ATLANTIS, FL – Longtime South Florida PGA members and dedicated PGA Professionals, Tom Metzger, PGA and Victor Tortorici, PGA are the newest members of the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame.
Metzger and Tortorici, the 44th and 45th inductees, have been recognized for extraordinary leadership and commitment to the game of golf and service to the South Florida PGA and the South Florida PGA Foundation.
For over 25 years, Metzger has worked at Vineyards Country Club in Naples and has been a leader in junior golf and community service, often pushing young junior golfers to make a difference in their communities. Throughout his career, Metzger has operated golf events for the Folds of Honor Foundation, participated in the St. Matthew’s House Golf-A-Thon, raising over $200,000 and has hosted SFPGA PGA HOPE Program to help veterans learn the game of golf.
Through his dedication to the game, Metzger has earned the respect and praise of his peers. In 2001 and again in 2011, Metzger received the Golf Professional of the Year Award in the SFPGA Southwest Chapter; in 2013, Metzger was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award and in 2016 he was named the Junior Golf Leader.
“It is a great honor to be inducted into the SFPGA Hall of Fame, alongside so many great PGA Professionals,” said Metzger. “As a Director of Golf, I know that a person in my position has the ability to make a difference and so I made it my mission to help those who are less fortunate through the game of golf.”
Tortorici has led the golf operations at Sailfish Point Golf Club for the last 32 years where he leads his staff by example and creates opportunities for members. As a player, Tortorici spent time on the Asian, European and Korn Ferry Tours and once led the U.S. Open for half a day, before committing his life to the profession of golf. His time as a player has helped shape the values and work ethic that Tortorici brings to his Director of Golf role every day.
Never too big for a job, Tortorici’s lead-by-example approach has allowed him to become a mentor for others in the industry, with six of his employees working for him for 20 of his 32 years a testament to that. Additionally, Tortorici has held many leadership roles within the Section, was the SFPGA Merchandiser of the Year in 1997 and was a National finalist for the award in 1998. Tortorici’s inclusive nature has helped build a thriving membership at Sailfish Point as well as play host to many high school, amateur and professional events.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is an unbelievable and humbling honor,” said Tortorici. “To be included among the golf professionals who make up the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame is the absolute highlight of my career. Changing people’s lives through the game of golf has been one of the most rewarding parts of my profession and I hope that future generations will continue to cherish that aspect of the game. I will always be indebted to my family, my staff, and the members of Sailfish Point for the last 32 years, all of whom have shown me unwavering support and helped to make this dream a reality.”
The South Florida PGA Hall of Fame annually inducts new members who have devoted their careers to growing and enhancing the game of golf, recognizing members each year at the South Florida PGA Awards Dinner. Due to COVID-19, the SFPGA will not hold a dinner and will instead honor the inductees at their individual facilities.