Hidden Hills Country Club – Jacksonville, Florida
Aug 04, 2015 – Russ Libby, PGA General Manager at Hidden Hills Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, is the recipient of the 2015 Horton Smith Award. The Award recognizes PGA members who exhibit exemplary contributions toward the education of PGA Professionals. Libby has spent 12 of his 23 years as a PGA Professional at Hidden Hills, where he has earned four North Florida PGA (NFPGA) Section Awards, including PGA Professional of the Year (2000), the Bill Strausbaugh Award (2012) and the Horton Smith Award (2014, 2015). He was elected to the NFPGA Hall of Fame in 2011, for his ongoing contributions to the Section. Libby has served for 19 years continuously on the Chapter, Section and National levels of the PGA of America. He has been the chairman of the Mentoring and Education committees of the Northern Chapter of the NFPGA since 2011, and has held all of the governing chairs at the Chapter and Section level. From a national standpoint, Libby has served on the Board of Control (2007-2011) and is in his first year on the PGA Employment Committee. He also has taken past roles on the PGA Special Awards Committee, Golf 2.0 Strategic Team and PGA PerformanceTrak Committee, among others.