The Annual New Jersey PGA (NJPGA)/New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Celebration of Golf was held on Thursday October 22nd at Crestmont Country Club to look back on the 2015 season and recognize all of the award winners. Scott Kmiec, longtime Executive Director of the NJPGA and current Senior Director of PGA REACH – the PGA of America’s Charitable Foundation – has been named the 2015 New Jersey Golf Distinguished Service Award Winner. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual for their selfless service and contributions to the game of golf in New Jersey, consistent withthe honor, values and traditions of the game
A graduate of Rutgers University and former baseball captain for the Scarlet Knights, Kmiec started with the NJPGA as a collegiate intern in January of 1995. In just two short years, he was promoted to the role of Executive Director, in December of 1997. During his 16-year stint as Section ED, Kmiec was responsible for managing the daily activities of the Section’s nearly 500 PGA Professionals, operating more than 100 member-based tournaments, and elevating the Association’s junior golf programs, among other responsibilities. One of the highlights of Kmiec’s tenure was the creation of the New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the NJPGA Section, which was established in 2004 with a mission to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf.
Kmiec worked very closely with current NJGF Executive Director, Chris Hunt, and played an integral role in the growth of programming for youth, Military Veterans and individuals with special needs. Today, the NJGF offers golf programming where individuals from all backgrounds have an opportunity to experience the game in a welcoming environment.The NJGF’s focused programming is highlighted by Golf In Schools, PGA Junior League, Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics NJ, Els For Autism, and PGA HOPE – Helping Our Patriots Everywhere. Each program is operated under the guidance of NJPGA Professionals, while impacting more than 120,000 boys and girls, Military Veterans and individuals with special needs in New Jersey each year.
For more information on the award winners or the Celebration of Golf Dinner, please visit http://newjersey.pga.com/.
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