For the next few months we will be making changes, and updating this newsletter in attempt to create an online page in which we are able to update daily if needed. At the end of the day, our goal is for the newsletter to be somewhere our members come for updates they may have missed in the weekly e-Updates!

 

MAY UPDATES


Updates

Association Unification Meeting Among Met PGA, Met CMA, and Met GCSA

Members of the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendent Association, Metropolitan Section PGA and Metropolitan Club Managers Association met in March to discuss various issues confronting the golf industry and how they might work, together in unison, to address these and future matters. Topics ranged from current proposed tax legislation, environmental protection, charitable fundraising and growing participation in the game of golf. To provide the groundwork for an improved network of interaction and communication between the associations, the group will establish a committee. This committee will meet on a regular basis and be made up of the Executive Director from each organization and at least one member from each association. By strengthening the relationships across these associations, they are hopeful that the committee will help unify them at a greater level by leveraging both information and resource sharing to support common industry interests and goals. Click to Read More
 

Metropolitan Section PGA Works Fellowship

The Metropolitan Section PGA Foundation with the support of PGA REACH is excited to announce that we will be hiring a PGA WORKS Fellow in 2018. The Fellowship is a one-year commitment and aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to garner experience in all facets of the golf industry. The primary focus of this position will be to assist the Metropolitan PGA Section Foundation in executing PGA REACH programs in the Youth, Military and Diversity & Inclusion pillars as well as supporting our efforts at the 2019 PGA Championship. Please click here to send any interested candidates the information. Deadline for resumes is May 15th.

Head Professionals – Met PGA Club Association Mailing is Coming Soon

In early May we will be sending out an important mailing for our Head Professionals. This will be a renewal or membership application form for our Met PGA Club Association. This $375.00 fee funded by our area clubs and courses contributes to many of the key activities we take great pride in. The Club Association funds help support our Educational Programs, our Employment & Club Relations initiatives, our many Communications vehicles as well as our growth of the game priorities. Each year we have been fortunate to have between 120 and 150 clubs and courses join our Met PGA Club Association. Our thanks to our head professionals who promote the Met PGA Club Association with their GM, President, and/or facility leaders.

Met PGA HOPE Instructors Needed!

The Met PGA HOPE class schedule is below. We are very excited for the beginning of training sessions, but we are in need of instructors. Please sign up below.

Also, if your course would be interested in hosting a PGA HOPE Play Day at your course or offering discounts/access to our veterans this season please email Kelli Clayton
(kclayton@pgahq.com) for more information.

Bronx:             Mosholu GC    SIGN UP TO TEACH                
Tuesdays:        May 8, 15, 22, June 12, 19
Time:               9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Graduation:     July 5th at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

 
West Point:    West Point GC – SIGN UP TO TEACH
Wednesdays:  May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 27
Time:               3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Graduation:     July 5th at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point
 
Long Island:    Crab Meadow GC - SIGN UP TO TEACH        
Thursdays:      May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 21
                        Time:               3PM-5PM
Graduation:     July 5th at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

PGA HOPE Connecticut Fundraiser

A fundraising event will be held Saturday, June 2nd, from 6 PM - 10 PM at the Piedmont Club in Darien, CT to benefit Met PGA HOPE. Any professional or professional's members interested in attending the event can click here for more information!

Tournaments

TaylorMade/Adidas Pro-Assistants Championships-- NEW LI PRO ASSISTANT DATE

The Long Island Pro Assistant Championship has been rescheduled for Monday, May 21st at Nissequogue Golf Club.
Please contact Dan Kiley to add, remove, or replace players on your team, to withdraw your team completely, or to reconfirm your time preference (AM/PM). Anyone who was not originally registered but is now available to play may register online.

Please remember to recommit for the Westchester Pro Assistant Championship, rescheduled for Monday, May 14th at Westchester Hills Golf Club. Originally registered players are asked to contact Dan Kiley: to add, remove, or replace players on your team, to withdraw your team completely, or to reconfirm your time preference (AM/PM). Anyone who was not originally registered but is now available to play may register online.

 

Lincoln Pro Am at Montauk Downs State Park Rescheduled

The Lincoln Pro Am at Montauk Downs State Park has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24th. Registration remains open online. Click here

New Race for the Lease Starts in May with 2018 Lincoln Pro-Am Series

It is always exciting to wipe the slate clean for fresh start. This is the case for the 2018 Lincoln Pro Am Series. While Bill Bresnan of Colonial Springs is enjoying his two year Lincoln lease as the professional for year two of the second iteration of this program and the opportunity to award a Lincoln vehicle to another Met PGA member at the end of this season. The Race for the Lease is a participation-based point system, where a PGA Professional from the club with the highest level of Pro-Am participation will earn a two-year lease on a Lincoln. Check the web site for the Pro-Am Series schedule and encourage your members to get away and play. In addition to the Lincoln Motor Company, we are so appreciative of the continued support of Presenting Sponsors: Empire City Casino, MasterCard and Anheuser-Busch, and Mohegan Sun. Additionally, Pro-Am winners will again be invited into the Tournament of Champions at Mohegan Sun in October where we battle with our counterparts from the New England PGA. Click to Read More
 

May 29th & 30th are Dates for the POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro Championship Presented by Club Car at Garden City Country Club

The 2018 POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro Championship presented by Club Car promises to be another outstanding event. Polo’s involvement as title sponsor will help showcase our head professionals at a great event as well as providing product to all the competitors. We also appreciate the continued involvement from our great friends at Club Car.

This year’s tournament will offer a significant bonus pool for professionals who: are current Ralph Lauren accounts, open a new account, have a tournament order scheduled for 2018, or have a sales meeting scheduled for 2018. Another change will be the playing of the Regular and Senior Divisions from the same tees. This will allow players over 50 years of age to compete in both events if they elect to do so. Finally, we will be offering a Life Member Championship on day one. Anyone classified as a Life Member is eligible to play in this one-day event that includes lunch and a special gift from Polo Golf. Click to Read More
 

Lenox Advisors / National Financial Partners New York State Open Returns to Bethpage Black

Our 2018 New York State Open Championship on July 17th-19th at Bethpage Black sponsored by National Financial Partners (NFP) and Lenox Advisors is open for registration. Click here for more information!

Met PGA Travel Pro Am Returns to Streamsong on Nov. 4th-7th

We are excited to return to Streamsong Resort for our annual Met PGA Travel Pro-Am.  Our last trip to Steamsong was a huge success and we are excited to return.  In addition to the Red and Blue Courses designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, and Tom Doak respectively, we will have our first chance to experience Streamsong Black, designed by Gil Hanse.  The event includes a practice round on the Black, and three tournament rounds on Red, Blue, and Black.  Please check with Dan Kiley if you have questions or for a link to share with your amateurs to submit payment. At minimum, a $1000 deposit per amateur is required to reserve your spot.

Met PGA Pro-President a Section Wide Event at Meadow Brook

The Met PGA will offer one Pro-President in 2018, to include all section clubs. The event, hosted by Meadow Brook on Thursday June 14th, will offer morning and afternoon shotgun starts for professionals with their club president or other club official. The plan is to accommodate requests for start time as entries are received so sign up early to ensure you get your preference.  Professionals are reminded that our association’s relationship with your club is the critical component of the day.  Whether your partner is the current club president is far less important.

US Senior Women’s Open Championship

Applications are now available at champs.usga.org for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship.  The inaugural Championship will be conducted at the Chicago Golf Club on July 12-15.  The application and informational PDF, available at the above link, include the eligibility criteria, exemption categories and qualifying sites. All players, including those exempt, must complete an entry application no later than Wednesday, May 23rd at 5pm EDT.

83rd Woodstock Open

The Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open is believed to be the longest running golf tournament for both professionals as well as top amateurs, held on the same course in the United States. This renowned golf tournament has been attracting golf professionals and top amateurs from Maine to Florida since 1932.  This year’s event will be played on Monday July 30th.  Boasting a first prize in the Regular Division of $3000 and a total minimum purse of $10,000, the event is open to PGA Class A Head and/or Assistant Golf Professionals.  Click here for more

Assistants Updates

Assistant's Spring Meeting

The opening meeting and tournament for our Assistants Association was hosted by the Hamlet Club on Monday, April 9th. The meeting was run by the Assistants Officers: President Alex Smith (Garden City Golf Club), 1st Vice President Frankie Martinez (Patterson Club), 2nd Vice President John Schmoll (Burning Tree). Because of some employment changes, elections were required to fill the final two vacancies. Tyler Lower (Burning Tree) was elected as Treasurer and John DiPilato (Old Oaks) was chosen as the new Secretary. In the tournament action, the stableford scoring format put a premium on birdies and eagles, JD Guiney of Piping Rock blitzed the field, amassing eight points more than runners up, Rich Kelly, Pete Ballo, and Scott Ford.

Upcoming Assistant’s Tour events

May 7th at Patriot Hills, May 21st at Sunningdale, May 29th at Westchester Hills, and June 4th at Waccabuc. Please visit met.pga.com to enter.

William A Mitchell Scholarship

All Assistant’s and Head Pros are reminded that the William A Mitchell Scholarship is available to help PGA Associates offset the costs of attending their level one, two, or three coursework. Because the Annual Mitch Pro Am is early this season, the deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 1st. Click here

Reminders

Met PGA Yankees Night! Save the Date -- July 27th!

Annoucements

The 67th Annual MGWA National Awards Dinner at Westchester Marriott on June 18th – Padraig Harrington to Receive MGWA Gold Tee Award

The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association will be hosting their 67th National Awards Dinner on Monday, June 18th at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. Three time major championship winner Padraig Harrington will receive the MGWA's highest honor—the Gold Tee Award. Other award recipients will include: Justin Thomas’ family and Morgan Hoffmann. For tickets or additional information, please contact Robin Sauerhaft at (914) 347-4653 or rsauerhaft@mgagolf.org.

Lisi Promoted to Head Professional

Confer Golf Management has announced the promotion of Kevin Lisi to the Head Professional position at Bergen Point Golf Club.  Congrats and best of luck to Kevin in his new position.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Jamie and Jennifer Kilmer of the birth of Emerson Thomas.  Emerson was born at 9:30 am on April 16th, weighing 8 lbs. 4 oz. and measuring 21 inches long.  Emerson’s big brothers Luke and Liam are five and two.

Stafford Becomes PAT Examiner

Congratulations to LaTourette’s Tim Stafford on becoming a Playing Ability Test Examiner and his dedication to this critical aspect of the path to PGA membership.

For Sale

Kevin Sprecher is selling the following device: Smart 2 Move 1D dual force plates - $4500/obo. The Smart2Move Force Plates app has been developed for iPad, intuitive, easy to use with understandable data.  Please contact Kevin via email kdsprecher@gmail.com

Matthew Cooke and Iain Highfield Coming to Philadelphia PGA

The Philadelphia PGA has invited Met Section professionals to their event with Matthew Cooke and Iain Highfield on Wednesday May 30th.  Please see the links below for information
https://youtu.be/TtvOM4qmtEk
https://phpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/phpga18/event/phpga1895/index.htm

USGA to Hold Junior Golf Day at Shinnecock Hills

With the 2018 U.S. Open is coming to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton in June and the USGA’s ongoing commitment to introduce youth to the game and their national championships, they are holding a day of fun and engaging Junior Day activities on Wednesday, June 13, at Shinnecock Hills. Click here for more
 

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