PGA President Derek Sprague is the General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club. He was formally elected as the PGA’s 39th President on Nov. 22, 2014. Previously, Sprague briefly served as Interim PGA President; as PGA Vice President for 23 months; and as PGA Secretary for two years.
Since 1998, Sprague has held leadership roles at both the national and Section levels. He was the District 1 Director on the National PGA Board from 2007-10, and was a member of the PGA Affinity-Affiliate (2008-10), PGA Finance (2008-10) and PGA Budget (2009-10) Committees.
Sprague began service on the Northeastern New York PGA Board of Directors in 1998, and served as Section President from 2003-2004. He was also a member of the Section’s Employment Committee from 1995-2001.
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. Sprague 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 Section President’s Plaque for outstanding contributions to player development.
Born in Malone, Sprague followed the lead of his late father in devoting himself to his community by serving from 2003-2013 as a member of the Board of Education of the Malone Central School District. Sprague is also a board member of the Greater Malone Community Fund and a member of Franklin County’s Tourism Advisory Committee.
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. On Nov. 14, 2014, Sprague became the fourth inductee into the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management Hall of Fame at James Madison University.