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CNY PGA Special Award Winners Announced

To be honored Dec. 3rd at Drumlins Golf Course Banquet Facility


Winstead named Golf Professional of the Year




Richard Winstead, head professional at Woodcrest Golf Club in Manlius, has been named 2015 Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year.


The highest honor paid to a CNY PGA professional went to Winstead for his overall performance at his facility, level of service to the Section, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promotion of golf.


Winstead, who has been at Woodcrest Golf Club for 23 years, is only the eighth Central New York Section PGA member to win the award multiple times (2000, 2015), joining the likes of Mike Bello, Frank Nastri, Bob Klink, Ron Dunham, Michael Doctor, Joe Tesori and Tony Biata.  After receiving the news Richard stated he felt fortunate and attributed much of the club’s long standing success to its’ owners Joe and Denise Vanderwerken.  “They pride themselves in investing back into the golf course and being an integral part of the community.”  Richard has worked with the Vanderwerken’s to build an atmosphere focused on giving back to families in Manlius and the surrounding areas.  He always leads by example and works tirelessly coordinating member and non-member play, tournaments, leagues and other special events.  He not only oversees the golf operation but banquets and weddings as well.  His work with several charitable organizations including the Salvation Army and Carol Baldwin Foundation has not gone unrecognized.  Richard continuously promotes Woodcrest and the PGA brand. 


Winstead became a PGA member in 1989.  He has spent the last 6 years on the Central New York Section PGA’s Board of Directors.  During this time he has either Chaired or Co-Chaired the Finance, Green Card, Long Range Planning, Membership, Special Awards and Sponsorship Committees.   He is the current Vice-President of the Central New York Section PGA.  Richard is delighted and takes great pleasure in sharing this award with his wife Amy, daughter Emma and all of those at Woodcrest who make up his extended family.  The Central New York Section PGA is excited to announce Richard Winstead as the 2015 Golf Professional of the Year!



Other CNY PGA Special Award winners for 2015, all of whom will be honored Dec. 3rd at Drumlins Golf Course Banquet Facility, are:


Marty Nowicki, Turning Stone Resort                 Teacher of the Year


Stan Gorman, Pompey Club                              Horton Smith Award (Education)


Jon Fowler, Oswego CC                                    Bill Strausbaugh Award (Mentoring)


Steve Nacewicz, Crestwood GC                         Patriot Golf Award


Stan Gorman, Pompey Club                              Player Development Award


Ruth Weydig, Oneida Community GC                 Youth Player Development Award


Miles Blundell, Turning Stone Resort                  Merchandiser of the Year – Resort


Dustin Jones, Deer Run Golf Facility                   Merchandiser of the Year - Public


Martha Wells, CC of Ithaca                                Merchandiser of the Year – Private


Brian Smith, Cavalry Club                                  Assistant Professional of the Year


Gary Chittenden, Antigua                                  Sales Representative of the Year


                             Bradley’s Jewelers Players of the Year


Mark Tucker, Cazenovia CC                                        Section                       

Mark Tucker, Cazenovia CC                                        Senior

Michelle Murphy, Turning Stone Resort                        Assistants

Matthew Maione, Endwell, NY                                      Junior Boys

Serena Woody, Binghamton, NY                                 Junior Girls


2015 PGA of America Hall of Fame

PGA National Resort & Spa Nov. 12th

It is our pleasure to share with you the Class of 2015 that will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame. The inductees include our very own, Central New York PGA section member Michael Doctor along with the likes of Payne Stewart, Lee Trevino, Charlie Sifford, Tommy Bolt, Ray Cutright and George Hannon.  These individuals have impacted the game significantly by contributing to its’ growth and to the PGA of America.  The PGA of America will honor the inductees on Nov. 12, in conjunction with the PGA’s 99th Annual Meeting at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Please see Michael Doctor’s attached press release as we look forward to honoring him. Click Here to view his induction.



Born in Buffalo, New York, and the son of a PGA Professional, Michael Doctor was raised in the northeastern New York community of Plattsburgh and experienced a career calling during his youth. Growing up in a prolific golf family, Doctor knew as early as the fourth grade that he would commit himself to building a career as a PGA Professional. With that commitment and focus, Doctor was elected to PGA membership in 1979. This year marks his 31st season as PGA Head Professional at Skaneateles (New York) Country Club. Doctor’s late father, John, competed in two Canadian Opens, five Senior PGA Championships and eight PGA Professional Championships. Doctor began his golf career while working for his father in the bag room of Bluff Point Country Club in Plattsburgh. Today, Doctor is a PGA Master Professional and was the 2013 PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He was the second member of the Central New York PGA Section to receive the highest annual honor bestowed upon a PGA of America Professional. In 2007, Doctor was the national Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient for his outstanding display of integrity, character and leadership in his commitment towards mentoring others within the Association.  He is also a six-time recipient of the CNY Section Bill Strausbaugh Award. Doctor served two terms on the national PGA Board of Directors, and also was a member of the Northeastern New York PGA Board through 1984. He served two terms as president of the Central New York PGA Section. Doctor was inducted into the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame in 2009, and was the Section’s 1991 and 2012 Golf Professional of the Year. He is also a five-time winner of the PGA Junior Golf Leader Award; a two-time Horton Smith Award recipient for contributions to professional education; and the 1995 Section Teacher of the Year. That same year, he earned his PGA Master Professional status. As a member of the national PGA Board of Directors, Doctor has chaired the national Awards Committee, PGA Employment Committee and the PGA Education Committee, for which he continues to serve. In addition, Doctor has served two terms on the PGA Board of Directors as District 4 Director, and continues a nearly three-decade term on the Central New York PGA Board of Directors.


About the PGA of America Hall of Fame

Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA of America Hall of Fame was relocated in 2005 to the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The PGA Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, careers, service and support have made significant and enduring contributions to the PGA of America in its mission to grow the game of golf. Inductees include PGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals or Ambassadors, who throughout their lives have supported and elevated the image of the PGA Golf Professional, the PGA of America and the game of golf.


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2015 Fall Meeting of the Membership

Skaneateles Country Club


The Annual Fall Meeting of the Membership held on Monday October 19th at Skaneateles Country Club drew 71 PGA members and apprentices.  The section welcomed Marc Simon, PGA Merchandise Show and Jordan Hollenbeck, Teesnap as Supporting Partners for the meeting.  Unfortunately Presenting Partner Pat Carli, PING was unable to be present but we thank him for the continued support. 



Your Section Officers and Executive Director provided valuable information regarding the section’s membership, finances and an update on the progress of the planning sessions.    Attendees were fortunate to hear from the likes of Past Presidents Rocky Kelly, Bill Galloway, Michael Doctor, Joe Tesori, Nick Serafino, Trey Walewski, Steve Aloi and Stan Gorman.



A very special thanks to Michael Packard, PGA Employment Consultant for joining us.  He spoke about leadership and the importance of influence.  He spoke about annual reviews and emphasized reassessing how we administer programs as we deliver services to our customers.



Congratulations to Martha Wells and Jon Fowler as they were elected to the Board of Directors.  This will be Martha’s second term as a Director and Jon’s first as the Section’s Senior Director.  We will certainly miss Michael Doctor as his term on the Board ended.  We thank Michael for his service and dedication to the Section and his fellow PGA members. 


Click here to view the attachment that was provided by Teesnap and click here to visit the PGA Merchandise Show web-site.  You can also click the e-mails below to thank the meeting sponsors.


Pat Carli                           Marc Simon                                 Jordan Hollenbeck       



1st Annual Bradley's Jewelers Cup

Oswego CC

2015 Central New York Section and Senior Player of the Year Mark Tucker (Cazenovia CC) won the inaugural Bradley's Jewelers Cup on October 5th at Oswego CC by one stroke over fellow PGA professional Dennis Colligan (Cazenovia GC).  Tucker shot 4 under on the back(-3, 68) to claim the cup and cap off a 7 win season including the CNY Open Championship and Central New York PGA Senior Championship which qualifies him to play in the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship October 15-18 @ Bayonet & Black Horse in Seaside, California.



42nd Annual Mitchell Cup

Onondaga CC

Central New York PGA Professionals out-dueled Syracuse District Golf Associations top amateurs at the 42nd annual Mitchell Cup Matches 27-21, at Onondaga Golf & CC.  To read more please click here...


pictured: Russell Schreiber(Onondaga CC), Mark Tucker(Cazenovia CC), Sean Dadey(Drumlins GC), Kevin Savage(Timber Banks GC), Trey Walewski(Timber Banks GC), Rick Bronson(Bronson Turf Renovation), Eric Manning(Cortland CC), Bob Fuller(Radisson Greens GC), Jeff Reader(Cavalry Club), Rob Phelps(Bellevue CC), Michelle Murphy(Turning Stone Resort Casino), Mel Baum(Liverpool GC), Dennis Colligan(Cazenovia GC), Alan Seamans(CNY PGA Executive Director)


29th Annual Sovik Cup

Tuscarora GC

Central New York Senior PGA Professionals defeated Syracuse District Golf Associations top senior amateurs 20-5 at Tuscarora GC to retain the 29th annual Sovik Cup.  To read more please click here.


pictured: Rick Keding(Binghamton CC), Robert Todd(Turning Stone Resort Casino), Russell Schreiber(Onondaga CC), Joe Tesori(Pompey Club), Mark Tucker(Cazenovia CC), Alan Savage(Turning Stone Resort Casino), Bruce Martins(Elm Tree GC), Kevin Savage(Timber Banks GC), Mel Baum(Liverpool GC), Rick Bronson(Bronson Turf Renovation)


Central New York PGA Assistant Championship

Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club

Central New York Player Development Coordinator Ryan McGinnis birdied his final hole to finish the 36 hole Assistants Championship at even par (144) and win by one stroke over back to back Assistants Player of the Year Michelle Murphy (Turning Stone Resort Casino) at Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club.  With the win McGinnis qualifies to play in the 39th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship October 29th - November 1st, 2015, on the Wannamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, FL.


pictured: Michelle Murphy(Turning Stone Resort Casino), Ryan McGinnis(CNY PGA Player Development Coordinator)



presented by Mid-State Golf Car / Club Car

Jim Peters was the lucky winner of the stars and stripes 2015 Club Car Precedent i2 FE350 golf car on September 8, 2015 at the Folds of Honor Pro-Am at Tuscarora Golf Club!  With all of the proceeds collected from the sale of raffle tickets for the golf car, Mid-State Golf Car / Club Car was also able to present a check for $2,500 to the Folds of Honor Foundation!

pictured: Scott Webster(Head Pro Tuscarora), Stan Lisk(Mid-State Territory Mgr), Ron Patnode(Mid-State General Sales Mgr), Jim Peters(Lucky Winner), Alan Seamans(CNYPGA Executive Director), Trish Wheeler(CNYPGA Membership Director), Jim Wheeler(Tuscarora Board Member)


Folds of Honor provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty but do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.  You may be surprised to learn that almost 90% of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance! Folds of Honor seeks to raise funds to bridge this gap by providing annual educational scholarships to these military families.



Tuscarora GC

The Central New York PGA honored military veterans and active personnel Tuesday with its annual Folds of Honor Pro-Am at Tuscarora Golf Club. Read more...   

pictured: Executive Director Alan Seamans, Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient Kallie Santos and Tournament Director Ben Mastronardi



Kevin Savage wins 2015 CNY PGA Championship


Defending champion Kevin Savage of Timber Banks Golf Club & Marina, followed up an opening round 68 at Turning Stone Resort Casino's Shenendoah GC with a one under par 71 at the Resort's longest championship course Atunyote GC to finish -5, 139 and claim back to back Central New York PGA Championship honors.  With the victory Savage earns a spot along with runner up Dan Wood (70-70, 140), Mark Tucker (70-71, 141) and Dennis Colligan (68-74, 142), to compete in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship June 26-29 at the same two courses in the PGA of America's centennial year on the road to the PGA Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield, NJ!



CNY PGA National Award Winner!


Turning Stone Resort Casino – Verona, New York

Miles Blundell, PGA Director of Golf Operations at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, is the recipient of the 2015 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Facilities. Blundell is a two-time winner of the Central New York PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year Award, taking home honors in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Blundell has previously won the Section's Bill Strausbaugh Award (2014) and Junior Golf Leader Award (2011). Blundell is in charge of Turning Stone’s five separate golf shops, ranging from 945-square feet up to roughly 5,000-square feet.

In 2014, the shops’ total gross merchandise sales set another facility record, bringing the average increase in sales to more than eight percent in Blundell’s tenure at the resort. His current position at Turning Stone is his second stint at the resort, and he has served at four different facilities. From 2009-2012, Blundell served as its PGA Head Golf Professional. He became a PGA member in 2005, and a PGA Master Professional in 2011. Click Here to view his award ceremony.



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2015 CNY PGA Senior Championship

July 23-24 @ Bellevue CC

Congratulations to Mark Tucker, head professional at Cazenovia CC, on winning the Central New York Senior Championship at Bellevue CC!


Mark went out in 31 as conditions were ideal to start the second round and pulled to within 1 shot of first round leader and defending champion Rob Phelps after 27 holes.  He then started his final 9 holes birdie, birdie, eagle to take the lead and finished with a 64 and finished the tournament at -4.  Phelps finished 2nd at +1 for the tournament and qualified for the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship October 15-18 @ Bayonet & Black Horse in Seaside, California along with Eric Manning and Bernie Herceg. 



Thank you to our sponsor Mid-State Golf Car for their continued support of the CNY PGA Senior Championship!


pictured:  Stan Lisk, Mark Tucker & Ron Patnode of Mid-State Golf Car / Club Car



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