Mar 272017
 

NENY PGA Award winners from the 2016 season presented on March 27, 2017 at Saratoga National Golf Club. Photo: NENY PGA.

ANNUAL PLAQUES HANDED OUT

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating for golf this year, many pros in the Capital Area are getting their facilities ready for the upcoming season. Ahead of that, the Northeastern New York PGA held its annual Spring Membership Meeting & Special Awards Presentation at Saratoga National Golf Club on Monday, March 27.

Here are photos from the honorees including John Neet, Professional of the Year. He spent most of the 2016 season working, playing and battling pancreatic cancer. He would finish second on the NENY PGA Player of the Year points list, worked as Director of Golf Services at Golf Galaxy Albany and the Regional Golf Services Director for Dick’s Sporting Goods (Ohio to Massachusetts).

Click here for more on Neet’s story.

2016-2017 NENY PGA Special Award Winners. Not pictured are: Teacher of the Year Winner Anders Mattson (Saratoga National Golf Club); Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner Steve Jensen (Schuyler Meadows Club); Patriot Award Co-Winner Willie King (Plattsburgh Golf).

Award winners from the NENY PGA on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Saratoga National Golf Club. Photo: NENY PGA.

John Neet, 2016-2017 NENY PGA Golf Professional of the Year, speaking during the Spring Membership Meeting at Saratoga National Golf Club on Monday, March 27. Photo: NENY PGA.

John Neet, 2016-2017 NENY PGA Golf Professional of the Year, with his family, daughter Gabriella and wife Christine. They were on hand at Saratoga National Golf Club on Monday, March 27. Photo: NENY PGA.

2016-2017 NENY PGA Golf Professional of the Year John Neet is presented his plaque by NENY PGA President Ron Ireland of Saratoga Golf and Polo on Monday, March 27. Photo: NENY PGA.

2016-2017 Assistant Professional of the Year Winner Justin Hearley of Normanside Country Club is presented the award by Ron Ireland, Pres. of NENY PGA. Photo provided.

2016-2017 Patriot Award Co-Winner Ron Ireland of Saratoga Golf & Polo Club is presented the award by Mike Behan, VP of NENY PGA. Willie King of Plattsburgh Golf also won the award but was unable to attend. Photo: NENY PGA.

2016-2017 Horton Smith Award Winner Eric Keeler of Schuyler Meadows Club receives his plaque from Ron Ireland, NENY PGA President. Photo provided.

2016-2017 Player Development Award Winner Peter Gerard of Mill Road Acres Golf Course in Latham with NENY PGA President Ron Ireland of Saratoga Golf and Polo. Photo provided.

2016-2017 Merchandiser of the Year (Private Facility) Winner Eric Mabee of Country Club of Pittsfield is presented his award by Ron Ireland, NENY PGA President. Photo provided.

2016-2017 Merchandiser of the Year (Public Facility) Winner Todd Manderson of Ballston Spa Country Club receives his award from NENY PGA President Ron Ireland of Saratoga Golf and Polo. Photo: NENY PGA.

2016-2017 Roland Stafford Sportsmanship Award Winner Steve Plata of Saratoga National Golf Club is presented his award from Ron Ireland, Pres. NENY PGA. Photo provided.

2016-2017 Sales Representative of the Year Winner Gar Fellman of Kirk & Matz Awards with NENY PGA President Ron Ireland of Saratoga Golf and Polo. Photo: NENY PGA.

Attendees at the 2017 Spring Membership Meeting and Special Awards Presentation on Monday, March 27. Photo: NENY PGA.