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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PNW Pro-Amateur Championship – Last event of PNW PGA Season!


We are still accepting entries for the Pacific Northwest PGA Pro-Amateur Championship. The PNW Pro-Am Championship will be held at the always popular Circling Raven GC on October 2nd-3rd, 2014.

CLICK HERE to sign up online for the PNW Pro-Am Championship.

CLICK HERE to download the PNW Pro-Am Championship PDF entry.

For your convenience golf carts and range balls are included as part of the entry fee this year.

~National Car Rental Sponsorship~

National_ProAmSeriesThanks to a nice sponsorship, National Car Rental has joined us as title sponsor of the Pro-Amateur Championship.   They ask one thing….enroll all players in the Emerald Club, National Car Rental’s FREE tool to help you use a special PGA discounted rate and also ease the rental process by allowing you to bypass the rental counter.     To be eligible for the BONUS POOL, both 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.

In addition to the regular payout available to all players, there is an additional $7,500 in the bonus pool paid to the to 50% of the field to teams that have BOTH players with an Emerald Club.  Signing up is free, easy and this service can save you money in the future.  Once signed up, please contact the PNW PGA Office with your 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.    Be sure to use PGA discount code XZ41570 when you rent from National.

National Car Rental is not only providing the team purse but the low team will be entered into a chance to win golf with Keegan Bradley and his father, PGA Professional Mark Bradley. Thank you for supporting this important new sponsor.

2UNDRWe are also very pleased to welcome 2Undr as a new sponsor of this event as well.   Kevin Burnett will be on hand to provide tee prizes to all players.   Visit or just contact Kevin at or 425-260-3064 to learn more about 2Undr.


~Host Hotel~

Coeur D’Alene Resort at Circling Raven is our host hotel. They are giving us a fantastic deal.  Call before September 27th to get your rate of  $119.95 (plus 7% tribal tax per night) at (800) 523-2464 using group name “PNW PGA SECTIONAL.


~History of the Pacific Northwest Pro-Am Championship~

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.

Last year, PGA Professional Corey Prugh of Manito G&CC and his amateur Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake CC came out on top and won the title of Pro-Amateur Champions.  The duo’s round consisted of eight birdies which helped them win by three strokes over PGA Professional Matt Cowell of Lake Padden GC and his amateur Dylan Goodwin of Harbour Pointe GC and PGA Professional Derek Siesser of The Creek of Qualchan and his amateur Erik Olson of Riverbend GC.


~History of Circling Raven Golf Club~

Circling Raven GC logoThis beautifully designed course 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.

To say the least, Circling Raven is amazing!  Hope you can join us in October!




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Roger Wallace and Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen Receive 2014 PGA National Awards

TUMWATER, Wash. (August 28, 2014) – For the first time, two PGA Professionals from the Pacific Northwest Section received PGA National Awards in the same year. Roger Wallace of Polson Bay GC in Polson, MT, was awarded the 2014 PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award and Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen of Indian Canyon GC in Spokane, WA, was named the 2014 PGA Teacher of the Year. Wallace and Gildersleeve-Jensen will be honored in a ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 20, in conjunction with the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

The other nine recipients of 2014 PGA of America Awards are as follows:

  • Ray Cutright, of Macon, Georgia – PGA Professional of the Year
  • Tom Morton, of Sacramento, California – PGA Youth Player Development Award
  • Pat Gavin, of Las Cruces, New Mexico – Horton Smith Award
  • Ralph Landrum, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky – PGA Player Development Award
  • Jim Dickerson, of Iowa City, Iowa – Patriot Award
  • Southern California PGA Section – Herb Graffis Award
  • Scott Nye, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities
  • George Ancuta, of Hackettstown, New Jersey – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Facilities
  • Ron Leporati, of Bedford, Pennsylvania – PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Facilities

Roger WallaceROGER WALLACE – Bill Strausbaugh Award
Polson Bay Golf Course – Polson, Montana

Roger Wallace, PGA Director of Golf at Polson Bay Golf Course in Montana, is the PGA’s 2014 Bill Strausbaugh Award winner. The award recognizes PGA members who have distinguished themselves by mentoring fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situation and through service to the community. Wallace, 54, is a seven-time Pacific Northwest Section PGA Award winner, including four Bill Strausbaugh awards; is a former member of the National PGA Board of Directors; was Chair of the National PGA Communications and Public Relations Committee; and previously served on National Committees for Employment and Awards.

Wallace has participated in PGA Master Professional Thesis reviews for PGA members seeking the Association’s highest educational designation. During his tenure at Polson Bay, he has guided six of his PGA Assistant Professionals and three golf shop assistants to become PGA Head Professionals, PGA Directors of Golf or General Managers. As the face of golf for 27 years in a town of 5,000 on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Wallace has provided guidance on golf operations and employment to a wide range of PGA Professionals, as well as numerous counties and municipalities throughout the Inland Northwest. He is just the second member of the Pacific Northwest PGA Section to win the Bill Strausbaugh Award.

Indian Canyon Golf Course – Spokane, Washington

Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, PGA Director of Instruction and owner of KGJgolf at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane, Washington, is the first woman professional to be named PGA Teacher of the Year. She is also the first Pacific Northwest PGA member to be so honored.

Born in Baker City, Oregon, Gildersleeve-Jensen first played golf at age 9. She was inspired by her father, Chuck, who played golf at Washington State University, and her mother, Kay, who was a 10 handicap player. As a teen, Gildersleeve-Jensen attended a golf camp and met the legendary Billy Casper. Her inspirational mentors helping elevate her career include: the late PGA Professional Joe Durgan, of Cheney, Washington; Randy & Ross Henry, of Henry-Griffitts, Ltd.; and PGA Professional Gary Lindeblad, of Indian Canyon Golf Course. Gildersleeve-Jensen turned professional in 1985, and was elected to PGA membership in 1990.

Gildersleeve-Jensen, 52, was appointed to the Pacific Northwest Section Board of Directors in 2012, the first woman so named in governance in the Section’s history. That year, she also was named the Pacific Northwest PGA Teacher of the Year, which emanated from guiding more than 100 youth to achieve collegiate success; along with having the highest–ranked youth tournament players in Washington/Idaho; and many adult players who have become club champions. Included among her list of players are celebrities, as well as Canadian, Asian and Symetra Tour Professionals.

In 2013, Golf Digest selected Gildersleeve-Jensen No. 4 in its “Best Teachers in State” roster; and she was among the 2013 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Teachers Growth of the Game list. Gildersleeve-Jensen continually incorporates new technology, science and social media into her work, including Web Cam Live Personal Online lessons. She is an eBook Author of “How to Play Golf … Inside 50 Yards” and has written countless magazine articles on the game.

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In Memory of Terry Alspaugh: 11/15/1942 – 6/20/2014

Terry Alspaugh, age 71, of Lynnwood died June 20, 2014.

Terry was born on Nov 15, 1942 in Denver, Colorado. He was a great golfer and played as an amateur for 18 years – Bayview GC (West Seattle) was his home course. He turned professional in 1976 at Overlake G&CC in Medina, WA and worked at Twin Lakes Village in Rathdrum, ID, for a number of years.

Terry is survived by his children Christine Farmer & Brendan Alspaugh, mother Vickie Alspaugh and grandchildren Ryan, Eric & Hannah Farmer.

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Northwest Open Invitational – Final Results


Amateur Carl Jonson of Wing Point G&CC won the Northwest Open Invitational at Wine Valley GC yesterday in Walla Walla, Washington.  Jonson battled Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor Golf Club all day and took the lead for good with a birdie on the par 3 16th hole.   The Senior at UNLV made a scrambling par on 18 that included trips to fairway and greenside bunkers on the 565 yard par 5.    Feenstra took home the first place professional check of $6,250.  Two back was second round leader Colin Inglis.

Jonson’s victory was the first by an amateur since Derek Berg took the title at the Running Y Ranch in 2006.

Congratulations to PGA Professional Greg Morris of Iron Horse GC won his awesome hole-in-one during the final round on the 6th hole.

The history of the Northwest Open is as significant as the history of golf in the Pacific Northwest.  The list of past champions reads like a who’s who in Pacific Northwest Golf.  In fact, fifteen members of the Pacific Northwest Section’s Hall of Fame are Northwest Open Champions.

The early years were dominated by Seattle Golf Club’s Robert Johnstone (who won 8 of the first 10 events) and “Long Jim” Barnes.  Barnes, the professional at Tacoma C&GC from 1911 – 1915, won the first two PGA Championships (1916, 1919) in addition to the 1921 U.S. Open and the 1925 British Open! Spokane’s Marvin “Bud” Ward captured six championships over a 22 year span, five as an amateur and his last as a professional.  Bud was also a National Amateur champion and may have won a few more but for the lack of championships during WWII.

Wine Valley Golf Club, which opened in April of 2009, has been rated 5th on Golfweek’s Best New Courses. To produce Golfweek’s Best New Courses list, a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators rated the layouts on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course’s overall ranking.

This stunning Dan Hixson design unfolds on a grand scale, playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Wine Valley GC had broad fairways, dramatic bunkers, and bold, undulating putting surfaces.

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

Final results can be found at



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PNW PGA Professional Championship – Post Entry

2014 PNW PGA Professional Championship

We gained approval from National to accept post entries for the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship on September 16-18.   If you already entered through the PGA of America, thank you!  We’ll see you at Salish Cliffs GC.  Post entry deadline is Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:00 PM.

We can accept post entries from:

1.  Life Member Retired.

2.  New Members elected after the deadline.

3.  Members who had a schedule change.

4.  New Members to the Section who DID NOT enter the PPC in their original Section.

Except for Life Members Retired you must be eligibly employed in one of the following classifications to play in the PGA Professional Championship: MP, A-1, A-2, A-4, A-5, A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9, A-10, A-11, A-12, A-13, A-14, A-15, A-16, A-17, A-18, A-19, A-20, A-21, A-22, A-23, A-24, LMA and LMMA.  Late entrants are not eligible to advance to the 47th National Championship at Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 22-25, 2014.

**Remember that this is the last Section major to gain Hudson Cup points and Hudson Cup Points are worth 1.5 points.

CLICK HERE for our post PGA Professional Championship entry and tournament details.

~History of the PGA Professional Championship~

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.

~History of Salish Cliffs Golf Club~

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.

CLICK HERE to view past champions.

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