Getting to know Michael Sullivan
On December 7, 2016, Michael J. Sullivan was elected as the Metropolitan Golf Association's 63rd President at the Association's 119th Annual Meeting and Dinner. Sullivan, 54, is no stranger to holding a leadership position in golf, having served as president of the Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund and the Long Island Golf Association. He has also been a member of the MGA Executive Committee since 2010 and was elected treasurer in 2013 before serving as vice president in 2015 and 2016.
Golf has played a large role in Sullivan's life, as he was introduced to the game by his father at a young age. Recognizing the impact that golf has had own his own life, Sullivan takes pride in giving back to the game and is excited for his time as MGA president.
|What were some of the most important lessons you learned as a caddie?|
|Being a caddie, you quickly learn hard work and patience and especially how the system works. The caddie yard really is a microcosm of the world. You begin at the bottom, but if you work hard you’ll earn your rate and then have decisions to make as to what you want out of the experience. I also made lifelong friends in the caddie yard. That was evident at last year’s member-guest at Garden City Country Club, where out of 60 members competing, 20 grew up as caddies at the club.|
|Who has influenced your passion for golf and what aspects fed to your attraction to the game?|
|My dad introduced me to the game of golf at the age of six and I grew to enjoy it through public access at Christopher Morley Park. I earned access to Garden City Country Club as a caddie and my attraction grew from there, especially being around the people and having an atmosphere where I could both play and learn.|
|What do you see as the most underrated benefits of playing golf?|
|With golf, you learn the humility of failure but have a never-ending desire to improve. It’s a game that is of course enjoyable and fun, but is also something that can provide you with lessons that will serve you well in all aspects of life.|
College: St. John's University, Class of 1984
Current Handicap Index: 3.2
Number of rounds played in 2016: 35+
Career low score: -3, 69 at Redstick Golf Club
Hobbies outside of golf: Skiing
Favorite course played outside of the Met Area: Waterville in Ireland
Most reliable club in your bag: Driver
Favorite golf movie: Caddyshack
Most common swing thought: Tempo
A favorite quote: "Fail to prepare, prepare for fail."
Preferred snack on the course: Quest bar
Favorite personal golf memory: When my daughter first beat me in May 2015, she shot 73 and I shot 76