PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA and the iconic Wanamaker Trophy highlighted the annual Central New York PGA Spring Meeting held April 17 at Turning Stone Resort Casino.


More than 75 Section members attended the Spring Meeting which took place in the Shenendoah/Kaluhyat Clubhouse. Lindert met and took photos with Section members during his special guest appearance. Lindert, with PGA Northeast Regional Director Jonathan Gold, PGA, served as a guest speaker in the Deferred Compensation break-out session.


Members rotated to attend three break-out sessions at the Spring Meeting. This year’s subject areas were:



Speakers: Claire Jansa, PGA (PGA HOPE Program Coordinator), Don Zorn (PGA REACH CNY Development Director), Eric Schuster (PGA REACH CNY Ambassador)


USGA Rules Update

Speaker: Tom Gorman, PGA; PGA Rules Committee


Deferred Compensation

Speakers: PGA Northeast Regional Director Jonathan Gold, PGA and PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA


In attendance at the Spring Meeting were CNY PGA featured partners. They included: Scott and Dave Waples of T Squared Putters, Steve Wineburg of Bernards Custom Logos and Brian Robinson of Cutter & Buck. All three partners had tables set up on site and were able to meet and talk with Section members.


Product Gift Partner Kathy Yevchak of Signs by the Sea was unable to attend but provided a CNY PGA custom wood matchbox for attendees.


The Wanamaker Trophy is a historic symbol of the PGA Championship. The trophy, with all the past tournament winners etched on it, was prominently displayed on a pedestal for individual photo opportunities during the meeting. The Wanamaker will be awarded in May at the 2023 PGA Championship, which will be held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.


Lindert, a Michigan native, is a member of the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame and has been a PGA Member for more than 35 years. In addition to being PGA President, a voluntary position, Lindert, who has a passion for teaching and playing, is the PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club of Lansing. This was his fifth PGA Section meeting this spring.


“One of the things I enjoy the most is to interact with the PGA Members and going to all the different Sections,” Lindert said. “We have 41 unique and independent Sections and they are all extremely proud of their Section. They are extremely passionate of what they do as PGA Professionals. It’s really neat to see how many wonderful individuals we have in this Association.”