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20 PGA Professionals Team Up to Run in TCS New York City Marathon & Raise $60,000 for PGA REACH

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For the fifth consecutive year, PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has been named an Official Charity Partner for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon, which will be run on Sunday, Nov. 6.  
Twenty-one PGA Professionals from across the country have teamed up to collectively raise $60,000 to support PGA REACH’s mission of positively impacting the lives of youth, Veterans and diverse populations through the game of golf. In addition, PGA REACH will be among 500 official charity partners that provide thousands of runners an opportunity to run in the world’s most popular marathon.
Meet the PGA REACH Team Running in the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon
The team assembled is a dedicated group of PGA Professionals who will run the full marathon, while raising awareness for PGA REACH throughout their training:
  • Ryan Adams, PGA
    Associate Editor, PGA Magazine - Frisco, Texas
  • Scott Ashworth, PGA
    Director of Golf, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Manele Golf Course - Lanai City, Hawaii
  • Trenton Blundell, PGA
    Tournament Manager - Junior Championships, PGA of America - Little Elm, Texas
  • Daniel Castano, PGA
    Lead Assistant Golf Professional, Stanton Ridge Golf & C.C. - Denville, N.J.
  • Alison Curdt, PGA
    Director of Instruction, Alison Curdt Golf at Wood Ranch Golf Club - Reseda, Calif.
  • Caitlyn Doyle, PGA
    Career Consultant, PGA of America - Fairfield, Calif.
  • JoAnna Ehret, PGA
    Senior Coordinator - Championships, PGA of America - Jupiter, Fla.
  • Jason Epstein, PGA
    Director of Golf and Athletics, Congressional Country Club - Bethesda, Md.
  • Kyle Heyen, PGA
    Director of Golf, Hiwan Golf Club - Evergreen, Colo.
  • Jon Husby, PGA
    Principal Program and Internship Coordinator, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
    PGA Golf Management - Woodland Park, Colo.
  • Nick Knee, PGA
    Head Golf Professional, Sandia Golf Club - Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Ralph Landrum, PGA
    General Manager, World of Golf - Crestview Hills, Ky.
  • Mike Mueller, PGA
    Career Consultant, PGA of America - Fuquay Varina, N.C.
  • Michael Pius, PGA
    Executive Director, The First Tee - Upstate South Carolina - Greer, S.C. 
  • Josh Salmon, PGA
    Assistant Director, New Mexico State PGA Golf Management - Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Angela Schmelzer, PGA
    Director - Consumer Experience, PGA of America - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • Mike Smith, PGA
    Player Engagement Consultant, PGA of America - Morristown, N.J.
  • Henry Stetina, PGA
    Director of Player Development, New Mexico State University PGA Golf Management -
    Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Aaron Waltz, PGA
    Director of U.S. Sales, Trackman, Inc. -  Canadian Lake, Mich.
  • Andy Weissinger, PGA
    General Manager, Eaglewood Golf Course Langley Air Force Base - Chesapeake, Va.
In five years as an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, PGA REACH has raised over $165,000 in support of its core pillars and flagship programming, including PGA Jr. League, PGA HOPE, PGA WORKS and PGA Place to Play.  
“Through our campaigns and supporters like these 20 PGA Professionals who are raising awareness and funds for PGA REACH in the New York City Marathon, we will further provide resources to introduce, support and welcome people through golf,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “This will help us bring more young golfers into the game, offer more Veterans the support and wellness offerings they need through golf to overcome challenges, and also introduce a new generation to career opportunities in the game and business of golf.”
Runners crossing the bridge during the TCS New York City Marathon. (Photo: Scott McDermott,
Runners crossing the bridge during the TCS New York City Marathon. (Photo: Scott McDermott,
Since its inception in 2006, the TCS New York City Marathon Official Charity Partner Program has raised more than $400 million for more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations across the globe.  Before the start of the official program, the New York City Marathon had served as an outlet for individual philanthropic runners since the 1980s.  
“The TCS New York City Marathon serves as one of the world’s largest fundraising platforms supporting hundreds of charities and philanthropic efforts,” says Christine Burke, Senior VP of Strategic Partnerships, NYRR.  “We are very proud to support the PGA REACH team and the incredible impact they have made in communities across the U.S., as they raise funds to continue positively impacting lives through the game of golf.”
To learn more about PGA REACH or support individual runners’ campaigns, please visit the Team’s Fundraising page.