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Philadelphia PGA Member Andy Miller Honored With 2021 PGA Youth Player Development Award

Andy Miller, PGA, a Philadelphia PGA Section Member and PGA Director of Instruction at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, is the 2021 PGA Youth Player Development Award winner. The honor is given to a PGA Member who has made extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of youth player development. He boasts an impressive record of serving his fellow PGA Members currently in the role of Section Chairman of Instruction and contributing to numerous committees, including Player Development. Miller is well known in his community for working with local businesses, charities and schools to grow the game of golf. He was an early adopter of PGA Jr. League and was Mid-Atlantic Captain of the Year in 2013. Miller has a passion for sharing his expertise with others, which he displayed on a large scale by presenting on junior golf at the CMAA World Conference in San Francisco back in 2018. He has received several awards from the Philadelphia PGA Section, including Teacher & Coach of the Year Award (2020); Youth Player Development Award (2013, 2018, 2019,); 5-Time Golf Range Magazine Growth of the Game Award, and one of Golf Digest “Best in PA” 2017-2022. Miller is a US Kids Master Coach and a certified PGA Coach.

Full Press Release: Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2022) – PGA Golf Professional of the Year Tom Wildenhaus, PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Jamie Mulligan and PGA Golf Executive of the Year Joe Assell headline the PGA of America’s National Awards for 2021.

The 13 winners were unveiled during the 2022 PGA Show’s Opening Ceremony today at the Orange County Convention Center.

“This year’s outstanding class of National Awards recipients are inspiring those involved with the game of golf and the advancement of PGA Professionals throughout our industry,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “The PGA of America is proud to recognize their accomplishments, as they reflect the incredible expertise and talent throughout our Association. From nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals, these 13 recipients are at the forefront, reflecting a standard of success for all of us to emulate and admire.”

2021 PGA of America National Awards Recipients

  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year
    Tom Wildenhaus, PGA – Olde Florida Golf Club – Naples, Fla.

  • PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year
    Jamie Mulligan, PGA – Virginia Country Club – Long Beach, Calif.

  • PGA Golf Executive of the Year
    Joe Assell, PGA – GOLFTEC – Englewood, Colo.

  • Bill Strausbaugh Award
    Tim Beckwith, PGA (posthumous) – Sarasota National Golf Club – Sarasota, Fla.

  • PGA Professional Development Award
    Dr. Rich Ballinger, PGA – Sam Houston State PGA Golf Management University Program –
    Huntsville, Texas

  • Deacon Palmer Award
    Bryan DeMarco, PGA – Pine Barrens Golf Club – Jackson, N.J.

  • Patriot Award
    Joe Grohman, PGA – Old Ranch Country Club/PGA Hope National Trainer – Seal Beach, Calif.

  • PGA Player Development Award
    Thomas Yost, PGA – First Tee – Four Corners – Kirtland, N.M.

  • PGA Youth Player Development Award
    Andrew Miller, PGA – LedgeRock Golf Club – Mohnton, Pa.

  • Herb Graffis Award
    Carolinas PGA Section

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category
    Caroline Basarab, PGA – Reynolds Lake Oconee – Greensboro, Ga.

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category
    Brian Tolnar, PGA  – Mill Creek Park Golf Course – Canfield, Ohio

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category
    Ian Brown, PGA – Butterfield Country Club – Oakbrook, Ill.

For bios and information on all of the PGA of America National Award winners, click here.

The 2021 PGA of America National Awards are scheduled to be presented on Nov. 1, as part of the 2022 PGA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Herb Graffis Award will be presented during the Annual Meeting content that week as well.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals who work daily to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts
Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America 561-389-4647  mabramowitz@pgahq.com
Jared Minski, Mastro Communications  732-469-5700 jared@mastrocomm.com

Remembering Don DeAngelis, PGA

It is with great sadness to inform you that PGA Life Member Donald DeAngelis passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at the age of 70. He was survived by his sister, Michele DeAngelis, his loving wife, Michele DeAngelis, and his two sons Jason and Tom Rowinski.

DeAngelis was elected to PGA Membership in 1978, and played the game with immense talent, winning the 1985 Pennsylvania Open and playing in the 1978 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo., and winning a Section tournament in six straight decades. His most recent win was in September 2021, when he won the 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship’s Super Senior Division, and also shot his age, a 69. To read a tribute to DeAngelis the Section published last year, click here.

The DeAngelis family has stated in his obituary that they will “pay homage to [their] hero in the spring at a golf memorial celebration.”

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Don’s name, or better yet, go play a round of golf and enjoy the game that Don made better.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA Member Sean Palmer Headlines 2021 Philadelphia PGA Section Award Recipients

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (December 20, 2021) — The Philadelphia PGA Section has announced its 2021 award winners, highlighted by PGA Golf Professional of the Year Sean Palmer, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf for The Union League of Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, Pa. Over 100 award nominations were received for the 2021 Awards Class, of which the Philadelphia PGA Awards Committee chose 11 winners for 2021, including:
  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Sean Palmer, PGA; The Union League of Philadelphia, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
  • PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year: David Zimmaro, PGA; Overbrook Golf Club, Villanova, Pa.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Jeff Kiddie, PGA; Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pa.
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Lou Guzzi, PGA; Lou Guzzi Golf Academy, Ambler, Pa.
  • PGA Patriot Award: Jeff Breiner, PGA; Country Club of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • PGA Player Development Award: Justin Rinas, PGA; The Skramble House of Golf, Horsham, Pa.
  • PGA Youth Player Development Award: Chris Young, PGA; Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown, Pa.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category: Mike Wood, PGA; Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category: Eddie Perino, PGA; Eagle Rock Resort, Hazle Township, Pa.
  • Justin Riegel PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Jeremy Marino, PGA; Applebrook Golf Club, Malvern, Pa.
  • Salesperson of the Year: Jerry McGoey; Titleist, Glenside, Pa.

Sean Palmer, PGA, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf for The Union League of Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. This is the highest annual honor given to a Philadelphia PGA Professional, awarded for qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the Philadelphia PGA Section and the game of golf.

A PGA Member since 2011, Palmer has spent the last seven years leading The Union League of Philadelphia’s expansion into the golf market, first as PGA Director of Golf at The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale in Philadelphia, and now as PGA Director of Golf for all of the Union League’s properties, including Torresdale, Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Union League National Golf Club in Cape May Court House, N.J. In 2015, Palmer’s first task with the Union League was to create a golf program, staff, and retail brand from the ground up, in addition to establishing a golf membership culture for the then 153-year-old organization. At the outset, the league had over 4,000 members, many of whom did not play golf, so Palmer created a lesson program where members were provided complimentary private or group golf instruction with PGA Professionals once per week, resulting in over 11,000 lessons given, with an average of 2,100 taught annually.

In 2017, the Union League of Philadelphia purchased Sand Barrens Golf Club near the Jersey shore, now known as Union League National Golf Club. Palmer assisted in evaluating the new golf market and large capital investment, in addition to the club’s golf course renovations. Union League National now has over 250 people on its waiting list to join. Palmer also used the new property to promote the league’s PGA Assistant Professionals to leadership positions, and expand internship offerings.

Palmer’s role expanded yet again in 2020 when the Union League purchased its Union League Liberty Hill property, formerly known as the Ace Club and Chubb Hotel and Conference Center. He was actively engaged in sale negotiations and wrote a detailed business plan for the league’s board of directors, banks, and staff. The facility reaches over 2,500 existing league members, and provides another golf option in a separate part of the greater Philadelphia area. As part of the Liberty Hill acquisition, Palmer moved into the PGA General Manager position for that facility, while doubling as the PGA Director of Golf for all the Union League’s three golf properties.

Under Palmer’s leadership, the club has hired over 10 PGA Professionals and over 160 caddies, while providing 22 caddie scholarships through their own funds. Additionally, five PGA Professionals have accepted PGA General Manager or PGA Head Professional positions in the golf industry.

“My goal is to mentor [PGA] Professionals, golf service team members, caddies, and our retail team by making them better at their tasks, work ethic, and character by the time they are ready to progress and move forward in their career,” says Palmer. “I follow up with staff members who have left our operation, to show I care and have always cared about their best interests. This effort creates a positive team culture that our club benefits from for years to come by attracting high-character individuals.”

Beginning in 2019, Palmer started the Union League University initiative to allow the club’s interns to benefit from the Union League’s knowledge base. The program teaches the students about every facet of the operation and requires cross-training with other departments, including the league’s downtown club. Additionally, Palmer currently serves as Penn State’s PGA Golf Management (PGM) Alumni Board President, a role in which he has presented to PGM students and alumni on several occasions. In 2019, he won the program’s Pride of the Lions Alumnus of the Year award on the same day that Jacob Hoffer was presented with their Emerging Professional Award, following his promotion to PGA General Manager at Union League National Golf Club.

Palmer’s contributions to the game of golf are not limited to his roles with the Union League and Penn State; he has served the Philadelphia PGA Section in various ways, including as a member of the Section’s Membership Committee. Palmer is also a staunch supporter of PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, helping to raise funds through his role with the Union League. This year, Palmer helped launch a member-veterans program at Liberty Hill in which three Union League members were paired together with a recent combat veteran in a golf tournament. One-hundred percent of the tournament’s proceeds were donated to PGA REACH Philadelphia for its PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Philadelphia program and its veterans. The club plans to host this event annually to help U.S. military veterans. Furthermore, Palmer serves as a mentor for PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship recipients. He has been coaching scholarship recipient Brayden Mitchell (along with his grandfather), and secured a new set of golf clubs for Mitchell, with the assistance of the foundation.

Palmer was named the Section’s Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2014.

David Zimmaro, PGA, a PGA Assistant Professional and the Youth Golf Director at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Award for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.” Zimmaro won the Section’s Youth Player Development Award in 2017 and 2020.

Hailing originally from Philadelphia, Zimmaro has dedicated his career to guiding youth golfers in the Delaware Valley, not only through his current role as Overbrook’s Youth Golf Director, but through other organizations, such as the First Tee of Philadelphia where he served as site director. Over the course of six years, he also worked with PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Golf in Schools initiative and the First Tee’s School Program, reaching over 10,000 school students during their physical education classes, and created and managed a PIAA team. His additional work does not stop there either, as he works or has worked with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, Widener Memorial School, Overbrook School for the Blind, La Salle Academy, AIM Academy, the Bridge School, Fort Dix Military Base, the Department of Justice’s Students for Juvenile Justice, conducts Overbrook’s Appreciating Diversity and Accepting Adversity weekend, and learned American Sign Language to work with the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Zimmaro has also served as a PGA Jr. League captain for four years, fielding a team from Overbrook, which has been undefeated for three seasons and advanced to the Section Championship in 2021, and coached their division’s All-Star team. Two of Zimmaro’s students also advanced to the Drive, Chip & Putt Regionals at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina in 2017 and 2021. Additionally, three of his students have competed in the U.S. Kids World Championship over the past three seasons.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way golf facilities operate, and teachers and coaches like Zimmaro were not immune to these adjustments. He worked hard to create a “pod system” to allow for responsible and socially-distanced learning for Overbrook’s youth golf clinics in 2020. The system worked so well that the club saw 105 youth golfers participate in 2020 and another 120 this year.

Not shy to share what he has learned and how he has been successful, Zimmaro has been featured in PGA Magazine’s PGA Professionals’ Best Practice Series and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has appeared on Golf Channel’s “Golf Fix with Michael Breed” television show, on Philadelphia’s Fox 29, and in videos produced by Temple University and the Department of Justice. He also has presented at a Youth Player Development Workshop with other Youth Player Development Award winners, and is actively involved with Penn State PGA Golf Management’s mentoring program.

Jeff Kiddie, PGA, the PGA Head Professional at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., and Philadelphia PGA Honorary President, is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award. The award recognizes a PGA Professional who demonstrates exceptional character, integrity and leadership, by way of teaching and mentoring other PGA Professionals. As a PGA Assistant Professional, Kiddie says he was fortunate to work for tremendous PGA Head Professionals who took great interest in his career, and that inspired him to do the same when he earned his first PGA Head Professional position in 2001. Since then, 12 of his assistants have accepted head professional positions, including five in the past five years. Kiddie says he is very proud to have watched past staff members grow as head professionals at their facilities, and feels that some of the best mentoring has included helping staff members establish careers in other areas of the golf industry, or even in another industry, which better aligned with their skill sets. Kiddie’s reach does not end at his place of business, as he has volunteered for the Section and other organizations throughout his career, including serving as the Section’s President in 2020-21 following his two-year terms as Vice President, Secretary, and Director of Section Affairs. He was a District 6 Director in 2007-11, and has served on the Section’s Education, Mentoring, Rules, Awards, and Youth Golf Committees, in addition to being a member on the PGA of America’s Rules Committee, he has been an instructor for PGA / USGA Rules Workshops and served as a trustee for the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Kiddie was previously named the 2011 PGA Merchandiser of the Year  – Private Category, 2012 Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year, 2007 and 2010 Section Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category, and 1999 Section Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, in addition to winning the Section’s 2016 Professional Development Award.

Lou Guzzi, PGA, is the owner of and PGA Director of Instruction at Lou Guzzi Golf Academy at Talamore Country Club in Ambler, Pa., and the Philadelphia PGA’s 2021 Professional Development Award recipient. This honor goes to a PGA Member who displays commendable contributions to the education of PGA Professionals. Entering his 25th year as a PGA Member, Guzzi has never shied away from getting in front of his peers to help elevate their own knowledge bases and businesses. He currently serves as the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit Committee Chair, and was co-chair for the national Coaching & Player Development Committee in 2016-20. He has also served on various other committees at the national and Section level, including the PGA’s Instruction and Awards committees, PGA Magazine and the Golf Range Association of America’s advisory boards, and vendor boards such as Bobby Jones, FlightScope, and AboutGolf. Furthermore, Guzzi has presented at dozens of local, regional, and national instruction and coaching seminars for PGA Professionals and has been published by industry publications such as PGA Magazine, Golf Magazine and Golf.com, SIGolf+, Golf Range Magazine, and more. He understands the importance of helping his fellow PGA Professionals become better teachers and business people, as such, the doors to his academy are always open to any PGA Member, Associate, or Student who wants to grow as an instructor. Guzzi was named the PGA’s 2013 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year, in addition to winning the same honor at the Section level in 2003 and 2010; he previously received the Section’s Professional Development Award in 2014.

Jeff Breiner, PGA, the Philadelphia PGA’s 2021 PGA Patriot Award recipient, is the PGA Head Professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa., and the lead PGA Professional for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Philadelphia’s Harrisburg Chapter. The PGA Patriot Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates an unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected our country. Having had a father who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and two uncles who served in the Air Force and Navy, Breiner always aligned himself with military and veteran programs whenever he could. So, in conjunction with the launch of PGA REACH Philadelphia in 2018, he approached his club’s Board of Governors about creating a PGA HOPE Philadelphia chapter at the Country Club of Harrisburg. In the first year, the new chapter had over 65 veterans participate in the clinics, a number which as grown ever since, thanks to Breiner’s coordination with local VA hospitals, VFW and American Legion posts. He has also worked hard to secure partnerships for his chapter, providing participants with perks such as a home improvement package contest, NFL tickets, and more. Each year on Veterans Day, Breiner opens up his club to any military veteran who would like to bring a foursome to play the normally private golf course. Never one to stop assisting veterans, Breiner also worked with PGA REACH Philadelphia to offer club jobs to PGA HOPE veterans, which resulted in the hiring of a veteran as outside supervisor. While the true scope and reach of his dedicated work may be hard to quantify, Breiner has had several veterans in his chapter who have said PGA HOPE Philadelphia has helped save their lives after battling PTSD, depression, and other ailments. Breiner was also named the Section’s Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2011.

Justin Rinas, PGA, is the PGA Owner and Director of Operations of the Skramble House of Golf in Horsham, Pa., and the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Player Development Award. This honor bestows special recognition to a PGA Member who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. Rinas opened his 24/7 indoor golf facility, the Skramble House of Golf, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in October 2020, a risk which has paid off both for Rinas, his students and members, and the game of golf. Since opening, the facility has dispensed over two million golf balls, and realized over six figures of golf club sales. His goal of offering an indoor golf facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week has been embraced by many in the Delaware Valley, as the club has reached its membership capacity (over 200); furthermore, 92 percent of his members with a golf handicap saw improvement in their first year of membership. Throughout the pandemic, Rinas has developed ways to remain engaged with his members, teaching and coaching virtually as an example. The Skramble House of Golf also hosts events and groups to reach women, youth, and disabled golfers, as well as beginner and non-golfers. His facility also helps create a sense of ease and comfort via its relaxed dress code; golfers are allowed, even encouraged, to wear sweatpants and hoodies during their sessions.

Christopher Young, PGA, a PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Coordinator at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., is the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Youth Player Development Award recipient. The award is given annually to a PGA Professional who has made extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of youth player development. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Young established an after-school golf program, named 30 and 3, for beginner youth golfers. The program is designed for children ages six to 17 participating monthly in a 30-minute instructional clinic and three holes of golf. It proved to be an instant success, with participation numbers nearly doubling each month. He also separates his programs into six squads based on skill level to encourage upward movement through the program. As a parent himself, he empathizes with parents and their kids and their situations, while making sure to always remain upfront and upbeat. He also considers the mentoring of younger PGA Professionals to be one of the greatest contributions he can offer the Association and game of golf. Young has served on the Section’s Youth Golf Committee for the past two seasons, in addition to the Instruction Committee in 2016-18.

Mike Wood, PGA, the PGA Director of Golf at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of Year Award – Private Category. The award recognizes PGA Professionals working at a private golf facility who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. Wood assumed all of Saucon Valley’s merchandise buying responsibilities in 2018, which now consumes 75 percent of his offseason tasks, and 30 percent in-season. He developed golf shop policies and procedures which detail daily, weekly, and monthly merchandising duties for his staff. Merchandise displays are changed biweekly, and a schematic of his design helps his staff plan their creations and maximize the use of floor space. As a result of his diagram plan, he was able to nearly double the number of women’s SKUs and added approximately 30 percent more men’s merchandise, resulting in a steady rise of sales over the past several seasons. A similar exercise is in place at the club’s Weyhill golf shop. Wood also utilizes three core partners each season for both men’s and women’s merchandise, with their own dedicated areas, allowing the rest of the shops to highlight new lines and categories. Wood also implemented a bonus structure for his team, with one of the main criteria stemming from the merchandise concession.

Eddie Perrino, PGA, is the PGA Head Professional at Eagle Rock Resort in Hazelton, Pa., and the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of Year Award – Resort Category. The award recognizes PGA Professionals working at a resort golf facility who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. Perrino, a PGA Member for nearly 30 years, spends at least half his days in the merchandising area at Eagle Rock Resort, implementing a philosophy that he describes as quite simple: provide the highest quality merchandise at the best possible price. This philosophy allows him to keep the shop inventory at healthy levels throughout the year, adjusting certain products for seasonal and weather changes. Perrino develops his buying plan based on past successes, current trends, customer demands, and perceived value from buyers and the resort. He also believes that relationships between PGA Professionals, sales representatives, and customers should work together seamlessly in order to provide the best possible experience. Additionally, Perrino is careful to offer an equitable mix of apparel and merchandise that appeals to different genders, as well as to provide those customer bases with equitable floor space. Since taking over the merchandise operation in 2015, the resort’s slowest sales season was still nearly 60 percent higher than the best season prior to his hiring. Perrino also believes in the power of a team effort, and as such, includes his entire shop staff in various decisions throughout the year.

Jeremy Marino, PGA, is a PGA Assistant Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., and the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. The award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf, and is named for the late Justin Riegel, a past Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Marino, who has worked at Applebrook since 2007, believes that PGA Professionals should be visible to members and guests at all times and should make being service-oriented a main priority, in addition to making their PGA Head Professional’s job easier. His main role at Applebrook is running the club’s tournament program, which has also allowed him to assist younger assistants in learning the trade. Marino also volunteers in his free time, participating in fundraising events for the J. Wood Platt Scholarships, and serving on several committees at his local parish and school.

Jerry McGoey is a sales representative for Titleist and the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Salesperson of the Year. This award recognizes a sales representative who contributes to the Section and is involved with sponsoring Section events. They are also respected among their fellow Section clubs and have implemented new ideas to assist growing the game of golf. As a 26-year golf industry professional, McGoey knows that an outstanding salesperson needs to know the pivotal part they play in the PGA Professionals’ role to service their membership and the importance of timely and accurate service. McGoey says he views every PGA Professional and their respective facilities as business partners, and that he manages their business as his own. Some of his most rewarding initiatives is to make sure that his current Titleist staffers, and other PGA Professionals, participate in Titleist University’s online modules, which educate them on golf equipment and custom clubfitting. McGoey was named Callaway’s national Sales Representative of the Year in 2017, and won numerous regional awards for Adams Golf and Mizuno Golf.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the Philadelphia PGA Awards Committee has not yet scheduled a date for the 2021 awards to be formally presented.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Zac Oakley Wins Playoff to Claim Event No. 3 in PGA Tournament Series

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2021) – It wasn’t enough for Zac Oakley of Palm City, Florida, to fire an 8-under 64 Tuesday in Event No. 3 of the PGA Tournament Series.

He also had to birdie the first playoff hole to beat Brett Walker of Jupiter and win Event No. 3 at PGA Golf Club. Oakley made a 10-foot birdie at the 18th hole on the Wanamaker Course after both players finished at 10-under 134.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in,” said Oakley, a PGA Teaching Professional at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Delaware, who also caddies at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach during the winter.

“I finally made some putts today. I didn’t make anything yesterday (during a 70). I knew I was hitting it good. It was just a matter of time.”

Tuesday’s victory continued a torrid stretch for Oakley. He won three tournaments this summer in the Philadelphia PGA, including the Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship, to win Player of the Year with the lowest scoring average in the section’s history (68.9).

“This is the best I have putted in my career,” he said. “I made a little tweak with my posture and setup before this tournament and I really felt good hitting the ball.

Oakley started the final round three shots behind leader Jamie Broce, but quickly moved into contention with four birdies and an eagle (he hit a 3-iron to 20 feet at the par-5 seventh) on the first eight holes. Oakley added three more birdies on the back nine before a bogey at the par-3 17th gave him the clubhouse lead with Walker two groups behind.

Walker overcame a double bogey at the par-3 sixth hole with an eagle at the par-5 seventh and added four birdies, including a key one at the par-5 16th, to force the playoff with a 6-under 66.

Jake Scott of Strongsville, Ohio, who won Event No. 1 and tied for second in Event No. 2, shot a 69 and tied for third place at 7-under 137 with Ben Kern (70) of Round Rock, Texas. Steven Delmar (67) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was fifth at 6-under.

Top PGA Professionals Frank Esposito, Dick Mast, Mark Mielke, Alan Morin, Bob Sowards and Omar Uresti missed Event No. 3, as well as Event No. 4, because they are playing in this week’s final stage of PGA Tour Champions q-school near Tampa.

The PGA Tournament Series is Presented by GOLF ADVISOR.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
John Dever, PGA of America, jdever@pgahq.com
Kerwin Lonzo, PGA of America, klonzo@pgahq.com

Inside Golf Airs 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic Special on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (November 11, 2021) — As the golf season winds down, Inside Golf, a Philadelphia PGA Section partner, will air a television special highlighting the 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic, won by PGA Member Parks Price, premiering on NBC Sports Philadelphia on Thursday, November 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET. The special will be rebroadcast throughout the month of November on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.

The special will feature all of the major highlights from September’s electrifying golf tournament at Sunnybrook Golf Club, where Price walked away with a winner’s check of $100,000, the largest first-place prize available from any event across the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, following a sudden death playoff with PGA Professionals Zac Oakley and Brett Walker.

Inside Golf’s 24th Haverford Philadelphia
PGA Classic TV Special Broadcast Times
Thursday, November 11: 11:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Monday, November 15: 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 17: 9:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Sunday, November 21: 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Thursday, November 25: 6:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
The special will also be viewable on Inside Golf’s official YouTube channel, which may be accessed by clicking here.

The 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic’s title partner is The Haverford Trust Company, and is supported by Precise Yardage Books. The special is hosted by Inside Golf’s Harry Donahue and features guest commentator Matt Frey, PGA.

About The Haverford Trust Company
The Haverford Trust Company was founded in 1979 on Philadelphia’s landmark Rittenhouse Square. Since our founding, one thing has remained unchanged…our commitment to quality. Haverford has prospered for 40 years in a finance industry dominated by giants through our passion and adaptability. With 110+ employees and $13.4 billion* in assets, our size is our advantage. We focus on the essentials: the Quality Investing philosophy that provides our clients with the right mix of stability and growth across the market cycle. For more information, visit HaverfordQuality.com.

About Inside Golf
Inside Golf is a weekly magazine-style show hosted by longtime KYW News Radio anchor Harry Donahue. The program spotlights various public and private golf clubs, PGA Professionals, golf tournaments, and more.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA REACH Philadelphia Celebrates Veterans in Conjunction with 5th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2021) — In honor of our nation’s Veterans, PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has announced that Thursday — Veterans Day — will serve as the 5th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE. This nationwide Veterans celebration has two goals: Commemorate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom, and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the signature military program for PGA REACH.

PGA HOPE is a national program that introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The 6-8 week curriculum is taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency, and all programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans. PGA HOPE participants include Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges.

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.

The rehabilitative golf program helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game provides. Led by PGA Professionals, the program is currently being offered at 165 PGA HOPE Chapters across the country, positively impacting more than 3,500 Veterans annually. Additionally, more than 1,200 PGA Members have been trained in military culture and adaptive golf techniques.

“Thanks to the passion and dedication of PGA Professionals who continue to drive the success of the program, PGA HOPE helps Veterans find inspiration and rehabilitation through the game of golf,” said PGA President Jim Richerson.  “Every Veteran that we inspire through golf is a success story,
and we want to reach as many of our nation’s heroes as possible who need our help and support.”

In support of this year’s PGA National Day of HOPE activities, PGA REACH has launched a OneCause fundraising campaign where individuals and organizations can contribute to meaningful fundraising events in support of Veterans and future PGA HOPE programming.

To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia and their PGA HOPE Philadelphia program, click here.

2021 PGA National Day of HOPE campaign highlights:

  • 14 Teams of four Veterans and one PGA Professional each will participate in the 4th Annual PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE Cup at Kiawah Island Resort on Monday, Nov. 8 — the annual season-ending event showcases the life-changing PGA HOPE program for our Veterans.

  • PGA REACH Southern Texas will host a Veterans Day PGA HOPE clinic at the Mac Wylie Golf Center, where the new South Texas PGA HOPE Ambassador Sergio Avendano will join PGA Professionals to introduce the game to more Veterans.

  • PGA HOPE Fayetteville will host a PGA HOPE graduation on Veterans Day where Veterans will have an opportunity to play nine holes of golf at North Carolina’s Highland Country Club.

  • Tennessee PGA HOPE will host a graduation on Wednesday, November 10th at Old Fort Golf Club where Veterans will play the Bloomfield Links six-hole Course in Murfreesboro.

  • GOLFTEC will make a $1 donation to PGA HOPE for every lesson given during November through its DRIVE FOR HOPE campaign. The goal is to raise over $100,000 through lessons and donations.

PGA National Day of HOPE comes on the heels of the 2021 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week at historic Congressional Club, where 20 Veterans from across the country participated in a four-day specialized golf and wellness training program. The new PGA HOPE Ambassadors will help champion the growth of PGA HOPE programming across their respective PGA Sections.

For more information on PGA National Day of HOPE or to make a donation, visit PGAREACH.org.

About PGA REACH
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to impact lives through golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Dustin McCormick, PGA, Leads Glen Brook Golf Club Team to Victory in 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale

Northfield N.J. (October 27, 2021) — PGA Member Dustin McCormick led his team of amateurs to victory in the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale at Atlantic City Country Club, the last Section golf tournament of the year.

McCormick’s team from Glen Brook Golf Club in Stroudsburg, Pa., included Al McCormick,  Steve Houloose, and Paul Rosetti, and combined for a 13-under-par 57. The Glen Brook team made 11 net birdies and one net eagle to claim the Net Division. McCormick turned in a 65 gross on his own golf ball.

John F. Byrne G.C.’s team of Anthony Hoffman, PGA, Kurt Holmes, Mark Colville, and John Donohoe, tied for second place one stroke behind with Atlantic City C.C.’s Joshua Kelley, PGA, Michael Torrissi Jr., Frank Frederico, and Norm Tomasello. Yardley C.C.’s Rick Hughart, PGA, ​Greg Rocca, ​Mike Perilli, and Dennis Warwick finished in fourth place at 11-under-par.

PGA Professional Jeff Fick of Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa., led his team of John Brennan, Mikey Lenge, and Scott Gilroy, to take the top spot in the Gross Division with a 7-under-par 63. Fick turned in the low gross round of the day, a 64. Blue Bell C.C.’s Rocco Sgrillo, PGA, Eric Carlidge, Dicky Rhoads, and Steve Meyers finished in second place, two strokes back.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale leaderboard, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale is supported by Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Atlantic City C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Patrick Shine Elected Philadelphia PGA Section President

Lafayette Hill, Pa. (October 25, 2021) — PGA Member Patrick Shine of Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pa., was elected 44th Philadelphia PGA President at the Section’s 2021 Fall Membership Meeting at Green Valley Country Club, its first in-person meeting since October 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chip Richter of the Country Club of Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa., and Bob Hennefer of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., join Shine as Section officers, being elected as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Jeff Kiddie of Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., moves to the role of Honorary President following his two-year stint as president.

The membership also selected Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook C.C., as Director of Section Affairs, while also appointing Eric Kennedy, Overbrook G.C., a second term as Director of Tournaments. Kevin Duffy, Riverton C.C.; Jason Gebhart, The Bridges G.C.; and Brett Nelson, Moselem Springs G.C.; were also elected to second terms as directors of Districts 1, 3, and 5, respectively. The board of directors and Executive Director Geoff Surrette also thanked outgoing independent directors Binney Wietlisbch and Tom Conery for their service.

The Section’s playing awards were also formally announced during the meeting and included:

  • Rolex Haverford Trust Player of the Year:
    Zac Oakley, PGA, Bidermann G.C.|
  • Rolex Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year:
    Dave McNabb, PGA, Applebrook G.C.
  • Super Senior Player of the Year:
    Brian Kelly, PGA, Bucknell G.C.
  • F. Edward DeBaufre Trophy for Scoring Average:
    Zac Oakley, PGA, Bidermann G.C.
  • Comeback Player of the Year:
    Mike Moses, PGA, Concord C.C.
  • Ike Turner Most Improved Player:
    Braden Shattuck, PGA, Bidermann G.C.
  • Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization Player of the Year:
    Brian Bergstol, PGA, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
Following the meeting, 68 PGA Professionals teed it up in the Fall Meeting’s two-person scramble, with Pine Valley G.C.’s Chad Ferguson and Steve Sanderson taking the top spot at 12-under-par. The Pine Valley’s 59 was three strokes better than second place finishers Anthony Hoffman, John F. Byrne G.C., and Rocco Sgrillo Blue Bell C.C.; and Jeff Herb, Waynesborough C.C., and Patrick Butkus Tavistock C.C.

Perhaps the highlight of the round was PGA Member Rick Flagler’s first-ever hole-in-one on his first swing of the day, on the 139-yard par-3 eighth hole, with a pitching wedge. Congratulations, Rick!

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Meeting leaderboard, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Meeting is supported by CaddieNow, Cobra Puma Golf, Evolve Golf, Golf Cart Services Inc., Imperial Headwear, Trinity Flavors, and Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Green Valley C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

FDS Winter Tour Releases 2021-22 Schedule

November 1
Cedarbrook Country Club
Blue Bell, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

November 8
Yardley Country Club
Yardley, Pa.
Two-person better ball

November 15
Green Valley Country Club
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Two-person scramble

November 22
North Hills Country Club
Glenside, Pa.
MB two-person wacky hole locations

November 29
Raven’s Claw Golf Club
Pottstown, Pa.
Two-person DR chapman

December 6
Talamore Country Club
Ambler, Pa.
Two-person scramble

December 13
Bucks Club
Jamison, Pa.
Individual

December 20
Lulu Country Club
Glenside, Pa.
Two-person better ball

December 27
Odessa National Golf Club
Townsend, Del.
Individual

January 3
Paxon Hollow Country Club
Media, Pa.
Individual

January 10
TPC at Johnny C
Bensalem Township Country Club
Bensalem, Pa.
Two-person better ball

January 17
Indian Spring Country Club
Marlton, N.J.
Two-person scramble

January 24
Odessa National Golf Club
Townsend, Del.
Individual

January 31
Bucks Club
Jamison, Pa.
Two-person better ball stableford

February 7
Hershey’s Mill Golf Club
West Chester, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

February 14
TPC at Johnny C
Bensalem Township Country Club
Bensalem, Pa.
Two-person DR chapman

February 21
Talamore Country Club
Ambler, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

February 28
Kimberton Golf Club
Phoenixville, Pa.
Individual

March 7
Paxon Hollow Country Club
Media, Pa.
Individual

March 14
Laurel Creek Country Club
Mount Laurel, N.J.
Four-person two better ball of four

March 21
Cedarbrook Country Club
Blue Bell, Pa.
Championship

To sign up for an event you must either email Jamie Shaffer at shaffer004@aol.com or text at (215) 915-3809.
Eligibility: Both professionals and amateurs are welcome. There is an open and amateur division. The amateur division will compete for net prizes. Amateurs are welcome to participate in both divisions. However, they must pay separate entries, but only one walk/ride fee. Amateurs will receive gift certificates at the host club.

Event Registration: MANDATORY – To sign up for an event you must either email Jamie Shaffer at shaffer004@aol.com or text at (215) 915-3809.

Starting Times: All events will be 10:15 shotgun starts. Please let me know you are playing, so the host facility can be appropriately prepared! Also, be on time or we will start without you.

Fees: Cash only. No checks will be accepted.

Tour Registration: $70.00 – must be paid at the first event you play.

Entry Fees: Open Division $70.00 per person, which includes the walk/ride fee – $5.00 per person of entry will go into a skins pool. In the event there are no skins, the skin money will go into that day’s purse. Amateur Division $70.00 per person, which includes the walk/ride fee – $5.00 per person of entry will go into an optional skins pool.

Handicaps: Amateurs will play with their USGA course handicaps – maximum handicap of 16. If you do not have a handicap, one will be assigned to you.

Birdie Race: Open Division players only. The birdie race will pay three places for the total number of birdies made for the year. Players will get credit for their own birdies in individual and better ball events. Players are responsible for notifying scorers of their birdie total at each event. No card – No birdies. Eagles and aces count as two birdies.

Conduct: Clubs hosting the FDS Winter Tour have been very generous and hospitable to host us. It is in our collective best interest to return this consideration with respect to the club, the golf course, and the members and staff. Your sportsmanlike behavior will ensure our continued welcome at these clubs.

Championship: To be eligible for the championship, you must have paid entries in over 50 percent of the events that are played. You may prepay an entry (and not play) on or before the date of that particular event, and it will count toward your total for the championship.

Rules of Play: “Winter Rules” – lift, clean and place within one club length, no closer to the hole, everywhere. The ball must remain in the same condition – i.e. rough stays in rough, fairway stays in fairway, ball in the water stays in the water (you can go no closer to the hole in more shallow water, but it must stay in the water).

Information: Call or text Jamie Shaffer at (215) 915-3809 or email at shaffer004@aol.com, if you have any questions. The first person to email me the correct answer to the following question will receive a free entry. How many screws and rods were put in my back when I had surgery in September (total combined number). You get one guess only.

Marty Lyons Joins 2021 Class of PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (Oct 20, 2021) – Longtime Philadelphia PGA Member Martin “Marty” Lyons, and Albert “Al” Watrous, one of the earliest Members of the PGA of America, a member of the first two United States Ryder Cup teams and a three-time Senior PGA Champion will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, along with PGA Professionals Kyle Heyen, Ed Ibarguen, PGA Past President Paul K. Levy, Martin “Marty” Lyons and Gary Reynolds, during the 105th PGA Annual Meeting on Nov. 3, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA of America Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, careers, service and support have made significant and enduring contributions to the PGA of America in its mission to grow the game of golf. Inductees include PGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals or Ambassadors who throughout their lives have supported and elevated the image of the PGA Professional, the PGA of America and the game of golf. It is the highest honor that the PGA of America can bestow.

Watrous was one of the most decorated golfers in the Michigan PGA Section’s history. Heyen is an advocate for the game as part of the Colorado PGA Section. A staple in the Carolinas PGA Section leadership ranks, Ibarguen is renowned for his dedication to PGA Education. Levy served as the 40th president of the PGA of America. Lyons was a pioneer in the Philadelphia PGA Section, and Reynolds had a distinguished career in the Connecticut PGA Section.

“The PGA of America takes tremendous pride in honoring the people who have dedicated their professional lives to furthering our mission of elevating the standards of our profession, and growing interest and participation in the game,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “These six new inductees into the PGA of America Hall of Fame are a source of great inspiration, mentorship and pride for their peers and to future generations of PGA Members. Their countless contributions to the game of golf will be honored forever as an indelible part of our Association’s storied history.”

About the 2021 PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

Kyle Heyen, PGA
Colorado PGA Section
Heyen was named the Colorado PGA Section’s Golf Professional of the Year twice (2005-2006), won the Section’s Professional Development Award four times (1993, 1999-2001) and Player Development Award twice (2007-2008), and served two years as President. He also sat on the Board of Directors for 23 years (eight as an Officer) and was a Committee Chair for 17 years. On the national level, he has won the PGA Player Development Award (2009), and served as a PGA of America Board of Control Member (2008-2012), Co-Chairman of the Governance Committee (2006-2008) and as Player Development Co-Chair (2012-2014). He also served on the Play Golf America Committee (2009), Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2009-2010), Golf 2.0 Platinum Committee Member (2011-2012), PGA of America Membership Committee (2014-2016) and the PGA of America Awards Committee (2015-2016 and Committee Chair in 2017). Heyen created an annual trip to the VA hospital to visit Veterans who were either hospitalized or in for a routine check up and thank them for their service. He was also instrumental in local efforts to grow the game, becoming involved in different capacities in PGA Jr. League, the Colorado PGA’s Golf in Schools Program and Get Golf Ready. Heyen has spent 40 years at Hiwan Golf Club, serving as PGA Head Professional since 1985. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ed Ibarguen, PGA
Carolinas PGA Section
A PGA Member for more than 42 years, Ibarguen has worked at Duke University Golf Club since 1988, where he currently serves as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf. He was also a Carolinas PGA Section Officer (1992-1995) and a seven-time Section award winner, including Golf Professional of the Year (2001), Teacher/Coach of the Year (1991, 2003), Bill Strausbaugh (1993) and the Professional Development Award (1990, 1998, 2004). He was inducted into the Carolinas Section Hall of Fame in 2015. He earned two national PGA awards: Bill Strausbaugh Award (1995) and the Professional Development Award (1998) and served on the national Board of Control from 2003-2007. Ibarguen has served as Chairman of several national committees for a total of 12 (2-year) terms, including Teaching/Coaching, Membership and Education. He has been the national chair for PGA Education since 2017. A PGA Master Professional, Ibarguen has been a nationally recognized teacher/coach as a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher (since 2001), GRAA Top 50 (since 2012) and Golf Digest Best in State (since 2001). Throughout his time as a PGA Member, he has used education and learning as a tool to grow the game to different audiences.

Paul K. Levy, PGA
PGA Past President – PGA of America
Southern California, Southern Texas and Southwest PGA Sections
The 40th President of the PGA of America, Paul Levy is also the President and CEO of PKL Golf Management and Club Services in Pinetop, Arizona, specializing in operational management and consulting services for the golf and club industry. Additionally, Paul is President of Distinguished Golf Destinations, a company that recognizes the best golf facilities in America that allow play to the general public. As an Officer, he also has served two-year terms as PGA Honorary President, PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. Levy also served on the PGA Board of Control (2004-2008), as President of the Southern Texas Section (1998-2000) and was named the Southern Texas Golf Professional of the Year (2000). An advocate for junior participation, he is a three-time Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient (1992, 1993, 1998) and also earned the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1999). As PGA President, Levy was influential in the deal to relocate PGA Headquarters to Frisco, Texas, and spearheaded growing the employment consultant arm of PGA of America‘s Career Services and executive search. The $550 million PGA Frisco development will bring 26 PGA of America championships, approximately 150 jobs and a new Northern Texas PGA Section Headquarters. A 1983 LSU graduate, Levy played on the Tigers golf team.

Marty Lyons, PGA (posthumous)
Philadelphia PGA Section
Lyons was a two-time Philadelphia Section Golf Professional of the Year (1956, 1958) and was named to the Section’s Hall of Fame in 1994. He served as Section President from 1942-1947. Lyons was instrumental in bringing the 1958 PGA Championship to Llanerch Country Club, and he advocated aggressively for the Association to change the format from match play to stroke play, which the 1958 Championship adopted. Lyons lived the PGA of America’s mission most notably through his passion for introducing and teaching the game to Veterans returning home from war and to juniors. He established the junior program at his first stop as a PGA Professional in Maple Shade, New Jersey. When he arrived at Llanerch, the program was not open to boys under 16, so Lyons changed that rule and then opened the program to boys and girls of all ages.

Gary Reynolds, PGA
Connecticut PGA Section
Reynolds, a PGA Life Member, earned the Section’s Golf Professional of the Year honor in 1989, and he’s a three-time winner of the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1996-1998), which he also won nationally in 2001. Reynolds was elected to the Connecticut PGA Professional Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Connecticut Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2011. During his career at The Hartford Golf Club, Reynolds led a variety of initiatives to grow the game, including free instructional clinics, a nine-hole women’s group and programs for health and wellness. He was also a founding board member of First Tee – Connecticut and the Connecticut PGA Section Golf Foundation, which awards grants to youth, diversity, disability and military veteran golf programs. Reynolds also played a considerable role in the City of Hartford restoring Keney Park Golf Course and Goodwin Park Golf Course. 

Al Watrous, PGA (posthumous)
Michigan PGA Section
A three-time Senior PGA Champion, Watrous was named the Michigan Section’s Golf Professional of the Year in 1958 and 1967. He won the Michigan PGA Championship nine times and the Senior Michigan PGA Championship five times. He also won eight PGA Tour events and was a member of the first two U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1927 and 1929, as well as competing in the 1926 challenge matches (precursor to the Ryder Cup). He finished runner-up to Bobby Jones in the 1926 Open Championship and twice made the PGA Championship semifinals when it was a match-play event. Watrous had a 37-year career as the PGA Professional at Oakland Hills Country Club and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1962, the Polish American Hall of Fame in 1979, the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1982, and the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame in 2011. He served as Michigan Section President from 1936-1937. In addition, Watrous penned a regular column designed to reach new golfers in the Detroit Times called “How to Play Golf.”

For a full list of PGA of America Hall of Fame Members, click here.

About the PGA of America

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