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Gulf States PGA Section honors Basel

Birmingham, Ala. (September 27, 2017) – Tim Basel, head golf professional at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., has been named the Gulf States PGA “Professional of the Year” for 2017. Basel will be accepting the award at the Gulf States PGA Awards Ceremony on December 10th at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss. 

The Gulf States PGA section is comprised of Mississippi and Louisiana.  The Gulf States PGA “Professional of the Year” honor is awarded to a PGA member for overall performance as a golf professional at his/her facility, level of service to the Section and Association, leadership ability, image and the ability to inspire fellow professionals, and the promotion of golf.



“Tim was nominated and selected by his peers for this award,” said Casey Smith, general manager, Reunion Golf & Country Club. “We could not be more proud of Tim for winning this well-deserved award.  His tireless dedication and service to the game of golf and our members and guests at Reunion Golf & Country Club is much appreciated. We are fortunate to have Tim as our head golf professional. 

Basel is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program in 1998 and has been a member of the PGA since 2000. He has been a Gulf States PGA board member since 2014 and served as president of the Gulf States PGA Mississippi Chapter in 2016/2017. Throughout his 19-plus year career in the golf industry, Basel has received numerous PGA Section and Chapter awards, including: 

  • 2003 GSPGA Assistant of the Year
  • 2008 GSPGA MS Chapter Assistant of the Year
  • 2010 GSPGA MS Chapter Assistant of the Year
  • 2015 GSPGA MS Chapter Golf Professional of the Year
  • 2016 GSPGA MS Chapter Golf Professional of the Year

Reunion Golf & Country Club is professionally managed by Honours Golf, the premier golf management company in the Southeastern United States and subsidiary of Troon. 
“Congratulations to Tim on being awarded the ‘Golf Professional of the Year’ by the Gulf States Section of the PGA,” said Bob Barrett, chief executive officer, Honours Golf. “This is an outstanding achievement and well deserved. All of us at Honours Golf are extremely proud and thank Tim for his dedication in leading the golf operations at Reunion.”

About The Gulf States PGA Section

The Gulf States Section, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well-being of golf professionals.

About Honours Golf

Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Honours Golf was founded on a vision to provide award-winning golf courses with unparalleled course conditions, hire dedicated team members who share a passion for golf, and deliver impeccable personalized service. As a result, Honours Golf has grown to become the Southeast’s leading golf course development and management company.  In 2014, Honours was acquired by Troon and operates as a subsidiary of the global brand.  Honours currently operates 18 award-winning daily fee, resort and private club facilities including Cider Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, MS; the King & Bear at World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla.; Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss.; Craft Farms Golf Resort and Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.  The company has plans to grow the Honours Golf brand through third-party management.  For more information visit

About Troon 

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also 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 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit

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