Oregon Open Invitational at Sunriver Resort – Entries Closing Soon!

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A few team spots are available for the Oregon Open Invitational at Sunriver Resort -Crosswater Course on June 9-11th.  Entries close Wednesday, May 27th, so hurry and get your team entry in now! Host Professionals Josh Willis, PGA and Erik Mettille, PGA are excited to have us all.

Download the Oregon Open Invitational Team Entry

A Resort Golf Experience for Everyone

With a robust list of activities and magnificent resort amenities, Sunriver Resort offers an experience that will satisfy any palate. Located just 15 miles south of Bend, Ore., Sunriver Resort is a 3,300 acre all-seasons getaway destination known for its championship golf, award-winning spa, Northwest restaurants and outdoor pool facility. It is near extra activities such as fly-fishing, hiking, biking, rock climbing at Smith Rock, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at Mt. Bachelor. Bend, Ore. is just a short jaunt away with an impressive selection of restaurants, breweries, cafes, events and art galleries. Sunriver is one of those unique locations that truly provides something for everyone; whether it’s your family or your team of favorite golf buddies!

Play Crosswater Course

Did we mention the championship golf you’ll be playing? Crosswater, Sunriver Resort’s golfing gem, is a gorgeous 18-hole heathland-style semiprivate course situated on 600-acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands. Crosswater is threaded by the Deschutes and Little Deschutes rivers adding a challenge (or boost!) as often as seven times in a round. This Robert E. Cupp designed course was named by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and in 1999, and Golf Week named it one of the Top 10 best courses you can play in Oregon in 2014.

Tournament Format

Entry into the championship will be four-man teams comprised of two professionals and two amateurs.  You will need to make your own team.

Teams will play together for the first 36 holes. There are two team competitions over the first 36 holes – best 2 net of the 4, and each professional will play a net four-ball with one amateur. Handicaps at 80% will be used in the team games.

The championship is a 54-hole stroke play with professional and amateur purses. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties, repaired by score and the Oregon Open Invitational completed.

There is no maximum handicap for entry (18 max. in the competition), however, all players will play from the championship tees and there will be no individual net amateur.

All players will be governed by the Rules of Golf, Pace of Play, the Section Hard Card, the Section Dress Code and the Section Cell phone regulation.

Play for Bonus Money in the Team Competitions

Back again in 2015 is our National Car Rental Pro-Am Championship.  Thanks to a nice sponsorship through the PGA of America, National Car Rental will be the sponsor of the team competitions – with a $7,500 contribution! This means there will be extra money to play for, in the team competition! They ask one thing – enroll all players in the Emerald Club, National Car Rental’s FREE tool to help you use the PGA discounted rate and also ease the rental process by allowing you to bypass the rental counter. To be eligible for the team competitions, all players on the team must be Emerald Club members (current membership qualifies) and there is a place on the entry form to provide each player’s Emerald Club number.

Professionals can register by clicking here.  It takes just a couple of minutes.   Be sure to use PGA discount code XZ41557 when you rent from National.

Amateurs can register by clicking here.  It takes just a couple of minutes.   Be sure to use PGA discount code XZ41570 when you rent from National.

A History of Fun and Exciting Competition

The Oregon Open Invitational dates back to 1905 when George Smith was the first to win the title. Over the years a number of fantastic players have won the championship such as Tommy Armour, Chuck Congdon, Al Zimmerman, Bob Duden, Rick Acton, and PGA Tour Player Peter Jacobsen. It was considered a PGA Tour event in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Last year, PGA Professional Derek Barron of Tacoma Golf Center played his way through 30 MPH gusts chipping away on every hole to take the Oregon Open Invitational by one stroke over PGA Professional Darren Black of Rainer G&CC.  Michael Haack of Meridian Valley CC won low amateur honors.

Winning the Best 2 of 4 Net competition was the team with PGA Professional Darren Black, PGA Professional Issac Henry-Cano, amateur Michael Haack of Meridian Valley CC and amateur Dave Miller also of Rainier G&CC.

Winning the Four-Ball competition was also Darren Black and Michael Haack, shooting a 63-60-123, 21-under par.  They won by four strokes over PGA Professionals Chris Van der Velde and his amateur Justin Kadin of Tetherow GC.

CLICK HERE to view past champions of the Oregon Open Invitational.

We hope to see you all at Sunriver Resort – Crosswater in June!

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Black Wins Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open

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Champion Darren Black

PGA Professional Darren Black of Rainier G&CC (Seattle, WA) won the 89th Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational by two strokes over PGA Professional Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC (Kent, WA). Black fired a final round score of 68, 4-under par. He birdied his last hole for the win. In third place was PGA Professional Chris Griffin of Tacoma C&GC (Tacoma, WA). View complete results.

Low amateur honors went to Kent Hagen of Meridian Valley CC.

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Low amateur Kent Hagen

Meridian Valley Country Club officially opened on July 1, 1967 with 9 of the 18 holes ready for play. The second nine holes and clubhouse opened to equally grand fanfare in May 1968. This exceptional 18-hole layout was designed by Ted Robinson, one of the nation’s leading golf course architects, who chose the site based on the stunning views the surrounding area provided.

Meridian Valley CC has hosted the 1972, 1976, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014 Washington Open Invitational, as well as the SAFECO Classic from 1982 until 1999. MVCC has grown into one of the Northwest’s most respected golf courses to the credit of the founding members who successfully achieved their goal to develop a first-class golf club.

The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am benefits Folds of Honor. The 2015 event raised $50,000. For more information, please visit www.foldsofhonor.org

Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am raised $40,000 for Folds of Honor

Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am raised $40,000 for Folds of Honor

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Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational – Tournament Results

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The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational is under way at Meridian Valley CC in Kent, WA.  We have a strong field of PGA Professionals and amateurs all vying for the title of the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Champion.  The Washington Open Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play individual competition.

The Washington Open Invitational dates back to 1922.  In that year, young Al Espinosa captured the crown at Yakima CC.  Some big names have won this event over the years including the Zimmerman brothers, Al and Emery, along with Chuck Congdon, Al Mengert, Senior Tour Player Rick Acton and PGA Tour Player Fred Couples.

There have been some amazing champions since the event started.  Chuck Congdon holds the record for the most wins (39, 47, 50, 52, and 62) while Al Mengert holds the record for the most consecutive wins (63, 64, and 65).  The current tournament record is held by PGA Professional Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC (2011) and PGA Member Jeff Gove (2012).

The 2015 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am benefits the Folds of Honor.  Folds of Honor provides scholarships for the children and spouses of those killed or disabled in service to the United States Military.  For more information, go to https://www.foldsofhonor.org  This year’s event will be a Pro-Am as part of the 2015 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational held at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, WA.

Meridian Valley Country Club officially opened on July 1, 1967 with 9 of the 18 holes ready for play. The second nine holes and clubhouse opened to equally grand fanfare in May 1968. This exceptional 18-hole layout was designed by Ted Robinson, one of the nation’s leading golf course architects, who chose the site based on the stunning views the surrounding area provided.

This will be Meridian Valley CC’s ninth time hosting the Washington Open Invitational – hosting in 1972, 1976, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014.  They also hosted the SAFECO Classic from 1982 through 1999. MVCC has grown into one of the Northwest’s most respected golf courses to the credit of the founding members who successfully achieved their goal to develop a first-class golf club.

To view past champions of the Washington Open Invitational, CLICK HERE.

Results will be posted at regular intervals throughout the day at http://www.pnwpga.com/results/results_waopen15.html   “Almost live scoring” will begin at 10:00 am each morning after the groups begin turning.  Be looking to see if one of your friends posts a low score!

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Last-Minute MSR Opportunities!

msr-deadlineAttention PGA Professionals: The current MSR Cycle ends June 15, 2015.

Looking for last-minute MSR opportunities? We have two education seminars and a PGA survey that you can participate in.

Mike O’Donnell Player Development Seminar

May 13, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Register online or Print & fax registration form to 360-456-6745

8 MRS’s in required PGA Education

We are fortunate to have Mike O’Donnell, Senior Director of Player Development for the PGA of America at The Home Course on May 13. Mike presents an outstanding seminar that will help you run your business better.

Golf Alliance of Washington Summit

May 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Schedule & registration: http://wwgcsa.org/pages/events-sign-up/golf-alliance.html

6 MSR’s in required PGA Education

PGA Annual Operations Survey

Use your PGA.org login to access the PGA Annual Operations Survey.

As a result of PGA Professional participation, this study is recognized as the industry’s leading source for golf operations and facility data, providing you with invaluable information to help you track market performance.

In an effort to streamline the survey process for you this year, you will have the ability to answer only the operational areas in which you manage, such as Overall Financial Performance, Golf Operations, Golf Course Maintenance, Food & Beverage, Membership as well as some general statistics about your facility.

When you complete the survey by June 10, 2015, you can earn up to two MSR credits (Total category)

Check the education page for a full listing of events throughout the year, as well as links to the Chapters’ education pages where you may find additional opportunities.

 

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In Memory of Tony Fatica, 12/23/1924 – 4/20/2015

Tony FaticaWe are sorry to report the passing of longtime PGA member Tony Fatica. Tony was born on December 23, 1924 and passed away on April 20, 2015. He was a PGA member for 43 years and worked at Linden G&CC for 28 years. Previous to that, he was an assistant to John Rudy at Fircrest. He was also a talented musician and artist. Tony drew exquisite caricatures of members at Fircrest who made holes in one – and they were all hung in the bar of the old clubhouse. He was a very amiable “people person” and made everyone feel they were his friend.

Linden G&CC will host a celebration of life in honor of Tony Fatica on Sunday, May 17 from 1 – 4 pm.  It is an open house format and everyone who knew Tony is welcome to attend.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bottom Line

I heard an interesting story about a golf professional who was working with one of my colleagues recently. In a discussion about merchandising sales, my colleague, Ian James of RetailTribe, had asked the golf professional (who happened to own his own shop) a very simple question about his gross revenue just from sales of golf gloves.

In a simple calculation, Ian had the professional answer these simple questions, then complete a simple calculation:

  • (A) How many gloves did you sell? (B) How many rounds do you have?
  • Now divide the number of rounds by the number of gloves sold. [(B / A = # of gloves sold per round)]

As it turns out, the pros shop sold one glove for every six rounds. Pretty good, right? At first, that seemed pretty good to the pro. Then Ian burst his bubble. He asked the pro, “What if you could sell one glove per foursome?”

In response, the pro immediately went back to his calculator, and changed up the calculation. As it turned out, without adding more rounds (about 40k rounds) or raising his glove prices (average about $14 per glove), the increase in gross glove sales would be somewhere between $50,000-$60,000. What do you think this pro did? You’re right, he went directly to his staff to talk about selling more gloves. (Now, I realize there is a cost of goods sold (COGS) to consider, but the point is still worth thinking about.)What funny things might you be missing “on the way to the BOTTOM LINE?”

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APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 AND BEYOND

When we consider the concepts in the story above and apply them to the PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MATH (PDM), I believe we’ll find even more “funny things” that will be game changers for those willing to do some simple calculations, and then take action based on their findings.  Unlike merchandise and the COGS, rounds of golf have no COGS and they create more opportunity to sell gloves, balls and beers.

If you’re working at a public-access facility, I strongly encourage you to learn your Player Development Math (PDM) principles. It starts with knowing the following answers:

Now, let’s go back to our pro who owned his own golf shop. Remember his reaction when he realized what a little concentrated effort could do to his bottom line (with gloves?)

If he owned the golf course, how do you think “our intrepid PGA professional” would react to this if he knew the value of a new golfer? Let’s say he owns Facility B and his course sells about 40,000 rounds a year.

What if you worked for him and by creating/delivering Get Golf Ready (or similar) programming, were able to create just 40 new golfers by yourself? (To do so, you’d need to sell out five GGR classes, and spend about 8 hours for each class to get all 40 participants through to graduation – in total, 40 or so hours.) If we round down to $1000 per new golfer, you’d be creating $40,000 for your PGA professional owner.

Question 1: If you created $40k in gross revenue in just 40 hours of work, do you think that would be good for you, your job security and your income?

Question 2: If you were able to then double your output or triple it, how would that turn out for you? Would you be able to ‘write your own ticket’ as a producer of rounds (and thus revenue?)

 

If you work at a private club, I can very easily correlate the value of a new member, or an upgraded membership to your club’s bottom line. In fact, I hope you’ll reach out to me to see how I can help you with your own Player Development Math: Private Club version.

 

Friends, it’s time to start getting out from behind the counter (or our desk) and start doing the things that truly count (for the bottom line) and put “counting what we’re doing” on the stop-doing list.

 

With May rolling in, it’s official that our 2015 Season is here (although for some of us, it’s been here since mid-February.) I realize now isn’t the time to start planning new programs, but there is still time to start something. Some of the best programs in our Section started as low-turnout events that our peer professionals believed in and didn’t give up on. Maybe you can be one of those this year?

 

As a reminder, I’m here to help PNWPGA professionals have better jobs, more job stability and earn more income. To do this, I’m committed to helping you create, market and promote your player development concepts in whatever ways I can. Please reach out to me today to let me know how we can get started.

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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