61st PGA Quarter Century Championship
Bruce Martins, Elm Tree GC represented the Central New York PGA Section well posting rounds of 73-75 during the playing of the 2015 PGA Winter Championships, 61st PGA Quarter Century Championship presented by Premier Golf and GOLF ADVISOR. It is the first of six PGA Winter Championships conducted at The PGA Golf Club during January and February. The Championships continue with the Senior Stroke Play Championship, Jan. 13-15. Bruce was playing in the 64-and-Under Division at the PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Three other CNY PGA section members played in the Championship as well. Participating in the 65-79 year old age division were Dan Wood, Ithaca Golf Coach with rounds of 73-77, Tom Gorman, Pompey Club 75-83 and Joe Tesori, Pompey Club 80-74. For more information please click here.
National Committee Members Announced
Three CNY PGA Members Selected to Serve on National Committees
Following the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, Co-Chairs for National Committees were announced. Since then the National Co-Chairs have been busy at work selecting those individuals willing to serve on the respective National Committees.
Special Awards Banquet
12th Annual Special Awards Banquet
Doherty announced as newest member of the CNY PGA Hall of Fame
The Sections newest Hall of Famer served the members at Beaver Meadows GC for decades. Jim is an inspiration to so many of his contemporaries who seek his guidance. He is a past president of the section. He also is a past golf professional of the year and Horton Smith Award Winner. He made the Mitchell Cup and Sovik Cup Teams for many years and won the Senior Section Championship. There is no better representative of the CNY PGA than our 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.
The Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor a member can achieve. Recognition for devotion, training, mentoring, continued commitment to enhance the game, ambassador and promoter of the PGA professional, exemplary moral characteristics, role model for peers, outstanding playing record, everything the PGA logo stands for and more Jim displays with tremendous integrity.
Bob Fuller, head professional at Radisson Greens seemed to have the evening’s guest laughing hysterically and all in tears at the same time. His emotional speech was well received by the 150 guests who attended the 12th Annual Special Awards Banquet. For pictures of the evening’s festivities please click here.
Other CNY PGA Special Award winners for 2014, all of whom were honored Dec. 4th at Drumlins Golf Course Banquet Facility, are:
Marty Nowicki, Turning Stone Resort Teacher of the Year
Steve Nacewicz, Crestwood GC Horton Smith Award (Education)
Miles Blundell, Turning Stone Resort Bill Strausbaugh Award (Mentoring)
Steve Nacewicz, Crestwood GC Patriot Golf Award
Jack Conger, Central NY Golfing Center Player Development Award
Ruth Weydig, Oneida Communtiy GC Youth Player Development Award
Eric Lorenzetti, Turning Stone Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Resort
Steve Nacewicz, Crestwood GC Merchandiser of the Year – Semi Private/Public
Jon Fowler, Oswego CC Merchandiser of the Year – Private
Will Weimer, Oswego CC Assistant Professional of the Year
Bill Donlan, HydroFlask Sales Representative of the Year
Bradley’s Jewelers Players of the Year
Eric Manning, Cortland CC Section
Rick Bronson, Bronson Turf Renovation Senior
Michelle Murphy, Turning Stone Resort Assistants
Danny Lapp, Trumansburg, NY Junior Boys
Samantha Bernardo, Cortland, NY Junior Girls
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PGA Annual Meeting
Delegates and Executive Directors representing all 41 Sections along with the National Officers, Board of Directors and Past Presidents met this past week in Indianapolis, IN at the 2014 PGA Annual Meeting. Stan Gorman and Steve Nacewicz were the voting delegates representing the Central New York PGA. Richard Winstead and Steve Aloi actively participated in all of the week’s activities where a new slate of National Officers was elected.
Derek Sprague of Malone, New York, was elected the 39th President of the PGA of America. Sprague is the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone Golf Club. Succeeding Sprague as Vice President is Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, who served the past two years as Secretary. Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Connecticut, was elected Secretary. Sprague, Levy and Whaley will each serve two-year terms. The Board of Directors also extended the role of Honorary President Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Maryland, for two additional years.
PGA Secretary Suzy Whaley is a certified PGA Professional, LPGA member and the Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf at the TPC River Highlands in Croswell, Connecticut. She was elected as District 1 Director on the PGA Board of Directors in November 2010. In July 2003, Whaley was the first woman to qualify for and participate in a PGA TOUR event in 58 years, following the legendary Babe Zaharias, the only other woman to have ever achieved the rare golf feat. To reach that special niche in golf history, Whaley captured the Connecticut PGA Section Championship, also a first by any PGA of America woman professional. Her teaching accolades include being named one of the 2013 Golf Digest Top 50 Best Teachers in America. She guided her Connecticut Team to the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship, where it finished fifth. She also has very close ties to many Central New York PGA members. She grew up in Syracuse and was introduced to the game by CNY PGA Hall of Fame Member Joe Tesori, PGA. Suzy is committed to the Central New York PGA on first request to a Section Meeting in 2015.
Your representatives learned first-hand the details of the Association's Long-Term Strategic Plan, with a direct focus on SERVE THE MEMBER and GROW THE GAME. They were there to hear first-hand from guest speakers Donald Trump and Anna Liotta. Anna spoke about generation disconnect. Her specific message related to marketing communication strategies and why they should differ when targeting the various generations proved to be extremely valuable. Your Executive Committee will work with our Board of Directors to effectively put the PGA of America’s long term strategic plan into motion.
The PGA of America established the Deacon Palmer Award, named after Arnold Palmer’s late father who overcame personal obstacles to succeed as a PGA Professional. The Deacon Palmer Award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his/her life. Arnold accepted the inaugural award in a very emotional ceremony. The Association celebrated PGA member Dr. Charles L. "Charlie" Sifford, who on Monday later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House. The PGA of America also recognized all the National Award winners.
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2014 Tournament Results
2014 Tournament Results
The 2014 Fall Meeting of the Membership was held Monday, October 20th at Skaneateles CC. Special thanks to Pat Carli and PING for the continued support and sponsorship of this meeting. I would also like to thank Chris Griffin at Paul Bunyan Products, Inc. as the supporting partner for the meeting.
Two Director positions as well as the Office of Secretary were available. The current Board of Directors and Section Staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome Bob Fuller to the Office of Secretary along with Trey Walewski and Will Weimer as the two newly elected Directors. Stan Gorman moved from the Office of President to Honorary President while Steve Nacewicz and Richard Winstead were elected by acclamation to the Office of President and Vice President respectively. This was Steve Aloi’s last meeting as Honorary President but vowed to the membership to continue to be involved and expressed his unwavering support to his fellow PGA members.
There were 76 members and invited guests in attendance to listen to all the Officer and Committee Reports. Many programs and initiatives were discussed along with the overall direction of the Section and Membership Affairs. The weather cooperated to some degree and Skaneateles CC played host to 20 PGA members teeing it up following the meeting.
Please also note this reminder for the Assistants Association Fall Meeting scheduled for Friday, October 24th at Drumlins Golf Course. The meeting will take place upstairs above the restaurant and will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Golf will be available following the meeting from 10:30-11:00 off the first tee. Business attire is mandatory for the meeting.
PING Presented Stan Utley @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
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Congratulations to Kevin Savage(Timber Banks GC), on winning the Central New York PGA Section Championship at Turning Stone Resort Casino's Shenendoah Golf Club. Savage finished at -4(140) and qualified for the 2015 Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club along with Mark Tucker(Cazenovia CC) and Eric Manning(Cortland CC). Alan Savage, Kevin's brother, is the first alternate.
Photo: Steve Gertner(TaylorMade Sales Representative) and Kevin Savage(Timber Banks GC & Marina)
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The win qualifies Phelps for the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship along with Tony Saraceno, Dan Wood and Mel Baum.
Photo: Steve Campanero(Head Professional @ Teugega CC) Rob Phelps(Asst. Professional @ Bellevue CC) Judy Watson(Mid-State Golf Car)Click for Full Article
Central New York PGA Newsletter
Central New York's #1 source for golf information
Take a moment to read our weekly Central New York PGA Newsletter written by Joe Tesori and Chuck Harty! We look forward to next seasons articles as their 2014 publications have come to an end and are archived under the below link.Click for Full Article
2015 Tournament Request Form
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Patriot Golf Day Profile Featured in PGA Magazine
The Central New York PGA would like to share an article with you that will be in the December issue of PGA Magazine. Please click here to view the article which promotes Patriot Golf Day. The Section along with The Folds of Honor Foundation sincerely thank Steve Nacewicz and Barb Presky, owners at Crestwood Golf Course in Marcy, NY for their contribution and dedication to this great cause. A special thanks to all of you who continue to support the Folds of Honor Foundation!
Fuller named Golf Professional of the Year
Bob Fuller, head professional at Radisson Greens Golf Course in Baldwinsville, has been named 2014 Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
The highest honor paid to a CNY PGA professional went to Fuller 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.
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PGA National News
Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Announces 2016 Qualifying ScheduleThe 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying scheduled was announced today (Monday) for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22. View More
National Car Rental and the PGA of America Announce Partnership Renewal at 2015 PGA Merchandise Shows an Official Partner of the PGA of America, National joins a select group of companies that provide significant, broad-based support of the Association, its Championships and membership programs. View More
PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua to Host Monthly Show on SiriusXM PGA TOUR RadioThe show will focus on the important role that the PGA of America and PGA Professionals play in growing the game and putting on some of the world's most high-profile championships. View More
Get Golf Ready Introduces Golf to Record Amount of Nearly 99,000 People in 2014; Revenues Exceed Estimated $275 MillionPGA Professionals and facilities are seeing the value of Get Golf Ready as a revenue-generator. Based on facility- estimated participant counts and consumer-estimated spending, the program brought in an estimated $275 million in revenue for the golf industry in 2014. View More
PGA Player Development Regional Managers Continue to Grow Golf at the GrassrootsThrough PDRM efforts, Get Golf Ready experienced a 23 percent increase in combined student participation in facilities the PDRMs engaged with, growing from 19,035 in 2013 to 23,372 in 2014 in these focus markets. Within facilities and PGA Professionals PDRMs communicated and engaged with, there was a 243 percent increase in the cumulative number of PGA Junior League Golf teams within these markets, growing from 139 teams in 2013 to 477 teams in 2014. View More
PGA Junior League Golf Celebrates Landmark Year in 2014PGA Junior League Golf has seen explosive growth since the program launched in 2011. Yearly participation numbers doubled in 2014, growing from nearly 9,000 boys and girls participating on 740 teams in 2013 to 17,500 participants on 1,425 teams. View More
TruGreen Named Official Lawn Care Provider of the PGA of America and the PGA ChampionshipThe relationship will not only bring shared benefits and education to PGA Professionals and TruGreen associates but also combined support for community-based open space initiatives. View More