Skaneateles' Michael Doctor Inducted into PGA of America Hall of Fame
On November 12th, PGA Master Professional Michael Doctor was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame, along with Payne Stewart, Lee Trevino, Charlie Sifford, Tommy Bold, Ray Cutright and George Harrison. Doctor, the PGA Head Golf Professional at Skaneateles CC for the past 31 seasons, has been a tireless supporter of the game of golf.
Born in Buffalo, New York, and the son of a PGA Professional, Michael Doctor was raised in the northeastern New York community of Plattsburgh and experienced a career calling during his youth. Growing up in a prolific golf family, Doctor knew as early as the fourth grade that he would commit himself to building a career as a PGA Professional. With that commitment and focus, Doctor was elected to PGA membership in 1979. This year marks his 31st season as PGA Head Professional at Skaneateles (New York) Country Club. Doctor’s late father, John, competed in two Canadian Opens, five Senior PGA Championships and eight PGA Professional Championships. Doctor began his golf career while working for his father in the bag room of Bluff Point Country Club in Plattsburgh. Today, Doctor is a PGA Master Professional and was the 2013 PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He was the second member of the Central New York PGA Section to receive the highest annual honor bestowed upon a PGA of America Professional. In 2007, Doctor was the national Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient for his outstanding display of integrity, character and leadership in his commitment towards mentoring others within the Association.
Doctor is also a six-time recipient of the CNY Section Bill Strausbaugh Award. Doctor served two terms on the national PGA Board of Directors, and also was a member of the Northeastern New York PGA Board through 1984. He served two terms as president of the Central New York PGA Section. Doctor was inducted into the Central New York PGA Hall of Fame in 2009, and was the Section’s 1991 and 2012 Golf Professional of the Year. He is also a five-time winner of the PGA Junior Golf Leader Award; a two-time Horton Smith Award recipient for contributions to professional education; and the 1995 Section Teacher of the Year. That same year, he earned his PGA Master Professional status. As a member of the national PGA Board of Directors, Doctor has chaired the national Awards Committee, PGA Employment Committee and the PGA Education Committee, for which he continues to serve. In addition, Doctor has served two terms on the PGA Board of Directors as District 4 Director, and continues a nearly three-decade term on the Central New York PGA Board of Directors.
About the PGA of America Hall of Fame
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA of America Hall of Fame was relocated in 2015 to the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The PGA Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, careers, service and support have made significant and enduring contributions to the PGA of America in its mission to grow the game of golf. Inductees include PGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals or Ambassadors, who throughout their lives have supported and elevated the image of the PGA Golf Professional, the PGA of America, and the game of golf.