North Florida PGA - Northern Chapter

There are over 28,000 men and women who proudly call themselves PGA professionals in the United States. You may think of your local golf proas the person who greets you in the pro shop or the instructor on the lesson tee, but their roles are much broader and more meaningful than meets the eye.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, the Northern Chapter of the North FloridaPGA encompasses a sizeable amount of acreage from Amelia Island westward to Tallahassee and further south to St. Augustine. Not only areits members well-trained golf professionals, they’re philanthropists, community organizers and stewards of the game they dedicate the large majority of their adult lives to. In addition to their day jobs tending to their respective clubs and customers, the chapter’s 270 professionalsdevoted their time to a number of causes, charitable events and competitive tournaments near and dear to Northeast Florida in 2010.

The chapter organizes dozens of golf tournaments at clubs throughout the area each calendar year, including a Pro-Am series where 1500 participants compete in 13 events.

Off the course, chapter pursuits and initiatives included constructing a house through the Habitat for Humanity organization, raising in excess of $15,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation via Patriot Golf Day, donating shirts to the Salvation Army and brightening the day of sick children in the hospital – a program called “Putting for Smiles.”

Professionals also help to grow the game by teaching junior golfers basic fundamentals, and serve as liaisons between the golf and business communities. The commitment to giving back in every way possible is encouraged and facilitated by contributions from area businesses and the general public.

Allow us to introduce some of the organization’s leaders who’ve played an integral role in shaping the chapter’s vision and message through the years.

Mike LynchEighteenyear PGA professional Mike Lynch is the current president of the Northern Chapter, NFPGA. A savvy marketing veteran, Lynch has helped the chapter spread its positive message and provided strong internal leadership. In his day job as the North Florida/South Georgia market sales manager for Golf Channel Solutions, Lynch helps golf facilities promote their tee times to an audience of more than 1.5 million golfers.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” he said. “I love the game. My kids love the game. I still teach a lot of lessons with the McCumber Golf Academy and there is nothing more satisfying and fun than seeing someone’s face light up after they hit a good shot or shoot a good score after taking a lesson from me.”

Jack AschenbachPGA Professional at Amelia National Golf and Country Club since March 2008, Vice President Jack Aschenbach is a decorated veteran of our Armed Forces, having served as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy for 23 years. Upon leaving the military, Aschenbach turned his attention toward a career with the PGA of America. He became a professional in 1996.

“I found it safer to be shot by golf balls rather than bullets,” he said. His passion for our service men and women shone through this year, when he was named the Patriot Leader for the North Florida Section on the strength of his contributions to the annual Patriot Golf Day effort. He was also named the North Florida Section’s PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award winner in 2009.

Mike BroderickMike Broderick, head golf professional at The Palencia Club, serves as the Northern Chapter’s secretary. He’s worked at clubs from Palm Coast to Cape Cod and enjoys relationship building, growing the game through player development and junior golf, and giving back to the community by coordinating charitable events.

“I jumped to the opportunity to work with the Chapter as it’s a way to give back to the game and to create the lifelong relationships with the fellow PGA Professionals and club representatives,” he said.”Brad Rollinson

Tournament Chairman Brad Rollinson has been a PGA Member since 1986. He’s served as a head professional at clubs in Ohio and Florida, and became involved with the Northern Chapter in hopes of raising the level of play and increasing event participation.

 

 


 

The Northern Chapter, NFPGA would like to thank all of its partners in the golf industry and local golf community – Callaway Golf, Cleveland/Srixon, Cutter & Buck, EZ-Go, Titleist, Footjoy, Puma, Page & Tuttle, Nerds on Site, Here’s Fred, Prudential Insurance, Nike Golf, Club Car, TaylorMade, Beecher Carlson, Matthew Broadus Advertising, ForeFront. Media partners include Florida Golf Central, Golfer’s Guide, Florida-Times Union and 1010 XL Radio.

 

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