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This award recognizes the outstanding contribution to the parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession at the state, national, or international level. The award is designed to recognize individuals who are not graduates of the NC State Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Recipients must be a practicing professional for at least twenty (20) years.

The department is excited to recognize Will Mann as the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Will Mann has led a distinguished career in the golf industry, including a term as presiwill-mann-3dent of the PGA of America in 1999-2000. He is a graduate of NC State, and early in his career he served as the first golf course superintendent at Myrtle Beach National, where he was responsible for the construction and turf management for the 54-hole golf complex. He moved into the golf operations arena and has been a successful head professional, general manager and golf course owner. He has also been the owner and manager of Quarry Hills Country Club in Swepsonville, N.C. Mann was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 2005.

Mann’s comments at the 2011 PRTM Spring Banquet included helpful advice for students regarding things to do while on campus and as they get ready to enter the workforce. He also noted that even though he had been successful in the workforce, he returned to NC State after 20+ years to finish his degree because it was important. Returning to NC State helped him develop a new, and different, relationship with the University.

The department is excited to recognize Will Mann as the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

See a list of previous winners:

The Lifetime Achievement Award Archive