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 mcannon@pgahq.com 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 http://www.pnwpga.com/results/resultsppc14.html

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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Senior PGA Professional Championship – Final Results

Stull Wins PNW Senior PGA Championship by Two

Bend, OR – Tetherow GC, 6634 yards, Par 72

PGA Professional Steve Stull oDSC_1345f Meadow Springs CC (Kennewick, WA) won the Senior PGA Professional Championship today at Tetherow GC by two strokes over PGA Professional Joe Carranza of Aldarra Golf Club (Falls City, WA).

In addition to Steve Stull and Joe Carranza, Chris Van der Velde of Tetherow GC (Bend, OR), Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC (Molalla, OR), Mark Gardner of The Creek at Qualchan (Spokane, WA), Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC (Lake Oswego, OR) Jeff Fought of Black Butte Ranch (Sisters, OR) and Zdravko Barbic of Gearhart Golf Links (Gearhart, OR) all qualified for the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship on November 13-16, 2014 at PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Steve Stull also captured the Hugh Starkweather award which goes to the low player for both rounds that is 60 years and older.

Winning the Senior Gross Division is PGA Professional Don Otto of Sah-hah-lee GC (Clackamas, OR). He won by nine strokes over Jim Wilkinson of Lost Tracks GC (Bend, OR).

Professional Jerry Mowlds of Pumpkin Ridge/Columbia Edgwater CC (Portland, OR) won the Senior Net Division by two strokes over Joe Clarizio of Arrowhead GC (Molalla, OR).

View final results

Tetherow GC

Tetherow was designed by renowned architect David McLay Kidd. Kidd was raised at Gleneagles in central Scotland playing early golf over the famous James Braid designed Kings Course, and is now one of the leading golf course architects in the world. Among his credits is Bandon Dunes on the Oregon Coast, a course consistently named by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek as one of the world’s best.

The design incorporates elements of the seaside links David grew up with in his native Scotland: fescue grasses, deep uneven bunkers, rippling fairways and run-up areas to the greens.

2014 SrPPC

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September 2014 ForeWord Press

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September 2014 Issue (4.4 MB)



  • Wallace and Gildersleeve-Jensen Receive 2014 PGA National Awards
  • Jonson Wins Northwest Open Invitational
  • Erwin Wins Senior Oregon Open
  • Malby Wins Assistant Championship
  • Spotlight on Todd Erwin
  • Candidate for Secretary
  • Player Development – Monte Koch
  • Employment Services – Carol Pence
  • Financial Services– Blake Parrish


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