Miles Blundell, Director of Golf Operations at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, has been named 2016 Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
The highest honor paid to a CNY PGA Professional went to Blundell for his overall performance at his facility, level of service to the PGA, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promotion of golf.
This past year was especially busy for Blundell. He received the National PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award, for Resort Facilities, last November in Palm Beach Gardens and played host to the PGA Professional Championship this past June all while helping to manage the extensive redesign of the Shenendoah Golf Course.
Miles is a PGA Master Professional, one of only five in the Central New York Section. He recently joined the Club Managers Association of America and is two thirds complete with his Master’s Degree in Turf-grass Management from Penn State University. His passion and desire for higher education is a major driving force for the PGA Professionals who are part of his team, many of which he has encouraged to also complete the PGA’s Certified Professional Program. Blundell was recognized for these efforts in mentoring in 2014, earning the CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award.
As Director of Golf Operations at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Miles is involved in growing the game in a number of ways and oversees 65 team members, six of which are PGA Professionals. His team approach focuses on customer satisfaction, which has allowed for increased rounds played and revenue growth. He recently established a relationship with PGA Reach to create PGA HOPE Turning Stone which provides military instruction for veterans. He assists with golf programming for the Oneida Nation’s Summer Jam series, a series of summer camps for Oneida Indian Nation children ages 8-16. He worked diligently to bring the Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier to Turning Stone and has made a commitment to promoting PGA Junior League Golf.
Blundell’s commitment to the local community, youth and growing the game is at the forefront of all of his recent accomplishments. When Miles was contacted about this prestigious award he gave recognition to all the other Turning Stone Management Team Members who allow him to provide a superior customer experience and build loyalty. He feels very fortunate to be part of a great team. Miles is a team leader, valued professional in the community and the Central New York Section PGA is excited to announce Miles Blundell as the 2016 Golf Professional of the Year!
Other CNY PGA Special Award winners for 2016, all of whom will be honored Dec. 1st at Drumlins Golf Course Banquet Facility, are:
|Dustin Jones, Deer Run Golf Facility
Eric Lorenzetti, Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dustin Jones, Deer Run Golf Facility
Ruth Weydig, Oneida Community GC
Stan Gorman, Pompey Club
Martha Wells, CC of Ithaca
Ben Pasquith, Seven Oaks GC
Naomi Nesenoff, Traditions at the Glen
Lauren Tallman, CC of Ithaca
Dave Clinkhammer, Under Armour
|Teacher of the Year
Player Development Award
Horton Smith Award (Education)
Youth Player Development Award
Patriot Golf Award
Merchandiser of the Year - Private
Merchandiser of the Year - Public
Merchandiser of the Year - Resort
Assistant Professional of the Year
Sales Representative of the Year
Bradley’s Jewelers Players of the Year:
|Dennis Colligan, Cazenovia GC
Kevin Savage, Timber Banks GC & Marina
Robert Larsen, Onondaga Golf & CC
Colin McGaugh, Hamilton, NY
Lena Jones, Dewitt, NY