facilities