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PGA National Day of HOPE Campaign: 10/20/20

Join our effort to help serve those who have served us!
WNY PGA HOPE Veterans participate in the 2019 Secretary's Cup.

Through Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th, we will be raising funds for our PGA HOPE Programs through out Western NY.  Our PGA HOPE Program is the military flagship program of PGA REACH WNY, conducting golf classes and events for our local veterans.  To learn more about our campaign, please visit our PGA REACH WNY Social Media pages.  If you would like to donate to our campaign, CLICK HERE to go directly to our GoFundMe Charity page.  Help us serve those who have served us this Veteran’s Day and give back to our WNY veteran community!

Tee It Up For the Troops Charity Auction: 8/27/20

Join us in raising funds for our veterans across WNY!

Tee It Up For the Troops Wanakah is holding an online auction, along with their yearly charity golf pro-am, to raise funds for our veterans and active duty members throughout WNY.  This year, our PGA REACH WNY Foundation will be one of the beneficiaries of this amazing event!  To help support our veterans in our PGA HOPE Programs and other veterans across WNY, visit the Tee It Up For the Troops Auction Site and bid for chance to win one of their great prizes.  CLICK HERE to visit the auction site.

PGA REACH Announces 2020 Class of PGA WORKS Fellows: 8/25/20

Post-graduate opportunity furthers diversity in the game and business of golf

For photos of the 2020 Class of PGA WORKS Fellows, click here.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2020) – PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, in conjunction with 11 PGA Sections, announces the 2020 class for the PGA WORKS Fellowship.

The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry.

Established in 2017, the PGA WORKS Fellowship is a grant program facilitating nine- to 12-month paid positions for recent college graduates. The primary responsibilities of this year’s class of 11 PGA WORKS Fellows are to support and execute philanthropic initiatives and player development programs for the charitable foundation of their respective PGA Section. This includes assisting with marketing and communications activities, as well as special events for PGA HOPE and junior golf initiatives, such as PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip & Putt.

As part of the mission of PGA WORKS, the Fellows are encouraged to continue their journey into a career in golf following their fellowship. To date, past Fellows have worked for and/or continue to work at GOLFTEC, The Honda Classic, Westchester Country Club, The First Tee and The Club at the Strand, among others. Additionally, several Fellows have gone on to work full-time in PGA Section offices throughout the country.

“PGA WORKS is a deliberate effort to diversify the golf industry’s workforce so it becomes more reflective of the consumers the golf industry collectively aspires to attract,” said PGA WORKS Program Specialist Rachel Mabee. “Our mission is to inspire individuals from all backgrounds to pursue the exciting career opportunities the golf business offers.”

The 2020 Class of PGA WORKS Fellows includes: 

  • Cameron Dinkins – Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina A&T State University, Gateway PGA Section
  • Tasita Garcia – Cleveland, Jackson State University, Middle Atlantic PGA Section
  • Stanley Garrant – Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Saint Peter’s University, Metropolitan PGA Section
  • Jonathan Godsey – Saint Clair Shores, Mich., Southern New Hampshire University, Michigan PGA Section
  • Max Hecker – Las Vegas, University of San Francisco, Northern California PGA Section
  • Brettan Hill – Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Southern Ohio PGA Section
  • Danielle Nicholson – Akron, Ohio, University of Akron, Northern Ohio PGA Section
  • Leilyn Nowaczynski – Union Grove, Wis., University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Wisconsin PGA Section
  • Richard Praszkier – Louisville, Ky., University of Louisville, Indiana PGA Section
  • Jose Renderoskieffer – Edison, N.J., Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey PGA Section
  • Hope Warkoczeski – Plymouth, Mich., Central Michigan University, Western New York PGA Section

Established in 2017, the PGA WORKS Fellowship has been offered at 12 PGA Sections across the country: Carolinas, Gateway, Indiana, Metropolitan, Michigan, Middle Atlantic, New Jersey, Northern California, Northern Ohio, South Florida, Southern Ohio, Western New York and Wisconsin.

For more information on PGA WORKS, visit

PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce.  Funded as one of the pillars of PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from all backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. For more information, visit

PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information, visit and follow @PGAWORKS on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Michael Abramowitz
PGA of America

Jared Minski
Mastro Communications

PGA HOPE Summer Golf: 7/31/20

Serving those who served us through out Western New York

Through the months of June and July, our PGA Professionals and PGA HOPE Veterans have been able to go out and golf every week to get ready for our PGA HOPE Classes!  Our new initiative, “PGA HOPE WNY Summer Golf,” allowed our veterans to get out and practice Back 2 Golf guidelines while also enjoying and learning the game of golf.  Check out the article on the Channel 13 ABC WHAM website by CLICKING HERE.




Buffalo PGA HOPE Session 2020

PGA HOPE Classes starting at Glen Oak GC 7/22/20
2019 PGA HOPE Pro-Veteran Scramble at Glen Oak Golf Course.

Our PGA HOPE Golf Classes are starting up in our Buffalo Chapter on July 22nd.  We have a record 50 veterans signed up for classes at Glen Oak GC.  We are working to finalize our PGA HOPE Classes in Erie, PA and in Rochester, NY.  Continue to visit our page to get updates on our classes.

Welcome our new PGA Works Fellow to WNY

Meet Hope Warkoczeski, our 2020 WNY PGA Works Fellow

Meet our 2020 PGA Works Fellow, Hope Warkoczeski!  CLICK HERE to see our interview with Hope and see how she plans to help grow the game of golf in the WNY Section.

To learn more about Nick Martone, our PGA HOPE Ambassador, and the PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week, CLICK HERE!