Irondequoit Country Club was the site of the first-ever PGA REACH Central New York Pro-Am on May 18.
The memorable event — featuring a day of golf, photos with the Ryder Cup Trophy, entry into the PGA Championship at Oak Hill and other amenities — benefitted the three PGA REACH CNY philanthropic pillars: Youth Programs, PGA HOPE and PGA WORKS.
Course Sponsor Visions Federal Credit Union and Director of Branding and Public Relations Tim Strong presented a check to PGA REACH CNY for $15,000.
CNY PGA Executive Director and PGA REACH CNY President Alan Seamans said could not have been done without the support of so many.
“Our intent was to create a memorable golfing experience while shedding light on our foundations efforts and I think we did just that,” Seamans said. “Our veteran, junior and inclusivity programming will undoubtedly benefit from today’s success. We truly appreciate the generosity and could not be more proud of all those that played an integral role.”
PGA Professionals and amateurs competed in the Pro-Am. SOS/First Tee of Syracuse finished first out of 16 teams at 16-under-par 128. Team members were: PGA Professional Trey Walewski (Meadowbrook GC) and amateurs Nate Everding, Mike Fitzgerald and Mike Humphrey.
Team Zorn featuring PGA REACH CNY Development Director Don Zorn finished second (14-under 130). Other team members were Alex Pezzi, Garrett Zorn, and
Tito’s Handmade Vodka No. 2 was third (12-under 132) with amateurs Connor Hickey, Dave Foster, Kurt Roth and Dave Stuart.
The Ryder Cup Trophy arrived at the golf course right after the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The iconic gold trophy was set up on the first tee. Players took individual photos with the Ryder Cup and each team received a custom team photo with the trophy.
Trackman technology was set up on the first tee to give golfers analytical data of their swing. Tito’s Handmade Vodka also had a station offering drink samples.
After a buffet lunch, Pro-Am participants were shuttled to Oak Hill CC to watch first round action of the PGA Championship.