The PGA director of golf at The Club at Nevillewood in Presto, Pa., Jim Antkiewicz has inspired both youth and aspiring PGA Professionals in the greater Pittsburgh area. Elected to PGA membership in 1982, Antkiewicz, 53, has served as District 4 Director on the PGA national Board of Directors, from 2002 through 2005, and in 2010 was re-elected to the District 4 Director’s post. He also has served as Tri-State PGA Section President from 2002-2006, and is a member of the PGA National Government Relations Committee, and past member of the PGA Budget and Audit Committee (2002-05) and the PGA Education Committee (1995-98).
In 2008, Antkiewicz became the third member of the Tri-State PGA to receive the PGA Golf Professional of the Year award. He is a former caddie at Ambridge (Pa.) Country Club, where he first sneaked on to the golf course to caddie and work in the bag room at age 11 (one year under the age requirement).
Antkiewicz has been a leader in both his home facility and throughout his Section. He has guided teaching programs that inspired, by his count, a dozen past assistants to become their own leaders in the golf industry. He is a 1980 graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., and turned professional a year earlier. He gained his first assistant professional position at age 21, at Allegheny Country Club where he served from 1978-83 under the tutelage of two-time Senior PGA Professional of the Year Roy Vucinich (1997-98), one of the premier playing professionals in the country.
Antkiewicz moved to Highland Country Club in 1983 and remained until 1995, when he took his present position at The Club at Nevillewood. Antkiewicz founded the Tri-State PGA Teaching Academy in 1993, serving as its coordinator for two years. He is a two-time recipient (1995, 2007) of the Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award; and a three-time recipient of the Tri-State PGA Bill Strausbaugh and Horton Smith Awards.
Since 2006, he has been chair of the Section Growth of the Game Committee and Long Range Planning Committee. Antkiewicz also guided juniors off the course, serving six seasons as a boys’ basketball coach and four as a girls’ coach at Mount Gallitzin Academy in Baden, Pa. Antkiewicz and his wife, Renee, live in Aliquippa, Pa., and are the parents of a daughter, Leah, and a son, Vincent.