The Northeastern New York PGA has a new home.
Following a national trend of local PGA offices moving their headquarters onto regional golf courses, the NENYPGA has switched its office from Russell Road in Albany to the Town of Colonie Golf Course.
Both the Town of Colonie and the local club pros believe it’s a win-win situation.
“This is an honor for us. We are thrilled to be a partner with the PGA,” said Town of Colonie supervisor Paula Mahan. “This is also great for our parks and recreation department.”
NENYPGA executive director Tracie Warner said that moving the local association office to a golf course was a natural decision.
“Our mission is to promote the game of golf, and being part of a green-grass facility will make that easier for us,” she said. “The fact that we are now more centrally located in the Capital Region is a by-product of the move. Now, we have the whole package right here.
“There is a tendency for sectional offices to relocate at green-grass facilities all around the country,” Warner said. “The move was a relatively smooth one, and we are now up and operating.”
The NENYPGA office is now centrally located among Troy, Albany and Schenectady. The Town of Colonie is also one of the largest facilities in the region with 36 holes. Head pro Noel Gebauer said that 66,000 rounds of golf were played at Town of Colonie last year. The course has seen a 20 percent increase in play over the last five years.
Along with running tournaments, giving lessons and selling equipment, local pros compete on the NENYPGA tour. Colonie Golf & Country Club head pro Frank Mellet was the Player of the Year and won three major events — the Donald Ross Classic, the Club Pro Championship and the Section Stroke Play Championship.
The season kicks off with the annual Spring Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy April 18. Weather permitting, the pros will compete in a pro-pro tournament at the Country Club of Troy after the meeting.
The first official event on the pro schedule will be the Pro Classic at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club May 9.
Mohawk Golf Club will once again host the annual Gazette Cup, which pits the local pros against the top local amateurs on May 11. The other major event in May is the Local U.S. Open Qualifier May 16 at Glens Falls Country Club.
The two-day Donald Ross Classic will be played June 12-13 at Ticonderoga Golf Club and Glens Falls Country Club. Other top events in June include the New York State Open Qualifier June 17 and the Ellis Hospital Pro-Am June 20 at Mohawk Golf Club.
Featured events in July include the FAM Funds Classic July 11-12 at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club and the Professional Championship July 25-26 at Hiland Golf Club.
The Edison Club once again hosts the Stroke Play Championship Aug. 29-30, while the The Sagamore Resort entertains the Match Play Championship Sept. 20-21.
Local pros also compete in the Heineken Open at Capital Hills at Albany Sept 26-27 and the Points Challenge Oct. 11 at the Country Club of Troy before closing out the season with their annual fall meeting Oct. 17 at Saratoga National Golf Club.
Tom Philion, director of golf at SUNY-Delhi, is the new NENYPGA president, while Mike Kucera, head pro at the Country Club of Troy, is the vice president. Kevin Hughes, head pro at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club, is the secretary. Warner is the association’s executive director, and Doug Evans is the tournament director.
18 — Spring Meeting at Hilton Garden Inn in Troy and Pro-Pro at Country Club of Troy; 25 — Pro-Assistant Pro at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
6 — Double H Pro-Am at The Sagamore Resort; 9 — Pro Classic No. 1 at Saratoga Golf & Polo Club; 11 — Gazette Cup at Mohawk Golf Club; 16 — U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Glens Falls Country Club; 23 — Pro Classic No. 2, TBA; 31 — Pro Classic No. 3 at McGregor Links Country Club.
6 — Pro-Senior at Columbia Golf & Country Club; 12-13 — Donald Ross Classic at Ticonderoga Golf Club and Glens Falls Country Club; 17 — New York State Open Qualifier, TBA; 20 — Ellis Hospital Pro-Am at Mohawk Golf Club; 27 — Pro-Junior Championship at Pinehaven Country Club.
11-12 — FAM Funds Classic at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club; 18 — Center For Disability Pro-Am at Albany Country Club; 19-21 — New York State Open at Bethpage State Park Black Course; 25-26 — Professional Championship at Hiland Golf Club.
9 — ALS Pro-Am Invitational at Mohawk Golf Club; 10 — Assistant Championship and Senior Stroke Play Championship at Town of Colonie Golf Course; 18 — Senior Professional Championship at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club; 29-30 — Stroke Play Championship at The Edison Club.
13 — Pro-Lady Championship at Wolferts Roost Country Club; 20-21 — Match Play Championship at The Sagamore Resort; 26-27 — Heineken Open at Capital Hills at Albany.
4-5 — Assistant Match Play Championship; 7 — Bob Smith Pro-Am at Leatherstocking Golf Club; 11 — Points Challenge at Country Club of Troy; 13 — Challenge Cup, TBA; 17 — Annual Fall Meeting at Saratoga National Golf Club.