John Grothe, the head golf professional at Canby’s Willamette Valley Country Club, has been named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year for the Pacific Northwest chapter, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and western Montana.
The highest honor a Pacific Northwest PGA golf professional can receive, Grothe was recognized for his overall performance at his facility, level of service to the PGA, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promotion of golf, according to a press release from the country club.
“Grothe has built his extensive knowledge and skill of the golf industry from his valuable time at various resorts and clubs, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and The Oregon Golf Association,” the release said. “His work ethic and passion for player development and the PGA are on full display.”
His club says he has created a welcoming and inclusive environment for golfers of all skill levels to come out and enjoy the game, and notes that his jovial nature and commitment to his craft has made him an integral part of the local golfing community.
Grothe became a PGA member in 2001 and is always looking for unique ways to build upon his knowledge of the golf industry. He has excelled as an instructor, coach, and merchandiser earning a reputation as being one of the best.
He is a resident of West Linn and has two children, Lauren and Colton.
As a member of the Pacific Northwest PGA, Grothe is a member of the Board of Directors at the section level and also president of the Oregon Chapter PGA.
Grothe has received several other awards including being named Junior Golf Leader of the Year in 2005, Merchandiser of the Year in 2007 and the Player Development Award in 2015.