Perkins Named 2017 Tennessee PGA Professional of the Year
The Tennessee PGA is proud to recognize PGA Professional R. Kedric Perkins Jr. as our 2017 Golf Professional of the Year. Perkins serves at the General Manager/CEO at Jackson Country Club in Jackson, TN and is a member of the West Tennessee Chapter.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Perkins was elected to PGA Membership on February 16, 2001. Over the past 17 years, he has become certified in General Management, Golf Operations, Instruction and Retail. He is currently pursuing his Master Professional status in General Management.
While his achievements in the Certified Professional Program are commendable, it is his dedication to helping and serving other PGA Members and Apprentices that makes Perkins the man he is. The grandson of a KY Golf Hall of Fame Member and PGA Professional, Perkins is proud to carry on his family legacy in representing the PGA. Perkins learned long ago the impact a PGA Professional can make on his facility and on other PGA Members. “I am only a phone call away. Pro’s know when I say call me if you need anything, I mean it. I firmly believe we are here to help each other, and the more often we help the more successful we will all be. Inevitably, whenever I help another PGA Member with their facility I learn something that will help mine.” Perkins contributes this attitude to the mentorship he received in the past, “I was fortunate to have worked for, and been mentored by Scott Sedgwick at Louisville Country Club, who I still consider a mentor and friend. While working for Scott, the most important lesson I learned was my staff is family and it is our job to teach and promote our family.”
It is this selfless attitude, and desire to serve, that inspired Perkins to run for Chapter office in 2017. In his role as Secretary of the West Tennessee Chapter, Perkins also serves as a member of the Education Committee. It is no coincidence that Perkins has excelled in his role, his passion and desire to make everyone else around him better is evident. Perkins has long chased his desires to be a consummate PGA Professional and notes that the support of his wife, Triniti Grimes-Perkins, and his son, Trey Perkins, have been instrumental in his path to success. “My son and wife love to support what I do.” Perkins volunteerism doesn't stop at the Section level, he also volunteers his time as the volunteer assistant coach of both the Boys and Girls USJ Bruins Golf Teams, leading both teams to the High School State Championships in 2017.
The Golf Professional of the Year award is given to a PGA golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, demonstrated a strong moral character, has maintained a substantial record of service to the Association and game of golf, and is well regarded as a model PGA Professional. Congratulations to PGA Professional R. Kedric Perkins Jr. for being the 2017 Tennessee PGA Golf Professional of the Year.