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Audubon's head golf professional wins merchandising award

Justin DeFont named 'Merchandiser of the Year' by South Florida PGA's Southwest Chapter

Naples, Fla. (November 7, 2019) – Audubon Country Club Head Golf Professional Justin DeFont was recently named “Merchandiser of the Year” by the Southwest Chapter of the South Florida PGA. 2019 award winners were recognized at the chapter’s fall meeting held in early October in Naples, Fla.


The Southwest Chapter of the South Florida PGA “Merchandiser of the Year” is awarded to the PGA Professional who has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. The Chapter honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities.

“I'm honored to be recognized by the Southwest Chapter of the South Florida PGA, but it’s a total team effort at Audubon Country Club,” said DeFont. “I’m blessed to work with an incredible team here.”

DeFont has been the head golf professional at Audubon Country Club in Naples since 2016.

Audubon Country Club is a well-established, private, low-density golf community with natural preserve areas along all 18 holes. Audubon offers an array of amenities and an extensive social calendar for an active, healthy, and social lifestyle. The club is in the final stages of a $7 million renovation and expansion project of the club’s Courtside Café building. The former single-story building is being replaced with a new two-story, 19,000 square-foot Lifestyle Center with tennis and fitness operations and a new casual indoor/outdoor dining area. Construction crews are working on the new member amenity, with completion slated for early 2020. The project will both modernize and expand the club’s fitness offerings, while also providing members with a breathtaking new dining experience.

Audubon Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. For more information on Audubon Country Club, please call 239-592-4000 or visit

About Audubon Country Club
Audubon Country Club is a private, gated golf community in Naples, Florida located only minutes away from the white sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Club community has 410 homes spread over 755 acres, of which 59 percent of which is dedicated to natural preserves. Audubon is one of 800 communities in the entire world that have the honor of being a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 465 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. 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 more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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