Kevin Hughes PGA
On this day October 23rd 2017 The Northeastern New York PGA inducts Kevin Hughes into our Hall of Fame. The NENY Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those PGA Members who through their lives, careers, service and support have represented the highest essence of PGA membership.
Kevin’s love of the game led him into pursuing golf as a career where he had a hand in the construction of several area courses. He began as an Assistant Professional at Glens Falls Country Club for his mentor and NENY PGA Hall of Famer, Tom Haggerty. He then moved onto serve as Head Professional at Hiland Golf Club where he assisted with the last phase of the club’s construction process. His next opportunity presented itself in Kingswood Golf Course where he spent the next 14 years from 1989-2003. It was here that he completed and earned his PGA membership while gaining a full golf career experience ranging from course design, construction, course maintenance, merchandising and managing the entire golf operation of the 18-hole facility. At the end of the 2003 golf season, he was hired as the Head Professional at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club.
Kevin has thrived in the golf business with a goal driven focus and devotion to his own club’s membership and administering a successful golf operation. He was always an avid section tournament participant and earned the 2010 Match Play Section title. He always strove to promote the game of golf through various ways including spearheading a golf marathon which still continues annually at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club and has raised tens of thousands for the Folds of Honor, a charity organization near to his heart.
But, it was nearly two decades into his PGA career, which have all been spent in the NENY PGA Section, when he experienced the desire to want to give back to his Association. He began slowly, with service to several committees including Tournament, Employment, Board of Inquiry and the Hall of Fame Committee itself and then sought service as a Board Director serving a term from 2010-2011. In 2001, he jumped with both feet in to serve the section members and was elected Secretary of the Section and went on to serve two years in each of the officers, Vice President, President, and is currently serving as the Honorary President from 2017-2018. In 2013, he was named the Roland Stafford Award Winner, Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner and the coveted Golf Professional of the Year.
Entrance into this Hall of Fame is the highest honor that Northeastern New York Professional Golfers Association can bestow Kevin Hughes. This faithful PGA Professional will be forever remembered for his significant and enduring contributions to the game of golf and the PGA of America