2015 Yamaha Player Development Grant Program

Yamaha logoThe Pacific Northwest Section is proud to join with our friends at Yamaha to present the YAMAHA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM. This new initiative reflects both our commitments to growing the game of golf in the great Northwest.

This opportunity is open to all Pacific Northwest Section Members and Apprentices in good standing who seek funding to help support their own Player Development programs. This program is focused on ADULT programming. The Junior Fund will be developing a similar program focused on junior golf. Our approach will be specifically broad and we encourage you to think outside the box.

Our goals are to provide as many grants as possible, with a maximum of $1,000 per grant. We will focus on enhancing your programs rather than fully funding them.

As a new program, we are looking to you to help define the needs of professionals in the Northwest. Do you need funding to buy rental sets for your beginner classes, do you need funding for a meet and greet reception to introduce Get Golf Ready, do you want to offer scholarships to potential students to pay ½ their registration fees, do you need part of the cost of a booth at the Home Show? The list could be endless. The Committee will consider all requests and your applications will help us expand our vision on what programs should be considered.

The attached application is designed to be efficient to complete, but please provide sufficient details. At the end of the grant we’ll have two requests. First, provide documentation on the use of the funds and second, write a short one page “Best Practice” on your program that we can share with other professionals through our web site.

The Grant Application is available as a Word file or as an editable pdf. Simply type your responses to each question. If the file grows to additional pages, we certainly welcome the detail.

Click here for the Word document application

Click here for the PDF application

Applications are due no later than March 15, 2015. Please email to jellison@pgahq.com or mail/fax to address/fax below.

We look forward to reviewing your request.

Jeff Ellison, PGA
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Northwest Section PGA
PO Box 14819
Tumwater, WA 98511

Fax: 360-456-6745

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2015 PNW PGA Apprentice Mentoring Program

The Pacific Northwest Section recently updated the apprentice requirements to retain Section and Chapter Playing Privileges. Apprentices and members who employ apprentices should view the video and then review the information presented. Important changes have been made in the program with very specific requirements to meet.

Thank you for viewing the presentation, the details are presented below.

The Basics

To retain active status with the Section, Apprentices are required to attend one PGA Education Seminar, attend one PGA Meeting and compete in one PGA Tournament each calendar year.

Apprentices that fail to satisfy any or all of the three requirements above shall be placed in “Inactive” status with the Section and lose their Section and Chapter playing privileges. Playing privileges may be restored through a process of meeting with a Section mentor and following the program developed in this meeting to regain “Active” status and restore the apprentices playing privileges.

Apprentices suspended by the PGA of America will remain suspended until released by the PGA of America. Such apprentices are subject to the Education and Meeting requirements of this provision.

Qualifying Activities

  1. PGA Education – includes Section, Chapter and National education workshops and seminars at least two hours in length. Attendance must be in person. The following do not qualify for this requirement – on-line or video attendance, vendor specific training, CPR, facility training and the like. Attendance of a PGA PGM Level does satisfy this requirement.
  2. PGA Meeting – includes Section, Chapter and National meetings. Attendance must be in person. Primarily meetings include – Section/Chapter Spring and Fall Meetings and the PGA National Annual Meeting. With the prior approval of the Section, this activity may include Section/Chapter Town Hall meetings provided such meetings include at least one Section/Chapter officer, are at least two hours in length and focus on Section/Chapter issues and business. The following do not qualify – allied association meetings, committee meetings, board meetings, crackerbarrels and the like.
  3. PGA Tournament – includes Section, Chapter and National events. Championships and Pro-Ams owned and operated by the PGA qualify. Apprentices who have not fully satisfied the PAT may use a PAT to satisfy this requirement. Unofficial events within the Section do not qualify – such as Blue Mountain Best Ball, Fall Tour, Lilac Open, Montana Open, and the like. To meet the PGA Tournament requirement, Apprentices with a physical disability may apply to the Chief Executive Officer for an accommodation.
  4. Seasonal Proration – Apprentices joining the Section between April 1 and September 30 are required to fulfill any two of the requirements. Apprentices joining the Section after September 30 have no requirement for the current year. This proration applies to the first year of registration with the Section. The full requirement must be satisfied by seasonal transfer/employees in all subsequent years.

Mentoring and Restoring Active Status/Playing Privileges

  1. Apprentices placed in Inactive status shall meet with a Section Mentor to develop a plan to satisfy the current deficiency and successfully satisfy future requirements.
  2. Apprentices will be required to satisfy the specific deficiency – Education, Meeting, or Playing before being restored to Active status and full playing privileges.


National Suspensions – apprentices suspended by the PGA of America will remain suspended until released by the PGA of America. Such apprentices are still subject to the Education and Meeting requirements of this provision and the playing requirement during periods not suspend by the PGA of America.

Click here for a pdf of the requirements

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Goodbye from Jennifer

I wanted to say thank you for the last 3 years of working with all of you. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and will miss everyone. Unfortunately, Monday the 16th is my last day with the PGA. I have accepted a position elsewhere and am excited to be starting a new chapter in life. Thank you to all of you who have put a smile on my face and made my time here so much fun. It is so nice to work with a group of professionals that love what they do as well. It shows in your attitudes and the enthusiasm in your game. How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard? Thank you again for all the memories.

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In Memory of Clifford Crandall: 9/1/1963 – 2/2/2015

Clifford Charles Crandall, PGA of Klamath Falls, died Feb. 2, 2015, at the age of 78. Just out of high school, Clifford embarked on a 50-year career in the PGA. He worked as the golf pro/manager at Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon, CA, from 1962 to 1976, then moved on to manage the Stardust Golf Course in San Diego, CA. He owned the driving range and two pro shops, which employed 44 people, including the young Phil Mickelson. Clifford retired in 1994 and moved to Klamath Falls, OR.

Full obituary and memorial service details

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Seniors, Take a Friend to Play Wine Valley!


Entries are now available for the PNW Senior Players’ Championship, to be held April 21-22 at Wine Valley GC. Mark Keating is expected to be back to defend his title against a full field of Senior PGA Professionals, including host professional John Thorsnes.

Click here for online entry

Click here for PDF entry form

Senior Professional, bring an amateur friend and compete for individual and team prizes! There are individual professional and amateur competitions, with gross and net payouts. The team four-ball competition will be based on gross scores only. Senior Player of the Year and Senior Hudson Cup points are available; for amateurs, the WSGA and OGA are offering Senior Hudson Cup points as well.

Mark Keating of Pumpkin Ridge – Ghost Creek won this event in 2014 (and previously in 2012). Watch the video.

Leave behind April showers and come play in Wine Country! Wine Valley Golf Club, which opened in April 2009, has been rated 5th on Golfweek’s Best New Courses. This stunning Dan Hixson design unfolds on a grand scale, playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Wine Valley GC has broad fairways, dramatic bunkers, and bold, undulating putting surfaces.

In addition to fantastic golf, take time to enjoy one of the many winery tours available in Walla Walla. The Walla Walla Valley has been called “the next Napa Valley,” and for good reason. Here, winemakers from around the world are growing the next generation of legendary wineries. http://www.wallawalla.org/wineries/

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PNW Winter Pro-Am presented by State Farm – Jim Ostrander Agency ~ Final Results


Team Toll Wins Hawai’i Pro-Am presented by State Farm –

Jim Ostrander Agency

The Pacific Northwest Winter Pro-Amateur Championship presented by State Farm – Jim Ostrander Agency recently returned to Mauna Lani Resort in Hawai’i.  We had 11 teams in Hawai’i for seven days, enjoying the sunshine and hospitality of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island for the 40th Annual Pacific Northwest PGA Winter Pro-Am.  Host professional Tom Sursely welcomed the players to the popular Mauna Lani North and South courses in between excursions to the volcano, deep sea fishing and just soaking up some rays at the many beaches on the island.

When the dust settled, Jason Aichele from Meadow Springs CC and Greg Manley from Meridian Valley CC took home low professional honors.

Mike Toll and his friends from Maplewood GC took home the team title.  Congratulations!

State Farm Jim OstranderThe Pacific Northwest Winter Pro-Amateur Championship presented by State Farm – Jim Ostrander Agency is a five-man team, of one professional and four amateurs playing stableford competitions.  There are daily team prizes, daily professional prizes, daily amateur gross and net prizes as well as overall prizes for the professionals and teams.  There are many different ways a player could cash!

linksoulIn addition to the sponsorship by State Farm and Jim Ostrander, we are happy to welcome Garth Mattson and Linksoul for providing the team shirts.

Teams played Saturday, January 31 at Mauna Lani – South Course, Monday, February 2 on the North Course before returning to the South Course on Tuesday, February 3.

Mauna Lani Resort’s two championship golf courses, Mauna Lani North and South, offer a challenging experience to novice and professional golf enthusiasts alike. Mauna Lani has received Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal Award every year since 1988 and was host to the Senior Skins Golf Game for 11 years. The courses are masterpieces of design, each strikingly different, yet equally challenging. Each course is a world apart geographically, and in playing experience.

CLICK HERE to view the final Winter Pro-Amateur Championship results.

2015 Hawaii

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Kickoff Your 2015 Golf Season with The Masters and DCP

DriveChipPutt2015I believe that most golfers, especially recreational golfers, see the golf season starting the week of the Masters. Jim Nantz says the Masters is a “Tradition Like No Other.” Thanks to a joint effort (by the Augusta National Foundation, the USGA and the PGA), the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals is creating its own tradition and brand “like no other” the Sunday before the Masters.

A Spring Golf Income/Business Opportunity

The great news is that PGA golf professionals can use the Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) brand at their own facility to create a “Drive, Chip & Putt Prep Clinic” product. Our partners in DCP now understand that if the number of kids participating in the program is going to grow, it will be because of PGA Professionals.

That’s right, this is your opportunity to build revenue, activity and new business utilizing the significant promotion assets of the Masters Golf Tournament and more. Here’s the concept:  

  • Designed to be a preparatory experience for kids aspiring (or just interested) in competing in the national “Drive, Chip and Putt” (DCP) event via a local qualifier conducted by the PNWPGA in May, June and July. (Click here for the qualifying schedule.)
  • Provide a fun, exploratory experience for the youngest kids at your facility, while engaging families.
  • Use this program as a way to jump start your golf season and get those golf families out of “hibernation”.

Suggested format for the 4-week program:

  • Weeks 1-3: Teach, coach and help kids (ages 6-14) develop the fundamentals of DCP during the first three weeks of prep clinics (Click here to view the DCP Coaching Manual.) 90-minute clinic sessions on DCP fundamentals recommended.
  • Week 4: Run your own “(Your Club Name Here) DCP Club Championship”. This is easy to set up. I suggest using a launch monitor to conduct driving discipline. Just like the actual event, follow the same format and have prizes/awards both boys and girls in several age groups (6-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14)
  • In conjunction with kids’ DCP experience, you could also run an event for your men’s, ladies’ and related clubs. This could be key in getting your core players out and playing early this season!
  • DCP could also be a way to get kids/families involved, then introduce them to your PGA Junior League Golf program.

Suggested schedule:

I suggest weekend afternoons (Sat or Sun) with a max student:teacher ratio of 12:1. Start your first session within 1-2 weeks after the Masters.

Suggested Fees: $79-119* per junior

  • I recommend that you make fees include three 90-minute clinic sessions on DCP fundamentals, plus entry fees and prize fund for your XYZ Golf Club DCP Championship (payout on finish will be by age group/gender and payable in your golf shop by gift certificate)

* For private facilities: I recommend the following: Guests welcome; fee is the same OR charge more with difference going to “Guest Fees Line Item”; but guests not eligible to win the DCP Club Championship.

Interested in learning more about DCP, Junior League Golf or how to promote your programs better in 2015? Please contact me today.

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

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February 2015 CEO’s Report

February marks a significant increase in activity in the Section as we anticipate the coming golf season. In this edition I’ll highlight our success at the PGA Merchandise Show, explain the new Yamaha Player Development Grant Program and alert you to the requirements of the revised Apprentice Mentoring Program.

2015_pga_merchandise_showFirst, thank you for your support of our sponsors! As a direct result, we were 10 for 10 with our renewals last week at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Your thank you letters and emails really help when I meet with a National Sales Manager. Every sponsor wants to know their support is recognized and appreciated. Your letters tell that story. An order would not hurt either! We were very fortunate to renew sponsorships with 2Undr, Antigua, Bridgestone, Bushnell, Cutter & Buck, Greg Norman, JaniKing, PTE Golf, Sterling Cut Glass and Yamaha. Haas Jordan will be back in 2015 and we are working to expand the support from Brooks Brothers/Page & Tuttle. New to the family are CaddyX and Winners Award Group. Now that I am home, I’ll be working on more local sponsors to support your programs.

pgajlg-blue-orange-200pxThanks also for your support of the PGA Junior League Golf Program. Harold Bluestein joined us on the main stage on January 21 to accept an award from PGA Junior League Golf as a Section of the Year for Region 8. Congratulations coaches, for increasing our teams and lending your energy and professionalism to this exciting junior program.

There is an important update to the PNW PGA Apprentice Mentoring Program. For more than 20 years the Section has fostered an environment where apprentices receive education vital to advancing their careers. We recently modified the requirements of this program making it very simple and focusing on the important elements of being an active and engaged PGA Professional. Click here for complete details.

I’d also like to remind PGA Members that the MSR cycle ends on June 15. Please visit PGA.org and review your progress. If you are short in the PGA required category, after March there is not much on the calendar. The Section and Chapter Spring Meetings are all listed on our website along with the chapter education opportunities. There is not much on the calendar for June 14!

Thanks for making it through my important updates. I hope you’ll keep reading a minute longer while I highlight some of our key sponsors. As you know, sponsors are critical to our success. In this issue, I’d like to highlight Grant Holcomb, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, and Muckleshoot Casino.

In March we head off to the Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am. Grant Holcomb and his band of sponsors make for a great event. I hope you are able to join us for a little fun in Las Vegas next year. There is nothing like March Madness in a sports book. Remember the 6 overtime conference championship game a few years ago? Now imagine that at the Monte Carlo! Fun is the name of the game and we really couldn’t do it without Holk and his companies.

Another fun location and dedicated sponsor is Wildhorse Resort and Casino. Wildhorse is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Congratulations to CEO Gary George and Head Professional Mike Hegarty for building such a great place! Wildhorse is a great sponsor of the Senior Oregon Open as well as the Central Washington Chapter.

Muckleshoot Casino has inked a five year deal with the Washington Open and together we’ll be supporting the Folds of Honor Foundation. Join us for a great pro-am and to support a very important organization. The veterans and parents of our service men and women who play at your facility will welcome the opportunity to support this event. Offer it to them. Click here for details.

Have a great February! I look forward to seeing you at your chapter meetings this spring.

– Jeff Ellison

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