Peterson Pride Award Goes To Matt Pinter

Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University employee Matt Pinter has been selected as the 2011-12 recipient of the Bulldog Athletics Department's annual "Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award" for his numerous contributions to Bulldog Athletics. 

Pinter, who retired last fall after nearly two decades as the coordinator of FSU's nationally-reknown Professional Golf Management (PGM) program, is the 24th recipient of the Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award which is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and unselfish support of Bulldog Athletics. 

The Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award is named in honor of former Ferris State Athletics Director and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Pete Peterson (1964-79). The award, which was founded in the 1981-82 season, was reinstated following the 2002-03 athletics season after a seven-year absence.  Coaches and athletics department staff nominate individuals to be considered which are selected from alumni, community members, university faculty or staff, and fans. A committee from the administration staff of intercollegiate athletics determined the award recipient.

A Master PGA professional, Pinter served as the PGM Coordinator at FSU and the director of FSU's 18-hole Katke Golf Course. During his 18-year tenure, Bulldog Golf reached unparalleled heights including two national runner-up finishes on the women’s side and back-to-back school record performances on the men’s side over the past 12 years.

Pinter, who's well-known and respected in the golf industry, was a progressive leader and helped establish Katke Golf Course as one of the top university facilities in the state.  He was instrumental in the building of the current clubhouse, practice facility and indoor putting green, which allowed FSU to continue to compete with other PGM schools.  He also served as a mentor to hundreds of golf professionals and dozens of former Bulldog golfers. 

"Matt takes great pride in being a Bulldog and takes none of the credit for the amazing accomplishments that occurred during his career," said FSU Men's and Women's Golf Head Coach Mike Mignano.  "He was considered a member of our golf coaching staff because of his direct impact on our program and his knowledge of the golf swing. 

"Matt is a natural leader and a visionary who was always trying to do what was best for the students and student-athletes at Ferris State University," he added.

Ferris State renamed its annual men's golf home invitational as the Matt Pinter Invitational in 2009 and the team also presents an award to a deserving player each season called the Matt Pinter Leadership Award.

A registered Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) Class A Professional, Pinter was involved in the PGA National Education Steering Committee, the PGA Membership Committee/Michigan Section and was a certified PGA of America PAT Administrator during his tenure.  He also was a member of the PGA National Education Committee from 1985-89 and a Golf Professional Training Program Curriculum Development Committee and Faculty Member.  

The FSU PGM program was established in 1975 and is the first of its kind in the nation sanctioned by the prestigious Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). 

"Matt Pinter had a huge impact on our men's and women's golf programs as PGM Coordinator at Ferris State," said Mignano.  "With his leadership, Katke Golf Course, the PGM program, and both golf programs have experienced tremendous improvements in both academic curriculum and athletic facilities.  Matt is a big reason why Ferris State's PGM program has remained the top one in the country."

Pete Peterson Bulldog Pride Award Recipients:
2011-12 - Matt Pinter (PGM Program Coordinator)
2010-11 - Sandy Gholston (Journalist, Bulldog Athletics Blog writer)
2009-10 - Tom Kirinovic (Athletics Director, Associate AD, Assistant AD, Ice Arena Manager, Athletics Business Manager)
2008-09
- Bob Horan III (Local Businessman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Gridron Club, Rebounders Club & Blueline Club Member)
2007-08 - Stanley Gustafson (Statistician, Hockey Season Ticket Holder, Fan)
2006-07 – Mike Wissink (Team Chaplain, Team Building Coordinator)
2005-06 – Paul Quick (Ticket Manager, Business Operations)
2004-05 – Sueann Walz (Local Businesswoman, Financial Supporter, Fan, Blueline Club Member)
2003-04 – Paul Davis (Ticket Manager)
2002-03 – Dick Hawkins (Dean, Blueline Club Member)
1995-96 – Rich Currie (Local Businessman, Bulldog Club Member, Bulldog Football’s “Number One Fan”)
1994-95 – Lyn Hanson (Bus Driver, Fan)
1993-94 – Judd Folske (Baseball Head Coach, Assistant to Athletics Director)
1992-93 – Dean Davenport (Athletics Director, Administrator, Coach)
1991-92 – Rachel Snyder (Associate Professor, National Anthem Singer, Athletic Advisory Committee Member & Chair)
1990-91 – Bill Scheible (Alumni Director, Bulldog Club Member, Athletics Business Manager, Assistant to Athletics Director, Ewigleben Ice Arena Manager)
1989-90 – Tom Cook (CCHA Institutional Representative, Dean of Gerholdz Institute for Lifelong Learning, Administrative Consultant)
1988-89 – Carma Burcham (Assistant Registrar For Athletic Eligibility, Bulldog Club, Blue Line Club, Fastbreak Club)
1987-88 – John Allshouse (Athletics Associates Board Member and President, Fund raising event organizer)
1986-87 – Bob Leach (Alumni Affairs Director, Assistant Vice President For Alumni and Development, Head Football Coach, Development Officer)
1985-86 – Tom Walsh (Dean, Official Timekeeper, Athletic Associates Member)
1984-85 – Bill Buckingham (Public Address Announcer, Associate Vice President For Student Services)
1982-83 – Tim Pendell (Sports Information Director)
1981-82 – Dr. Frederick Birkham (Health Center Director)

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