Dennis Colligan Wins the 2017 CNY Open

Dennis Colligan mastered windy conditions to win the Golf Max/Golf Pride Central New York Open for the second time in his career May 15 at the Country Club of Ithaca.

Colligan (Cazenovia Golf Club) finished at even-par 72 in both the morning and afternoon rounds for a 144 total to reclaim the title he won in 2010 at LaFayette Hills Country Club. The Golf Max/Golf Pride CNY Open, which is open to amateurs, is the first major of the season for Central New York PGA players.

Colligan cashed $1,500 for the win from a total purse of $7,275.

“We have one of our best fields in this event and you’re playing against the best players in our section so this is nice to win,” said Colligan, who finished third last year.

Colligan finished one stroke ahead of Oswego Country Club’s Michelle Murphy (73-72—145) while Joe Norman (Elmira Country Club) and Mark Tucker (Cazenovia Country Club) finished tied for third at 146.

Colligan was 2-under-par through 27 holes to stay ahead of Murphy, who was 1-under after 27 holes, and Tucker, who was at even-par for 27. But neither Murphy nor Tucker were able to overtake Colligan on the back nine. Norman finished even on the back nine to pull into a tie for third.

Colligan, who had one birdie to go with three bogeys on his last nine holes, stayed out of trouble in the 36-hole event and didn’t record a double-bogey on the 6,650-yard layout from the blue tees.

“I drove the ball well today,” he said. “To get it in the fairway on a day like today was huge with the wind.” 

Seven amateurs entered in the tournament. Le Moyne College senior John Clare posted the top amateur total at 4-over 148 and earned $450 in pro shop credit. Clare (Bellevue CC), who won the CNY Open in 2015, finished sixth overall. Defending champion Kevin VandenBerg finished tied for 28th at 17-over 161.

In other tournament highlights:

Mark Tucker topped the senior pro leader board with rounds of 75 and 71 for a 146 total.

Ryan McGinnis (CNY PGA Section) recorded the low round of the day with a 3-under 69 during the afternoon round.

Michael Deuel (En-Joie Golf Club) scored an eagle from 88-yards out on the par-5 12th hole using a wedge.

2017 Spring Meeting of the Membership

The Annual Spring Meeting of the Membership held on Monday, April 17th at Turning Stone Resort Casino drew 81 PGA Members and Apprentices. The Section welcomed current PGA of America President Paul Levy, PGA. Paul discussed the importance of committing to the Long Term Strategic Plan along with the Association's ongoing efforts in pursuit of the PGA of America's Mission: Growing the Game and Serving the PGA Member.

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2016 Fall Meeting Summary

The Annual Fall Meeting of the Membership held on Monday October 17th at Skaneateles Country Club drew 78 PGA Members and Apprentices.  The Section welcomed Presenting Partners Pat Carli and Megan Buck, PING, along with Supporting Partner Ken Handy, Merchant Preferred Processing Network.  Reed Exhibition and the PGA Merchandise Show also helped cover some of the costs associated with the meeting and provided a short video about the upcoming 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

All Section Officers, Committee Co-Chairs and the Executive Director provided valuable information regarding the section’s committees, membership, finances and long range plan.  Attendees were fortunate to hear from the likes of Past Presidents Rocky Kelly, Bill Galloway, Rick Keding, Joe Tesori (by letter), Trey Walewski, Steve Aloi and Stan Gorman.

A very special thanks to Tim Fries, PGA District 4 Director for joining us.  Tim spoke about the impact of the Association's Championships and Growth of the Game initiatives.  He also informed everyone about the duties and responsibilities of the District 4 Director since this was an election year for us.  We also thank Michael Packard, PGA Employment Consultant for joining us.  He spoke about career wellness and how he foresees his job molding into more of a member support specialist in order to better assist our section PGA members.  He also spoke about the percentage of applications a typical job receives.  The number was very surprising.

Congratulations to Rich Chapman and Dustin Jones as they were elected to the Board of Directors.  This will be Rich’s second term as a Director and Dustin’s third.  Best wishes to Sean Dadey - newly elected Secretary; Bob Fuller – Vice President; Richard Winstead – President and Steve Nacewicz – Honorary President in their new roles.  We are excited about Steve Aloi representing District 4 as the newly elected District 4 Director.  Their level of service, dedication to the Section and fellow CNY PGA members will be most important in the coming years.


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Suzy Whaley, PGA, Inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

Jamesville-DeWitt product Suzy Whaley, PGA, Secretary of the PGA of America, is among the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.

Suzy and seven others will be enshrined at the 30th annual Induction Dinner, 7 p.m. Monday, October 17, at the Oncenter Ballroom.  That will bring the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame membership to 224.

Formerly Suzy McGuire, played on the Jamseville-Dewitt boys' golf team for four years, played Onondaga Country Club in her youth (and was also an accomplished skier), was tutored at Drumlins by Joe Tesori, PGA.  Husband Bill Whaley is also a PGA professional and their two daughters have gone on to play collegiately.

Suzy is the first woman officer in the history of the PGA and will ascend to the presidency in 2018.  She was the first woman since Babe Didrickson Zaharias 58 years before to qualify for a PGA Tour event (2003 Greater Hartford Open).

Also to be inducted in the Class of 2016 are Ed Brophy (boxing), Bob Campese (football/baseball), Bob Hayes (basketball), Billy McBride (football/basketball), Matt Palumb (lacrosse), Ray Seals (football) and Buddy Wleklinski (basketball).  Additionally, the 1985 Onondaga Central Boys Cross Country Team will be this year's Team of Honor.

Tickets for the dinner are $65 in advance, $75 at the door.  You can make checks payable to Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and send to: GSSHOF c/o Bill Motto, 4830 Hyde Road, Manlius, NY 13104.


Dennis Colligan Captures the Central NY PGA Professional Championship

Colligan Earns Berth In 50th PGA Professional Championship

Jamesville, NY, August 23rd 2016 – Dennis Colligan of Cazenovia Golf Club, winner of the Central New York PGA Professional Championship, August 22nd & 23rd at Seven Oaks GC will lead four Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 50th PGA Professional Championship, June 25-28, 2017, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Colligan turned in a winning total of +3 (147) to capture the Central New York PGA Professional Champion title. Mark Tucker of Cazenovia Golf Club and Michelle Murphy of Oswego Country Club finished runner-up, at +4 (148). They are joined by Michael Deuel of En-Joie Golf Club.

Deuel was tied with Jeff Reader, Cavalry Club at the completion of play however Deuel prevailed in a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole to capture the fourth and final spot.

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