The mission of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America is to advance section professionals as the leaders in the golf industry by providing them with viable and quality programs, activities, and services, and by promoting the game of golf and the golf professional.
The Pacific Northwest Section is one of the 41 geographically separated districts which make up the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. We provide services for the PGA golf professionals throughout the Northwest, more specifically in the states of Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana, and Alaska. The Section is further divided into five chapters: Western Washington, Central Washington, Inland Empire, Western Montana, and Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is the largest in the country geographically, and with over 1,100 members, apprentices, and novices, ranks 6th in number of golf professionals.
Our membership is a group of professionals dedicated to making golf a better game. They are the club professionals throughout the Northwest who are responsible for the day-to-day activities at the many facilities throughout the section. They wear many hats at their clubs, including those of junior-golf leader, teacher, merchandiser, budget administrator, tournament organizer, rules official, personnel manager, and marketer, just to name a few. As you can imagine, the majority of our professionals got into the business of golf because they enjoyed playing the game, and some remain extremely competitive.
Our section tournament program is alone at the top in comparison with other sections. The goal of our tournament program is to provide quality playing opportunities for our professionals and their membership. We look at several factors to measure the success of our tournament program, including sponsor relations, donations to charity, number of participants, tournament purse, quality and value of event, and quality of administration. In 2012 in the Section tournaments, approximately 400 professionals and 800 amateurs played for purses approaching $680,000. Donations to charities from these Section events totaled approximately $642,000 as well!
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