When the PGA was born here in New York in 1916, the founders certainly never dreamed that one day the Association they were forming would grow to include over 28,000 professionals. At the very forefront of the National PGA then and today, is the Metropolitan Section. Though it ranks only 16th out of 41 sections in total number of members, the leadership, innovativeness and quality that has become synonymous with the Metropolitan PGA programs elevate this association to a position of prominence both in the local golf community and among its national counterparts.
Much of the success of the Met PGA is attributed to its location. Not only is New York the corporate and financial capital of the world, but to a great extent it is also the centerpiece of the golf world. St. Andrews, Shinnecock, Tuxedo, and Van Cortlandt Park have all played significant roles in the history of the game. Siwanoy, Engineers, Pelham, Garden City GC, Inwood, Fresh Meadow, Salisbury, National, Winged Foot, Ardsley, Westchester, Nassau, Apawamis, Brooklawn, St. Andrews, Bethpage, and Shinnecock have all hosted major championships of the PGA and USGA. Golf has flourished here in the Metropolitan area, largely because of the willingness and desire of our area clubs and courses to support and maintain the traditions and heritage of the game.
That same concern for the game has manifested in the selection of quality golf professionals from around the country for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is the quality of the working environment at our area clubs and courses. Teaching and promoting golf at one's course level or our First Tee facilities is paramount and that creates the atmosphere most enjoyed by men and women who have dedicated their lives to the game. For the Met PGA Professional, "Growing the Game" is not just a theme, but a professional commitment and challenge.