Youth Player Development Award: Tom Mason, PGA

Par Tee Golf Center

Tom Mason, Head Professional at Par Tee Golf Center in Columbia, SC and Head Golf Coach of Columbia College, receives the Youth Player Development Award for being a leader in junior golf and reflecting the qualities and ideals of those who work with our nation’s youth. Tom has worked with juniors at the Par Tee Golf Center through PGA Jr. League and hosting Drive Chip and Putt qualifiers. He also hosts an Annual Youth and Family Golf Summit and gives numerous individual lessons and group clinics. Tom has been a PGA Jr. League Captain since 2013 and has brought a team to the Southeast Regional finals every year since he started. Tom’s 2015 team was the first in the Carolinas Section to advance to the National Finals which was held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida that year. He now has his own league and oversees four teams. Tom was part of the CBS Special “Golf’s Best Stories End in Thanks” which highlighted Tom and one of his students, PGA Junior League player, Jalen Castle. The show tells Jalen’s story of surviving a complicated spinal surgery and recovering to play golf at a very high level. Jalen acknowledged Tom in the “Thanks PGA Pro” campaign which helped bring her story to national attention. Tom has served as the President (2007-2015), Vice President (2005-2006), and Tournament Chairman (2001-2004) of the South Carolina Chapter of the CPGA. He is currently serving as the Area II Director for the CPGA, as Chairman of the CPGA’s Youth Player Development Committee, and is a member of the CPGA’s Employment Committee. His dedication to his facility and beyond earned him the 2012 CPGA Horton Smith Award, the 2011 South Carolina Golf Course Owner’s Association-Employee of the Year Award, and the 2005 Columbia City Golf Tournament-Service to Golf Award. Tom Mason has been a CPGA Member since 1996.