Registration closes soon for the following tournaments.
Pro Classic Series #4 at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club Mon, July 20 Eligible to all Pre-Associates, Associates, Class A Members, & Life Members Format: 18-hole stroke play Reminder this is a Classic POY Event Deadline for Registration Wed, July 15th at midnight
NENY Senior PNC at The Edison Club Wed, July 29 Eligible to PGA members ages 50+ as of the national championship date *36 holes to be played in one day Deadline for Registration Wed, July 22nd at midnight *Qualifier numbers TBD by the number of registrants in the field Senior Professional Championship to be contested at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fl on October 15-18
The Section's newest venture of establishing a Foundation recently received final word from the IRS that the PGA Reach Northeastern New York, the section's fundraising and charity entity has received our determination letter and we've been approved as a 501c3. Donors can deduct contributions made to the Foundation and just in time.
Our first activity for the PGA Reach NENY will be the Tom DeBerry Memorial Golf Tournament.
"This year we are so excited to announce that we have partnered with the newly established PGA Reach NENY charitable entity and all proceeds raised will be used for youth golf programming!
Tom loved junior golf – teaching youth all aspects of golf, and watching them learn, grow and develop a passion for the game. Having his name attached to this new NENY PGA venture is such an honor, and Tom would be proud."
PGA Reach Northeastern New York is the 501c3 charitable foundation of the Northeastern New York Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. The mission of the PGA Reach Northeastern New York is to positively impact lives through golf through our 3 Pillars:
* Youth * Military * Diversity & Inclusion
Rentz Earns WGCA All-American Team Recognition
A big shout out to our NENY PGA seasonal team member, Laura Rentz who was named as a student-athlete at Stevenson University named as a WGCA All-American Scholar. The criteria for the selection to the All-American team honor are very stringent including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Laura will be heading into her senior year at Stevenson seeking her degree in nursing. Congrats Laura!
PGA of America Board Votes to Rename the HortonSmith Award
As announced last week, the PGA of America Board of Directors has voted to rename the HortonSmith Award effective immediately. It will be replaced with the new PGA Professional Development Award, honoring a PGA Member for outstanding contributions to professional education.
The PGA Board of Directors announced renaming the HortonSmith Award, which had been presented annually since 1965, based upon review of its namesake. HortonSmith, a two-time Masters Champion who served as PGA President from 1952-54, was a defender of the “Caucasian-only” membership clause, which was regrettably included in the PGA Bylaws from 1934-61.
The PGA Professional Development Award retains the previous criteria that showcases individuals who have demonstrated achievements in professional education.
“In renaming the HortonSmith Award, the PGA of America is taking ownership of a failed chapter in our history that resulted in excluding many from achieving their dreams of earning the coveted PGA Member badge and advancing the game of golf,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “We need to do all we can to ensure the PGA of America is defined by inclusion. Part of our mission to grow the game is about welcoming all and bringing diversity to the sport. With the new PGA Professional Development Award, we will recognize effective inclusion efforts and honor those across our 41 PGA Sections who continue to promote and improve our educational programs. We look forward to doing more of both as we move forward.”
The first PGA Professional Development Award will be presented Oct. 28-31, during the PGA’s 104th Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.
NENY PGA Junior Tour Series Under-Way
Our NENY PGA Junior Tour Series tournament schedule is well under way with the 5th event of the season being contested today. Our junior players and parents have been great and are excited to have golf tournaments as an activity. Our membership numbers have surpassed last years and our field sizes are averaging 90 juniors per event. Special thanks to all of the NENY PGA facilities hosting these events.
There are still plenty of events left on the schedule, so pass the word and if you know any juniors ages 8-18 looking for some great experiences and ready to step into junior golf competitions please refer them to our Junior Page Info HERE
PGA Dues Reminder PGA Annual Dues invoices for the Membership Year ending June 30, 2021 have been created and you may click here to view, print and/or pay your dues invoice online. Deadline has been extended to October 31.
*You will not receive a printed invoice in the mail!