Read the NENY PGA E-News November 15th Update

Nov. 15th, 2019



Special Awards

103rd PGA Annual Meeting Review

Many of the NENY PGA Section's leadership and staff attended last week's 103rd PGA Annual Meeting and the activities around the meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. A few highlights included celebrating the induction of former NENY PGA member and Past President of the PGA of America, Derek Sprague who was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.

Obviously many Association & business items were covered and members were able to watch live streams of most of the activities onine at Both of the proposed resolutions that were presented to the delegates passed heartily with no pushback. Noel Gebauer, PGA District 1 Director was also celebrated and thanked for his service as he concludes his term as the District 1 Director.

Click HERE for Highlights & Reviews

November's Pancreatic Awareness Month Hits Close to the NENY PGA

John Neet, PGA

John Neet, PGA Teaching Professional at The Edison Club has become featured in a much larger scale with the successes of his surgery he underwent in Miami and more specifically wih what is known as the Nano knife. Many know John's story and his diagnosis of stage 3 pancreatic cancer and his family's search that led them to Miami for a clinical surgery.. The Nano knife used by the surgeons was made by AngioDynamics located in the Capital Region's backyard, Latham, NY.

Neet and his family were on hand at AngioDynamics recently for an event sharing the news of the Nano knife and John is pictured aboved with some of his doctors. On the top right is his surgeon Dr. Raj Narayanan. Dr. Raj performed two Nanoknife surgeries on John and is an Interventional Radiologist at Miami Cancer Institute. Pictured bottom right with John is Dr. Peter Hosein, his cancer oncologist at the Sylvester Cancer Center, University of Miami. To see more on the continued progression in technology and the effect it has had on one PGA Professional's life and family please see the link below.

Click HERE to view the story.

Tom DeBerry, PGA - "A Day for the Director"

Many of will also always remember Tom DeBerry, PGA long-time NENY PGA Professional and his service to Normanside Country Club. Tom unfortunately lost his life to pancreatic cancer but this summer the club along with his wife, Heidi were instrumental in putting on a memorial tournament to pay tribute to Tom that was hosted by the club.

Many of you certainly may have contributed and donated to the event or even competed in it for the day.. We wanted to share the news that the event raised over $21,000 with proceeds going to the The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation's largest private funder for pancreatic cancer research.

Berliner Sitting Just Outside of Top 20 After First Round

Scott Berliner, PGA Assistant Professional at Hiland Park Golf Club is the lone NENY PGA professional representing the section with play that began in the first round yesterday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida in the National Car Rental Assistant Championship from November 14-17.

Scott finished at an even par 72 and sits tied at 21st place with a slew of others and only 5 shots back from the lead score. Scott will tee it up early for round 2 and full results can viewed at the link below.

Best of luck Scott!

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Members on the Move
Lucas Cohen, PGA Owner & Director of Instruction of New York Golf Park in Hudson, NY closed his facility for the season and headed south for the winter performing a section change to his southern teaching facility at Grand Palms Hotel & Golf Resort in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Adam Ullman, PGA teaching professional at Cobleskill G&CC also concluded his employment at that facility and accepted and began an Assistant Professional position at Reunion Resort in Orlando this week in the North Florida PGA Section.

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PGA LEAD - A Leadership Development Program for PGA Members

Are you ready for the challenge of volunteer leadership in the Association? What are the facets of leadership that will assist you in your journey? PGA LEAD, a leadership development program was designed specifically to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to volunteer leadership roles in the Association at the Chapter, Section and National levels.

The programming includes the following areas of focus:

Board Governance Inclusion & Diversity
Conducting Board Meetings & Membership Meetings Personal Bra nding & Promotion
Pillars of Leadership Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
Developing Your Leadership Presence Social Media & Developing Your Digital Brand

PGA Members who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply for one of up to 15 slots in the 2019-2020 Class of PGA LEAD.

Deadline to submit the application is TONIGHT - Friday, November 15th at midnight.

View Criteria, Eligibility & Application Submittal

2019 Special Awards & Hall of Fame - Submit Nominations Now!

The section is accepting 2019 Special Awards and Hall of Fame nominations until December 31st.

Please take a moment to send us a deserving PGA Professional eligible for any of our Special Awards.

You can view the full eligibility and criteria below as well as an official nomination form. If you would like to just submit via telephone or email you can do so as well to Doug Evans,

Special Awards Click HERE to view eligibility & nomination form