Wasinger honored as 2015 AJGA Golf Professional of the Year
The American Junior Golf Association has presented Cole Wasinger from Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, with its 2015 Golf Professional of the Year Award, for his dedication to the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes.
Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. Awards are also given to the events with the highest media and social media participation. Finally, the AJGA recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the most improved event, best new event, best Junior All-Star tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year. Tournament awards for the 2015 season will be presented on-site at 2016 tournaments.
“It’s humbling to receive this award because although it’s part of my job, I’ve always been very passionate about bringing a national junior golf event to our community,” Wasinger said. “I wouldn’t be able do it without the support of our sponsors, volunteers and staff.”
Since the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes began in 2013, Wasinger has gone above and beyond to make the tournament a special experience for everyone involved.
In addition to making sure the golf course and his staff are ready for the tournament, Wasinger acts as the Tournament Chairman by securing sponsorships, finding housing for interns, planning staff activities and organizing fundraising efforts for the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament. Without Wasinger’s diligence, the tournament wouldn’t function as it does.
“I want to thank Cole for his dedication to supporting junior golf in southwest Kansas,” said Darren Nelson, AJGA senior regional director, South Central. “He is not only the face of our AJGA event but also is truly passionate about junior golf year-round and has a tremendous impact on young people.”
Wasinger has always been very passionate about giving back to junior golf. The AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes allows him to give back to an organization that makes a difference in the lives of junior golfers every day.
“I believe in the AJGA,” Wasinger said. “I grew up playing golf and didn’t have an opportunity to play in AJGA events because they were only in metro locations. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back, as well as showcase our local juniors and their talent.”
The AJGA will return to Buffalo Dunes Golf Course to host the fourth annual AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes June 14-17, 2016.