“Acknowledgements from the PGA mean so much to me,” said Therrien. “Sharing the game of golf with kids is one of the greatest parts of my job. I’m very proud of the success we are having here at Brookhaven.”
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,” said Pepper. “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.”
“Dottie Pepper’s continued support has been an inspiration by reminding me of the importance of taking care of where you came from,” said Therrien. “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 this 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 4-17, as well as adult clinics and a number of both recreational and competitive tournaments. For more information, visit www.brookhavengolfcourse.com or call 518-893-7458.
“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.
About Brookhaven Park and Golf Course
The Town of Greenfield is home to 7,400 residents and spans more than 41,000 acres of land, including Brookhaven Park and Golf Course. O.N. Beyer Recreation Park Inc., an employee organization of the International Paper Mill in Corinth, NY, opened the facility in 1960 and donated it to the Town in 2011. Brookhaven is a municipal golf course that sits in the foothills of the Adirondacks, in Porter Corners, just minutes from Saratoga Springs. Its slogan “Not your ordinary walk in the woods,” refers to the mission of preserving the natural integrity of the 395-acres of land, while making it available to residents for recreational use. Brookhaven Park and Gold Course 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.