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Monday, December 7, 2020

Presenting Sponsor:
Lincoln Motor Company

'Tis the season to gift yourself with a new car! If any of you, your family, or your members are in search of a new vehicle in the near future, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brad Childs ( and he would be happy to assist you in providing a great experience. Always be sure to register beforehand to receive incentives and credit the partnership.

2020 PGA Tournament Series Event #3
With an exciting final round of Event #3 of the 2020 PGA Winter Tournament Series, we had 5 Met PGA Professionals finish in the Top 10 of the event!
T2: Frank Bensel Century
T2: Jason Caron Mill River
T4: Casey Pyne Stanwich
T4: Rob Labritz GlenArbor
T7: Dylan Newman Brae Burn

Great playing by all Met PGA Professionals yesterday and today, and good luck to those playing in Event #4 December 10-11!

Click HERE to see the final leaderboard
Click HERE to see all Met PGA Professionals who competed
Click HERE for more information on Event #4
2020 Assistant Professional of the Year - John DiPilato
The Metropolitan PGA Assistant Professional of the Year Award is bestowed annually on rising professionals in our Section. The recipient is chosen based on leadership ability, communication skills, participation in Section programs, participation in the Section’s Assistants Association, and overall performance. All of the following criteria are taken into consideration in the selection process: Playing Ability, Leadership, Involvement in a Section Committee, Involvement in an Assistants Committee, Participation in Section professional events, Participation in Section Pro-Am events, Participation in Assistants Tour events, Participation in Foundation Fund-Raisers, Participation in any special community or charitable activities, Attendance at Section and Assistants Meetings, and Attendance at Section and Assistants Educational Programs.
We are thrilled to announce John DiPilato of Old Oaks as the 2020 Assistant Professional of the Year Award recipient. This year, John once again served on the Assistants Board as Treasurer. John led by example conducting multiple fundraisers despite the challenges of 2020, raising over $20,000 for the Met PGA Foundation. At work, John gave over 700 hours of instruction, including bringing over 20 new golfers. Despite the unprecedented activity at the club, John qualified for both the 2020 Assistant PGA Professional Championship and the 2021 PGA Professional Championship. Congratulations to John on this well deserved honor.
2021 Tournament Schedule
Below are the events that have been confirmed. There are still many sites and dates being confirmed. We will update this as it develops.
Long Island Pro Assistant – April 19 at Colonial Springs

Westchester Pro Assistant – April 19 at Hollow Brook

Met PGA Women’s Championship – June 1-2 at Rockaway Hunting

Met PGA Head Pro Championship - June 1-2 at Rockaway Hunting

Women’s Met Open – July 5-6 at Apawamis

Pro Am at Quaker Ridge – August 10 at Quaker Ridge

Met PGA Championship – September 21-23 at Old Oaks

Hoffhine Memorial – October 12-13 at Westchester CC
Calling all PGA Jr. League Captains 

PGA Jr. League Captain registration will be opening TOMORROW. We will be following up with a direct link to register once registration is open, as well as other key deadlines and program updates.

In the meantime, you can get ahead and begin planning your 2021 season now with the Pre-Registration Planning Tool, which includes helpful tips and best practices for the Captain registration.

Once completed, you can email yourself a copy of your answers to help speed up the Captain registration process when you are registering in December. We highly recommend using this tool prior to registering. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Emily Meier at

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

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

Member Milestones

Congratulations to William Daggett, PGA and Tony Gill, PGA on their quarter century achievement!

New Arrival

Frank Bensel and wife Alynn welcomed their fourth child Faith Patricia, 6lbs 2oz, on November 7th. Faith Patricia was welcomed by 11 year old brother Hagen, 8 year old brother Wynn and 2 year old sister Frances. Both Alynn and Faith are doing well! Congratulations to the Bensel's! 

For Sale
  • Michael Summa of The Stanwich Club has a Golfsmith Loft & Lie machine that they are happy to give away to anybody who is willing to pick it up. Reach out to Michael at 203-869-2072 for more information. 
  • Trackman 3 indoor / outdoor for sale.  Please contact Frank Mattei at Bonnie Briar CC for more information. Phone (914) 834-1627 or

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

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.


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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