Thank you to everyone who completed the PGA Compensation Survey.   You provided valuable information to assist yourself and your fellow PGA Professionals understand and enhance their compensation situation.   This is a valuable tool for Carol Pence when she works with you or a facility to elevate compensation to appropriate levels.   Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Carol to elevate your personal situation.   Whether it’s telling your story to your current employer or looking forward to another position, she is just an email or phone call away: or 510-706-1583.

On Sunday, April 3, Augusta National Golf Club will host the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.   Two young ladies who came through the Northwest will be competing on the hallowed grounds.   Jayla Kucy of Camrose, Alberta who qualified via the OGA Course last season will compete for the second year in a row and Malia Schroeder of Arlington, WA, who qualified through Lake Padden GC will also represent us. Tune in to Golf Channel to follow the finals.  Drive, Chip and Putt is a great free program for juniors of all abilities, please promote participation in one of our ten local qualifiers to juniors at your facility.   Our schedule is posted at along with a list of facilities offering Drive Chip and Putt Clinics.

The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational is scheduled for May 16-18 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Washington. PGA General Manager Greg Manley is looking forward to being your host for the season’s first major.   There is still room for another pro-am team if you have four amateurs who would enjoy great golf, good food, a trip to the Muckleshoot Casino and the chance to support the Folds of Honor!   Click here for details.  With a full field, we are looking at a total purse of $85,000…. maybe you should play!

Entries are now out for the Oregon Open Invitational, which returns to Brasada Canyons GC, site of the 2009 championship.   Zach Swoffer, PGA Director of Golf and his team will roll out the red carpet for your stay.   VERY special rates are available for tournament participants at Brasada that will provide you with all the amenities offered at this world class resort.   Click here for details.

We have two new sponsors this year.   David Nelson of Hole-In-One, USA has come on board to support Section professionals.   In addition to their support of the Section they are offering special programs for you. Their new Give Me 5 Promotion can really help your bottom line.   Visit Hole-In-One, USA at for more information.   We have also partnered with Birdies2Eagles to offer you special rates on promotional materials, custom tee markers and the like. Click here to take a look at their special offerings and discounted pricing for you!

Finally, the committees will soon be reviewing applications for the Yamaha Player Development Grants and the Youth Player Development Grants.   We received over $34,000 in requests for our $24,000 in available funds.   It looks like the Committee has a little work to do!   Thanks for applying!

You have a great team in both the Section and Chapter offices.   Please reach out to these dedicated folks to assist you in taking advantage of our programs, understanding our program offerings or simply understanding PGA membership processes.   They are all here to help YOU.