th, 2016, Green Bay, Wis.) Lucas Hana, director of instruction at Green Bay Country Club, was recently awarded the Player Development Award by the Wisconsin Section, Professional Golf Association (WPGA).
The professional organization announced the 2016 WPGA Special Award winners at a reception on February 29th at Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin. Annually, the WPGA gives out 10 awards in different categories to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Wisconsin PGA Professionals on and off the course.
Lucas Hana is the recipient of the 11th WPGA Player Development Award. The award marks the fourth time that Hana has been recognized by the Wisconsin PGA. His other honors include the Assistant Professional of the Year in 2005, Junior Leader in 2008 and Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Hana has been on staff at Green Bay Country Club for the past 15 years and is currently their director of instruction. Elected to PGA membership in 2002, he is a graduate of the New Mexico State University’s Professional Golf Management Program. During his tenure at Green Bay Country Club he also was able to dedicate time to being the UW-Green Bay women’s golf coach from 2007-2014.
Hana commented that he is proud of the programs he has helped to plan and grow at Green Bay Country Club. He has worked with members of all ages – they affectionately refer to him as “Dr. Swing.” He has developed programs for the ladies membership, instituting programs such as weekly clinics, the Green Bay Packer wives clinic and free lessons for moms on Mother’s Day weekend.
Although his work with the adult members at Green Bay Country Club is very impressive, Hana said it is the junior golf program that he takes the most enjoyment from. The junior program, the Green Bay Country Club Golf Academy for Kids, includes 90 different junior golf classes throughout the summer. The program offers some sort of offering five days a week. Hana was honored for his work with kids in 2011 when he was named a US Kids Top 50 instructor.
The highlight of his 2016 season with the juniors was his work with their PGA Junior League program. He coordinated the club team to the area championship and also was given the opportunity to lead the NE Wisconsin All Star squad.
“I share this award with my students, my facility and everyone who shares my passion for the game and helping others,” Hana said.
About Green Bay Country Club
Green Bay Country Club, established in 1995, is the epitome of what a country club should be: a fun, friendly, comfortable golf and tennis facility where everyone feels special. Our nationally recognized 18-hole course, designed by Dick Nugent, challenges players of every level. It's the kind of course you'll want to play again and again as you strive to master all of its nuances. We offer a full calendar of exclusive events, both on and off the course, creating a congenial atmosphere in which to meet and socialize with fellow club members. Our two full-service clubhouses, with their wide range of amenities, enhance your overall club experience. We are member-owned and operated; all regular members have voting privileges. An elected Board of Directors, composed of members, sets, maintains and enforces our standards of excellence. To learn more, please go to www.greenbaycountryclub.com.