17 PGA of America Golf Professionals to Run in TCS New York City Marathon in Support of PGA REACH

September 21, 2023



FRISCO, Texas (Sept. 21, 2023) - For the seventh consecutive year, PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, will send a team of PGA of America Golf Professionals to the TCS New York City Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 2023.

The 2023 PGA REACH team of 17 PGA of America Golf Professionals from across the country will run the full marathon while raising awareness for PGA REACH throughout their training leading up to the race. Their goal is to raise $150,000 collectively, which will help support the mission of PGA REACH to positively impact the lives of youth, Veterans and diverse populations through the game of golf.

In the last six years as an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, PGA REACH has raised more than $255,000 in support of its programming, including PGA Jr. League, PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), PGA WORKS and PGA Places to Play. PGA REACH will be among 550 official charity partners providing thousands of runners with an opportunity to run in the world’s most popular marathon.

“The PGA of America is proud and grateful of our 17 Members who are raising awareness and funds for PGA REACH by running in the TCS New York City Marathon,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. “Through their efforts, we are better able to provide resources to introduce, coach and welcome more people to our great game. We’ve seen many positive results from this campaign, whether it’s more youth playing in PGA Jr. League, or Veterans across the country regaining joy in their life through PGA HOPE. I wish the best of luck to our runners, you have the support of the more than 29,000 PGA of America Golf Professionals behind you as you run for a great cause.”

PGA REACH has a long-standing partnership with the New York Road Runners, a non-profit community running organization whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. The NYC Marathon is run annually on the first Sunday in November. The 26.2-mile race runs through the five boroughs of New York City—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan. The race features 50,000 runners.

Since its inception in 2006, the TCS New York City Marathon Official Charity Partner Program has raised more than $460 million for more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations across the globe. Before the start of the official program, the Marathon had served as an outlet for individual philanthropic runners since the 1980s.

“We are very proud to support the PGA REACH team again this year as an Official Charity Partner. Their efforts have helped communities across the country as they raise funds to positively impact lives through the game of golf,” said Christine Burke, Senior VP of Strategic Partnerships, NYRR. “The TCS New York City Marathon serves as one of the world’s largest fundraising platforms supporting hundreds of charities and philanthropic efforts.”

To learn more about PGA REACH or support individual runners’ campaigns, please visit the Running for REACH team fundraising page.

PGA REACH Team Running in the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon

  • Janet Allen, PGA
    PGA of America Reserve Member - Winter Garden, Fla.

  • Erick Arbé, PGA
    Founder, Arbé Digital - Greenville, S.C.

  • Maddy Belden, PGA
    Assistant Golf Professional, Salem Country Club - Holden, Mass.

  • Eric Dye, PGA
    Assistant Golf Professional, Dallas Athletic Club - Addison, Texas

  • Jason Epstein, PGA
    Director of Golf & Athletics, Congressional Country Club - Potomac, Md.

  • Aaron Fusiek, PGA
    Director of Player Development, Carrollwood Country Club - Wesley Chapel, Fla.

  • Jon Husby, PGA
    Principal Program & Internship Coordinator, University of Colorado Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management Program - Woodland Park, Colo.

  • Nathan Kalin, PGA
    PGA Director of Golf, Fremont Golf Club - Valley, Neb.

  • Scott McDonald, PGA
    CEO, Rypstick Golf - Alexandria, Minn.

  • Adam Morrison, PGA
    Head Golf Professional, Diamond Run Golf Club - Moaca, Pa.

  • Donald Pawloski, PGA
    Assistant Golf Professional, Lakeside Golf Club - Sherman Oaks, Calif.

  • Chris Richards, PGA
    Head Golf Professional, Soldier Hollow Golf Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park - Coalville, Utah

  • Mike Smith, PGA
    Player Engagement Consultant, PGA of America - Morristown, N.J.

  • Henry Stetina, PGA
    PGA Golf Management Director of Player Development, New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, N.M.

  • Joe Sutter, PGA
    Director of Golf, Quarry Oaks Golf Club - Elkhorn, Neb.

  • Jake Van Fleet, PGA
    Lead Assistant Golf Professional, Skokie Country Club - Glencoe, Ill.

  • Aaron Waltz, PGA
    VP of Sales, Uneekor, Inc. - Canadian Lakes, MI

About PGA REACH    
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 of America Golf Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information on PGA REACH, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Instagram, X, formerly known as Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Media Contacts
Jesse Dodson, PGA of America, jdodson@pgahq.com

Nancy Yasharoff, Maroon PR, nancy@maroonpr.com