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Jim Antkiewicz

Golf ∙ Ambridge

Jim Antkiewicz is one of the most admired and respected golf professionals not only in Beaver County but throughout the country.

A 1975 graduate of Ambridge, Jim fell in love with the game at a very early age. He began caddying at Ambridge Country Club at the age of 11, one year under the legal working age. He quickly developed a passion for the game, buying his first set of clubs from Clabbers Department Store at Northern Lights. Caddies were permitted to play golf on Monday mornings, but that quickly expanded to anytime Jim could sneak onto the golf course whenever no one was around.

Jim graduated from Geneva College in 1980 and was hired as an assistant golf professional at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley. Under the direction of noted golf pro Roy Vucinich, he was able to develop his playing and professional skills, and was elected to PGA membership in 1982.

In 1983, Jim was hired as the golf professional at Highland Country Club, where he served for 12 years. In 1995, Jim was named the Director of Golf at Nevillewood near Bridgeville, where he is currently employed.

Jim served as the president of the Tri-State PGA for four years from 2002 to 2006. He was twice named the Section's Golf Professional of the Year in 1995 and 2007.

Jim recently completed eight years on the PGA of America's Board of Directors. In 2008, he was selected as the National Golf Professional of the Year out of 28,000 men and women who comprise the PGA of America, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the Association. In 2011, he was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, which includes Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as members. Jim has also served as rules official in six PGA Championships and three Ryder Cups.

Jim has inspired both youth and aspiring golfers in Western Pennsylvania for many years. He has guided golf instruction programs that inspired over two dozen individuals to become leaders in the golf industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation. And he has promoted golf instruction for over 3,000 inner-city youth in Pittsburgh.

Jim and his wife Renee reside in Center Township and have a daughter, Leah, and son, Vincent.