Paul Colleran

As many of you have learned via social media, Paul Colleran, husband of PGA Professional and Western Washington Chapter Tournament Assistant Joan Colleran, passed away yesterday morning after a nearly year-long battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be held at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish, on Friday, October 17th at 11:00 am.  The extended Colleran Family has set up a college trust fund for Troy and Bryce.  Donation information is included in the attached obituary.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and her family.

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Nosler and Klapp Win PNW Pro-Amateur Championship

2 Undr Sponsor Kevin Burnett, PGA Professional Brian Nosler, amateur Spencer Klapp, and Host PGA Professional Tony Cuchessi

2UNDR Sponsor Kevin Burnett, PGA Professional Brian Nosler, amateur Spencer Klapp,  Host Professional Tony Cuchessi

WORLEY, ID – Circling Raven GC, 6,698 yards, Par 72

The team of PGA Professional Brian Nosler of Portland, OR with amateur Spencer Klapp of Tualatin CC (Tualatin, OR) won the PNW Pro-Amateur Championship by one stroke this afternoon.  In a tie for second place was PGA Professional Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC (Molalla, OR) with his amateur Jay Poletiek of Riverside G&CC (Portland, OR) and PGA Professional Darin Vaughan of Twin Lakes Village GC (Rathdrum, ID) and his amateur Darren Slackman of The Creek of Qualchan (Spokane, WA).

Nosler and Klapp came from two behind the leaders.  They scored an eagle on their last hole to slide into the championship win.  They posted six other birdies along the way to their final round score of 64, 8-under par for the day in the Four-Ball team competition.  They were 15-under for the two day event.

Sponsored by National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, the event is one of nearly 100 new and existing amateur tournaments across the 41 PGA of America Sections nationwide being linked together to form the Pro-Am Series.  National created the tournaments to help further the PGA of America’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf at local levels.  The Series will run February through October 2014.

In additional to National Car Rental, Pacific Turf & Golf is back as a supporting sponsor.   2UNDR also joined us this year.

Final Results

History of the Championship

The Pacific Northwest Pro-Amateur Championship is under way at Circling Raven GC.  We have top PNW PGA Professionals and their amateurs all vying for the title of Pro-Amateur Champions.  On Thursday and Friday we will have shotgun starts.

The history of the Pacific Northwest Professional-Amateur Championship has been timeless.  It all started when a young head professional named John Junor and his amateur partner won back to back titles at the magnificent Seattle Golf Club in 1924 and 1926 (no championship in 1925).  Professional Walter Pursey and amateur Harry Givan topped Junor in the late 30’s with a three-peat victory at Seattle GC twice and Alderwood GC once.  As the years went on, many great players etched their names into the record books as champions of this event.  Long time professional Don Bies and his partners have seen numerous championships winning three of them in 1961 at Glendale CC, 1964 at Seattle GC, and in 1966 at Yakima CC.  Other greats such as Bunny Mason (1963) and Jerry Mowlds (1969, 1978) have all had their share of the title.

CLICK HERE to view past team champions of this event.

Circling Raven GC

Circling Raven GC logoCircling Raven GC is a beautifully designed course that was built in 2003 by architect Gene Bates, Flowing through 620 visually stunning and inspirational acres adjoining the Coeur d’ Alene National Forest.  Wildlife is abundant, including elk, deer, moose and an occasional black bear.  Circling Raven has consistently been rated as one of the top Resort courses in the country.  Golf Digest and Golf Magazine Golf World have rated it in their Top 100.


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October 2014 ForeWord Press

October 2014 Issue (3.5 MB)



  • Thornton Wins Section Championship
  • Stull Wins Section Senior Championship
  • Spotlight on Roger Wallace
  • Merchandise Show Secrets
  • Player Development – Monte Koch
  • Employment Services – Carol Pence
  • Financial Services– Blake Parrish


If you have any questions or comments about the e-magazine, please email or call the Section office at 800-688-4653.

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Join Us March 8-12! Enter the Las Vegas Pro-Am Now


Join us on our yearly trip to play the best golf courses in Las Vegas! This year’s event will take place March 8-12, 2015. We have the opportunity to enjoy three fantastic golf courses once again – new this year is Angel Park GC, along with old favorites Tuscany GC and Anthem CC. Why not plan an emergency nine after the 12:30 shotgun at Angel Park on the lighted par 3 course? Get your team together today and make sure you are one of the first 24 teams entered.

Tournament headquarters for this exciting event will be Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. The Monte Carlo recently went through some upgrades with an entire new entrance to The Strip. Suddenly you have more dining options at the Monte Carlo, including Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees pizza, Yusho, Blvd Creamery and Sambalatte – all facing Las Vegas Blvd.

Included in the price of this trip:

  • 4 Nights lodging at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
  • 3 Rounds of Golf w/ Carts and Range Balls
  • Welcome Reception & Awards Dinner
  • $19,000 Prize Fund (based on 24 teams)
  • Tee Prize Package

Contact Molly or Jeff for more information: 360-456-6496

Click here for entry form!

• Limited to the first 24 teams.
• Cost: * $1,445 / $1,695 single occupancy / $1,370 no room

Grant Holcomb is returning as our title sponsor with his companies Antigua, Slazenger, Sun Mountain, Voo Doo Performance Towels, Range Servant and Imperial Headwear.

We hope to see you in Vegas!

* The cost increases $150/player after November 30, so enter now!

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2015 Tournament Internship Opportunity

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA of America has an internship opportunity with its Tournament Department. This position will be responsible for assisting the Director of Tournament and Member Programs with the administration of the Section’s major championships including the Washington Open, Oregon Open, Rosauers Open, Senior Oregon Open and Northwest Open. The championships are conducted on behalf of the 1,100 members and apprentices in the Pacific Northwest Section. Primary duties will include:


  • Event preparations
    – computer files
    – handicapping
    – tournament equipment
  • Media and Communications
    – press releases
    – member communications

Tournament Site

  • Course preparation
  • Equipment set up and take down
  • Scoring
  • Volunteer management
  • Rules
    – starting
    – officiating

Requirements of Successful Applicant

  • General knowledge of golf operations and tournament operations.
  • Rules of Golf and handicapping knowledge a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills. Experience in Excel, Access and TPP helpful.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy a must.
  • Highly motivated and energetic.
  • Mechanical ability and physical stamina. Able to lift 50 pounds consistently.
  • Willingness to work long hours during events.
  • Able to travel according to the tournament schedule. Often 10 days per month.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Non-exempt, seasonal position.
  • Hourly: $11.00 per hour plus overtime.
  • Applicant can expect approximately 120 hours of overtime over the entire internship (approximately $2,000 in overtime pay).
  • On site tournament travel expenses paid.

Position Available: May 1, 2015 through August 28, 2015. We will work with a PGM Students class schedule within this date range. Section will preview housing opportunities.

Send resumes to:

Molly Cooper, PGA
Director of Tournament and Member Programs

Deadline for Resumes: October 31, 2014

Click here for a PDF of this job posting

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PNW PGA Professional Championship – Final Results

Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton

Brian Thornton, PGA Teaching Professional at Meridian Valley CC won his second Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship today by one stroke over PGA Teaching Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC. Thornton birdied the last hole to capture the win.  He last won this event in 2007 at Suncadia Resort.

PGA Professional Darren Black of Rainier G&CC and PGA Professional Greg Manley of Meridian Valley CC finished in a tie for third place.

The PGA Professional is a 54-hole championship. The top 7 professionals all earned a spot to the PGA Professional National Championship, June 28-July 1, 2015, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club – Wissahickon Course – in Philadelphia, PA.

Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 48th PGA Professional National Championship next June will earn a place in the 97th PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, 2015 at Whistling Straits, Straits Course in Kohler, WI.

In 2000, the Pacific Northwest PGA Championship and the Section CPC merged to create one great tournament experience, with the top finishers going on to compete at the National PGA CPC Championship.  With a name change in 2006, the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship now draws the strongest field of PGA members in the Northwest.

Final results can be found at

CLICK HERE to view past champions of the PGA Professional Championship.

Salish-CliffsSalish Cliffs GC is a Gene Bates designed golf course which opened in September of 2011.  Owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe and operated by Little Creek Casino Resort, the golf course covers over 300 acres through the Kamilche Valley.  Rich, lush forestry encircles 16 of the 18 holes that feature dramatic views of the valley and smooth elevation changes of over 600 feet.  The playing surfaces consist of T-1 Bent grass on the tees, fairways and greens.  The roughs are pure rye grass with a border of native fescue outside.  Several wetlands are located within the courses design and both the front and back nine finish by sharing a massive double-green.


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