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The video above shows an in-depth rendering of The Link, the new learning center at the Plainfield West 9. The learning center will house a 475 sq ft classroom, 3 indoor/outdoor hitting bays, the NJPGA Hall of Fame and much more. We hope to break ground shortly after Labor Day of this year! To donate towards The Link, please click here!



ead Pro Spotlight: Michael Holiday, Upper Montclair Country Club

Michael has been in the Golf Business for 20 years, where for the past decade he has served as the Director of Golf at the Upper Montclair Country Club. His success there has been greatly influenced through his past experiences at some great clubs including; Long Cove Country Club, Harbour Town Golf Links, The Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. One of the greatest aspects of his job is motivating his peers to be the best at what they do, where success becomes inevitable. Michael is proud to have several of his assistants become Head Professionals.

-Make yourself irreplaceable -Hire attitude and passion -Know your numbers -Have a clear understanding of your clubs governance -Be creative -Appearance is key, as the PGA Professional, you are the face of the club -Understand Elite customer service -Attention to detail -Follow through is key -You are a salesman. Know your product & know your membership -Treat every member and every employee equally

One of Michael's responsibilities as a young professional at Harbour Town gave him the privilege of chairing the largest junior golf program, which consisted of over 400 eager & talented participants. This was something that has always been a passion of Michael's & something that he feels is vital to the growth of the game & the impact of the future of all golf clubs. It is obvious that the youth today are not only the future Michael's past experiences have afforded him the opmembers and professionals that will portunity to work with great professionals at some of the best allow clubs to stay afloat. Working with clubs in the nation. He was greatly influenced under the di- these students at such a young age will rection of his friend and mentor, John Farrell, Director of Golf bring out their inner talents, and give at Harbour Town Golf Links. Following John's management them all the opportunities to excel in style, Michael strove to become the best by hiring the best. such a great lifetime sport.



June 16-18 Mercer Oaks Golf Course

Michael was given the opportunity this year to serve on the NJPGA Board of Trustees where he will proudly chair the 2014 Special Olympics taking on the responsibility of coaching one of the most talented participants, Tommy Azilides. Michael & Tommy have been working together during the winter months in preparation for the USA Summer Games, which will be the biggest Special Olympic Games that the State of New Jersey has been privileged to host.


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ssistant Spotlight: @MConleyPGA “I started playing golf when I was 12 years old, I first started playing with my father and grandfather. My grandfather would pick me up to at 5am in the morning so I could play with his buddies on the weekends. I grew up in Queens, NY so it wasn't easy for us to just hit balls or go play 9 holes. You had to plan it out, my grandfather and I would play Marine Park Golf Course in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I eventually found out Penn State had a golf management program and knew it was a home run. Penn State has allowed me to work at some of the best golf courses in the world including The Breakers in Florida, Shinnecock Hills in New York, Plainfield CC, and Augusta National Golf Club. I am very lucky to have met some amazing people and I can't wait to see what the future holds. My favorite part of the golf business is the customer satisfaction. Whether it is running a successful event, watching your student hit a great shot, or just playing well with members those interactions are all so much better when you see the look on their face. I have a very energetic personality and work ethic so the golf business is a great fit for me. Plainfield is also an especially active club so my staff and I are constantly working on something. Scott Paris, the Director of Golf at PCC, has also taught me so much in the last 4 years, his communication and leadership are second to none. The final puzzle piece is my fiancé Katie, thank god she understands the golf business! We are getting married at Penn State in December.”

Plainfield Country Club 2011 Augusta National GC & Shinnecock Hills GC “My goal in the next few years is to become a head professional in New Jersey/ New York area if possible, but if another opportunity arises somewhere else I would be more then willing to throw my hat in the ring. Long term plan is to be a head professional at a top 100 facility.”


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Titleist 913 D3 Titleist 913 3 Wood Hybrid Titleist AP2 Titleist Vokey 54 degree 60 degree Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Titleist ProV1x with a red line & initials Loose Change 65 at Red Tail Golf Club in Massachusetts None, but always writes with a red pen Putter Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York Qualify for the National Club Professional Championship & the NJPGA Fall Finale

NJPGA May 2014 Magazine  
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