East Amherst, NY – The Western New York Section, PGA of America (WNYPGA) and Hall of Fame Committee are pleased to announce that Timothy Fries, the PGA Owner of Glen Oak Golf Club (pictured above to the right), will be the 2019 inductee into the WNYPGA Hall of Fame. Tim will join the likes of Walter Hagen, Lancy Smith, Craig Harmon, Lonnie Nielsen, Jim Mrva and many more.
Tim has been a part of the Western NY Section since 1987, where he started as an Assistant Professional at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg, NY. He was later elected a PGA Professional on May 1st, 1991 and since being elected has played a large role in the WNY golf community.
Tim continued as an Assistant Professional from 1987-1999 at Ridgemont Country Club, The Country Club of Buffalo, Orchard Park Country Club and Transit Valley Country Club until being named the Head Professional of Transit Valley in 2000. From 2000-2018, Tim worked as the Head Professional at Transit Valley. Then later in 2018, Tim purchased Glen Oak GC in East Amherst, NY where he has been ever since.
Not only has he had great success on the business side of golf, but competitively, Tim has also had great success. He won the WNYPGA Section Championship in 2010 and 2017, Senior Championship in 2014, he is a 4-time winner of the WNYPGA Assistant Championship, and a 7-time winner of the WNYPGA Professional Championship. He is also a 4-time winner of the WNYPGA Assistant POY, he won Professional POY in 1998 and Senior POY in 2014.
Tim has also been very successful on a national scale. Tim was a participant at the 77th Senior PGA Championship in 2016 at Harbor Shores, Michigan. He also participated in the PGA Professional National Championship 7-times and in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship 5-times. Aside from playing nationally, he has also served the PGA of America National Board of Directors from 2015-2017 and numerous of their committees.
From 1999-2018, Tim served on the WNYPGA Board of Directors. He served as Vice President/ Secretary from 2001-2005 and President of the Section from 2005-2007. Tim currently sits as the Vice President on the PGA REACH WNY Foundation Board of Trustees.
Tim has achieved a lifetime’s worth of accomplishments since joining the WNYPGA and every step of the way he has been supported by his family. With the support of his wife, Karen, and his two children, Hannah and Patrick, he has been able to accomplish monumental things in the WNYPGA Section. Tim recently helped to create a long-term home for the WNYPGA Section, Foundation and Hall of Fame right at Glen Oak.
Simply put, having Tim Fries in the WNYPGA Section has not only been a pleasure, but an honor. And the amazing thing is that Tim continues to do more inspiring things every year. On behalf of the WNYPGA Board of Directors, Hall of Fame Committee, PGA Professionals and community, we wish Tim continued success and congratulations on your induction into the WNYPGA Hall of Fame.
Anyone wishing to help celebrate Tim’s induction on Sunday October 6th at Glen Oak can call the WNYPGA at 716-626-7095 to purchase a ticket.
About the Western New York PGA: The WNYPGA is one of the 41 geographic sections under the umbrella of the PGA of America. The Section was established in 1925 and represents 275 PGA Professionals and Apprentices and over 100 golf facilities across Rochester, Buffalo and Erie, PA. The Mission of the PGA is to Grow the Game of Golf today, tomorrow, and into the future.