How good is the Met Section?
You couldn’t shank a wedge inside the Westchester Broadway Theater on Tuesday without hitting a Top 100 instructor during the 52nd annual Educational Forum. There was plenty of home-grown talent on stage, too.
Pelham C.C. head pro Mike Diffley opened the day, hosting a discussion with Mark Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School who helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained putting stat. Next came The Golf Fix host Michael Breed, who’s namesake academy is at Manhattan Woods G.C. He shared a number of insights on putting. Craig Shankland, a top instructor who’s early stops included Rye Golf Club and Fairview C.C., shared a number of idiosynchratic swings from his 50 years of teaching along with an important lesson on adapting the swing to a student’s ability.
Mary Beth Childs was the first woman to receive the Met PGA’s Sam Snead Award for contributions to the section. The president of MBC Marketing, who established the longstanding relationship with Lincoln. GlenArbor director of golf Rob Labritz picked up an Omega watch as player of the year, and Griff Harris head pro Joe Felder was honored as the 2013 Professional of the Year.
Three new members were added to the hall of fame – Jim McLean, Bruce Zabriski and Shankland.