Snyder, John (1999)

About Snyder, John (1999)

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John Snyder’s contributions to the formation and administration of the Virginia Chapter of the MAPGA, his service to the MAPGA, and his dedication to the development of junior golf programs earned him entry into the MAPGA Hall of Fame.

John grew up in Troy, New York, and took up golf after his parents built a home near Frear Park Golf Course. Soon thereafter he started caddying at the Country Club of Troy. John first started playing the game about the time he turned 7.

John took to the game rather quickly and by the time he turned 14 he had played in the first USGA Junior Championship held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The following year John qualified again for the tournament, this time at Medinah. In the 1950s he became one of New York’s top amateurs, winning the Eastern New York Amateur and making it to the finals in the New York State Amateur. He also won numerous club championships as well as seventeen regional invitational tournaments. At LaSalle Institute, his high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball and golf. The baseball and golf carried over to Sienna College.

After a few years working in his father’s business, he decided to turn to professional golf at age 27 in 1961. The following spring he accepted Joe Cannon’s offer of the assistant position at Farmington Country Club. In 1965, he succeeded Joe as the head Professional where he remained for 23 years. The PGA elected him to membership in 1967. In April of 1988, he was offered, and accepted, the head PGA Professional job at Water’s Edge Country Club where he served until his retirement in 1996.

In the mid 1960s, John Snyder and his Virginia colleagues ran the Virginia Chapter of the MAPGA when the Virginia Association of Golf Professionals became an official Chapter in the Section. Between 1966 and 1968, he held the Secretary’s position in the Virginia Chapter, then Treasurer and President. He also served as their Tournament Chair in 1974 and 1975. For sixteen years, 1967-1983, John sat on the Executive Committee, and before that he served on the Employment Committee, 1971-1973. The MAPGA named him Secretary for 1970 and he sat on the Board of Control from 1976-1989. He also taught the business side of professional golf at PGA schools and seminars.

As a professional player in Virginia, he won a number of pro-ams, finished second to Chandler Harper in the VSGA Open, and won the Dogwood Festival at Keswick in 1969. In Section events he won his age group in the MAPGA Senior Championship and played in one National Club Professional Championship. He once shot seven-under 63 at Farmington.

The MAPGA selected him as their Professional of the Year in 1976 and their 1980 Merchandiser of the Year (Private Category). He was inducted into the Dewar’s Hall of Fame for Virginia Golf Professionals in 1986. (rev. 2004)