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Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch head professional honored by North Florida section of the PGA

Lakewood, Fla. (April 17, 2023) – Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch Head Golf Professional Michael Tuohy was recently honored by the North Florida Section of the PGA of America Southwestern Chapter as the 2023 Merchandiser of the Year for public golf courses and with the 2023 Professional Development Award.  The awards were presented to Tuohy at the Section’s annual meeting. The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf, while the Player Development Award recognizes a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

Tuohy has been the Head Professional at Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch in Lakewood, Fla. since February 2020 and has more than 20 years of golf and hospitality industry experience. He is a 10-time North Florida PGA Chapter and Section award winner, including being named Merchandiser of the Year on the Chapter or Sectional level nine times. Tuohy’s PGA awards include: 

  • 2023 Chapter & Section Merchandiser of the Year 
  • 2023 Chapter Professional Development Award
  • 2021 Chapter Merchandiser of the Year
  • 2020 Chapter Merchandiser of the Year
  • 2020 Chapter & Section Merchandiser of the Year
  • 2018 Chapter Merchandiser of the Year
  • 2017 Section Merchandiser of the Year
  • 2016 Chapter Merchandiser of the Year
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Tuohy first started in the golf industry at the age of 16, leading to his career as a golf professional. He became a member of the PGA of America in 2016 and discovered a niche in golf merchandising. Tuohy has a unique talent for finding the next new and exciting product, always staying one-step ahead of the competition. 

“We are thrilled to have Mike as part of the Esplanade family and we are excited to watch him continue to grow in his career,” said Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch General Manager Conrad Tidswell. “Congratulations to Mike for his achievements. We wish him luck as he approaches the PGA National Awards for 2023.”

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Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch is managed by Troon and features an 18-hole Chris Wilczynski-designed golf course that was named one of the “Best New Courses in America” by Golf Digest in 2014. The 7,000-plus-yard, par 72 course offers golfers wide fairways off the tee and the ability to run the ball up on every hole. Flower beds, water features, trees and bunkers help frame each hole. The beautiful Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch community was developed by Taylor Morrison Homes and includes approximately 1,798 acres, 1,000 of which are natural preserves, wetlands and walking trails, as well as over 170 acres of lakes. The gated community features 1,184 residential homes. For more information, visit

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 740-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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