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Founded in 1987 for the purpose of honoring those CNY PGA members who have exhibited outstanding dedication and exemplary service to the membership on a section level, national stage, or both, during their tenure in the golfing industry, the following have contributed in a special way to our section’s growth and heritage of professionalism.

A nominee should have been a member in good standing in the Central New York PGA Section for a minimum of 10 years. A PGA Member in good standing can nominate one (1) PGA Member in good standing.

An individual’s overall contribution to golf should be considered as a valid reason for nomination.  The contribution may be measured by the individual’s leadership in the following areas:

  1. Devotion to involvement and level of dedication to the membership as an officer, board of directors, or committee chair/member on the section or national levels.
  2. Training, mentoring and development of PGA Professionals.
  3. Tireless ambassador of the game of golf and constant promoter of the PGA Professional.
  4. Continued commitment to significantly enhance the growth of golf at their facility and also in the surrounding community.
  5. Possession of exemplary moral characteristics and is a role model for peers.
  6. Outstanding competitive playing record.

CNY Hall of Fame Members

Name Inducted
Lew Adesso 1987
Mike Bello 1987
Emmett Kelly 1988
Earl P. Maurer 1988
Jack Brett 1989
Bill Entwistle 1989
George L. Hall 1989
Edward T. Kuhn 1989
Bill Mitchell 1989
Augie Nordone 1989
Danny Jones 1990
Harry C. Shepard, Sr. 1990
Frank Socash 1991
Bill Dennis 1996
John Lisk 1998
Bob Klink 1998
Ron Dunham 2000
Bill Galloway 2001
Dick Govern 2001
Joe Tesori 2002
Rick Keding 2003
Jerry Steelsmith 2003
Larry Bartosek 2005
Tony Saraceno 2005
Paul Kern 2006
Tom Gorman 2008
Michael S. Doctor 2009
Dick Costello 2010
Bob McCarthy 2011
Marian Blain 2012
Lawrence “Rocky” Kelly 2013
Jim Doherty 2014
Trey Walewski 2016
Nick Serafino 2016
Richard Winstead 2018
Linda Mulherin 2019
Jack Conger 2019
Stan Gorman 2019
Stan Lisk 2020
Steve Nacewicz 2020
Jon Fowler 2020
Steve Aloi 2022

Lewis Adesso
(Photo courtesy The History Center in Tompkins County and the Adesso family.)




Year Inducted: 1987


Considered a true golf ambassador in Ithaca, Adesso was among the inaugural inductees into the Central New York PGA’s Hall of Fame. His 65-year membership with the section is one of the longest membership tenures of any professional.


Adesso, who started his golf career as a caddie at age 11, became the head professional at Newman Park Golf Course, a position he held for 45 years until his retirement in 1980.


Adesso was an integral part of golf’s growth in the Ithaca area through his work at Newman Park Golf Course. Adesso is credited with improving the course and attracting players to the game. He organized men’s and ladies’ leagues, charity events and junior clinics. He also started the city’s amateur tournament.


Adesso’s commitment to teaching and to youth golf won him numerous awards on the local, state and national level. He instituted a youth program at Newman in the 1950s which was groundbreaking at the time.


Adesso died in 2001 at the age of 88.


Career achievements:

1935: Head professional at Newman Golf Course in Ithaca

1961, 1969: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

1964-1966: National PGA Vice-President

1967: Ryder Cup Committee member

1971: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)

1990: CNY PGA Teacher of the Year

1999: CNY PGA Section Distinguished Service Award

Past President of CNY PGA Section




Year Inducted: 1987


Bello made a tremendous impact on local golf as Central New York PGA professional and as a coach.


Bello began his career in the late 1920s as a caddy at Onondaga Golf and Country Club when golf clubs were made of hickory shafts. Bello, a PGA professional for 50 years, was a club pro from a bygone era who not only taught the game of golf but also handled the daily chores of running a golf course like groundskeeping, club repair and golf instruction.


Bello became an assistant pro at Syracuse Yacht & Country Club (Lake Shore Country Club). He went on to become the club pro at Tecumseh Country Club for 25 years then worked at Riverside Country Club in Brewerton for 20 years until his death.


As a coach and golf instructor, Bello made the sport accessible to all who wanted to learn the game. Bello coached the Le Moyne College men’s golf team for 23 years. Bello incorporated life lessons in his coaching such as be humble in victory and defeat, never get down on yourself and be respectful of others.


Two local golf tournaments bear his name: the Central New York PGA Mike Bello Cup and the Le Moyne College Mike Bello Invitational.


Bello passed away August 30, 1993 at the age of 79, two months before he was officially inducted into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame.


Career achievements:

1946-1964: Spent 18 years as assistant golf pro at Lake Shore Country Club

1948-1993: PGA member

1964-1989: Head professional at Tecumseh Golf Course

1965, 1981: Named CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

1976: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)

Other achievements: Former chairman of Central New York PGA Executive Committee; Directed the Syracuse District Golf Association Junior program for over 25 years.

Two-time CNY PGA Section President (1964-65, 1973-76)




Year Inducted: 1988


From his humble beginnings as a golf caddie to becoming a local golf legend, Kelly has etched his name into Central New York PGA history.


Kelly was introduced to the game in 1917 at age 6 when he caddied for players at Burnet Park Golf Course and Bellevue Country Club. Kelly grew up with the game which would eventually be his professional calling.


Kelly served as the Green Lakes State Park Golf Course head professional for 30 years. Kelly, the course’s first head pro, was hired by the Green Lakes course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr.


Kelly has the distinction of playing in the first foursome at Green Lakes in 1936 with Gene Sarazen, Larry Sovik and Joe Patelli.


The charismatic Kelly, who had a great rapport with players, frequently golfed and worked with many celebrities and famous golfers during his career including Bob Hope and Joe DiMaggio.


Kelly worked at Green Lakes until 1966. He then became the Cavalry Club’s first head pro in 1966 where he remained until his retirement in 1978.


A member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Kelly died in 1980 at the age of 69. Kelly’s picture hangs in the Green Lakes clubhouse in his memory. A CNY PGA tournament, the Emmett Kelly Masters, is held annually in his honor at the Cavalry Club.


Career achievements:

1931-1980: Member of the PGA of America

1931-1935: Head professional at Stonehedge CC (Westvale CC) and Brooklawn Golf Course

1936-1966: First head professional at Green Lakes State Park Golf Course

1940: CNY PGA President

1966-1978: First head professional at the Calvary Club

1981: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (posthumously)

1999: Inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year (1963, 1966)



Year Inducted: 1988


Maurer’s excellence in golf instruction began in the early 1970s during his tenure as the Head Professional at Onondaga Golf and Country Club, a position he held for 22 years.


Maurer earned several awards during while at Onondaga including Central New York PGA’s highest honor, the Golf Professional of the Year Award in 1979. He also devoted his time to serving Section. Maurer was an advocate of helping fellow professional and he served as the Section President from 1980-81.


The PGA of America recognized Maurer for his outstanding contributions in peer mentoring with the 1988 National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award. The Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who displays outstanding integrity, character, and leadership through a commitment to mentoring and making significant impacts on the careers of PGA Professionals.


Maurer, who earned the title of PGA Masters Professional in 1996, relocated to Florida for the second half of his career. He also served on the Rules Committee for three Senior PGA Championships.


Career achievements:

1969: Became a PGA Member

1977: Won CNY PGA Horton Smith Award

1979: Won CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award

1985, 1988: Won CNY PGA Strausbaugh Award

1987: Won CNY PGA Teacher of the Year

1988: Won National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award

1991: Served on Ryder Cup Rules Committee



Year Inducted: 1989


Brett has the honor of being Binghamton Country Club’s first golf professional after the club was founded in 1889.


Brett handled a variety of duties and responsibilities at his club which was required during the early 1900s. Brett served as the club’s greenskeeper and contributed in popularizing the game of golf.


During this era when all golf clubs were made of wood, Brett was proficient in club making.


Brett became a well-respected professional in Binghamton golf community during his PGA tenure from 1916-1939.

Bill Entwistle
(Photo courtesy of the Entwistle family)



Year inducted: 1989


Entwistle, a former president and charter member of the Central New York PGA, is remembered for a golf career that led him to be called the Dean of Central New York professional golfers during the 1920s through the 1940s.


Born in England in 1878, Entwistle started his career in Europe before serving in the British Army during the Boer War in South Africa. He won his first professional golf tournament in 1904 in France.


Shortly after, Entwistle came to the United States. He arrived in Syracuse in 1915 and was hired to supervise the development of the Bellevue Country Club starting with clearing the land and building the Donald Ross-designed 18-hole course.  Entwistle became the Bellevue’s first golf professional for a span of 31 years and taught golf for 57 years.


While at Bellevue, Entwistle forged friendships with many in the business as well as with those who loved the game.  To celebrate his dedication to Bellevue and the game of golf, the inaugural Entwistle Tournament took place in 1946 and continued for many years thereafter.


As a pro, Entwistle played frequently with the likes of Tony Armour and Walter Hagen.  Entwistle held the course record of 65 at Bellevue for a number of years.


After a two-year stint at Atlantic City Country Club, Entwistle, referred to as the Grand Old Man of Golf in his later years, returned to Syracuse and served as head pro at Tuscarora Golf Club alongside his youngest son, Jim, until his death in 1957 at the age of 79.


Career achievements:

1899: Built a 9-hole course in Switzerland and served as head pro

1904: Won his first professional golf tournament in France

1906-1915: Head pro at the New Brunswick Golf Club in New Jersey

1915-1946: Head pro at Bellevue Country Club

1937: Played in the inaugural Seniors Championship at Augusta National

1946-1948: Head pro at Atlantic City Country Club

1948-1957: Head pro at Tuscarora Golf Club

George Hall



Year Inducted: 1989


Considered the father of Cornell University golf, George Hall established the school’s first golf team in 1934. Over the course of his career at Cornell, Hall was the first golf coach for men and women as well as an instructor in physical education.


Hall, who became a PGA professional in 1924, enjoyed great success at Cornell. Hall was a member of the Cornell staff for 38 years, the third longest tenure of any Cornell coach, until his retirement in 1972. His programs became a competitive force. His teams consistently played well in the Eastern Championships

and his 1946 squad won the Eastern Championship crown. Hall finished with a career record of 163-112-8.


Hall was also an influential figure at the national level. He served the national PGA of America in different capacities including vice president, secretary, treasurer and a member of the executive committee over a period of 11 years.


Hall’s association with the PGA of America gave him an opportunity to interact with professional golf’s greatest names such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.


Hall was a major contributor to the construction of the first nine holes of the Robert Trent Jones Golf course on the campus of Cornell University in 1941, as well as the second nine which were completed in 1951. Hall conducted numerous tournaments while at Cornell, including the U.S. Golf Association Tournament, and the Central New York PGA Tournament.


Hall’s contributions to Cornell earned him induction into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982. Hall passed away in 1974.


Career achievements:

1934: Became Cornell University’s first golf coach

1972: Retired from Cornell University

1982: Inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame

Edward T. Kuhn

Year Inducted: 1989

Bill Mitchell



Year Inducted: 1989


A skilled golfer and a popular fixture at Onondaga Golf and Country Club, Mitchell became the dean of upstate New York golf during his 46 years with the club.


A native of Rochester, Mitchell started his tenure at Onondaga in 1927 and was always in demand for exhibitions. Mitchell held his own playing with or against some of the top names in the game including Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Horton Smith and Tommy Armour.


During the Depression, the genial Mitchell routinely would pitch in with laborers at the club to ensure projects would be completed. Respected and well-liked by his peers and members, Mitchell was once described as a man “who wears a smile that won’t come off” and someone who has the greatest nerve of any golfer in Syracuse.


A past president and chairman of the CNY PGA executive committee, Mitchell’s first career win was the CNY PGA Championship at Bellevue Country Club. Mitchell qualified for the national PGA Championship five times and won the Western New York Open twice.


Although his duties as a club professional, teacher and greenskeeper left him little time to compete, Mitchell held numerous course record across New York State. At the age of 59, he set the Onondaga GCC course record with a 63 in 1963 including a 30 on the back nine.


Mitchell passed away in 1973 at the age of 69.


Career achievements:

1927: Head professional at Onondaga Golf and Country Club

1931-32: Back-to-back Western New York Open champion

1963: President of the Senior PGA

1967: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year



Year Inducted: 1989


Nordone’s distinguished golf career began as a teenager when he qualified for the 1920 U.S. Open Championship at the age of 15.


As a competitor, Nordone was among the elite golfers in the area and dominated the local golf scene during his prime. He won three consecutive Central New York Opens in the early 1930s and captured 15 CNY PGA titles.


Nordone’s talent was not limited to the CNY PGA as he played in the U.S. Open 15 times as well as 25 PGA Championships.


Nordone served as the head golf professional at Lafayette Country Club for 40 years. He is recognized for designing the back nine of the Lafayette tract, which was founded in 1922. The club rose to national prominence in the 1930s under Nordone, who remained with the club until his death at age 68 in 1974.


The same year he was inducted into the CNY PGA Hall of Fame, Nordone’s remarkable career also earned him membership in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Career achievements: ​

1922: Won Liberty Club Open at age of 17

1929: Won Northeastern PGA title

1934: Head professional at Tuscarora Country Club

1935-1962: Winter professional at Hollywood Country Club, Florida

1950-1951: President of CNY PGA Section

Member of Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America




Year Inducted: 1990


Jones joined the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame for his exemplary service to the Section.


He served as Section President from 1952 to 1954.


Harry Shepard
(Photo courtesy of the Elmira Star-Gazette)



Year Inducted: 1990


Since the moment he became a caddie at the age of 8 at Elmira Country Club, Shepard’s life was devoted to golf and civic activities. He was the type of person who was always ready, willing and able to work and serve his community in the Southern Tier and the Central New York PGA Section.


In 1939, when Mark Twain Golf Course opened as a 9-hole municipal course, Shepard became the course’s first golf professional and manager. He was instrumental in increasing membership and making golf accessible to those new to the game by creating industrial leagues, women’s leagues and offering junior clinics. In just two years, Shepard generated enough interest that the course was expanded to 18 holes.


Shepard also introduced golf at the high school level, at the Elmira YWCA and at Elmira College. He was on the college faculty as a golf instructor.


In 1956, the Professional Golfers of America awarded Shepard the Bob Harlow Trophy which is presented to the golf professional of the year. Shepard earned the award for his devotion to and promotion of golf. The national award was named after the founder and editor of the Golf World magazine.


Shepard, who lived in an apartment over the Mark Twain clubhouse, was active in his community. He served on the local board of the March of Dimes. He was an executive committee member of the Dr. Anna Stuart Clinic for Handicapped Children. He was president of the Elmira Heights Rotary Club and served as chairman of the Elmira Heights Red Cross.


Shepard passed away in 1980.


Career achievements:

1939: Became the first golf professional at Mark Twain Golf Course

1946-47: Served as president of the CNY PGA Section

1956: Received the Bob Harlow Award from the Professional Golfers of America



Year Inducted: 1991


Socash’s name is on the esteemed list of golf professionals to work at Elmira Country Club. Socash started out as an assistant to his mentor, Tom Bonnar, at Elmira CC. When Bonnar retired in 1953, Socash became the club’s sixth golf professional.


Socash earned his PGA membership in 1950. Socash worked at Elmira CC for 26 years until retiring in 1979.


Socash passed away in 1997. For his contributions to golf, Socash was elected to the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame.


Career achievements:

1969: Elected second vice-president of the PGA Seniors



Year Inducted: 1996


Dennis spent his entire career working at one club — En-Joie Golf Club.


Dennis joined En-Joie as an assistant golf professional under John Budd in 1945. Under the tutelage of Budd, Dennis learned the business and became En-Joie’s head golf professional in 1960.


Over his 56-year career at En-Joie, Dennis met, taught, worked and influenced hundreds of people. He was named Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1980. He retired from En-Joie in 2000.


In recognition for his teaching efforts, Dennis was inducted into the Triple Cities Golf Hall of Fame.


Dennis passed away in 2008 at the age of 81.


Year Inducted: 1998

Lisk got his start in golf at the age of 9 by following his brothers to the golf course and caddying. He won the Caddie Championship at 17 and worked as a greens keeper at Oswego Country Club. But Lisk’s golf career was put on hold when he joined the Merchant Marines. After the United States entered World War II, Lisk joined the Navy.


Lisk returned to Oswego CC in 1946 after serving his country and resumed his greens keeping duties. In 1950, when Oswego CC’s head professional Bob Murchie resigned, Lisk decided to apply for the position. The selection committee members played a round with Lisk and after Lisk shot under par, CNY PGA hall of famer Bill Mitchell, the Head Professional at Onondaga Golf & Country Club, told the members, “You have your new head golf professional!”.


Lisk became a Class A PGA Professional and was a dedicated employee at Oswego CC. It wasn’t uncommon for Lisk to work 70 or more hours a week during golf season. Lisk was a jack-of-all-trades at Oswego CC, serving as its Head Professional, course superintendent, pool manager and clubhouse manager.


Lisk ran all the club tournaments, as well as some District and the NY State Girls Junior events. He also started the Pro-Member which was renamed the John J. Lisk Memorial Pro-Member Golf Tournament in his memory.


Lisk’s favorite job was teaching the game to junior golfers. Many of his students went on to become PGA Professionals, top-notch amateurs as well as future members of Oswego CC. Lisk influenced many people during his tenure including his son, Stanley, who worked for his father at Oswego CC before branching out forge his own career in golf.


Stanley is also a member of the Central New York Hall of Fame, inducted in 2020. They are the third father and son duo in the hall of fame.


Lisk remained as Oswego CC’s Head Professional until his retirement in 1985.


Career achievements:

1965: Set Oswego CC course record (65)

1969: Broke his course record with a 64

Shared the 9-hole course record at Sadaquada GC with Harold Getz.

1973: Served as CNY PGA Vice-President

Served on several CNY PGA committees




Year Inducted: 1998

A decorated military veteran, Klink became a PGA Professional in 1946 and enjoyed a long career at Binghamton Country Club.

Klink, a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II, flew 30 missions over Germany as a bombardier on B-17s in the 487th Bomb Group. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement.

After his military service, Klink embarked on a golf career. He was selected as the Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1975 and again in 1988.

Klink served as the Head Professional at Binghamton CC for 31 years before retiring in 1991.

Klink retired to Florida and was a member of the PGA National Golf Club in its early years. He was later a member of the Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Fla.

Klink passed away at the age of 80 in 2003.



Year Inducted: 2000


Dunham took to the game of golf as a teenager but it was the guidance and influence of a golf mentor who helped shape his career as a golf professional.


After Dunham started to caddy at Binghamton Country Club, he met head professional Bob Klink, who became his mentor. Dunham went into the Navy Reserves after high school for two years of active duty. After serving his country, Klink hired Dunham as an assistant professional in 1971.


“I saw how Mr. Klink treated his members and how well he was admired in the community and I wanted to be just like him,” Dunham said.


For Dunham, receiving his PGA membership in 1976 was the first of many memorable moments in golf. Dunham immediately became involved with the Section, first on the board of directors and went on to hold different offices including Section president. Without a permanent office, Dunham conducted much of the Section’s business from his home.


“Being a CNY PGA professional was very rewarding in that we were small so all of our professionals knew one another and I would have a bond that lasted forever,” said Dunham, a two-time CNY PGA Professional of the Year winner.


Dunham served as the chair of the Junior Committee and proudly watched many participants grow as golfers including PGA of America president Suzy (McGuire) Whaley and PGA professional Stan McLennan (Cheshire CC/Connecticut).


Career achievements:

1978: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)

1982-1999: Head professional at Vestal Hills Country Club

1984: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

1985: CNY PGA Vardon Cup Winner

1991: CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Private

1999-2001: Head professional at Forsgate Country Club (NJ)

2002-2017: Head professional/Director of golf at Teton Pines CC and Resort (WY)

2005: National Winner PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Resort

2017: RMSPGA Golf Professional of the Year

CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year (1984, 1993)

PGA National District Director 1990-1993 and 2008-2012



Year Inducted: 2011


Govern served as the head professional at Vestal Hills Country Club for 27 years. A graduate of Hamilton College, Govern was a PGA Professional for 67 years.


In 1970, Govern earned the Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, the highest honor given to a Section member.


Upon retiring from Vestal Hills CC, Govern moved to Sun City, Arizona in 1975.


Govern passed away in 2011 at the age of 98.

Joe Tesori – PGA Hall of Fame Class of 2017


Year Inducted: 2002

With a career in golf that started in 1973, Tesori said there were many factors to his longevity and success that includes being inducted in to the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2017.

Tesori’s father was influential in his pursuing a career in golf. Tesori enjoyed opportunities during his youth while growing up in Endicott where golf was a big thing because industries such as IBM and Endicott Johnson Shoe owned their own courses and everybody in the area golfed.

”My dad Charlie was my role model and teacher,” Tesori said. “Every day was a lesson and it became a passion.”

As Tesori pursued his PGA career, an assistant’s job at Onondaga Golf and Country Club preceded his 28-year dream job at Drumlins Country Club from 1982-2009. He appreciated the guidance from his CNY PGA peers who helped steer his career.

”Earl Maurer, Emmett Kelly, Aldor Jones, Al Morley, Nick Legnini, Bill O’Leary, Mike Bello and Jack McPhee all had an impact on my becoming who and what I became,” Tesori said. “Their PGA membership meant so much to them, and they relayed that on to me.”

Through lessons, coaching and with his words, Tesori became an esteemed member of the Syracuse golf community which led to his induction into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame in 2013. He wrote a weekly golf column in the Syracuse newspapers for 24 years, conducted a radio talk show for seven years and also coached the girls golf team at Jamesville-DeWitt High School and the men’s golf team at Le Moyne College.

“Never have I looked at what I do as a job,” Tesori said. “My dad said to me soon before he passed that I will be forever satisfied and achieve true happiness if I make all around me feel better about not only their golf game but their day to day experiences. I think I’ve passed so far.”

Career achievements:
1980-1981: PGA Tour member
1982-2009: Head professional at Drumlins Country Club
1986: CNY PGA Teacher of the Year; CNY Open Champion
1991: CNY PGA Merchandiser of Year; Inducted into the Le Moyne College HOF
1992: Emmett Kelly Masters Champion; SDGA Man of the Year
1997: CNY PGA Stroke Play Champion
1999-2004: CNY PGA Section President
2010: Catholic Charities Humanitarian of the Year
2013: Inducted into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame
2016: Earned the PGA of America Bill Strausbaugh Award
2017: Elected to the PGA of America Hall of Fame

CNY PGA Awards
CNY PGA Golf Professional of Year (1995, 2004)
CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (1997, 2003)
CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994)
CNY PGA Section Champion (1979, 1993)



Year Inducted: 2003


Since becoming a PGA member in 1977, Keding has devoted his entire life to the game of golf.


Keding’s name is synonymous with Binghamton Country Club. After serving as the director of golf at the Radisson Golf Club, Keding’s career path took him to Binghamton CC where he became the head professional in 1990. He later became Binghamton CC’s general manager in addition to his head professional duties in 2009.


A dedicated professional uniquely qualified in the areas of instruction and golf management, Keding found a permanent home at Binghamton CC.  He is just one of five PGA professionals to hold the head professional position in club history.


Keding also is committed to service as he served on the first PGA Board of Control (1991-1994).


Keding has won many awards related to his golf career. He earned the Section’s highest honor in 1986 when he was named Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Keding is a three-time recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award and has been named Merchandiser of the Year four times.




Year inducted: 2003


Steelsmith gained his PGA Membership in 1966 and was inducted into the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame for his involvement and service to the Section.


As the club professional at Bellevue Country Club for many years, Steelsmith made many contributions to the club and the game of golf.


Steelsmith was an exceptionally skilled golfer and his competitive accomplishments include winning four Section Championships (1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).


Steelsmith, Al Morley and Bill Galloway are the only players in CNY PGA history to win three straight Section titles.


Year Inducted: 2005

Known for his quick wit, wide smile and keen sense of humor, Matthew Lawrence “Larry” Bartosek influenced many golfers during his career.

Prior to joining the golf industry, Bartosek, a New York Mills native, served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-1945.

Bartosek started out as an assistant golf professional at Drumlins Country Club. He was there for one year before becoming the head professional at Cazenovia Country Club. He then became the head golf professional at Skaneateles Country Club where he worked for 34 years.

During time at Skaneateles CC, Bartosek introduced hundreds of people to the game of golf. Many of them went on to careers in the golf industry including PGA Tour players and teaching professionals.

In 1983, Bartosek was honored as Central New York PGA’s Golf Professional of the Year. He retired from Skaneateles CC in 1984 and moved to Boca Raton, Fla.

In Florida, Bartosek stayed connected to the game by opening Boca Custom Golf where he made and repaired custom clubs.

Bartosek passed away in 2018 at the age of 96.

Career achievements:
1983: Named CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

Larry Bartosek (left) with Chuck Harty

1984: Retired after 34 years as head professional at Skaneateles Country Club



Year Inducted: 2005


Winner of 11 major Central New York PGA championships and six Player of the Year awards, Saraceno competitive excellence is equal to his success as a PGA Professional.


Before becoming a PGA member, Saraceno chalked up many amateur wins and teamed at Oswego State with Wayne Levi. In 1978, Saraceno joined the staff at En-Joie Golf Club as an assistant professional, a club where he had been a member and club champion for several years.


In 1986, Saraceno made an important move to the Metropolitan PGA to further his career. He worked at three prestigious clubs (Siwanoy CC, North Hills CC and Woodmere) before becoming the head professional at Lawrence GC.


Family obligations required Saraceno to return to Central New York in 1991 where he became the head professional at Cortland CC until 2008.


Saraceno took a six-year sabbatical from his golf career but rejoined industry in 2017 as the head professional at Geneganslet GC.


“The love and challenges that golf offers were the lure that made me resign from a very successful budding insurance career in 1978,” he said. “Life choices sometimes don’t make sense when looking in hindsight. But once made, you have to do nothing but your best.”


Among Saraceno’s competitive wins are three Section Championships and six consecutive Senior Championships. He’s qualified for the BC Open 13 times and made the cut in 1994.


“Making the cut at the BC Open would sit as my No. 1 thrill in competition,” Saraceno said.


Career achievements:

1978-1983: Assistant Pro at En-Joie GC

1984: Teaching pro at Mark Twain

1985: Worked at Glen Oak CC

1986-1992: Member of Metropolitan PGA, worked at Siwanoy CC, North Hills CC and Woodmere; head pro post at Lawrence GC

1991-2008: Head pro Cortland CC

2009: Teaching pro Drumlins CC

2010-2011: Head pro Vestal Hills

2017-present: Head pro at Geneganslet GC


Competitive achievements:

Eleven CNY PGA Major Championships

Senior Champion (2006-2001)

Section Champion (2009, 1996, 1992)

2 Assistant Championships

6-time Player of the Year

Qualified for 13 BC Opens (made the cut in 1994)

2008 Dicks Open

2002 US Senior Open (Caves Valley)

2006 PGA Senior Champ (Oak Tree)



Year Inducted: 2006



Kern’s hard work as a golf professional helped him become a popular figure in the Southern Tier during the 1960s and into the 1980s.


Born in 1923, Kern’s introduction to golf came in the 1930s, becoming a course caddie at Binghamton Country Club. He grew up loving the game and went on to play on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s. Kern also gained valuable experience working under renowned professionals Herman Barran and Henry Pickard.


Kern returned to his Southern Tier roots in the 1960s to purchase a nine-hole golf course in the Windsor Valley located along the Susquehanna River called Windsor Golf Club (now called Golden Oak Golf Course). Kern envisioned an 18-hole tract on the property and designed a second nine holes, creating the course that exists today.


Kern was the definition of a consummate golf professional. Besides being the club owner and architect, Kern handled and managed all aspect of running a golf course. These duties included building membership, starting a junior golf program, course maintenance, club management and golf instruction.


Kern also designed Panorama Golf Course near Scranton, Pa. with PGA Professionals Bill Griffiths. The 7,200-yard course built on a dairy farm opened in 1964.


Kern passed away in 2001.




Year Inducted: 2008


Gorman has achieved success as a player, golf club owner and PGA Master Professional as well as exhibiting a lifelong commitment to the game.


A native Western Massachusetts, Gorman joined the Central New York PGA Section in 1988 purchasing Dutch Hollow Country Club and later the Pompey Club. He is still a staff member with the Pompey Club with his son, Stan, who is also a member of the CNY PGA Hall of Fame.


Prior to arriving in Central New York, Gorman was with the Connecticut PGA Section where he was a board member for 10 years and served on the National Board of Directors from 1983-85.


An accomplished player, Gorman won the CNY PGA Senior Section Championship five times, including three in a row from 1997-1999, and competed in many Section events during his career.


He was appointed to the PGA of America National Rules Committee in 1983, a committee he continues to serve on to this day. He has also served as a rules official at local and national golf tournaments including the PGA Championships and Ryder Cups.


Because of his experience and extensive knowledge, Gorman has taught and coordinated countless PGA-USGA Rules of Golf Seminars.


Tom and Stan Gorman (Class of 2019) became the second father-son duo to be inducted into the CNY PGA Hall of Fame.


Career achievements:

1983: Appointed to the PGA National Rules Committee

1983-85: Served on the National Board of Directors

1993-1994: Section Senior Champion

1997-1999: Section Senior Champion





Year Inducted: 2009


Considered among the top golf instructors in the country, Doctor has earned national recognition for his support of the game.


During his tenure at Skaneateles Country Club, Doctor was named the 2013 PGA National Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Professional Golfers Association. He is just the second member of the Central New York PGA Section to receive the award.


Doctor, a PGA Master Professional, was recognized again in 2015 for his work and dedication to golf when he was inducted into the National PGA Hall of Fame.


Between 2001 and 2003, Doctor was among GOLF Magazine’s list of America’s Top Golf Instructors. He has also received the Golf Digest Junior Golf Promoter Award six times and the CNY PGA Junior Golf Promoter of The Year seven times. He was named a Top 50 U.S. Kids Golf Instructor in 2011, 12 and 13 and is a U.S. Kids Master Teacher. Michael is also a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Club Fitter.


In 2007, Doctor received the National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award for excellence in building club relations. He also has served two terms on the National PGA Board of Directors as District 4 Director representative.


In addition to his national accolades, Doctor’s contributions to the CNY PGA are also noteworthy. He has received the Golf Professional of the Year Award twice, the CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award six times and he’s received Teacher/Coach of the Year three times.


“One of the most satisfying accomplishments of my career has been helping others in the Section improve their job situation,” said Doctor, the son of a PGA Professional. “I have enjoyed helping Section members and assistants enhance their careers through education and mentoring. There is no better feeling than knowing you have helped improve a fellow professional’s career. My passion for working with and developing golfers of all levels, especially junior golfers, has also been a highlight of my career as a PGA member.”


Career achievements:

1985-2017: Head professional at Skaneateles Country Club

1991 and 2012: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

1995: Earned PGA Masters Professional Classification

2001, 2003: Named on GOLF Magazine’s list of America’s Top Golf Teachers

2007: Received the National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award

2013: Received the National PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award

2015: Inducted into the National PGA Hall of Fame




Year Inducted: 2010


Costello possessed a level of excellence throughout his career including a lengthy tenure at Cornell University.


For three decades, Costello was an integral part of Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Course as a teaching professional, club house manager and director of golf operations. He also coached Cornell’s men’s golf team for 11 years. In honor of Costello’s years of service to the school and golf course, Cornell named the 200-yard par-3 second hole at the RTJ course after Costello in 2006.


Costello learned the game at a young age by caddying at Shepard Hills Country Club in his native Waverly before being hired as a caddie master then advanced to a PGA apprentice at Shepard Hills where he learned the golf business under PGA professional and mentor Danny Jones.


Over his career, Costello contributed to the game in a variety of ways through published instructional articles, televised lessons, golf management, rules official and volunteering for numerous events and section activities.


Costello, a U.S. Navy veteran, listed his family among his top golf-related accomplishments. His wife Sharyn is a New York State Women’s Senior and Super Senior Amateur champion and his son Shawn won the 2000 NYSHSAA boys championship.


“They are my proudest accomplishments rooted in that I was a PGA professional and I had a role in their careers,” Costello said.


Career achievements:

1973-2000: Head professional, club house manager and director of golf operations at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University

1989-2000: Head varsity men’s golf coach at Cornell University

1988: CNY PGA Teacher of the Year

1994-1999: Director of U.S. Sports Corporation Nike Junior Golf Camp at Cornell

1998: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

2005-2006: Women’s golf coach at Cortland State

2007-2008: Head professional at the municipal golf course for the City of Boca Raton, Fla.



Year Inducted: 2011


McCarthy’s fondest memories as a PGA professional revolve around the strong rapport he had with people especially his club members.


“As a golf professional, we wear a lot of different hats,” McCarthy said. “But the most rewarding aspect is the interaction with members and golfers. You meet so many nice people in this job which is something I always appreciated.”


McCarthy’s career spanned four decades as head professional at Cortland Country Club and then the Cavalry Club before his retirement in 2015. During that time, McCarthy also served 15 years as a member of the CNY PGA board of directors.


A native of Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill neighborhood, McCarthy helped set up the CNY PGA Scholarship Fund which was created to benefit the children and grandchildren of section members. The scholarship, which is administered by the CNY PGA, is funded through the Emmett Kelly Masters. He is also involved in the First Tee of Syracuse, a youth development organization.


McCarthy’s relationship with CNY PGA hall of famer Kelly helped guide him to a career in golf.


“He’s the reason I’m a golf professional,” McCarthy said.


As a player, McCarthy’s career highlight was winning the 2000 Section Senior Championship at the Country Club of Ithaca. His personal career highlight is watching his son, Kevin McCarthy (Beaver Meadows, Cavalry Club), carry on his PGA golf legacy.


“I’m proud of seeing my son continue in the golf profession,” McCarthy said.


Career achievements:

1978: Earned PGA membership

1980-1990: Head professional at Cortland Country Club

1987: Named CNY PGA Professional of the Year

1988-2003: CNY PGA Board of Directors

1989, 1993: Named CNY PGA Teacher of the Year

1991-2015: Head professional at the Cavalry Club



Year Inducted: 2012


Blain, the first female to be inducted into the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame, set the tone for her trailblazing golf career as a young girl by holding her own against her male peers. Her talent led her to becoming the first female on the Hamilton Central School’s boys golf team.


After playing collegiate golf at the University of South Florida in the 1970s, Blain returned to her native Hamilton, where she made history again. In 1982, Blain was appointed the head professional at Colgate University’s famed Seven Oaks Golf Club. Five years later, she was the first female to become a member of the CNY PGA and also among the first nationally.


At Seven Oaks, Blain planned, promoted and directed all activity on the course. She excelled in all areas of golf club operations, implementing new ideas while helping to increase revenue and player membership.


Blain has been a good friend to many in the golf industry. Seven Oaks has hosted numerous tournaments and events during Blain’s tenure with Blain earning high praise for making sure every person who steps on her golf course has a positive experience.


Over her career, Blain has shared her knowledge and experience through instructional clinics, physical education classes and junior programs. Her six-week junior program for the village of Hamilton has produced four PGA professionals and introduced hundreds of children to the game of golf.


“I’m proud of becoming both the first female to become a member of the CNY PGA as well as the first female elected into the CNY PGA Hall of Fame,” Blain said. “My hope is that both of these accomplishments have opened the door for other females to pursue their passion and dreams in becoming a PGA professional.”


Career achievements:

1982-2013: Head professional at Colgate University’s Seven Oaks Golf Club

1992: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

1992: Colgate Maroon Council Citation (for service to the university)

1998: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)

2004: CNY PGA Women’s Player of the Year

2005-2007: Head coach Colgate men’s golf team

2014-present: Head golf instructor at Canasawacta Country Club

Named CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year (1993, 2011)




Year Inducted: 2013


Rocky Kelly was born into the proud family tradition of growing the game. As the son of Central New York PGA hall of famer Emmett Kelly, the Kellys are the first father-son duo to be inducted into the section hall of fame.


“Right from the beginning while shagging balls for my father during lessons, I learned to admire his patience, professionalism and teaching methods,” Rocky Kelly said. “I have been fortunate to be able to pick up some of his teaching methods.”


Rocky Kelly, a PGA member since 1969, made his mark as a golf ambassador, just like his father before him, through numerous endeavors. Besides being a much sought-after golf instructor, Kelly served as a competent section leader including three years as CNY PGA president. He also served on the National Education, Apprentice and Junior Golf Committees. He was a delegate at nine PGA national meetings.


Kelly’s desire to help others through golf is reflected in his charitable work. He honored his father by creating the Emmett Kelly Masters in 1981 (which continues to held annually at the Cavalry Club) and the Emmett Kelly Scholarship Fund.


In 2011 after September 11th, Kelly organized a local charity golf event and raised $16,000 for the NYC Police and Fire Departments. He also has been a strong supporter of junior golf and the Folds of Honor Charity throughout his career. The Kelly Pro-Junior Tournament is held annually in his honor.


Kelly passed away in 2020.


Career achievements:

1969: Became the first PGA professional at Camillus Country Club

1971-1976: CNY PGA Secretary/Treasurer

1977-1980: CNY PGA Section President

1977: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

Head professional at the Cavalry Club

Head professional at the Links at Erie Village

2005-2020: Head professional at Green Lakes State Park Golf Course



Year Inducted: 2014


As a golf professional, Doherty spent much of his 50-year career helping others learn the game of golf.


During his 22-year tenure at Beaver Meadows Golf Club, Doherty was the

consummate club professional with a reputation for being a patient teacher with both juniors and adults. He was named CNY PGA Professional of the Year in 1973.


Doherty also spearheaded an effort to bring high-caliber golfers to Central New York. He was instrumental in Beaver Meadows hosting three different exhibitions by PGA golfers, bringing in names such as Bobby Clampett, Jerry Pate, DA Weibring and Peter Jacobson to play.


Doherty, who became interested in golf when he started caddying for his father, James F. Doherty, became a member of the PGA in 1961 after an apprenticeship at Teugega Country Club. He was a gifted player in his prime and admired by his peers for his knowledge and professionalism. He won two Central New York PGA Senior championships in two different decades (1988, 1996).


For Doherty, his best career moments are easy to peg. At the top of the list is being inducted into the CNY PGA Hall of Fame. Another important career highlight for Doherty was playing in the BC Open with Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins.


Career achievements:

1962: Assistant professional at Yahnundasis Golf Club

1963-1967: Head professional at McConnellsville Country Club

1968-1990: Head professional at Beaver Meadows Golf Club

1971-1973: CNY PGA Section President

1973: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

1991-2016: Co-head professional at Liverpool Golf and Country Club

Two-time CNY PGA Senior Champion (1988, 1996)

CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education) (1979, 1982)



Year Inducted: 2016


Since joining the section in 1990, Serafino has been the consummate Central New York PGA professional. Serafino has successfully earned the respect of both his PGA peers and his club members through his professionalism, integrity, hard work and service to the golfing community.


Serafino’s 30-year career encompasses golf management, golf club operations and golf course maintenance. He has built his career on the importance of exceptional customer service because in his words ‘We are here to help each player enjoy their day’.


Serafino sets high standards for himself whether it be as a director of golf, golf instructor or as a player. He is one of the few professionals who is not only a superb teacher but also an accomplished player.


He has won three CNY PGA Stroke Play titles, two Section Players’ Championships, CNY Open Champion, Boilermaker Open Champion and was named the 2001 CNY PGA Player of the Year. He participated in five straight Eastern CPC Tournaments from 1999 – 2004 and played in four National Club Professional Championships.  He has also won numerous section pro-ams.


Serafino understood the importance of growing the game which is why he assisted in the creation of the CNY PGA Junior Tour program in the early 2000s.


Career achievements:

1989-2003: PGA Golf Professional at the Seneca Falls Golf Club

1996: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

1999: CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (Education)

2001: CNY PGA Player of the Year

2001-2002: Vardon Trophy Winner (Low Season Stroke Average)

2003-2018: PGA Director of Golf at Lake Shore Yacht and Country Club. He went on to become the Director of Club Operations at Lake Shore

2004-2006: CNY PGA President

2018-2019: PGA Golf Professional at The Cavalry Club

2020-present: PGA Director of Golf at Timber Banks Golf Club


NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 10: Trey Walewski, Central New York Section, poses for a photo during the 100th PGA Annual Meeting held at the Grand Hyatt New York on November 10, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)



Year Inducted: 2016


Building relationships. That’s the common thread to Walewski’s successful career in golf.


As a head professional, Walewski has the ability to connect with golfers no matter what the skill level. Whether he’s giving a lesson to a beginner or playing with a veteran looking to fix a minor flaw, Walewski instills confidence through positivity.


As a golf manager and owner, Walewski has cultivated strong relationships which has been key in member retention and staff recruitment. Under his tutelage, many of his former assistants are now head professionals. Walewski’s enthusiasm for the game and his strong communication skills are valuable assets in golf management.


Walewski, who owns and operates Meadowbrook Golf Club, is a firm believer that the business of golf revolves around excellent customer service. “No matter what your strengths are, it comes down to this one thing,” he said.


As a golf merchandiser, Walewski has a stellar reputation because golfers trust and respect his knowledge. He has earned CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year honors eight times at both public and private golf clubs.


As a promoter of the game, Walewski is a committed member of the CNY PGA with outstanding service record. A two-time CNY PGA Player of the Year, Walewski has serve his peers as CNY PGA President and the Board of Directors.


Walewski has the distinction of being the youngest professional to be inducted into the CNY PGA Hall of Fame.

Career achievements:

1990-1999: Head Golf Professional at Auburn Golf and Country Club

2000-2014: Head Golf Professional at Kanon Valley Country Club

2002: CNY PGA Section Champion

2006-present: Owner and operator of Meadowbrook Golf Club

2006: CNY PGA Professional of the Year

2010-present: PGA Magazine Ambassador

2014-2018: Director of Golf Services at Timber Banks Golf Club

2018-2019: Director of Golf Operations at Highland Park Golf Club

CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010)

CNY PGA Player of the Year (1994, 1996)

CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (Service) (2004, 2009, 2011, 2018)


PGA Annual Meeting



Year Inducted: 2018


Winstead has built an impressive career resume with the Central New York PGA.


Winstead has made an impact at the golf courses he worked since becoming a golf professional and member of the Central New York PGA Section in 1983. He has been named Golf Professional of the Year, the Section’s top honor, twice in 2000 and 2015.


Winstead became the head golf professional and general manager at Woodcrest Golf Club in Manlius in 1993. He has the distinction of being the club’s first golf professional. Interacting and listening to club members was important to Winstead. He insisted on maintaining a high level of service to his members while also developing the course into a viable operation.


In addition to establishing Woodcrest as a strong golf facility for his community, Winstead said another rewarding aspect of his career is working with and helping the next generation of golf professionals. At least 11 individuals that were members or students decided to pursue the golf profession as a career under Winstead and are members of the PGA of America.


Winstead has served as the CNY PGA Section president as well as having served or chaired every section committee. He also has been at the forefront of youth golf initiatives such as Junior League Golf.

Winstead passed away in 2022.


Career achievements

1983-1988: Assistant and Non-Member Head Professional at NYS Parks, served at Battle Island, Green Lakes and Seneca Golf Club

1989-1991: Head Professional at the Pompey Club

1990: CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Private

1992: Head Professional at Green Lakes State Park

1993: Head Professional/General Manager at Woodcrest Golf Club

Three-time CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Public (1998, 2002, 2009)

Two-time CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year (2000, 2015)

2018-2020: CNY PGA Section President



Year Inducted: 2019


Throughout his career, Gorman has maintained the highest standard of professionalism as a facility owner, PGA Professional and player.


Gorman, a scholar-athlete for The Ohio State University Golf Team, earned his PGA membership and achieved another important career milestone in 1992 by became the owner and general manager of The Pompey Club.


The day-to-day demands of owning a popular golf course did not hinder The self-motivated Gorman exemplifies integrity and fidelity to the game of golf through his work. Gorman has been active in the Section’s affairs, serving on numerous committees and becoming Section President (2012-14). He has also served on National PGA Committees including Education, Membership and Member Benefits.


One of Gorman’s proudest moments is securing a home site for the Section. Gorman’s negotiation skills and handling of the project ultimately saved the Section thousands of dollars.


“This (home site) is something our members will have for years to come,” Gorman said. “If I have a legacy with the Section, that would be it.”


Gorman has won many awards because of his high level of service and commitment to the Section including 2003 Golf Professional of the Year. He’s a six-time recipient of the Horton Smith Award and a two-time winner of the Patriot Award.


“It’s always nice to be recognized, but ultimately I do all that I do out of love and commitment to the Section,” Gorman said. “I do it because I care deeply about our PGA Professionals.”


Gorman joined his father, Tom, in the hall of fame to become the second father-son duo to be inducted.



Career achievements:

Owner and General Manager of The Pompey Club

1994: Won the CNY PGA Championship

2003: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

2012-2014: Served as Section President

2015: Won CNY PGA Player Development Award

2022: CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award

CNY PGA Horton Smith Award (2002, 2004-07, 2015)

CNY PGA Patriot Award (2016, 2016)



Year Inducted: 2019


Mulherin’s passion for golf is exemplified by her dedication to teaching others the game.


Mulherin, who is well-versed in different styles of instruction, is one of the Section’s most sought-after instructors. Mulherin has given thousands of golf lessons to players of all ages throughout her 30-plus year career through private instruction, camps, junior programs and clinics.


“As PGA Professionals, we need to stay passionate about our craft,” Mulherin said. “I have always loved to learn. This continued learning I believe helps me to be the best I can be.”


Mulherin’s efforts as a Master Professional in Instruction have won her multiple Central New York PGA Teacher of the Year awards.


One constant during Mulherin’s professional career is the mentorship of girls and women through golf. She established the LSM Girls Golf Academy for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. She has also guided other women toward careers in the golf field.


In addition to her own golf programs, Mulherin supports and promotes several junior programs including The First Tee, CNY PGA Junior Tour and PGA Jr. League. The Tesori/Mulherin Cup, a season-ended CNY PGA Junior Tour event, was named after Mulherin and hall of famer Joe Tesori, in honor of their commitment to junior golf.


“I believe in leading by example,” Mulherin said. “I have been fortunate to have several talented individuals who have showcased their talents either in playing the game of golf or have decided to follow my career path into the PGA of America. These have been some of my proudest moments.”


Career achievements:

Board member for the local chapter of the First Tee of Syracuse

1992-1994: Section president of apprentice organization

2009: CNY PGA Female Player of the Year

2018: CNY PGA Player Development Award

CNY PGA Teacher of the Year (1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2018)

2022: PGA REACH Central New York Board Member




Year Inducted: 2019


Conger, who earned his PGA membership in 1980, is a steward of the game. His drive and enthusiasm to teach golf are his hallmark traits as a dedicated golf instructor.


“I get a lot of joy out of teaching,” Conger said. “I enjoy watching students get better and see their game improve. It’s rewarding to hear ‘Thank you. You made the game fun again.’ ”


The owner and managing director of the CNY Golf Academy, Conger is noted for creating a positive atmosphere while teaching the fundamentals of the game to players, young and old. Conger strives to stay current in teaching techniques and his approach to instruction.


Conger’s ability to transfer his knowledge to his students has made him one of the top teaching Professionals in the Section. He has been recognized for his achievements in golf instruction with multiple CNY PGA Teacher of the Year awards. He was named CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1990. He’s also attended PGA Teaching Conferences at Pinehurst (NC).


“My goal is to educate people and give them information that they never knew,” Conger said.


Conger invested his time promoting the CNY PGA brand by devoting countless hours teaching, volunteering in the community and donating golf equipment to assist charity organizations. He has assisted in free clinics with The First Tee of Syracuse programs and helped out when needed with Section junior golf initiatives such as Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers. He also owned and operated the CNY Golfing Center in East Syracuse for 28 years.


Career achievements:

Head Professional

*7 years at The Pompey Club

*22 years at Lafayette Hills Country Club

1987-2015: Owner CNY Golfing Center

1990: CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

CNY PGA Teacher and Coach of the Year (1991, 2004, 2006, 2020)

1996: CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year (Private)

2005: CNY PGA Merchandiser of the Year (Public)

2014: CNY PGA Player Development Award

2020: CNY PGA Professional Development Award

Member of the CNY PGA Board of Directors (multiple years)