RECENT NEWS

PGA Championship Team Seeking Merchandise Interns
The PGA Champ Team is still seeking PGA Championship Merchandise Interns for the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park! The position begins April 19th, 2019 and finishes May 24th, 2018. Please click here for more information on the position.

 

Big Turnout for Fall Meeting, Section Awards, and Celebration - Two New Directors Elected, Award Recipients Honored 

Peter Cowan and Family with Morell Studios Quarter Century Milestone Award

A huge collection of professionals and guests were on hand at the Met PGA’s 2018 Fall Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Fall Celebration.  The Met PGA conducted business, elected new officers, and directors.  The slate that includes newcomers Jack Druga Shaun Powers, and Alex Smith was elected to serve the 2018-19.  The officers elected were Carl Alexander (President), Theron Harvey (Secretary), Stuart Waack (Treasurer), James Ondo and Chris Kenney (Vice-Presidents).  The balance of the Board includes: Bill Bresnan, Andrew Gruss, Rich Jones, Jim Lusk, Peter Procops, Gary Murphy and David Young.  Elected to the Nominating Committee were Mike Diffley, Joe Felder, Dave Fusco, Paul Glut, Heath Wassem, Greg Hurd, and Jim Smoot. We also heard from our District Director Tom Henderson with an overview of changes happening at the National level and a preview of the upcoming PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

Special Award Winners

Thank you to Morell Studios for our Milestone Program. Because of the crew at Morell Studios, our Professionals are recognized for these membership achievements! Thank you to Evolve Golf for our parting gifts! One big thank you to all of our partners who joined us at the meeting! It was that much more special having you there to celebrate with us.

 

Met PGA Roundtables Schedule - Register Now!
The Met PGA Roundtables are our annual opportunity to share ideas, successes and issues from the past season.  This chance to learn from one another is extremely important and our collective success is fully dependent on participation.  The tentative site schedule is below.  Professionals should register for the most convenient site and depending on registration numbers, we will attempt to group people by facility type.

Long Island Public Course Roundtable
Pine Ridge GC – November 12th – 10am-1pm
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West/CT/Upstate Public Course Roundtable 
Griff Harris GC – November 13th – 10am-1pm
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Westchester Private Club Roundtable
Apawamis Club – November 14th 9am-12pm
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Long Island East Private Club Roundtable
Quogue Field Club – November 15th – 9am-12pm
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Long Island West Private Club Roundtable
Woodside Club – November 15th -10am-1pm
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Connecticut Private Club Roundtable
Greenwich CC – November 15th 9am-12pm
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As in years past we will collect data on fee structures which we should then compile and create a database.  The overall focus will be on "Best Practices / Idea-Sharing" and we want to encourage not only attendance but participation.  Attendees should come prepared to discuss the following: Women's and Junior instruction/program ideas that are increasing participation and/or introducing new players to the game, retention of senior members, biggest successes you have had at your facility, what are your biggest concerns/challenges moving forward, "Outside of the Box" thinking - what have you tried?
Met PGA Winter Education Series – Schedule Taking Shape
The Met PGA Winter Education Series has grown considerably over the past several seasons thanks to our talented presenters, host facilities, and hardworking education committee.  This winter will be no exception, as the schedule is taking shape and should be released in late November or early December.  Please keep these valuable, no cost opportunities in mind as you outline your winter self-improvement program.

 


Assistants Board Re-Elected at Burning Tree Fall Meeting
The Assistants at their recent Fall Meeting closed out business for the 2018 year with the announcement of Alex Smith as our Assistant of the Year Award recipient.  The award was presented with the rest of the Met PGA Special Awards, but Alex was also recognized by the Assistant’s Association at their meeting.  Another annual highlight is the presentation of the Gil McNally (most improved player) Award, this year to Parker Brandt of The Creek.  Peter Ballo, one of the assistants representing the Section at the National Car Rental PGA Assistants Championship was announced as the winner of the Stroke Average honors.  Finally, the following officers were elected to lead association in 2018: President-Alex Smith of Garden City GC GC; 1st VP-Frankie Martinez of Patterson; 2nd VP-John Schmoll of Burning Tree, Treasurer-Tyler Lower of Burning Tree , and Secretary John DiPilato of Old Oaks. 

 

2019, 2020, and 2021 Event Scheduling is Underway—2019 Will Look Different
Thanks to the many professionals who have already contacted the Met PGA Office with offers to host an upcoming event on our Section, Assistants and/or Junior Tour schedules.  Now is the time to let us know if you can help out as the Tournament Committee will be trying to get as much scheduled for next year by the end of this month.  We are especially thankful to those who continue to support the 100+ events on our Junior Tour.  Click here for a Junior Tour request form. 

*The 2019 event calendar will look different because of the movement of the PGA Championship and the PGA Professional National Championship.  We will post a tentative schedule before Thanksgiving so you can plan accordingly.
 

Annoucements & Reminders

Please Return Your 2018 Met PGA Compensation Survey and Get MSR Credit
Our head professional compensation survey is available (click here) and is also linked on our web site.  Please note that PGA Members who return the survey get 1 MSR credit but more importantly, that information is critical to assisting our professionals and their clubs with accurate and meaningful information during negotiations. 

The results of our Assistants Survey for 2018 will be available soon.  If you did not fill out the survey click here. Please respond as soon as possible.
 

Quarter Century Club-Morrell Studios Milestone
Congratulations to Judy Alvarez (Sunken Meadow), and Chris Carter (Engineers) on attaining 25 years of membership and service to the PGA of America.  We extend Judy and Chris our best wishes and congratulations on this record of tenure and Quarter Century membership and look forward to presenting their Morrell Studios Milestone Awards in the spring.
 
Newly Elected Members
We welcome the newest additions to our membership roster.  Maximillian Bosco is an A-8 with Andrew Kegarise at Hay Harbor Club.  Jerzy Chylkowski is an A-8 with Rod Loesch at Connecticut Golf Club.  Ryan Ehrhart is an A-8 with John Elwood at Nissequogue Golf Club.  Congratulations to these individuals on achieving membership!
First Tee Accepting Donations
Katie Rudolph, (kbrenny@gmail.com) COO of the First Tee of Metropolitan NY has asked for our help in sourcing all types of golf equipment. If you have items that you plan to discard, please think of the First Tee before doing so.  Please Click here for the letter from Katie.
Bermuda Goodwill Remains a Great Tournament Opportunity
The 66th annual Bermuda Goodwill Tournament is the longest running Pro Am in golf!  The event, December 2-5, is played at Tucker’s Point, Port Royal, and Mid Ocean and offers a$25,000 professional purse.  Click here for more

PGA Notes

  • As tournament season begins to wind down in most parts of the country, the PGA of America is gearing up for our 2018 PGA Tournament Series events at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.  Registration is now open for the 2018 PGA Tournament Series presented by GolfAdvisor.com and Primesport.  The PGA Tournament Series will have $11,500.00 sponsor dollars added to each event.  These 2-day events, open to PGA Members and Apprentices, are a great way for players to compete against other PGA Professionals, take home a piece of the $37,500 purse and possibly accumulate national player of the year points in the process. 
     
  • Dates for Winter Activities are as follows:
    Wednesday & Thursday January 9-10   Quarter Century Championship
    Sunday-Tuesday January 13-15              Senior Stroke Play Championship
    Monday-Thursday January 28-31           Senior-Junior Team Championship
    Sunday-Tuesday February 3-5                Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship
    Sunday-Tuesday February 10-12            Women's Stroke Play Championship
    Sunday-Tuesday February 10-12            Stroke Play Championship

     
  • The 2017 PGA PAK mailing is being planned for mailing in early November.  The PAK will include the 2019 PING appointment calendar
 
The 2019 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit presented by OMEGA will be January 20-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.The Summit carries a total of 16 PGA Education Required credits.
 
Anyone interested should also consider applying for the Met PGA Joe Moresco Grant HERE
 
  • PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program application will be available on Friday November 16th on PGA.org.  Please visit the web site for the criteria to apply and the required supporting documents. The deadline to submit an application is March 4th
Employment Update
The Greens at Half Hollow has advised us that Shawn Baker will not be returning for the 2019 season, and they are searching for a Head Golf Professional.  To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to thegreensgm@aol.com. Please contact Jeff Voorheis for more info.

We would like to send out a special congratulations to Mike Sweeney on his new position as Director of Golf at The Bridge Golf Foundation. The Bridge Golf Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to use the game of golf to improve life outcomes for young men of color. The Center provides fee-based services for golfers of all skill levels and ages in a state-of-the-art indoor facility in Harlem. As a part of our mission to create greater opportunities and exposure for our young men and their families, we are committed to making the sport more accessible and affordable for all people. To learn more about The Bridge Golf Foundation, Click here
 
Also, please remember to visit our “Employment Listing” section, linked on the web site as it is updated in real time, as new staff opportunities are presented to us. 
For Sale
Tom Lupinacci is offering a $17,500 Commission to any PGA Professional who might find him a client for his Antique Golf Collection. Please review Tom’s Website Timelessgolfantiques.com.Tom also has used High quality Golf Balls for re-sale —AND hit away balls at .15ea.There is free delivery in Long Island or Westchester for orders of 3000 balls or more! Tom is looking to purchaseused Yellow Range balls and white striped Range Balls (they can say Practice)

Tom is also representing a client who is selling a very famous original oil Painting "The Drive" by Charles Edmund Brock painted in 1894. Asking price is $125,000.00 It is offered the Clubs or a member. Tom can be reached at 904-233-1023

 

 

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