The PNW PGA Merchandise Show is just around the corner, October 26-28 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This beautiful building is located in Downtown Tacoma, our host hotel – Hotel Murano – is just across the street and there are 30 restaurants and bars within walking distance! In addition to doing your buying for the year, you and your staff should be able to have a little fun. We open with the Pro-Vendor Invitational at Fircrest on Monday, October 26, the Show runs October 27 and 28 and our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning, October 28. A full education calendar is available and presented below.

We are very happy that PGA of America President Derek Sprague has accepted President Tunstill‘s invitation and will join us for the Annual Meeting. Derek and Bryan will be hosting a Town Hall as the featured part of the meeting. We open the day with Pelzer Golf Supplies hosting a hot breakfast at 6:30 AM before the meeting begins at 7:30.

We are emphasizing education in October at the Merchandise Show. We open with the PGA of America bringing us the Youth and Family Golf Workshop, Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25. This jam-packed workshop features both Section and National experts. Program and Registration information is now available. Following the Pro-Vendor on Monday, October 26, Scott Smith, National Sales Manager with Page & Tuttle/Brooks Brothers will present “Apparel Trends and Opportunities”. Scott will touch on a variety of topics to help you improve your sales. Carol Pence will reinforce Scott’s presentation with help on promoting your skills to your employer. On Wednesday, October 28, Nike Golf is hosting Mike Bender and his teaching seminar “Practical Ideas That Create Success”. The 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year has been very successful so you might want to listen!

The 2016 tournament schedule is coming together. The calendar is a little different this year so please check the dates of our events as you make your plans for 2016. We just confirmed Fairwood to host the Assistants Championship and just have a couple more to firm up.

Two entries will be out soon! The Holcomb and One Las Vegas Pro-Am is scheduled for March 13-17, 2016 and the Bandon Dunes Workshop, scheduled for December 14-16, 2015.

I hope you were able to join us at Canyon River for the PNW PGA Professional Championship. Rotating this championship through the five chapters has many benefits:

  1. We bring access to this championship to everyone – and they just might be inspired to travel to another event;
  2. We discover that there are great golf courses in every chapter;
  3. We see that the professionals in each chapter do a nice job every day – in addition to the one in the mirror;
  4. We realized on this trip that there are a few good brew pubs in Missoula;
  5. Finally, Delta, Delta, Delta is a state of mind, not just building – 11 of you know who you are!

Join us next year as we visit John Kawasoe at Astoria G&CC for the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship.

Have a great October and we’ll see you at the Merchandise Show and Annual Meeting.

Jeff Ellison, CEO