Chris Thomson, 2020 PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner

Chris Thomson, 2020 PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner

August 3 | 2020

Wilderness Ridge and Kemper Sports are proud to announce that Chris Thomson, a 28-year PGA Professional in the Nebraska Section and Director of Golf at Wilderness Ridge, has received  the 2020 PGA Youth Player Development Award. This national recognition is awarded annually to PGA Professionals who have made extraordinary achievements in youth player development.

Thomson leads daily golf operations and instruction as the director of golf at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, which has been managed by KemperSports since 2013. He serves as a leader on the KemperSports Player Development Committee and is widely known for his extraordinary contributions to growing the game. Thomson’s player development programs are revered in the Lincoln community as Wilderness Ridge is widely considered the best place to go to introduce kids to the game. Thomson has a passion for growing the game across all skill levels and ages and he oversees programs such as Get Golf Ready, junior camps and youth leagues, in addition to serving as a certified U.S. Kids Golf Coach.

“Chris is widely known as a leader in player development. His creative programming and junior strategies have helped shaped our company-wide player development initiatives,” said Steve Skinner. “He is very deserving of this award and we are proud to see that his dedication to growing the game is recognized by his peers at the PGA of America.”

Thomson boasts an impressive track record of growing the game and has received a host of awards throughout his career for his efforts. He has served on the PGA of America National board and has been recognized by the Nebraska PGA Section with several awards, including the 2006 and 2008 Golf Professional of the Year; 2011 and 2018 Youth Player Development Award; 2013 and 2017 Player Development Award; 2017 Bill Strausbaugh Award; 2019 Patriot Award; 2000 and 2009 Merchandiser of the Year Award; and 2002 and 2003 Horton Smith Award.* He was also recognized as a Golf Digest Best Teacher in Nebraska, and was awarded the NCGOA (National Golf Course Owners Association) National Player Development Award.


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