A native of Staten Island, Jim Albus was a gifted athlete and successful baseball player at Bucknell University. He came to golf late, turning professional at age 28. He began his club professional career at LaTourette on Staten Island before moving to Piping Rock Club in 1978. Jim dominated the local scene winning the Long Island Open, Long Island PGA, Dodge Open and Nissan Classic, New York State Open, two Met Opens and two Met PGA Championships. He also played in five US Opens and seven PGA National Championships. He was Met PGA Player of the Year in 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1988. While still serving Piping Rock, Jim launched his successful PGA Senior/Champions Tour career by winning the 1991 Senior Players Championship (a senior major) one of six tour victories. Albus was named the Met Section and the PGA of America’s Professional of the Year in 1990 and was the Sam Snead Award recipient in 2005.