Reynolds Lake Oconee’s Caroline Basarab Named Georgia PGA Section Golf Merchandiser Of The Year

GREENSBORO, Ga. (Jan. 5, 2021) — Caroline Basarab, director of retail for Reynolds Lake Oconee, has been named Merchandiser of the Year in the resort category by the Georgia PGA.

Since 1978 The PGA of America has been recognizing those PGA Professionals who have excelled as businesspeople/merchandisers in the promotion of golf.  The Georgia PGA honors professionals in three categories: public, private and resort.

Basarab has been with Reynolds Lake Oconee since 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the retail operation in all of Reynolds Lake Oconee’s golf shops, golf distribution center, and special events.  She also assists with the professional development of all retail staff members. Outside of her 2020 accomplishment, Basarab and team have earned the Platinum Award the past five years, two of those years also being named Best of the Best.    

Prior to joining Reynolds, Basarab led the retail operations at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.  While at Sea Pines in 2009, she earned the top honors from the PGA of America when she was recognized as National Resort Merchandiser of the Year, deeming her as the first female to win this award.

Reynolds Lake Oconee is considered one of the most diverse golf experiences in the southeast with courses designed by legendary architects: the recently renovated Great Waters by Jack Nicklaus, The National by Tom Fazio, The Oconee by Rees Jones, The Landing and The Preserve by Bob Cupp, as well as the members-only Creek Club by Jim Engh.

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