It’s no April Fool’s joke that the MSR deadline is quickly approaching. June 15 is the magic day for members to complete their MSR requirements. Please log into your PGA.org account and ensure you have satisfied the requirements and confirm you have fulfilled both the PGA Required and Total numbers. If you still need a few credits, check your Chapter web site or view our comprehensive list at https://www.pnwpga.com/member-services/education/. Your staff here in the office is available to help you navigate the last few credits you might need.

Drive Chip and Putt registration remains open and with the finals coming up on Sunday, April 5, I’m sure you’ll receive a few questions on how to register. All of our 11 sites have open spots but I expect a bit of a rush with the coverage so encourage your juniors to sign up today at www.drivechipandputt.com. This is a great opportunity for kids of all abilities. For parents concerned about the expense of advancing along the process, we are fortunate to host the Regional Qualifier this year at Chambers Bay!

The Pacific Northwest PGA Junior Golf Fund is offering Youth Player Development grants to PGA Professionals wishing to upgrade their programs. Click here for details.

Inglewood CC will host the 2015 Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 24 where we will be inducting Pat Huffer and Steve Prugh into the Section Hall of Fame along with Tom Brandes, Chris Maletis and Hilda (McAuslan) Beck. All Pacific Northwest Section members are invited to attend. You should have received an invitation via email and you may also view details here. Register early as we expect the room to fill.

We are pleased to welcome Ken Allen and Club Glove as our new sponsor of the Senior Players Championship. Ken will be providing logo towels for all the players. Thanks Ken!

Mark your calendar for our 2016 Destination Pro-Ams. January 14-21, we return to the Big Island of Hawaii and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel for the 41st Winter Pro-Am and March 13-17 we will once again head to Las Vegas and the Holcomb-In-One Pro-Am. Both are a blast! Start working on your team now.

Our tournament season is in full swing, next up is the Senior Players and Washington Open Invitational, but entries are also out for the return of the Oregon Open Invitational to Crosswater and I’m happy to report that Indian Canyon came through the winter and we’ll be returning for the Rosauers Open Invitational in July! We have a great line up this year….I hope you plan to play!

We just released our Social Media Survey. Please help us forge a new communication plan to best utilize our resources to effectively share with you the Section’s news and program availability. The survey is deliberately quick and painless. If you don’t use Social Media, please complete the survey and let us know….you might save us a lot of effort! Our goal is simple, use our limited resources in the most effective, targeted manner. Click here to take the survey if you have not already done so.

Many of you have asked about access to the US Open. The following policy is posted on PGA.org:

USGA: 2015 U.S. Open – June 15-21 – Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington: As a courtesy extended by the USGA; Class A PGA members, Life members and Master Professional members. No spouse or family members (PGA members only; this offer is not extended to apprentices). Must show membership card and Photo I.D. each day. Go to Will Call to pick up daily ticket. Ticket Information (800) 698-0661

Many of you have seasonal assistants–please make sure they complete their change forms upon returning to work. April 30 is the magic day for change forms as it determines which Section will be supported by their dues!

Have a great April and I hope to see you at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational in May.

Jeff Ellison, CEO