Brookhaven Golf Course’s head golf professional Anthony Therrien has been named one of the “top ten PGA Jr. captains” by PGA.com.
The website, which represents the national golf professional association of more than 29,000 golf professionals and the leading experts on the game of golf, identified Therrien in its article “Ten PGA Jr. League Captains Who Inspired a Decade of Dominance” on Nov. 3.
Brookhaven is located at 333 Alpine Meadows Road in Porter Corners.
Since Therrien joined the staff in 2019, the course has nearly doubled its revenue and increased the number of rounds played in a season by 8,000, according to Brook Haven officials.
“We are certainly extremely proud of Anthony’s work” said Greenfield Town Supervisor Daniel Pemrick. “The physical improvements and great programming are making Brookhaven Golf Course a destination for all ages.”
The article, written in celebration of the PGA Jr. League’s 10th anniversary, celebrated the “rock star coaches who are the lifeblood of the program” that involved more than 64,000 kids nationally this year.
Therrien was commended for the success of his program in its very first season in 2021 and for showing that “history can be a great motivator,” referring to the course’s partnership with LPGA golfing champion and television broadcaster Dottie Pepper, who started learning the game of golf at Brookhaven as a youth.
Therrien said Pepper has been a major advocate for growing the game of golf at Brookhaven by donating equipment, providing scholarships and offering other support over the years.
“Brookhaven was designed as a course to be welcoming and enjoyable for all to play for players of all ability,” Pepper said. “Anthony is doing a fantastic job of continuing that culture and this recognition is proof of the success someone can achieve when working at their passion.”
Therrien said Pepper’s continued support “has been an inspiration by reminding me of the importance of taking care of where you came from. We strive every day to make this course the most inviting version it can be. We take great pride growing and improving our program so that our golfers will have limitless opportunities.”
Therrien’s PGA Jr. League had two teams with 24 kids this year, boys and girls ages 8-13 years old. The teams participated in 12 tournaments at Brookhaven and throughout the region.
The Town of Greenfield also held “Learn to Golf” weekly sessions for approximately 100 kids over four weeks last summer. Brookhaven is one of the only local courses to offer free golf for ages 17 and under.
Sign-ups for the 2022 PGA Jr. League and summer lessons begin in February. Therrien plans to add a PGA Jr. U17 program, for children 14-17, as well as adult clinics and a number of both recreational and competitive tournaments. For more information, visit www.brookhavengolfcourse.com or by call (518) 893-7458.
Brookhaven is a municipal golf course just minutes from Saratoga Springs. It is also is home of The View at Brookhaven, a full-service bar and restaurant on site. In the winter, the park features more than 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.