Callaway Golf Company recently named Jim Bender, head professional at Ardsley Country Club, the winner of the Company’s Golf Professional of the Year Award.
Bender was honored by Callaway for his ultimate support of the brand, his overall excellence as a club professional, for having high level of proficiency at playing the game, for having the skills necessary to run a successful business, and for special events or extraordinary support he has illustrated throughout the year.
Bender has been head pro at Ardsley for thirty years, a mark not just of his affable personality and popularity among the members, but his ability to run one of the best golf operations in Westchester if not the Northeast U.S. Bender has been named PGA Merchandiser of the Year twice and served as President of the Met PGA Section as well. He's a player, too, having competed in the PGA National Club Pro Championship twice and played on the South African Tour for a season.
Previously, Callaway named Bender Regional Club Fitter of the year three times and National Club Fitter of the year twice.
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