2024 TCGA Annual Letter From the President

Kyle Nedlik
TCGA President
March 23, 2024

TCGA Golfers,

We hope everyone has had a happy and healthy winter season as we make our way into Spring and the 2024 golf season. We wanted to take a moment to share with you a brief recap of 2023 and a glimpse of our path forward this season and beyond.

Regarding our 2024 Board of Directors – I, Kyle Nedlik, will continue my term as TCGA President. Nick Barney will continue his role as Vice President and Web Administrator. Evan Sitts will continue in his role as Secretary, and Jeff L’Amoreaux will continue in his role as Treasurer. Matt Morley will continue in his role as Junior Tour Coordinator, with Rob Mabee assisting with Junior Tour administration. Hugh Leonard and Jim Blodgett will also continue in their roles as TCGA Senior Tour Co-Coordinators. Michael Deuel of En-Joie Golf Club will continue as the TCGA’s PGA Advisor.

Carolyn Mancini will be stepping into the role of “TCGA Women’s Event Coordinator” for the 2024 season.  We are excited to welcome Carolyn and her vision for women’s golf in the TCGA Region to the board of directors, as she leads the effort in implementing progress and women’s golf opportunities through TCGA programming and outreach beginning this season.

2023 recap for the TCGA includes:
• (2) Scholarship allocations, awarding a total of $1,000 for high school seniors through the Scoville-Meno TCGA scholarship program in 2023. 
• Re-securing of 3 main sponsorships for the 2024 season. Additionally, Fairways Indoor Golf joins the TCGA as the Match Play Championship sponsor for 2024!    
• Appointment of Carolyn Mancini to “TCGA Women’s Event Coordinator” board position.

2024 plans for the TCGA include:
•  Continued updates to Open division schedule into 2024 (Balanced quantity of tournaments, development of recurring event calendar, increased prize pools (including cash payouts adhering to USGA amateur rules)
•  Continuation of the 2024 Match Play Championship with a new title sponsor
•  Updates to future event formatting and scheduling based on member feedback in the 2023 End of Year Survey
•  Growth in attendance in TCGA junior events, continuation of season kickoff junior clinic w/ TCGA hat giveaway
•   4 event TCGA Senior schedule.
•   Continuation of “Player of the Year” competition prize pool (Remlik’s sponsorship, 2024 will be the fourth year of Top 10 receiving $1000 in gift cards, points system updated on website)
•   Harding Brooks Insurance TCGA Amateur Championship updates (continuing use of Golf Genius for live/online scoring, continued use of first round cut, customized scorecards, Harding Brooks Insurance sponsorship renewal for fourth year, media coverage from multiple outlets, continuation of a women’s division for the second year, NYSGA rules/intern support)
•   Continued development of relationship/partnership with New York State Golf Association (NYSGA), including increased use of Golf Genius for event registrations and scoring (details TBA)  

Thank you to our new and renewing sponsors to date: Harding Brooks Insurance AgencyScoville-Meno Family of DealershipsRemlik’sFairways Indoor Golf and Ad Elements, for your support into the 2024 season. We continue our investment in sponsorship outreach to assist in building funds to help bolster and expand the TCGA’s current and future programming – other businesses interested in sponsoring, please reach out to [email protected] – we would welcome discussion on how our organizations could best partner.

In addition to our Website, our growing Instagram and Twitter pages, along with our Facebook group page (be sure to follow them!) will continue to be used to further distribute content and information, and promote events throughout the season for contestants. 2024 Season schedules are planned to be released next week, with a registration opening date/time of Wednesday, April 3rd at 12:00PM for all Open Division events through the TCGA Match Play Championship presented by Fairways Indoor Golf . Registration for all Open Division first wave events will be online utilizing Golf Genius software.

Thank you to those who completed our 2023 End of Season survey – we welcome feedback and suggestions any contestants or member courses may have as we continue to strive to improve our events and programs for the season ahead. We have made efforts to implement comments that were found to be recurring themes into the 2024 TCGA programming as best as possible. Regarding programming, one note that we would like to make our members aware of – in 2025 and beyond, and in line with other local, regional, state and national golf associations, the TCGA will begin to require GHIN handicaps for all contestants in both individual, team, and championship TCGA events. As the requirement is implemented at the start of next season, the TCGA plans to provide resources for those new to the GHIN system to help ease the signup process/transition.

One last note – the TCGA is always looking for volunteers – if you are interested in helping shape the future of amateur golf in the Triple Cities through involvement on the Board of Directors or more specific volunteer opportunities, please reach out to one of our board members! 

We look forward to the continued opportunity to continue to serve our area courses and contestants this upcoming season. See you on the course!

Kyle Nedlik – 2024 TCGA President