Billy Farrell

The professional at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut from 1964 – 2000, Billy Farrell’s record of playing accomplishments touches both the local and national levels. Born in Springfield, New Jersey in 1935, the son of the legendary Johnny Farrell, Billy began his career in New Jersey where he was the Assistant Professional of the Year, the New Jersey Open Champion and Met Open runner-up all in 1961. He was a 3-time member of the Ballantine Team honoring the top players from New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester. Billy won the 1964 Met PGA Championship and owns a number of other area titles including the Westchester PGA, Pro-Lady, Pro-Pro and Senior Pro-Pro and Westchester Senior Open Championships. But it is his record in qualifying for 8 US Opens (1961, ’63, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’69 & ’71), seven PGA’s (1961, ’62, ’63, ’65, ’66, ’67 & ’68) and four National PGA Seniors Championships that has helped distinguish Billy’s playing career. A two time medalist for the US Open (his best finish was 22 nd ) and a 3 time medalist at PGA Qualifying where his best outing was a 14 th place finish. In 1964 Billy was presented with the Sports Illustrated Award of Merit recognizing his outstanding accomplishments.


Johnny Farrell

Johnny Farrell was born in White Plains, New York and turned professional in 1922. In 1928, Farrell won the U.S. Open. He tied with amateur Bobby Jones after the regulation 72 holes, at the Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago, and won a 36-hole playoff by one stroke. He was voted the 1927 and 1928 Best Golf Professional in the United States, after a winning streak of six consecutive tournaments, on his road to a total of 22 career PGA Tour wins in addition to winning the Westchester Open and Met Open. He played for the United States in the first three Ryder Cups: 1927, 1929, and 1931. Farrell was the head professional at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club from 1919-1930 and later became the head professional at nearby Baltusrol in New Jersey.


Mike Fetchick

Mike Fetchick was born in Yonkers, New York. He turned pro in 1950 and joined the PGA Tour in 1952. He won the 1956 Western Open at The Presidio in San Francisco in an 18-hole playoff over Doug Ford, Jay Hebert and Don January. Then considered a major championship, the Western Open was eventually demoted in status but clearly, Fetchick’s victory was a triumph among the top names in golf. He also boasted a top 15 finish at the 1957 U.S. Open at Inverness Club. After his club professional career, Fetchick joined the Senior Tour and holds their Champions Tour record for the oldest winner (63 years of age when he won the Hilton Head Seniors International in 1985), and the longest time between his last PGA Tour victory and his first Champions Tour victory: 28 years, 9 months and 27 days. Even during his Senior playing career, Fetchick continued to call Dix Hills home and was often found at Glen Head Country Club where he had served as their head professional.


Doug Ford

Doug Ford was born in West Haven, Connecticut. He turned professional in 1949 and won for the first time in 1952. His first major was the 1955 PGA Championship and that victory helped him become that season's PGA Player of the Year. In 1957, he holed out from a buried lie in a bunker on the final hole to come from behind and beat Sam Snead by three strokes at The Masters. Ford had 19 PGA Tour wins and played on four Ryder Cup teams: 1955, 1957, 1959, and 1961. He also won four Met PGA Championships, two Westchester Opens and a Met Open. He was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 1972 and he was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Ford was also elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010. When he won the Met Open in 1956, Ford was at Putnam CC and after stints at Tam O’Shanter and Vernon Hills, wound up his career as the head professional at the Spook Rock Golf Course when it first opened in the late 60’s.


Ed Furgol

Ed Furgol was born in New York Mills, New York. He won six times on the PGA Tour including one major championship, the 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol Country Club. Furgol played in 21 U.S. Opens, 16 Masters, and 13 PGA Championships (7 at Match Play and 6 at Stroke Play). In the Match Play Championships of the PGA, Furgol won almost 60% of his matches and went to the semifinals in his best showing while in his later years he still competed in six PGA’s at stroke play with a tie for 13th in 1964 his highlight. He also played on the losing 1957 Ryder Cup team at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire, England and drew the unenviable task of having to face the British Captain, Dai Rees in the event’s singles competition.


Claude Harmon

Claude Harmon was serving as the head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club when he became the last club professional to claim a major championship, winning the 1948 Masters Tournament. In 1959, he was also hired as the head professional at Thunderbird Country Club where he served for the remainder of his career while retaining his position at Winged Foot until his retirement in 1977. In 1959 Harmon turned in an incredible feat placing third in the U.S. Open, while serving as the host professional at Winged Foot. Harmon is a two time Met PGA Champion and a six time Westchester Open Champion. The Harmon Family was honored by the Golf Writers as the Family of the Year in 1969 while Harmon was named the Sam Snead Award recipient for the Met PGA in 1982 for his contributions to golf, the PGA and the Met Section. A former President of the Met PGA, Claude was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 2009.


Michael Hebron

Smithtown Landing’s Mike Hebron is one of the few PGA Professionals to have won two National Awards. In 1990 Hebron was named the PGA of America’s Horton Smith Award recipient for his contributions to PGA education and then a year later, Hebron was named the PGA Teacher of the Year. On the Section level in addition to multiple Horton Smith and Teacher of the Year honors, Hebron was the first Public Course Met PGA Merchandiser of the Year, the first Met PGA Junior Golf Leader Award and the 1982 Met PGA Professional of the Year. Hebron inaugurated the Met PGA’s Junior Championship (now called the Met PGA Junior Classic) and the National PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit. After more than 40 years at Smithtown, Hebron is still active hosting the Junior Classic and is a sponsor for the Met PGA (with their women’s events) and the LIGA. Hebron was also named the 2010 San Snead Award recipient for his contributions to golf, the PGA and the Met Section.


Bobby Heins

Bobby Heins is one of those unique professionals who may qualify for consideration both as a player and for his years of Section service while leading Old Oaks Country Club as their head professional for over a quarter of a century. During that time he has held every Met PGA office except the Presidency and earned the Bill Strausbaugh Award three times (1997, ’98, 2002) for his work with employment and club relations. He also has been honored as the Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was named the 2000 Metropolitan PGA Professional of the Year. His playing record includes career victories in the 2008 and ’09 MGA Senior Open, 2009 and 2001 Met PGA Senior Match Play and the 2008 Met PGA Seniors Championship. He is still competitive outside the senior circles and is a 6-time Westchester Open Champion, two-time Met Open winner and the 1990 NY State Open and Westchester PGA titleholder. He also won the Dodge Open and Nissan Classic. He has twice earned Met PGA Player of the Year honors (1983 and 1990) and is a 6-time Met PGA Senior Player of the Year. He has played in 3 PGA Championships, making 1 cut and 4 PGA Senior Championships, surviving the cut in three of those events.


Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan is perhaps most notable for his profound influence on the golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability, for which he continues to remain renowned. Hogan became a professional golfer more than six months shy of his eighteenth birthday. Despite finishing 13th on the money list in 1938, Hogan had to take an assistant pro’s job, and was hired that year by Century Country Club. He remained at Century and continued to refine his game until 1941. Between the years of 1938 through 1959, Hogan won 63 professional golf tournaments despite his career being interrupted in its prime by World War II and later on a near-fatal car accident. His nine career professional major championships tie him for fourth all-time. Hogan played on two U.S. Ryder Cup teams, 1947 and 1951, and captained the team three times, 1947, 1949, and 1967. Hogan won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average three times: 1940, 1941, and 1948 and won the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year in the United States. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. In 1976, Ben Hogan was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. A special room is dedicated to Hogan's career, comeback, and accomplishments at the United States Golf Association Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History.


Greg Hurd

Born in Westchester New York, Greg Hurd started on his career path in golf working for PGA professional Harry Montevideo at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY.  He then attended the University of Florida where he was a member of the golf team. Greg turned professional as an Assistant to Tommy Murphy, PGA at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. In 1987 Greg was selected as the Head Professional of North Hempstead Country Club and served 31 years in that position.

His contributions to the Section started serving the Assistant's Association before being elected to the Met PGA Board of Directors in 1990. He held the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary before his election as President in 2002 and was reelected in both 2003 and 2004. Greg’s leadership influenced all aspects of Met PGA initiatives, including: expansion in our tournament schedule and an increased emphasis on club relations and employment.

Greg still holds the competitive course record on the Concord Monster of "67" and was back to back Met PGA Team Championship winner 1987 and 1988 with his partner Tony Saraceno. There was rarely a Met PGA Pro-Am lacking Greg and a team from his club who always looked forward to competing alongside their pro, and he frequently led his North Hempstead teams to the winners’ circle.  In recognition of his contributions to our educational offerings and our relationships with area clubs, Hurd was honored as the Met PGA Horton Smith Award in 1993.  In similar fashion, Greg would be recognized by his peers again in 2006 when he was named Metropolitan PGA Professional of the Year. Hurd’s contributions to the section continued long after he gave up the gavel, as he served on the Nominating Committee and Grievance Committee for many years after his presidency.  Despite his many accolades, Greg is most proud of his family: wife Barbara, and sons Christopher and Matthew, also a PGA member.


Jock Hutchinson

Jack "Jock" Hutchison moved to the United States from Scotland and became a U.S. citizen in 1920. He won two major championships, the 1920 PGA Championship and the 1921 Open Championship at St. Andrews. In his career, Hutchison played in seven PGA Championships and boasted an incredible 74% winning percentage in those match play years. In 1937, Hutchison won the inaugural PGA Seniors' Championship at Augusta National Golf Club by an impressive 8 strokes, and in 1947 he won that event for a second time at PGA National at Dunedin. In fact, only five players in the history of the golf world’s oldest senior major, have won more than Hutchison (Sam Snead won 6 times, Hale Irwin 4 times and three others three times). In fact, Hutchison was runner-up three other times losing in playoffs in 1940, ’46 and ’51). Hutchison was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.