Read the NENY PGA E-News March 13th Update

March 13th, 2020



Spring Meeting

Members on the Move & Employment Updates

Todd Trepess, will be moving from his Assistant Professional position at Schenectady Municipal GC to an Assistant Professional position at Van Patten Golf Club.

Scott Berliner, PGA will be moving from his Assistant Professional position at Hiland Park Golf Club to an Assistant Professional position at Saratoga Spa Golf Course.

Brian Rhodes, PGA is retiring from his teaching/instruction position at Airway Meadows GC and has transferred to Lifetime Member Retired status.

Vinnie Manginelli, PGA who currently holds his primary employment as a writer for PGA Magazine will also be joining the Wiltwyck Golf Club staff as an Assistant Professional this season.

PGA Employment Change Forms
Please don't forget to peform your change of employment as it is important for the Section and the PGA of America to have accurate information. You can perform all changes online at profile or simply contact a section staff member for assistance.

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NENY PGA Physical Education Golf In Schools

The NENY PGA Section was thrilled when our staff was asked to be a presenting program this week at Sage College (Troy Campus) for the NYSAHPERD Capital Zone Conference. We had a great turn out of local Capital Region Physical Education teachers from Elementary, Middle School and High School who got a true interactive taste of the P.E. Golf In Schools curriculum and our specialized equipment. Thanks Kevin Cain, PGA Assistant Professional at Colonie G&CC for coming along and sharing your knowledge and instruction!

Do you know a local school that would be a great fit for the program? Contact Christian Torres at

NENY PGA - Coronavirus & Section Notifications

The rapid spread and still-unknown threat of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 find us in the middle of uncertain and extraordinary times. Having considered all the available information and in following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local/state health department officials, the Section is electing to act with an abundance of caution with three main goals driving our decisions:

  • Caring for the health of our professionals, their staff and members
  • Preventing the virus from infiltrating our facilities and gatherings
  • Contributing to public health efforts to stem the spread of this virus throughout our golf and civic communities

In our view, these extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions. Across the country announcements are being made of closures, cancellations, postponements, and other disruptions to plans and life. Each of these disruptions are bound to cause an array of frustrations, inconveniences and sacrifices, all in the name of helping to curb this public health crisis. We are fully aware that the Section's own changes will have similar effects on our professionals and their families; we ask for your patience and understanding as we venture through this together.

NENY PGA Section Schedules/Activities
* Currently - the Section's Spring Membership Meeting that was set for March 23rd has been postponed to April 27th. See announcement HERE.

* The Section is currently running a Winter Kids Play League at Top Indoor Golf and the session had a scheduled week off next week followed by 2 remaining weeks left in the program. No changes to the remainder of the session have been made yet and the Section will monitor closely what local public school district decisions and policies and keep our juniors and parents closely informed.

* There are no other scheduled section events/activities until April 16th for our Assisant's Spring Meeting so at this time, no changes will be made to events and the section leadership will continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation and make any changes on a daily/weekly basis.

* The Section's Team Staff will begin working remotely on Monday, March 16th. All operations and services will continue as normal, and we will maintain consistent levels of service. Please stay tuned.

On behalf of your Section Officers, Mike, Rich, Marc and Ron

PGA of America - Governance Update March 2020

The PGA of America just announced a number of Govenerance Updates which include:

  • an extension of the MSR cycle deadline from June 15, 2021 to June 15, 2022, for all Members
  • Extend the Acceptable Progress deadlines of all PGA Associates by one year
  • PGM Golf Management University Students - PGA Education Dept. Staff will work closely with PGM University staff regarding any modifications needed
  • Additionally, the PGA Board of Directors, during their meeting on March 3rd enacted several Governance actions regarding procedures and Bylaws, based on research and recommendations of the PGA Governance Task Force and PGA Board of Control.

    Click HERE to view Recent PGA Governance Updates

2019 NENY PGA Special Award Winner Selections Announced

The NENY PGA Section's Special Award Winner Committee recently met and selected the 2019 Section's Special Award Winners. Congratulations to all of our winners and the Committee & Board are excited to announce an inaugural Special Awards Banquet for 2019! This new stand alone event will be hosted at The Landings Hotel at The Rivers Casino in Schenectady, NY on the evening of Thursday, November 5th.

The committee members and staff are in the process of confirming details for the event but they will be shared ASAP and we hope that you mark your calendars now and consider joining us and celebrating the occassion with these Award Winners and the occassion to gather with your fellow professionals.

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