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Southern California 2021 Golf Professional of the Year

Michael Holyk (left) accepts 2021 GPOTY from Chapter President Alex Witt (Credit Colin Tucker.DesertChapterPGA)

Michael Holyk the PGA head golf professional at Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta, California, was recently named 2021 Golf Professional of the Year by the Southern California PGA Section’s Desert Chapter.  He accepted the award on November 29 at the Desert Chapter’s awards banquet at Classic Club in Palm Desert, California. 

Mountain View’s 1st Assistant Golf Professional Richie Valenzuela also was named Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.

Marco Sotomayor general manager at Moutain View Country Club
Marco Sotomayor general manager at Moutain View Country Club

“This award means everything to me,” said Holyk.  “It is very important to be able to represent my fellow PGA professionals in this atmosphere and to be recognized by them.  We have incredible support at Mountain View.  We have fantastic members, a great staff, great leadership from the board, and the general manager, Marco Sotomayor.  Richie Valenzuela, the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, has been fantastic to work with.”

The Golf Professional of the Year award is designed to recognize a Desert Chapter golf professional who has demonstrated overall performance as a golf professional, leadership, service, and promotion of the game of golf.  Overall performance at his facility, level of service to the PGA Section and to the Association, and image as a golf professional is some criteria considered for this award.

The Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award distinguishes the overall performance as a golf professional, leadership, service, and promotion of the game of golf. This nominee reflects the qualities and image that promote the PGA Professional to his members and facility.

The Desert Chapter of the PGA, one of five chapters within the Southern California PGA section, has 332 members.

Holyk joined Mountain View in 2011.  In 2019, the Desert Chapter PGA Section recognized Valenzuela with its “PGA Assistant Professional of the year” award.

About Mountain View Country Club

Mountain View Country Club opened its championship Arnold Palmer Signature designed the 18-hole course in 2005.  The private, special member-owned community offers a tranquil lifestyle with golf as the centerpiece.  Additional recreational facilities include a state-of-the-art racquet complex for both tennis and pickleball and a swimming and wellness/workout center.  A new social area behind the clubhouse was also created as a space where members can relax, practice chipping and putting, play tennis, and even try their hand at a game of Bocce on the two well-lit courts.  For more information about Mountain View Country Club, please visit the club’s website

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