NEPGA Announces 2018 Award Winners
The New England PGA announced the newest recipients of its special awards on Tuesday. The 2018 NEPGA Awards Banquet will celebrate all of those winners and will be held in May.
The 2018 Award winners are: Matt Closter, PGA (Woodstock Golf Club) – Merchandiser of the Year-Resort; Stephen Clancy, PGA (Granite Links GC) –Merchandiser of the Year- Public; John Fields, PGA (Belmont CC)—Merchandiser of the Year- Private; Graham Cunningham, PGA (Framingham CC)—Horton Smith Award; John ‘Jay’ Askew, PGA (The Ridge Club)—Deacon Palmer Award; Brendon Ray, PGA (Carnegie Abbey Club)—Assistant Professional of the Year; Eric Barlow, PGA (Winchester CC)—Teacher of the Year; Vinnie Del Zoppo, PGA —Patriot Award; Peter Doherty, PGA (Atkinson Club)—Player Development Award; David Donnellan, PGA (Hyannis GC)—Youth Player Development Award; Adam Hemeon, PGA (Weston GC)—Bill Strausbaugh Award; and Larry Kelley, PGA (Five Star Golf Cars)—Golf Professional of the Year.
The 2018 class of winners represent 4 of 5 states in the New England Section. Eight winners are from Massachusetts, two are from Vermont, one is from New Hampshire, and one from Rhode Island. Six of the award winners have won awards in the past, and the other six are winners for the first time.
NEPGA-Avidia Bank Partnership Makes Donation to Foundation
A check presentation was an exclamation point on what has been a successful year for the New England Section and partner Avidia Bank.
The New England PGA’s Foundation was the recipient of one of the largest single donations in its history on Tuesday. Avidia Bank made a donation of more than $17,000 to the NEPGA Foundation through the use of the co-branded NEPGA and Avidia Bank credit card.
The Avidia Bank- New England PGA credit card has unique benefits to NEPGA Professionals. Some of those benefits are through cash back offers and point amounts, but a major advantage is that with every purchase with the card, a percentage is donated to the Foundation. After a year of the card’s use by New England PGA professionals, Avidia Bank’s donation totaled $17,110.67.
"We're really honored to be working with them, and we're glad to be able to help the organization and all of their members, and satisfy all of their business needs when it comes to working with a bank both personally and with their businesses," said Avidia Bank executive Bart Murphy.
Murphy was joined by Vice President of Business Development Cliff Thompson, and Avidia Bank President Mark O'Connell for the check presentation. Executive Director Mike Higgins, Section President Ron Bibeau, PGA, Vice President Allan Belden, PGA, and Honorary President Rob Jarvis, PGA were on hand to accept the check on behalf of the Foundation.
The donation will go towards fulfilling the Foundation's commitment to enriching lives of youth, military, and diverse populations through the game of golf. The money will fund golf programs throughout the year and contributions to growing the game.
Thank you to Avidia Bank for being a phenomenal partner to the NEPGA, its members and the Section's Foundation! We can't wait to do some great things with our foundation!