Tom Sullivan, PGA
Inducted in 2018
On this day October 22nd, 2018, The Northeastern New York PGA inducts Tom Sullivan, PGA 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.
Tom’s life can be characterized in five specific areas of passion, his love for the game of golf and teaching, his love for competition, his devotion to his family, his affection for the PGA and his support for his community. His golfing career spans over decades and multiple PGA Sections but the majority of it serving as the PGA Head Professional for the Wyantenuck Country Club located in Great Barrington, MA. He was elected as a Class “A” PGA member in 2007 and was hired at Wyantenuck nearly 20 years ago and continues to lead a successful golf operation with as much passion for the club and members today as when he started in his first year.
Playing competitive golf has always been a deep passion for Tom. Early in his career, his playing prowess qualified him to play on several mini-tours and now into his senior years he continues to be an extremely strong and accomplished player taking home numerous titles and Section Championship wins such as the Donald Ross Classic (2015); the Senior Stroke Play Championship (2002 & 2012), Senior Professional Championship (2005; 2006, 2009), and qualifying for numerous PGA Professional & Senior PGA Professional Championship competitions.
Tom’s passion of teaching is unparalleled and earned the NENY PGA Section Teacher of the Year Award in 2013. He shares his knowledge to all realms of players from young kids, his assistance to high school team players, amateurs of all skill levels and his fellow peer PGA professionals. It is not an uncommon sight to see Tom giving a fellow competitor a putting lesson post a competition.
Tom has served in numerous NENY PGA Section governance positions including Board of Director service from 2013-2016, Tournament Committee Chair (2013), years of service as a Tournament Committee member, and years of expertise and experience in the area of Employment. His giving nature to help improve a fellow professional’s vocation is remarkable and he continues to be a valued and respected go-to for both fellow Section professionals and club leaders in the employment arena.
He is a constant in his community even in non-golf areas. He is freely giving of his time to the Berkshire County Allied Golf Associations, the Berkshire Junior Hockey scene, and service to the Berkshire Town of Parks & Recreation. His family is fully supportive of him as much he is a supporter for them. With his wife, Kathy they have two children, Ryan (age 17) and Sarah (age 18) who have both excelled in their own areas of passion.
Entrance into this Hall of Fame is the highest honor that Northeastern New York Professional Golfers Association can bestow Tom Sullivan, PGA. This faithful PGA Professional will be forever remembered for his significant and enduring contributions to the game of golf and the PGA of America.