John Farley came to work for the Met PGA in 1997 as a tournament administrator. He quickly rose to the ranks of Tournament Director where his incredible skills helped modernize and improve the systems that were in place for arguably the strongest playing tournament Section in the country. John did not just administer the program, he was one of the top Rules Officials in the area and his personal concern and commitment to the players was legendary. John died suddenly and unexpectedly in the summer of 2008, but his love and passion for the PGA Professionals and golf now lives on in the Farley Cup Matches.
The competition was initiated in 2010 at Deepdale Golf Club when a number of the top players suggested that a match between the Long Island district and the Westchester/Fairfield/Upstate district would rekindle the old challenge matches the Section had conceived of over 30 years ago while honoring the memory of the beloved Farley. Unfortunately those original matches were discontinued after a very short run due to a lack of financial support. Thanks to the sponsorship of Summit Brands and their Fairway & Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction lines, the Farley Cup Matches enjoyed a rebirth. Now, as we approach its 7th edition, the top players in the Met Section are vying for their spot on the rosters.
The matches are not just about competition between top playing club professionals, it is also a day of fraternal networking between the best of the best. Some of the very best clubs in the country were represented, at one of the finest facilities and golf courses in the Met Section. These players do not just represent the Met PGA through their playing skills, but they are leaders in educational pursuits, governance, junior golf and in helping to make the Metropolitan PGA the best Section in the country.