Derek Sprague PGA
On this day October 23rd 2017 The Northeastern New York PGA inducts Derek Sprague 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.
For the majority of his professional career, Derek was originally rooted in the Northeastern New York PGA Section. He grew up and worked his way up the ladder from caddie to Head Professional & General Manager at Malone Golf Club, located in the northern tier of the NENY PGA Section and helped to revitalize the club to a successful 36 hole golf operation. Derek’s natural leadership and internal desire to assist his fellow PGA Professional got him started quickly in section governance. He jumped into committee service after receiving his Class A membership in 1993 and then made his way up through the section’s officer chairs serving as President from 2003-2004. He then went onto serve as the District 1 Director representing the NENY PGA, Connecticut and New England PGA Section membership. In 2012, he committed to a campaign for PGA Secretary and won against five opponents with his fellow NENY PGA Section membership in full support. Prior to his election as the PGA’s President on November 22, 2014, he briefly served as Interim PGA President after 23 months as PGA Vice President and two years as PGA Secretary. From 2014-2016 he served as the President to his beloved Association. In 2016, he led the Association when golf debuted as an Olympic Sport on a national stage as well as during the momentous occasion of the PGA’s Centennial Anniversary.
Derek’s slogan during his national campaign was “Derek Delivers”. A slogan which he brought to life in his quiet leadership manner and his mark has been left historically on the NENY PGA Section, Malone Golf Club and the community of Malone. His local accolades include being named the Northeastern New York PGA Professional of the Year in 2005 and 2008, receiving the section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award four times (2000-03) for his leadership and mentoring of fellow professionals and being named section Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities in 1989-1999. To-date, he is the only NENY PGA member to achieve service as a PGA of America national officer.
Entrance into this Hall of Fame is the highest honor that Northeastern New York Professional Golfers Association can bestow Derek Sprague. This faithful PGA Professional will be forever remembered for his significant and enduring contributions to the game of golf and the PGA of America.