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					                                                                             Metropolitan PGA
                                                                              August 2, 2012
                                      Entries Being Accepted for                              METROPOLITAN PGA
                                     Met PGA Atlantic City Pro-Am                             OFFICERS
                                                                                              Brad Worthington, Brooklawn CC
Our always popular Met PGA Atlantic City Pro-Am promises to be another winner with            President
our continued hotel relationship at The Borgata Hotel and our two host golf venues,           John Hines, Baiting Hollow Club
Hidden Creek and Atlantic City Country Club.. The Pro-Am will be limited to 50 teams            Secretary
with 2 nights stay at The Borgata (Oct. 21st and 22nd) and golf at Hidden Creek and At-       Brian Crowell, GlenArbor Club
lantic City Country Club on Oct. 22nd and 23rd. Entries are accepted on the payment of          Treasurer
the full entry fee and PGA Members will have priority to sign up until Aug. 15th.             Heath Wassem , Fenway GC
                                                                                                First Vice President
                                                                                              Mike Diffley, Pelham CC
                         Let’s Go Mets & Let’s Go Met PGA –                                     Second Vice President
                Together at Citi Field for Aug. 10th Met PGA Golf Night                       BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                              Carl Alexander, GC of Purchase
Our Met PGA Golf Night will be one part fraternalism, one part promotion and one part         Shawn Baker, Greens at Half Hollow
fun as we invite all our professionals, friends, partners, sponsors, allied association       Len Bush, Brookville CC
members and anyone who is around the Met PGA golf community to join with us on                Sean Farren, Creek Club
Aug. 10th for the Mets vs. Braves and for a night of golf promotions. Before the game         Andy Fellows, Greenwich CC
we will join with the crowd in recognizing select Met PGA Champions, Junior Champi-           Robert Gick, Sand Point GC
ons and stars of The First Tee. We will enjoy a welcome on the scoreboard and our             David Jones, Silver Spring CC
                                                                                              John Schmoll, Otterkill CC
group will be seated together in The Pepsi Porch, a great spot to watch the game. Bring
                                                                                              Michael Shank, North Shore CC
a group from your course along with family, friends, neighbors and anyone who would           Stuart Waack, Silvermine GC
like to be part of this special evening at Citi Field. Click Here for Tickets
                                                                                              NOMINATING COMMITTEE

                         Last Call for Met PGA Senior-Junior Championship                     Michael Breed, Sunningdale CC
                                                                                              Bobby Heins, Old Oaks CC
                                    at Eisenhower Park on Aug. 6th                            Tom Henderson, Round Hill Club
                        One of the most popular events on our schedule is the annual          Greg Hurd, North Hempstead CC
                                                                                              John Kennedy, Westchester CC
                        Met PGA Senior-Junior Championship at Eisenhower Park. En-
                                                                                              Rod Loesch, Connecticut GC
tries are closing for this Aug. 6th event with three formats (better-ball, two man scramble   Jim Smoot, Huntington CC
and modified Pinehurst) and an 8 am shotgun start. This year’s Championship is spon-
                                                                                              Staff Members
sored by Mohegan Sun and presented by Jerry Shulock and Bushnell.
                                                                                          Charles Robson, Executive Director
                                                                                          Kelli Clayton, Membership Director
                                   Get Ready for Patriot Golf 2012                        Jeff Voorheis, Tournament Director
                                                                                          Jennifer Sanchez, Controller
                 The emotions and importance of the work of Folds of Honor are as im- Dan Frankel, Tournament Administrator
                 pactful today as they have ever been. The Patriot Golf Day effort by our Dan Kiley, Tournament Intern
                  professionals is a small gesture to thank those who have sacrificed their
lives and/or limbs fighting for our freedom and safekeeping. We will have champions of Patriot Golf Day raising significant dol-
lars but our goal is to get every PGA Professional to do their part and raise dollars and awareness at their facility. Any and every
donation will make a difference to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

                                                Barclays Volunteers Needed

Our goal is to identify four professionals each day who can give us a full day of teaching at The AVIS teaching nets during the
Barclays. We have about a dozen professionals already committed for the Wednesday through Sunday teaching experience. We
feel like this is an important opportunity for the Section as well as positioning our professionals as the leaders in instruction.

                            2012 Lincoln Met PGA Championship Qualifying Information
Our 2012 Lincoln Met PGA Championship will again offer a $100,000.00 purse and this year’s event is slated for the incompara-
ble and beautiful Country Club of Fairfield on Sept. 25th – 27th. Our top 100 players on the Player of the Year point standings
after the Assistants Championship (Sept. 4th & 5th) will be exempt. Qualifying will be on Sept. 10th at Burning Tree Country Club.
An explanation of the exemptions and qualifying spots will be posted as of Aug. 7th on the Met PGA web site.
METROPOLITAN SECTION NEWSLETTER                                                                 AUGUST 2, 2012 ~ PAGE 2

                             National Car Rental Met PGA Assistants Championship
                     Presented by Cobra Puma Field is Set - Raffle Tickets Have Been Mailed

More than 160 apprentices and class A-8 PGA Members will be at Bethpage Red on Sept. 4th and 5th for our 2012 National Car
Rental Met PGA Assistants Championship Presented by Cobra Puma. Raffle Ticket sales will supplement the purse as we shoot
for a $60,000.00 payout again this year. The 36-hole test (field is cut to the low 70 scores and ties after 18 holes) will also be
the qualifying for the National PGA Assistant Professional Championship (Nov. 1-4 at Port St. Lucie) where Frank Bensel is the
two-time defending champion. Raffle tickets have been mailed to every entrant and additional books of tickets can be request-
ed to

                             Lincoln Women’s Met Open at North Shore Country Club on Aug. 8th & 9th

                              We are very proud of the history and quality of the event that was created more than two decades
                              ago to provide a significant playing opportunity for our women professionals and the top amateurs
of the area. This year’s Lincoln-sponsored championship will be at North Shore Country Club on Long Island on Aug. 8th and
9th. Professionals are asked to please make sure their women staff members and top women golfers at the course are aware of
this terrific championship.

                                            PGA Championship May Boost Met PGA Kiawah Pro-Am Interest

                                     We have about 4 or 5 more spots available for the upcoming Nov. 4-7 Pro-Am at Kiawah.
                                     The eyes of the golf world will soon be on the 2012 PGA Championship venue and that
may very well create the push to fill our field of 24 teams. Not only will we be playing twice at The Ocean Course but we also
boast two other exceptional courses in the tournament rotation, Cassique and The River Course. To avoid being shut out and to
be sure your team can get flights that match our event schedule, we suggest that you get your amateurs committed and submit
the deposit payments and make flight arrangements immediately.

                              Women’s Stroke Play at Rockrimmon on Aug. 15th & 16th

Our women professionals who are working for class A Members of the Met Section are eligible for the Met PGA Women’s
Stroke Play Championship at Rockrimmon on Aug. 15th and 16th. The Championship is presented by Michael Hebron’s School
for Learning Golf. Head professionals and our women PGA and LPGA Members are asked to please promote this event and
help us get a strong field for this 36 hole event.

      Gene Borek Squire Cup Matches at Fishers Island on Oct. 5th - Application Deadline is Sept. 4th

Ask any of the assistant (and former assistants) who have played in the Gene Borek Squire Cup Matches and they will tell you it
is a highlight of their career. Applications for this year’s selection are now available and with the event returning to Fishers
Island on Friday, Oct. 5th, this will be another very special edition for sure. The majority of the team is selected on the basis of
Professional Performance and it is not too late for applicants to demonstrate their level of commitment, involvement and ser-
vice to their club, their community and to the Met Section. Applications are on the Assistants Link on the web site.

                     The William A. Mitchell Scholarship Application Deadline is Aug. 15th

Apprentices who will be attending a checkpoint in 2012 (or who have already attended) may apply for a William A. Mitchell
Scholarship grant. Over a dozen applicants have been rewarded the last two years with funds to help offset the cost of PGA
education. The application deadline is Aug. 15th and the scholarship recipients will be announced at The Mitch Pro-Am at
Innis Arden on Aug. 28th. Applications are on the Assistants Link on the web site.

                                     Met PGA Nominating Committee Seeks Input
The Nominating Committee welcomes input from the membership with suggestions for future Board Members and just as im-
portantly, for PGA Members who would like to be included on the ballot at this year’s Fall Meeting to serve on the 2012-2013
Met PGA Nominating Committee. A form that can be submitted to the Met PGA Office or any of the current Nominating Com-
mittee members is posted on the web site. The Nominating Committee asks for your input and suggestions by Sept. 10th at the
latest. Click Here for the form.
METROPOLITAN SECTION NEWSLETTER                                                              AUGUST 2, 2012 ~ PAGE 3

                                       “Road to the PGA” Leads Through Kiawah

We will all be watching and rooting for our delegation at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah. It was exciting to watch
the feature on Matt Dobyns as well as seeing the stories of other PGA Members and sharing in the excitement of all 20 qualifi-
ers (Danny Balin, Frank Bensel, Mark Brown and Darrell Kestner as well as Dobyns) on CBS last Sunday. Golf Channel will
be re-broadcasting the program (air dates are on our web site) as well leading right up to the PGA.

                                          The Met PGA Notebook Airs on SNY
With the Lenox Advisors New York State Open and the recent PGA PNC as a backdrop, the Met PGA is proud to again pre-
sent our cable television program – The MET PGA NOTEBOOK. Our first edition was hosted by Brian Crowell, PGA A-1 head
professional at GlenArbor and featured Matt Dobyns, PGA A-1 head professional at Fresh Meadow, Frank Bensel, PGA A-8
Assistant Professional at Century and Mark Brown, PGA A-1 Head Professional at Tam O’Shanter. The guests provide some
great instructional tips as well as sharing their thoughts on recent tournament play, and promoting the educational, junior golf
and player development programs in the Met Section. The MET PGA NOTEBOOK was taped at Fresh Meadow Country Club
and will air the following days and times on SNY:
                            Day                   Date                Start Time               End Time
                          Saturday              8/4/2012              12:00 PM                 12:30 PM
                           Sunday              8/5/2012                8:30 AM                 9:00 AM
                          Saturday             8/11/2012               7:00 AM                 7:30 AM
                           Sunday              8/12/2012              12:30 PM                  1:00 PM

                                                  Met PGA Club Association Boasts 113 Clubs
                           Please take a moment to look over the list of the 2012 Met PGA Club Association. There are 113
                           clubs who have already joined but we know that several of the clubs not listed will support this effort
if they are just reminded of the program. If you, or your club, needs another copy of the information about the Club Associa-
tion, please contact Kelli Clayton or Charlie Robson at the Met PGA Office.

                                  2012 Club Association Members
APAWAMIS CLUB                   GARRISON GC                      NORTH FORK CC                    SHOREHAVEN GC
ARDSLEY CC                      GLEN HEAD CC                     NORTH HEMPSTEAD CC               SILVER SPRING CC
ASPETUCK VALLEY CC              GLEN OAKS CLUB                   NORTH HILLS CC                   SIWANOY CC
ATLANTIC GC                     GREENS @ HALF HOLLOW             NORTH SHORE CC                   SLEEPY HOLLOW CC
BEDFORD G & TC                  GREENWICH CC                     NOYAC GC                         SMITHTOWN LANDING CC
BIRCHWOOD CC                    GRIFFITH E. HARRIS GC            OLD OAKS CC                      SOUTH FORK CC
BONNIE BRIAR CC                 HEMPSTEAD G & CC                 OSIRIS CC                        SOUTHAMPTON GC
BRAE BURN CC                    HUNTINGTON CC                    PARAMOUNT CC                     SOUTHWARD HO CC
BRIDGE, THE                     HUNTINGTON CRESCENT              PATTERSON CLUB, THE              STANWICH CLUB, THE
BROOKLAWN CC                    INDIAN HILLS CC                  PELHAM CC                        STERLING FARMS GC
BROOKVILLE CC                   INWOOD CC                        PINE RIDGE GC                    SUNNINGDALE CC
BRYNWOOD G&CC                   ISLAND HILLS GC                  PIPING ROCK CLUB                 TAM O'SHANTER CLUB
BURNING TREE CC                 KNOLLWOOD CC                     PORT JEFFERSON CC                TOWERS CC
CENTENNIAL GC                   LEEWOOD GC                       PURCHASE, THE GC OF              TRUMP NATIONAL GC-HV
CENTURY CC                      MAHOPAC GC                       QUAKER RIDGE GC                  TUXEDO CLUB, THE
CHERRY VALLEY CLUB              MAIDSTONE CLUB                   REDDING CC                       VC OF SANDS POINT
DARIEN, CC OF                   MEADOW BROOK CLUB                ROCKLAND CC                      WEE BURN CC
DEEPDALE GC                     METROPOLIS CC                    ROCKRIMMON CC                    WEST HILLS CC
DUTCHESS G & CC                 MIDDLE BAY CC                    ROCKVILLE LINKS CC               WESTHAMPTON CC
EAST HAMPTON GC                 MILBROOK CLUB                    ROLLING HILLS CC                 WHEATLEY HILLS GC
ENGINEERS CC                    MILL POND GC                     ROUND HILL CLUB                  WHIPPOORWILL CLUB
FAIRFIELD, CC OF                MILL RIVER CLUB, INC.            RYE GC                           WILLOW RIDGE CC
FENWAY GC                       MOUNT KISCO CC                   SALEM GC                         WOODWAY CC
FRESH MEADOW CC                 MUTTONTOWN CLUB, THE             SANDS POINT GC                   WYKAGYL CC
FRIAR'S HEAD                    NASSAU CC                        SCARSDALE GC
METROPOLITAN SECTION NEWSLETTER                                                            AUGUST 2, 2012 ~ PAGE 4

                          WMGA Girls Clinic at Westchester Country Club on Aug. 13th

Monique Thoresz of Apawamis Club is assisting the WMGA with finding professionals to provide a special clinic for girls, on
Aug. 13th at Westchester CC. The Clinic is free and runs from 1-4 pm. Attendance at the clinics may be from 80-100 so profes-
sionals are truly needed. If you can give your time, please contact Monique at

                                              Welcome to our Newest PGA Members

              Congratulations to our three newest PGA Members who have achieved this distinction with their hard work and
              completion of the PGA requirements. We welcome and acknowledge Andrew Greisiger, A-8 assistant to Chris
              Kenney of the Patterson Club; Nicholas Johns. A-8 assistant professional on the staff of Theron Harvey at Hudson
              National Golf Club; and Justin Solof, A-8 assistant at Deepdale Golf Club on the staff of Darrell Kestner.

                                               Newest Quarter Century Club Member

              Congratulations to La Tourette PGA Professional, Tim Stafford who recently achieved the milestone of 25 years of
              service and membership in the PGA of America. Tim is the newest member of the elite Quarter Century Club,
              PGA Professionals who have attained 25 years of membership.

                     THANK YOU 2012 PARTNERS & SPONSORS
          Adams Golf/Middleton Golf Group                                         Lenox Advisors
                         Ahead                                                        Lincoln
                    Anheuser Busch                                                  Mastercard
                   Bermuda Tourism                                                Mercedes Benz
                      Bobby Jones                                                     Mizuno
            Body Balance for Performance                                           Mohegan Sun
                        Bushnell                                                     NIKE Golf
                        Callaway                                                      Oakley
                        Carr Golf                                                     OMEGA
                    Casa de Campo                                                   Peter Millar
                        Club Car                                             PGA National Resort & Spa
           Cutter & Buck - Paul McManus                                              PGA Tour
                     Ernst & Young                                                     PING
                         EZGO                                                           Polo
                   Fairway Golf Car                                                  ShipSticks
                      Golf & Body                                                   SkyCaddie
                      Golf Buddy                                                     Snag Golf
         Golf Performance Center-Roger Knick                                      Summit Brands
                        GolfMax                                                    Sun Mountain
                 Grand Cypress Resort                                                  Sunice
                      Haas Jordan                                               TaylorMade - adidas
                    Michael Hebron                                        Terry Murphy - Fairway & Greene
                Hole in One Insurance                                             Titleist/Footjoy
                      JBA Awards                                                 Treiber Insurance
                       JJT Energy                                                   True Power
                      Kirk & Matz
                 Legendary Headwear
METROPOLITAN SECTION NEWSLETTER                                                                   AUGUST 2, 2012 ~ PAGE 5

                               More Success Stories for Met PGA Junior Golf Fund-Raisers

Our mission to once again top $100,000.00 for Junior Golf continues to gain great momentum and support from a number of
clubs and their terrific professional staffs. We have already reported on the efforts of Maidstone, The Bridge, Round Hill, Sunning-
dale and Deepdale as well as the season-long initiative at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club. In the very last month we also received a
wonderful contribution from Seawane and have been working with two or three other clubs helping them prepare for their event.
Perhaps the greatest surprise, however, came when Tim Garvin and his staff at South Fork conducted a two-day event that raised
over $17,000.00. What a great commitment and fantastic shot in the arm for our overall goals. These dollars truly do make a dif-
ference with our Junior Golf and our First Tee programs to help kids whether they are interested in competition or are benefiting
from the Life Skills initiatives and lessons about Core Values.

                          “The Keith” Caddie Golf Tournament on Aug. 13th at Cherry Valley

One of the most inspiring stories is that of the Keith R. Cerrato Memorial Caddie Golf Tournament that returns to Cherry Valley on
Monday, Aug. 13th. Ed Kelly and members of Cherry Valley have created an event that provides caddies with an opportunity to
play while the fees support scholarship funds at Chaminade High School and Hofstra University where Keith Cerrato attended.
Keith died in a tragic accident over 5 years ago but as a caddie and young man at Cherry Valley, he truly left a legacy that has been
supported by this event. Professionals should contact our office or Ed Kelly at Cherry Valley to see how they can get involved and
how caddies from their clubs can participate in this event.

                                        Head Pro Contributions Approach $5,000.00

The Assistants Tour continues to reward great play and participation and the 2012 season has been filled with some great competi-
tion and some new formats and venues. The events have also had the purses supplemented by the Contribution Fund with dona-
tions from our head professionals allowing for a larger percentage of the field at each event to cash a check. The Assistants Contri-
bution Fund is nearing $5,000.00 and our head professionals and PGA Members continue to send in their support.

                                                                      For Sale

               Len Bush has a 2007 JC Video Portable Teaching System which includes the computer, software, carrying case
              and table for sale for $1,000.00. If anyone is interested, please contact Len at the Brookville pro shop at 516 656-
              0110 or email

   Chris Kenney of Patterson Club has a Foresight Gc2 Game Changer Launch Monitor that he is looking to sell. It is two years
     old and in great condition. Asking price is $4,500.00 but price is negotiable. If interested, contact Chris at Patterson Club at
     203 255-2121 or email .

   The Quogue Field Club has “Adapto” stationary bag racks for sale. They are double-sided and singles. They are in pretty good
     shape and the price (inexpensive) is negotiable. The racks will be available after Labor Day because the club is building a new
     clubhouse and Golf Shop. If interested or for more information, contact Rich Stucklen at Quogue Field Club (631 653-9885).

   Any Golf Professional at a public facility who would like to make an extra $500.00 - $2000.00 selling high quality used golf
     balls with no investment. Tom also has good used range balls at $2.40 per doz and he also has hit away golf balls @ .12 each
     and offers free delivery for orders over 3,000 balls. Tom Lupinacci also has a Mahogany 5’ x 4’ Rack that could hold 40 sets of
     clubs. Price is $125.00 delivered. Call Tom @ 904-233-1023 or email him at

   Six previously used "High Definition" Golf Simulators, in great condition & less than 2 years old. Offer your membership
     rounds of golf at top courses like Pebble Beach all winter long! HD offers the best technology on the market - accurately
     shows the ball flight, hooks, slices, draws, fades & can be customized for lessons. Can also double as a home theater screen.
     Value priced at $20,000 each installed with one year warranty (negotiable; esp. for purchase of multiple units). Brand new
     units can run in the range of $40,000 - $45,000. View the High Definition products and technology specs at Call Robb Schulze for further details @ 330.321.9887
METROPOLITAN SECTION NEWSLETTER                                                                  AUGUST 2, 2012 ~ PAGE 6

                                                  Propourri & PGA Updates

Rodney Cook, PGA Director of Golf for Four Seasons who joined our Section this spring asked that we share the following infor-
mation about the Four Season Golf Travel Program with his fellow Met section members. Click here to read about this program
for Four Seasons Costa Rica……….. PGA Magazine is making their Golf Range Magazine available to our professionals and their
golfers at no charge. Click here to open the summer edition and professionals CAN send this digital link to their customers as
well to keep them up to date on the latest in range and golf technology and to help them have more fun at golf. If you have any
questions contact Ryan Henderson of the GRAA at 215 914-2071…………. Click here for the latest updates from PGA Performan-
ceTrak……… The PGA has extended their agreement with Pepsi that offers facilities continuing incentives on fountain products
and new incentives on bottle and can drinks. Please share these opportunities with your facility. Click here to see the outline of
the new agreement and contact PGA Business Development if you have any questions…….. There are several resolutions being
reviewed for possible adoption at the upcoming PGA Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Click here to see the summary of those pro-
posed resolutions……….. Aug. 6th is the last day that dues payments will be accepted before individuals are dropped for non-
payment of dues………. Go to PGALinks for results of the 2012 PGA Annual Operations Survey and for information on compli-
mentary access to the upcoming PGA Championship and Ryder Cup……….. Don’t forget the PGA Expo is coming on Aug. 20th –
22nd with educational opportunities, Demo Night, various workshops and conferences and of course the Fall Expo at the Venetian
in Las Vegas.

                                                      Employment Update

John McPhee, Head Golf Professional at Waccabuc Country Club, will be retiring at the end of this year. He is in his 35th year of
service at this family oriented , northern Westchester County, country club. The Club is celebrating its centenary year in 2012 and
John is just their third golf professional. The Club's search committee expects to conduct interviews with a limited number of can-
didates in September and plans to make its final selection in the October - November timeframe. The Waccabuc Golf Search
Committee will be accepting and reviewing resumes as they are submitted and have requested that all resumes and applications
be submitted electronically to the Committee no later than September 7 at:

We have received some phone calls regarding possible retirements that are forthcoming. We do want to remind our professionals
that it is inappropriate at best and unethical at worst to make any application for a head professional position that is not open. We
will be keeping our members informed with any employment announcements through Newsletter updates and in our weekly E

We have the following Head Professional opportunity outside the section:
Preakness Hills Country Club, Wayne, New Jersey—Click Here

We also have the following teaching position available:
Doug Miller, Gold Coast (Resumes immediately to, please no calls) Immediate Teaching Op-
portunities for both FT/PT, private, groups, clinics, camps, after-school, evenings, fall/winter indoor, and so much more. If you are
motivated to earn with no limits or boundaries, this is a great opportunity for an assistant to break into the teaching field and gain

The Met PGA has the following teaching position available immediately:
Kelley Brooke, Randall's Island Golf Center (resumes to - teaching professional at Randall's Island
Golf Center. Ability to speak Korean and/or Japanese would be an important asset.

We also have the following seasonal positions that are seeking applications:

El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico: Resumes to PGA Professional, Matt Tinti
( – Seeking a seasonal professional for December to May (flexible). El Dorado is a high end pri-
vate club that does about 7500 rounds per year.

The Golf Club of Scottsdale, an 18 hole upscale private club is seeking seasonal Outside Service Operations – 40 hours per week/
responsibilities include Range, Carts, Bag Room Playing & Practice Privileges provided. Resumes to Bobby Pancratz, PGA at

We have the following Sales Rep opportunity:
Richard W. Nagle, North America Sales Manager for CaddyTrek (Resumes/Inquires to Email 781-213-5066
fax) – Seeking regional sales reps for CaddyTrek.

Lenox Advisors New York State Open Championship
                  Jul 17 - Jul 19, 2012
               Bethpage State Park - Black
                  Click Here for Results

     Metropolitan Professional Championship
                  Jul 23 - Jul 24, 2012
                 Rockland Country Club
                  Click Here for Results


    Mid Season Major @ Paramount Club –7/2
                 Click Here for Results

       Assistants Tour @ Glen Cove—7/9
                 Click Here for Results

       Assistants Tour @ Huntington—7/9
                 Click Here for Results

      Assistants Tour @ Island Hills—7/30
                 Click Here for Results

            Westchester Open
                 July 9-10, 2012
                 Click Here for Results

            Connecticut Open
                July 30-31, 2012
                    Wee Burn
                 Click Here for Results

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