Derek Sprague served as District 1 Director on the PGA Board of Directors from 2007-10, and serves as PGA general manager and head professional at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club. He was elected PGA Secretary on Nov. 6, 2010 and ascended to the office of PGA Vice President on Nov. 10, 2012.
Sprague has served since 1998, in a leadership capacity at both the Section and National levels. He began service on the Northeastern New York (NENY) PGA Board of Directors in 1998, and served as Section president from 2003- 2004.
Sprague was a member of the NENY PGA Employment Committee (1995-01); and at the National level was a member of the PGA Affinity-Affiliate (2008-10), PGA Finance (2008-10) and PGA Budget (2009-10) Committees.
Sprague turned professional in 1989, beginning his career at Malone Golf Club. He was elected to PGA membership in 1993.
He was named the 2005 and 2008 Northeastern New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He is also a four-time (2000-03) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient; a two-time Section Merchandiser of the Year for public facilities (1998-99); and winner of the 2006 President’s Plaque for outstanding contributions to player development.
Born in Malone, Sprague followed the lead of his late father in devoting himself to community service by serving since 2003, as a board member for the Malone Central School District. Since 2005, Sprague also has been a board member on the Greater Malone Community Fund.
Sprague is a 1988 graduate of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va., where he competed on the golf team and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Malone, and are parents of a daughter, Alexandra; and a son, Davis.