INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Charlie Kent, director of golf at the Incline Village Championship and Mountain courses, recently was named the PGA of Northern California's Merchandiser of the Year for golf resorts.The annual awards are handed out to PGA professionals and industry leaders who have excelled in the game and business of golf. The course earned the award, in part, for the placement of signage around the course that provides golf tips such as how to navigate bunkers, and avoid trees on the courses' tightly lined fairways.Kent joined the Incline Village General Improvement District in 2011 after seven years as Director of Golf at the May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. While at May River, the course was ranked as the No. 2 "Golf Community in the U.S." by Travel + Leisure Golf and as the No. 4 "Top Golf Resort in the Southern United" States by Cond Nast Traveler.Under Kent's leadership, May River's golf shops were recognized four times among the "Top 100 Shops," something he hopes to bring to the Incline Village courses in the coming years."The Golf Courses at Incline Village are truly top notch and I look forward to continuing to enhance the array of amenities available to players," Kent said. "Lake Tahoe is known around the world for its recreational offerings, and it is my goal to put the Incline Village courses at the top of that list."The top merchandiser award places Kent and the Golf Courses at Incline Village alongside eminent resorts such as the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, the largest and most popular golf resort in Tucson, Ariz.; and Indian Wells, home of the LG Skins Game and the only 36-hole facility in California, with both courses ranked in the Top 20 "Best Courses You Can Play" in California by Golf Week magazine.Other winning merchandiser clubs include the Bel-Air Country Club, the Desert Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the 80-year-old La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif. Awards are given out for the Northern California, Southern California and Southwest regions of the United States. Northern Nevada is included in the Northern California category.The Championship Course was named among the top 10 best golf courses in the state by both Golfweek and Golf Digest in 2012.The 2013 golf season at the courses at Incline Village is anticipated to begin in late May, weather permitting. For information about the Golf Courses at Incline Village, visit www.GolfIncline.com or call 775-832-1100.