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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
Met PGA Fall Meeting - Nominating Committee Slate

In accordance with the current Constitution and By-Laws, the following slate of Officers, Directors and four members of the Nominating Committee are being proposed by the Nominating Committee for the 2020-2021 term.  The nominating committee will be voted on at the 2020 Virtual Fall Meeting on November 5th.  To register for the event please log onto our website at or onto your BlueGolf account.

President            Chris Kenney, Patterson Club
Secretary             Andrew Gruss, Greenwich Country Club
Treasurer            Theron Harvey, Hudson National Golf
1st VP                   James Ondo, Apawamis Club
2nd VP                  Rich Jones, Pine Ridge Golf Club

Jack Druga, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club                     Jim McCann, Spook Rock Golf Course
John Guyton, Rockville Links Country Club               Cory Muller, CC of Darien
John Hobbins, Greenside Golf Academy                   Shaun Powers, Fairview Country Club
Christopher Marinaro, Trump National GC                 John Schmoll, Burning Tree Country Club
Nick Maselli, Old Oaks Country Club                         Stuart Waack, Silvermine Golf Club

The following names have been submitted for election to the Nominating Committee to be voted on at the Met PGA Fall Meeting on November 5th, 2020.

  Mike Diffley, Pelham Country Club
  Joe Felder, Griff Harris Golf Club
*Dave Fusco, Patriot Hills Golf Club
  Paul Glut, Woodside Club
*Jim Smoot, Huntington Country Club
*Heath Wassem, Fenway Golf Club
*David Young, Sleepy Hollow Country Club
* Denotes the four recommendations from the Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee Slate

This Veterans Day will be the 4th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE that celebrates our nation’s heroes; and aims to raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE.

This year has been a most difficult year for our veterans as all programming has been cancelled and the only chances that our veterans have had to interact with one another has been through virtual platforms.

We are looking for clubs to host a “Day of HOPE” between October 12th – November 12th for 4-8 veterans to come play on a day and time you specify. If the veterans would need to be hosted by member(s) that is welcomed as well. The best ambassadors for our program are our veterans themselves and they would love to come spend the day at your club as this year has been a most difficult year as all PGA HOPE programming has been cancelled.

Clubs that host a “Day of HOPE” will be featured on our social media channels and a thank you letter will be sent from the veterans to your members for you to share with them to raise awareness and support of our program. 

To volunteer to host a Day of HOPE please click here

We appreciate any support you may be able to offer.

Interested in donating to Metropolitan PGA HOPE? Click on the button below to donate and share the link with your members:

October Events
2020 Farley Cup

This years Farley Cup will be played on October 26th at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, NY. The Farley Cup is made possible by the continued support of long time Met PGA Partner Summit Brands and the leadership of Jack Lessing (, Brendan McHugh ( and Kim Schrader (
Check out the Farley Cup Preview Featuring Brendan McHugh
Long Island Leaderboard
Westchester Leaderboard

Gene Borek Squire Cup Matches
Our annual Gene Borek Squire Cup Matches, named for both Gene “the Squire” Sarazen and Gene Borek, will be played on Tuesday October 27th at Hudson National Golf Club. The event recognizes the performance of assistant professionals in a day of competition and camaraderie aside a group of head professionals.

This year’s assistant’s team of: Peter Ballo (Silvermine), Peter Basso (Greenwich), Joseph Condomitti (Tuxedo), Cian Curley (GC of Purchase), John DiPilato (Old Oaks), Brandon Holden (Apawamis), Michael Midgette (Hemsptead), Dylan Newman (Brae Burn), TJ Paulino (Quaker Ridge), Carly Peters (Quaker Ridge), John Schmoll (Burning Tree), and Caleb Wilson (Meadow Brook) will take on the head professional team of: Carl Alexander (GC of Purchase), Danny Balin (Fresh Meadow), Jason Caron (Mill River), Mike Diffley (Pelham), Bobby Farell (Tamarack), Andrew Gruss (Greenwich), Theron Harvey (Hudson National), Chris Kenney (Patterson), Darrell Kestner (Deepdale), Rob Labritz (GlenArbor), Nelson Long (Century), and James Ondo (Apawamis).
Important Upcoming Dates 
Fall Meeting – Thursday, November 5th, 10am-12pm

Round Tables – November 10th, 17th, & 18th

Special Awards – Thursday, November 19th, 7pm-9pm

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 LEAD Cohort VI, Class of 2020-2021

The application process for PGA LEAD Cohort VI, Class of 2021-2022 has begun.  Attached you will find information on eligibility, the application process, programming, the obligation of participants and the selection criteria. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13, 2020 at midnight, PST. The announcement of PGA Members selected for PGA LEAD Cohort VI will be made on Monday, December 7, 2020.

We encourage PGA Members who desire to ascend through the volunteer leadership ranks of the Association to apply. 


Club Association 

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

We thank you for your past support and hope you will be a part of our 2020 Metropolitan PGA Club Association. . 

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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.

Orange County Fall Classic 

Osiris Country Club hosts the First Annual Orange County Fall Classic presented by Healey Ford/Lincoln and City Winery! The 18-hole stroke play event will take place October 24th and includes a practice round and welcome event on October 23rd.  Click HERE to find out more about the event (Purse, Eligibility, Itinerary) Contact Brian Crowell at or text (914) 419-3690 with any questions.  

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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 

Salem Golf Club is looking for a Head Professional. Click the Employment Listing link below to view the full job description. 

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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