With the golf season almost in full “swing”, you’re going to want to sit with Derek Sprague, former and now Honorary PGA of America President – who’s way above “par” (it’s a good thing)! Under Derek’s leadership he has grown the game through player development and youth. Currently, he’s Managing Director at the Liberty National Golf Club.
Derek Sprague. PGA of America – Honorary President; Liberty National Golf Club – Managing Director
Under Derek’s leadership as former and now Honorary President (and his co-chairing of the Ryder Cup Task Force), the PGA of America has grown the game through player development and youth. In addition to his prior PGA leadership roles (VP and Secretary), Derek spent 27 years as the General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club, his hometown course, where he was involved with all aspects of the facility’s operations. In 2016, he was named Managing Director of Liberty National and is now a member of the NJ PGA Section. Since 1998, Derek has held leadership roles at both the national and section levels. After turning professional in 1989, Derek was elected to PGA membership in 1993 and has won numerous awards, including the 2005 and 2008 Northeastern NY PGA Golf Professional of the Year and Section President’s Plaque award, among others. He served on his hometown’s Board of Education and competed on the golf team while earning his Bachelor’s at James Madison University where he was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame for the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two college age children.