Mark Houser, retired golf pro at Warrior’s Path State Park, received the Tennessee PGA’s highest honor at an awards ceremony held Monday in Nashville.

Houser was given the Distinguished Career Award, which recognizes current or former Tennessee PGA Section members who have had an outstanding career, based on service to his or her club, course or employer, service and leadership to the PGA, community service, professional playing record and teaching ability. He spent his entire career at Warrior’s Path before retiring last year.

Houser was one of four PGA professionals from the Tri-Cities Chapter to win awards. Joining him were Johnson City Country Club’s Jeremy Beachner as Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, Cattails at MeadowView’s Pete DeBraal as Merchandiser of the Year-Public and the Olde Farm’s Bruce Bowen as Merchandiser of the Year-Private.

The private merchandiser award was instituted in 1980 and the public award came around in 1981.

Beachner’s award, established in 2005, is the top honor that can be given to an assistant pro in Tennessee. He has since been promoted to head professional at the Johnson City club.