The ultimate “club golf professional,” Bob Watson had it all. He was a fine player, a talented teacher, an enthusiastic mentor, a wonderful communicator and an outstanding leader. Watson served several of the area clubs, including Metropolis, Ardsley, Wykagyl and Westchester Country Club. It was during his tenure at Wykagyl that Watson helped shape the Met Section’s history. He became the President of the Metropolitan PGA in 1970 and served a 3-year term. During that time, the Section established an office, hired full-time staff and started its own Trade Show. Watson was a proponent of the importance of playing and teaching, skills he demonstrated as a winner of the Met Open in 1958, the Westchester Open, the Westchester PGA and the Met PGA Seniors (twice). He also played internationally and claimed victories in both the Panama Open and Colombian Open. Watson was the Metropolitan PGA Professional of the Year in 1970 and was recognized for his educational contributions with the Section’s Horton Smith Award in 1977.

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