Joe Tesori, PGA Named PGA of America Bill Strausbaugh Award Recipient

Our very own Joe Tesori, PGA will be receiving the National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award at the 100th PGA Annual Meeting, November 9th in New York City.  The PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional, who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership through a commitment to mentoring and making significant impacts on the careers of PGA Professionals.  In the spirit of the award, “mentoring” is defined as “supporting professionals to manage their own development so they can maximize their PGA career potential.  The PGA mentor empowers, enables, advises, challenges, and encourages professionals to enhance their professional skills, strengthen their level of service, improve their work performance, and become the PGA Member that they aspire to be.”  This is a tremendous honor for Joe, his family and all of those who he has inspired and guided along the way.

Joe is a model PGA member.  He has demonstrated leadership throughout his career and his strong moral character has impacted the lives of many.  His record of service on the Section level is unmatched.  He has established himself as one of the most trusted mentors.  He is considered a counselor, teacher and advisor.  His reputation and ability to inspire has never wavered.  Joe’s contributions to the Section, his fellow PGA members and community are vast.  He has Chaired nearly every Section Committee and was the Section President from 1999-2004. He has been the Section’s Golf Professional of the Year on multiple occasions (1995, 2004) and was elected to the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame in 2002.  Joe’s accomplishments go well beyond the Section level.  He was named Northeast 10 Conference Golf Coach of the Year in 2009.  He was presented the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award in 2010 and the Blind Men/Criers - Officials/Coaches Community Award in 2011.  Joe was inducted into The Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.  Bishop Grimes High School named him Man of the Year in 1987 and he entered the LeMoyne College Hall of Fame in 1991.  The Syracuse District named him Man of the Year in 1993 and the Syracuse Golf Association presented Joe with the Golfer of the Year Award in 1994 for his contributions to minority golf. 

It is easy to see why Joe is being recognized as the 2016 National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner.  Joe leaves a profound and lasting impact on all those who he comes in contact with.  He listens and comprehends; he is a mentor and leader of outstanding moral character.  This is a career achievement and Joe Tesori is most deserving.


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PGA HOPE, Turning Stone Helps Guide the Journey Home for Veterans

Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, went a step beyond serving as host to a dramatic 49th PGA Professional Championship. It became the first national competition site to launch a PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) chapter, offering the inherent social value of the game of golf for Veterans and their families in Central New York.

PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE Turning Stone is the 67th overall PGA HOPE chapter nationwide, with the program established in 38 of the 41 PGA Sections.  Click here to continue reading.

Timber Banks Pro Kevin Savage ready for PGA Professional Championship

By Niko Tamurian |

312 of the best golf club professionals will tee it up at Turning Stone Resort for the PGA Professional Championship starting on Sunday. Of those 312, 20 will qualify for the actual PGA Championship at Baltusrol Club in Springfield, New Jersey in August.

Four of those 312 are Central New York professionals.

There's Dennis Colligan from Cazenovia Golf Club, Mark Tucker from Cazenovia Country Club, Dan Ward from Ithaca and Kevin Savage from Timber Banks.

Savage is no stranger to the big stage, especially at Turning Stone, he played at the former Turning Stone Resort Championship and once worked at the pristine course.

Kevin knows it will be tough to win, or even to finish in the top 20 spots, but it's something he's had plenty of time to focus on

"Our qualifier was last summer, so it's something you're striving for" Savage told me.

"You try to win, finishing top-20 is definitely a secondary goal but I mean just to get to the first cut it goes from 312 to 90 so you can't make a mistake" Savage adds.

The first two rounds of the tournament are played at Turning Stone's Kaluyat Course, the final rounds will be played at Atunyote which has hosted the PGA Tournament and the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge.

Savage told me one of his biggest motivating factors are the people he works with at Timber Banks, not just co-workers but the membership that he helps to improve on a daily basis.

The event runs June 26-29.


2016 PGA Professional Championship Media Day Coverage

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2016 Pro-Lady Champions from Drumlins GC

May 23rd at Kanon Valley Country Club

Pictured from left to right: Rita Bratek, Sarah Merrick, Sean Dadey, PGA and Mary Jo Bertrand

The CNY PGA Pro-Lady Championship was held at Kanon Valley CC on Monday, May 23rd.  22 teams teed it up vying to capture part of the $3,500 purse and title of the Championship.  The competitors were fortunate to catch a perfect day weather wise, that is of course, if you like 75 degrees and sunny.  The golf course was in great shape and the food and beverage service was exceptional.  A lot of hard work and preparation went into making sure of the events success.  A special thank you to Todd Riolo, PGA, his professional staff and all the members at Kanon Valley CC.  John Blain, longtime partner of the section and sales representative with Sun Mountain continued his support to Central New York Section Members and helped sponsor the event.  Tanya Durni and Glove It helped pick the tee gifts everyone enjoyed and has already signed a partnership agreement to support the event again in 2017.  For more information about the day including all the results please click here.



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