It’s not too early to begin planning to attend the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Merchandise Show, October 25-26 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This is our largest gathering of the year with over 600 industry professionals in attendance. For you new folks, it’s more than just our Merchandise Show, we hold our Annual Meeting on Wednesday morning, we offer two education programs and Chambers Bay will host the annual Pro-Vendor Championship. More information is available at https://www.pnwpga.com/merchandise-show/. Mark your calendar now!

The Wildhorse Senior Oregon Open Invitational kicks off August 2 for the 14th straight year at Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton. Two hundred and twenty-four of the top seniors in the Northwest will enjoy all that Wildhorse has to offer. Thank you Gary George and Mike Hegarty! Follow the results on Golf Genius.

The Northwest Open is now in its 7th year at Wine Valley Golf Club. This popular venue has seen plenty of great golf and the course is in fantastic shape again this year. The budget includes a $70,000 total purse, so why not join us.?The cut is voluntary in this event as well. Entries are open until August 3, click here to enter.

The Pacific Northwest Section has been conducting Drive Chip and Putt qualifiers since the very first pilot year and this year we were privileged to host 10 Local Qualifiers and will host 2 Subregionals in early August. A big thank you to our host professionals for sharing their facilities and recruiting the legion of volunteers who help us conduct these fun events. In total over 1,400 kids signed up in our Section. Thank you: Ed Bezanson, Tom Carey, Dennis Dolan, Koll Farman, Tom Farris, Josh and Mel Fish, Mark Gardner, Justin Gravatt, John Grothe, Trent Henning, Chris Issacson, Colin Inglis, Robin Lorain, Greg Manley, Brandon Proudfoot, and Justin Roberts for your support. Finally, Angela Hinzpeter, Cecelia Morales and Monte Koch have put in countless hours managing these events….thank you all. As you plan for 2017, why not join your fellow professional who offered Drive Chip and Putt prep clinics this spring? It’s a great way to engage the families at your facility.

It’s not too early to start planning for the Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am, March 12-16, 2017. We added a new facility – Las Vegas Country Club – to the lineup along with favorites Chimera and Anthem Country Club. Entries will be out in September, but start working on your team now.

Enjoy the sunshine and heat of August in the great Northwest, it will be gone all too soon!

Jeff Ellison