Holiday Hours

Happy holidays! The Section Office will be closing on Wednesday, November 25 at 3:00 PM to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will also be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Christmas – closed December 24-25

New Years – closed December 31 & January 1

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2015 Player of the Year Award Winners

Omega Senior Player of the Year – Rob Gibbons

  • T-2nd at the Senior Oregon Open Invitational
  • T-4th at the PNW Senior PGA Championship
  • 5th at the Senior Washington Open Invitational
  • T-9th at the Senior Players’ Championship
  • T-50th at the 2015 Senior PGA Professional National Championship


Omega Player of the Year – Derek Barron

  • Won the Northwest Open Invitational
  • 2nd at the Rosauers Open Invitational
  • 3rd at the Oregon Open Invitational featuring the National Car Rental Pro-Am
  • 3rd at Club Car Western Washington Chapter Championship
  • T-12th at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational
  • Advanced from US Open Local Qualifier (to Sectional Qualifier)


Assistant Player of the Year – Derek Barron

  • Won the Northwest Open Invitational
  • 2nd at the Rosauers Open Invitational
  • 3rd at the Oregon Open Invitational featuring the National Car Rental Pro-Am
  • T-3rd at the PNW National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship
  • T-7th at the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship
  • T-12th at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational
  • Advanced from US Open Local Qualifier (to Sectional Qualifier)
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Are You Getting the Credit You’ve Earned?

It’s Time to Take the Credit You’ve Earned

There’s no doubt that the 2015 golf season was a good one. The mild winter weather brought the feeling of spring, and then spring came early. Spring then gave way to what some say is the best summer weather in more than a quarter century here in the Pacific Northwest… and then it kept going until mid-October. Indeed, it has been a very long season.

It’s in these very long seasons that PGA golf professionals both win and suffer.

  • Win/Suffer #1: Rounds and revenues are up all over the place, but with lean budgets, professionals have worked a lot of long days/weeks this season… and it started early, and ended late.
  • Win/Suffer #2: Again, rounds and revenue are up, but from the outside (in the eyes of employers, owners and members) it looks like the success of the facility came from the good weather, the long season, etc. This truly bothers me as it can mean the PGA Professional doesn’t get the value and credit they’ve earned during this long season.
  • Win/Suffer #3: Along with increased rounds and revenue, and the longer season, I hope that you experienced more income from teaching, coaching and from sales of equipment. If you’re married, have kids, the “suffer” here is in the cost that came for you are from the long days/hours/weeks. You paid a cost here (and so did your spouse/your family).

Unfortunately, this “win/suffer” cycle has been the norm in our business for several decades. When the weather is poor and the season is short, PGA professionals still win it seems we don’t have to work so hard. But then the suffer kicks in, as revenues can’t support the team of PGA professionals in place (so salaries are cut, professionals have been laid off).

You’re likely thinking, “Dude, it’s already gray and raining…why are you bringing me down?” Sorry for bringing it up, but I feel I had to. Without this harsh view of the status quo (I’m hoping you don’t want it to stay this way, like me) why would any of us want it to change? That’s right, until you or I are utterly fed up with the status quo, we will be satisfied to stay right there! (The same goes for our team, teammates, employer, owner.)

So, now comes the question: ARE YOU DISSATISFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO? If your answer is yes, and you want to start getting down to the business of making a new reality for you, your career… then read on Pro!

Three Key Ways To Start Getting The Credit (And The Leverage) You Need To Get The Most Value Out Of Being A PGA Professional

1. COMPLETE a Revenue Scorecard

This month, the PGA Player Development team is unveiling an updated, simplified version of this great tool. This new version has been completely reformatted for you to be able to complete via your mobile device quickly and easily. Once you put your numbers (separate versions for public and private facilities available) into this “logic driven survey web tool,” it will complete a strong, clear report for you to present to your employer, your Board, etc. (I’m here to help too!)


2. Prove You Understand Your True Role

Do you see yourself as an “order-taker” or a “server” in your role? More importantly, does your employer feel that you see it that way? (If they do, they may see you as overly self-interested. If they do, that’s not good as they may also view you as an expense).


  • If you see your role is to be a “Super Engager” of golfers, you can then be about proving your value and your intent to push
  • If we go back to the beginning of the article, we must understand that many in the golf industry (including some PGA professionals) believe that the key “lag measures” in the bottom-line results/revenue category as “happening on their own.” Let’s be clear, here. This is not how it works. Engagement activities and programs (called “lead measures”) drive the lag measures we can revenue streams at our public and private facilities.
  • A “Super Engager” Golf Professional is uniquely positioned to be the “MVP” and/or build a team of MVPs to drive these key lag measures that drive the facility success, and frankly our entire industry. If you don’t like your status quo, this seems like a great alternative.

3. Prove Your Value to the Bottom Line

  • The most effective way to prove your value is (and that of your team/teammates) to show you are about engagement with your customers/members. Engagement is a means to an end in the golf business, because more engaged customers/members are simply:
    • More frequent golfers (as much as 20% more rounds in next 12 months)
    • Better food and beverage customers (as much as 65% more spending)
    • Better golf shop customers (as much as 79% more)
    • More loyal customers, more loyal members (and advocates for our facilities)

If you are driving engagement, and the number of rounds, revenue and memberships are up. You need to report what you’re doing to drive engagement. If you leave it up to the old “win/suffer cycle,” the stinkin’ meteorologist may get the credit instead.

So, let me help you (and your team) get the credit you (and your team/teammates) have rightfully earned. If you need a boost or a bit of help in one of these (or something similar) areas, this is why I am here. I want to not only help you get the credit you’ve earned for 2015. I hope to help you build your complete “engagement plan and calendar” for maximum success (and value) in 2016.

Monte Koch, Certified PGA Professional/Player Development
Player Development Regional Mgr/Mentor**
PGA of America (Greater Seattle/PacNW PGA Section)
Email:  Cell: 206/335-5260

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PNW PGA Professionals placed strong at 39th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship


The National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship took place Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  $100,000 was distributed among the  field of 126 competitors. The champion (Andy Mickelson) received $9,000 and a spot in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship. We had four players representing the PNW PGA and all four made the 36 hole cut (low 70 and ties) and took place in the top 50.  Congratulations gentlemen!

  • Derek Barron of Tacoma Golf Center – 75-66-72-66=279 – T7th
  • Casey King of Tokatee GC – 70-69-72-69=280 – T12th
  • John Cassidy of Alderbrook G&YC – 70-70-70-72=282 – T17th
  • Ryan Malby of Iron Horse GC – 72-74-75-70=291 – 48

Final results can be found at

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67th Hudson Cup and 24th Senior Hudson Cup Matches

41st Larry Lamberger Award Winner Tim Feenstra, 51st Charles Congdon Award Winner Justin Kadin, 24th Bob McKendrick Award Winner Steve Stull and 24th Bill Eggers Award Winner Craig Larson.

41st Larry Lamberger Award Winner Tim Feenstra, 51st Charles Congdon Award Winner Justin Kadin, 24th Bob McKendrick Award Winner Steve Stull and 24th Bill Eggers Award Winner Craig Larson.

The 67th edition of the Hudson Cup Matches concluded today at Broadmoor GC course in Seattle, WA. The professional team beat the amateur team with a two day point total of 12 points to 8 points in the 67th Hudson Cup Matches. In the 24th edition of the Senior Hudson Cup, the professionals beat the amateurs with a two day point total of 13 to 7. The Charles Congdon Award went to Justin Kadin and the Larry Lamberger Award was presented to Tim Feenstra. In the Senior Matches, The Bill Eggers Award was presented to Craig Larson while Steve Stull was bestowed the Bob McKendrick Award.

CLICK HERE to view Hudson Cup Matches results.


67th Hudson Cup team captains Doug Doxsie and Dr. Jack Lamey


24th Senior Hudson Cup team captains Bill Tindall and George Jonson

About the Hudson Cup Matches

The Hudson Cup Matches were created in honor of Robert Hudson of Portland Golf Club in 1949.  This event will pair the top 10 PNW PGA Members against the top 10 PNW amateurs for the 67th Hudson Cup Matches while the top 10 PNW PGA Senior Members will compete against the top 10 Senior PNW amateurs for the 24th Senior Hudson Cup Matches at Broadmoor GC on October 22-23.

Robert A. Hudson was a very successful Portland businessman whose firm, Hudson House, was one of the nation’s leading wholesale grocers.  Hudson played golf at Portland Golf Club and was devoted to the game. During World War II, the PGA of America was trying to keep its Tour alive and was in dire need of sponsors.  Hudson stepped up to the plate with the urging of Larry Lamberger, Portland Golf Club head professional, and offered to underwrite a 72-hole open tournament with a purse of $10,000. Thus the 1944 Portland Open was born, and Sam Snead won it. Hudson stayed with the program and went on to sponsor the 1945 Portland Open (in which Ben Hogan set the 72-par 72-hole scoring record of 27-under-par 261) and the 1946 PGA Championship, won by Hogan. Hudson went on to sponsor Portland Opens in 1948 and 1949 and the Western Open in 1955, all at Portland Golf Club, and he became the first chairman of the PGA Advisory Committee.

Each player plays three matches: a Foursome match, Four-Ball Match, and a Singles Match.  At the completion of the matches, awards are presented to the outstanding player on each team as decided by votes of the team members. They honor Chuck Congdon, Larry Lamberger, Bob McKendrick and Bill Eggers, four great players with outstanding Hudson Cup records.

While the Professionals have been dominating the Hudson Cup Matches in recent years, the Senior professionals have also been winning the Senior Hudson Cup Matches. The Senior Professionals have won 16 of 23 Matches in the 23 year history. The matches were tied in 1994 at Sand Point G&CC for the third Hudson Cup Matches.

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Debby King, PGA, LPGA, Recognized with LPGA Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 9, 2015—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the following members for national recognition as a result of their achievements: Alison Curdt, Wood Ranch Golf Club, Simi Valley, Calif., Teacher of the Year; Sara Doell, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., Coach of the Year; Debby King, Laurelwood Golf Course, Eugene, Ore., Professional of the Year; and Sheryl Maize, Crystal Lake Golf Course, Lakeville, Minn., and Palm Aire Country Club, Sarasota, Fla., Junior Golf Leadership Award.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of sectional award winners voted on by members of the six regional sections: Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International.

Professional of the Year, Debby King

king-debbyThe LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member directly involved in the entire golf operation.

Debby King is General Manager, Head Professional, and Co-operator at Laurelwood Golf Course in Eugene, Ore., managing the daily operations of a 9- hole public golf course, as well as supervising and training the entire golf staff. She has also served as the Western Section Vice President from 2013 – 2015, the T&CP Education Coordinator in 2012, and the Co-director of an LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program since 2011.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am to receive this award,” said King. “This is the one I wanted the most! I want to thank the LPGA staff and members of this great organization for making this possible. It is truly an honor. I have been a part of the LPGA for over 30 years, and I can’t imagine my life without it. It is a part of me. Thank you so much!”

King has been involved in many impressive projects since joining the LPGA T&CP in 1982. Tirelessly, she works to improve the Laurelwood Golf Course, the city’s only municipal golf course. She helps grow the game collaborating with local junior programs to encourage girls to take up golf. Included in her business success, she also built her own golf school that concentrates mainly on improving golfers’ short games and fosters the connection between learning golf skills and finding the continued joy of the game.

Besides managing the business of golf, King also sets aside time to teach the game. She enjoys teaching juniors, women, and men of all abilities, but her specialty is helping the high school junior golfers to find scholarships to college.

King has been Tournament Director of the Eugene City Championship, a feature contributor to the 2015 Summer Golf Training Tips section in the local newspaper, served as Golf Director for KidsSports Golf and YMCA of Eugene Junior Golf Camps. She was awarded the 2015 PGA Pacific Northwest Player Development Grant and Junior Player Development Grant, which she used to purchase “Family Tees” for Laurelwood Golf Course and SNAG equipment.

Read full press release on all the award winners

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