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Monday, November 9, 2020

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Fall Meeting Recap

The Metropolitan PGA Fall Meeting was held virtually on Thursday, November 5th. The digital structure of the meeting was an unfortunate necessity of the current public health climate, but the attendance of 250+ participants for a virtual meeting could be a sign of the times. Highlights of the day included: an address from PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, election of our new Board of Directors and Nominating Committee (including Chris Kenney as President), and celebration of the service of outgoing President Carl Alexander. The Special Awards Committee was pleased to have attained the necessary 3/4 of votes cast to elect John Kennedy to the Met PGA Hall of Fame. Kennedy, who's career accolades are listed below, will be inducted into the Met PGA Hall of Fame in the spring of 2021.

John Kennedy - Met PGA Hall of Fame

Over 30 Head Professional / Director of Golf at Cold Spring CC & Westchester CC, National Horton Smith Award 2010, National Patriot Award 2012, National Bill Strausbaugh Award 2017, Met PGA Professional of the Year 1997, Met PGA Sam Snead Award 2015, Met PGA Horton Smith Award 1985, 1988, 2009, Met PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award 2005, 2014, Met PGA Merchandiser of the Year 1983, 1991, Author, Teacher, Host Professional PGA Tour event, PGA Champions Tour event, LPGA major Championship event, and Leading organizer of charity golf events and military programs.

This Veterans Day say thank you by giving the gift of PGA HOPE to more veterans in the Metropolitan area.

Click Here to Donate

Met PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), is an adaptive golf program offered free of charge by PGA Professionals through our Foundation that utilizes golf as a rehabilitation tool to improve our veterans' quality of life by enhancing their mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being.
2021 Special Awards Nominations are OPEN!

Throughout the difficulties of 2020, Metropolitan PGA Professionals continue to achieve greatness worthy of recognition by our annual special awards program. Please take a few minutes to submit a nomination for one the following awards: Professional of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Patriot Award, Horton Smith Award, Bill Strausbaugh Award, Deacon Palmer Award, Merchandiser of the Year (Private), Merchandiser of the Year (Public), Player Development Award, and Youth Player Development Award.

Special Award Descriptions:

2021 Special Awards Form
Important Upcoming Dates 
Round Tables

This Week's Round Tables:

Long Island Public Course Roundtable       
Hosted by: Rich Jones, PGA   
Tuesday, November 10th, 9am-12pm


Long Island East Private Club Roundtable   
Hosted by: Tim Garvin, PGA
Tuesday, November 10th, 12:30-3:30pm 


This years Roundtables will be held virtually via zoom and will be led by a host Professional. Attendees will receive 3 MSR credits for attendance. Met PGA Roundtables are an opportunity for Head PGA Professionals from similar clubs to network, collaborate, and engage in meaningful discussions to learn from one another.

Click HERE to see Conversation Topics, Locations and Dates
Educational Opportunities
Join Expert Guest, Ryan Fountaine, Director of Golf at Baltusrol, host to 17 majors, in the upcoming Tagmarshal Webinar. 
Ryan will share his insights into how Baltusrol has benefitted from optimization - creating premium on-course experiences for their members, while improving the efficiency of operations.

Topic: How optimization has rewarded Baltusrol, creating next level member experiences and improving operational efficiency.
Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Time: 10am EST
Expert Guest: Ryan Fountaine, Director of Golf, Baltusrol

The Met PGA & Ikonik Host a Free Digital Event!

Being a golf coach today means your income is tied to where you live, the amount of hours in the day, and of course everyone’s favorite — the weather report. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Ikonik is on a mission to change all of that. 

Join The Met PGA and Ikonik Golf as we hold a digital event on November 17th from Noon to 1PM.

How to Build a Business that Scales: Effective Remote Training 101
See how you can transform your coaching business so you spend less time on the range, generate more income, and better results for your students.


ACH Deposits Now Mandatory 
For many reasons, the Metropolitan Section is working toward being 100% paperless when paying PGA Professionals. We are asking all members to please complete the ACH authorization form so that all disbursements (including tournament purses) can be directly deposited to a bank account. This will increase the timeliness of payment, eliminate the occurrence of lost checks, and save you time and energy in depositing checks to your bank. We have had members previously note that it was difficult to track expected payments, especially those that we combined, but automated email notifications will now include an itemized description for all payments. Also for your convenience, the form can now be submitted online eliminating the requirement of an attached voided check. Anyone who expects to be paid by the section should please complete the form here :

PGA Financial Assistance Scholarship Fund

The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship application will be available on December 1, 2020. It is open to the children and/or grandchildren of PGA Class A Members or Life Members in good standing.  The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale). The scholarship will apply to the 2021-2022 school year.

The application will be accessible through and accessible by going directly to the application site. The students who applied last year will go to the login page and login with the information they used last year. The username is their email address. The password is what they created.

A student who is applying for the first time will have to create an account to access the application. After creating the account, they will be asked for a Program Key. The program key is: PGA

• March 23, 2021 – Deadline for submitting Application
• March 23, 2021 – Deadline for submitting Supporting Documents

Mickey Powell Passing 

 Mickey Powell, the 24th president of the PGA of America who oversaw a period of rapid growth and development in the Association during his term in office, passed away early Sunday in Indiana. He was 81. The Powells reside in Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach, Florida. 

Powell is survived by his wife, Diana, and six daughters: Stacey, Tori, Tamara, Tiffany, Marla and Michelle; along with 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial plans have yet to be announced. 

Click Here for Full Article 

Club Association 

The Club Association helps support the many educational, employment, junior golf, communications, charitable, and tournament related activities of the Metropolitan PGA and our Foundation.

Pay Online

Met PGA Compensation Survey

Please help the Met PGA by completing our annual Compensation Survey.  All responses earn 1 PGA required MSR. 

Click Here for survey.

Merchandise Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 PGA Merchandise Show will shift to an all-virtual format, January 26-29. The platform will become available for appointment-scheduling in mid-December, with full content provided live during PGA Show Week.


PGA Jr. League Updates

See the link below for current PGA Jr. League COVID-19 updates and steps to take to assure your team is ready for the fall season. 


New Employment & Club Update 

Due to the constantly changing environment, there have been many staffing changes at area golf clubs and courses. In addition to browsing our job postings, anyone seeking employment in golf is encouraged to contact Jeff Voorheis

Be sure to check in on the Employment Listing, we update it almost everyday.

Professionals looking to hire staff AND those looking for employment are encouraged to contact the Met PGA office. You may post a job opening on the web site by contacting staff directly or submitting an online form.

The Employment Listing is updated on a continuous basis. Be sure to keep checking back for the latest employment opportunities around the section.

Employment Listing


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