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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Presenting Sponsor:
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
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 click on the register button below:

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
  Peter Procops, Lawrence Yacht & CC
*Heath Wassem, Golf Genius 
*David Young, Sleepy Hollow Country Club
* Denotes the four recommendations from the Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee Slate
Register for Fall Meeting

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.

Interested in supporting our fundraising efforts this Veterans Day?

Click on the button below to donate and share the link with your members:

Important Upcoming Dates 
Fall Meeting – Thursday, November 5th, 10am-12pm
Register for Fall Meeting
Round Tables

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

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

Membership Milestones
Congratulations to Lynn R. Bernstein, PGA on her Quarter Century Achievement!

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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