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Brian Joyce recently was named Assistant Golf Professional of the Year by the PGA Carolinas Section.

Joyce, an assistant pro at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, said he was honored with the selection.

“There are many outstanding assistant golf professionals in the Carolinas, and to be recognized among this talented group is an unbelievable feeling," Joyce said. "I am fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy what I do each day and to work with so many fantastic people, and this award is a testament to the entire Old Chatham team.”

Officials said Joyce was chosen for the honor for continually demonstrating a high level of excellence at Old Chatham and service to the PGA Carolinas Section, while promoting the game of golf and projecting the image of a golf professional.

The PGA Carolinas Section is the largest of the PGA’s 41 sections and includes more than 2,000 professional members. Covering North and South Carolina, as well as parts of Southern Virginia, the section currently has members employed at more than 725 golf facilities throughout the region. According to the National Golf Federation, the Carolina are home to more than 900 golf courses.

Joyce teaches all aspects of golf to club members and assists in upkeep of the club’s shop. A lifelong golf enthusiast, Joyce became a professional player in 2007 and played in several mini-tours before switching his emphasis to teaching the game. He remains active as a player while working at his present position. In April 2012, he and another Old Chatham assistant golf professional, Brian Stewart, competed and won the top two spots at the Carolinas PGA Class A Member qualifier in Raleigh.

J. Eric Eckard writes about all things golf on his second golfer blog. You also can follow him on Twitter.

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