When the PGA was born here in New York in 1916, the founders certainly never dreamed that one day the Association they were forming would grow to include over 28,000 professionals. At the very forefront of the National PGA then and today, is the Metropolitan Section. The PGA of America is divided into 41 geographical sections across the United States and although we rank only 16th out of 41 sections in total number of members, the leadership, innovativeness and quality that has become synonymous with the Metropolitan PGA programs elevate this association to a position of prominence both in the local golf community and among its national counterparts. For the Met PGA Professional, “Growing the Game” is not just a theme, but a professional commitment and mission.

The Metropolitan PGA Section Foundation is our vehicle to carry out the mission to promote the goodwill and growth of the game of golf by positively impacting the lives of junior golfers, veterans, and those who are underserved by the game. We accomplish this by focusing our efforts under three founding pillars: Youth Golf, Military, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Much of the success of the Met PGA and its Foundation are directly attributed to our location. Not only is New York the corporate and financial capital of the world, but to a great extent it is also the centerpiece of the golf world. St. Andrews, Shinnecock, Tuxedo, and Van Cortlandt Park have all played significant roles in the history of the game. Siwanoy, Engineers, Pelham, Garden City GC, Inwood, Fresh Meadow, Salisbury, National, Winged Foot, Ardsley, Westchester, Nassau, Apawamis, Brooklawn, St. Andrews, Bethpage, and Shinnecock have all hosted major championships of the PGA and USGA. The next ten years are going to be a very exciting time for golf in the Met Section as we play host to both the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage State Park. Golf has flourished here in the Metropolitan area, largely because of the willingness and desire of our area clubs and courses to support and maintain the traditions and heritage of the game.