For the past 18 years Howie Robertson has been a fixture at the Glen Cove Golf Course, but it is time for him to bid farewell to Glen Cove as he and his family begin a new chapter in their lives. Hired as a range attendant in the early 1990s, Howie worked his way up to his current position, progressing from first assistant to golf professional and finally to his dual role as director of golf and golf pro. For years Howie Robertson has worked closely with Glen Cove residents, running tournaments and giving lessons during his free time.
Pictured are Mal Galletta, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Howie Robertson.
After years of dedication to the city he so dearly loves, Mr. Robertson has made a life-altering decision. In an effort to spend more time with his family, Howie has decided to move on to a new aspect of his golf career. He has purchased a driving range in West Salem, Oregon and looks forward to moving his family to begin their new life.
Mayor Suozzi said, "I thank Howie Robertson for all of the work that he has done for Glen Cove and our golf community. His tireless efforts in making our golf course a chief priority have resulted in a facility that we are truly proud of. He is a talented and exceptional professional and we will miss him. On behalf of the city, I offer Howie my deep appreciation for his years of service and wish him and his family the best of luck as they begin this new and exciting chapter in their lives."
Howie Robertson said, "My family and I loved living in Glen Cove the past nine years. Through the golf course, the schools and the athletic clubs, we have met and formed friendships with a lot of great people that we will surely miss. We know it will be really hard to replace all those relationships but we are really looking forward to the new business and family life opportunities that we will have in Salem. In closing, I want to thank all the members and staff at the Glen Cove Golf Club for the 18 years of friendship and support and wish Mal, his wife and his staff the best of luck so that they may enjoy the same great relationship that I did with everyone at the club for many years to come."
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the Glen Cove City Council are pleased to welcome Mal Galletta III as Glen Cove's new golf professional. He is Glen Cove-raised and schooled, and is a rare second generation golf professional at a course where his father served as the pro for 27 years. Mal joins Glen Cove from Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston and brings 15 years of golf experience including instruction, organizing and promoting junior and ladies golf clinics and programs and running tournaments. He is experienced in all aspects of golf course management and operation.
Mal Galletta III earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from St. John's University where he attended with a full golf scholarship. He is a class "A" member of the PGA and is affiliated with PGA Business School. Mal comes from a long line of professional golfers and his family received the prestigious Golf Family of the Year Award in 1994. His professional accomplishments include winning a full St. John's University Golf Scholarship (1987-1991); Metropolitan Sports Writer Golf Family of the Year (1994); Assistant Golf Coach, St. John's University (1992, 1993); St. John's University Golf MVP (1989, 1991); NCAA District II 1st Team Selection (1988, 1989, 1991) and Big East 1st Team Selection (1988, 1989, 1991). He won the L.I. Amateur and placed fourth, third and second in the Long Island Open.
Mal Galletta said, "I am proud to bring my family roots in the game of golf to the community where I grew up. I look forward to serving the City of Glen Cove and am excited to begin this new endeavor as the head golf professional at the Glen Cove Golf Course."
Councilman Tim Tenke said he looks forward to welcoming Mal Galletta to the Glen Cove Golf Course. "Mal brings a tremendous amount of experience both as a golfer and instructor. He is coming to a course where his father served as head golf pro for many years and Mal is well known throughout our community. I believe that he will be a great fit for our course."
Tip Henderson of the Glen Cove Golf Commission said, "We're sorry to lose Howie Robertson. He will be truly missed as a talented golfer and a kind and generous person, but we have a great replacement in Mal Galletta III and we're excited to welcome him to our course."
During this past week, Mr. Galletta has been working closely with Mr. Robertson to learn the workings of the course and ensure a seamless transition. Mayor Suozzi said, "We are really looking forward to working with Mal. With his experience in both business and golf, I know that he will maintain the high standards set by the professionals that came before him. We look forward to many years of growth and success for our golf course."