Connecticut Section PGA to Host Golf Course Business Leaders
The Symposium Addressing the Business Climate Changes to be held February 25 in Glastonbury
By Russ Held
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (February 21, 2017) - The more things change in the golf business, the more they … change.
And no one knows better than the Connecticut Section PGA and Tom Hantke, who begins his 24th year as executive director.
“The industry is changing rapidly, so much so in the last five to eight years,’’ Hantke said. “Operating a successful golf course business is not so simple, there are many contributing factors to consider with everybody pulling for your interests. If you’re a golf course, you just can’t open the doors …’’
The section will open its doors – and arms – to leaders in the golf business when it hosts the 2017 Golf Course Business Symposium on Saturday, February 25. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Glastonbury, Conn.
Ian Marshall Elected 35th President of the Connecticut Section PGA
Steffen Elected Vice President & Friday Elected Secretary
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (November 29, 2016) –Ian Marshall, Head PGA Professional of Watertown Golf Club was elected the 35th President of the Connecticut Section PGA during the Section's 83rd Annual Fall Meeting at Lake of Isles. Marshall succeeds Bill Flood of Ridgewood Country Club who will serve on the Connecticut Section PGA Board of Directors as Honorary President. Succeeding Marshall as Vice President is John Steffen of Twin Hills Country Club who served the past two years as Secretary. Howie Friday of Tumble Brook Country Club was elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary.
All three officers, Marshall, Steffen and Friday have been elected to serve two-year terms in their respective offices.View More
Five To Be Inducted Into The Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame
The third-annual Connecticut PGA Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Lake of Isles. This awards evening will include the induction of five new members, Bob Bodington, Tony Rowe, Paul Ryiz, Stanley and Ted Pisk.
Connecticut Section PGA Executive Director Tom Hantke welcomes these five new members into the Hall of Fame.
“This year’s class of inductees represents a broad cross section of the Connecticut Section PGA’s golf professional heritage, both in terms of generational era and service to the game of golf,” Hantke said. “The Stan and Ted Pisk father to son passing of the torch begins during WWII and spans through the 20th century.
“Bob Bodington was the consummate golf professional of his time during the 1960s and ‘70s, and a leader of the section in the formidable developmental years of the organizations growth, whereas the careers of Tony Rowe and Paul Ryiz represent a parallel of the golf professional’s evolution of as mentor, promoter, statesman, teacher and player.”
Delegates at 100th PGA Annual Meeting Vote Suzy Whaley as Vice President
Connecticut Section Member Suzy Whaley, who served the past two years as Secretary, is the first woman ever to be elected as an Officer of the Association. PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell. Having served as PGA Secretary from 2014-2016, Whaley was also a member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2011-13. She has also served on the Connecticut PGA Section Board of Directors and as Section Vice President at Large. A dual PGA and LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Member, Whaley was also an LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. She famously competed in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA Tour event.