I trust you had a profitable June with play increasing everywhere, the weather improving and golfers eager to enjoy your fine facilities.  Activity is at full speed in the office with chapters going all-out, the end of the MSR cycle, the beginning of the next one and of course, PGA Junior League and Drive Chip & Putt in high gear.

On July 1, the PGA of America rolls out the Member Assistance Program for all members and their immediate families. This innovative program will provide you with many of the benefits enjoyed at Top 100 companies around the country. Details are available on PGA.org as well as on www.pgamap.com.  You can think of this as a broad range of “work-life” benefits… check it out.

The Rosauers Open Invitational and the Wildhorse Senior Oregon Open Invitational highlight the July championship calendar. Both are our largest purses for their respective fields. Why? We enjoy a great program because of our tremendous sponsors. Rosauers Supermarkets has been the driving force behind “The Rosauers” for all of its 31 years. Wildhorse Resort & Casino, thanks to Gary George, has been the host and sponsor of the Senior Oregon Open for 16 straight years. We are very lucky indeed!!!

Our destination pro-ams are all set.  The Hawaii Pro-Am presented by State Farm Jim Ostrander Agency is traveling to Kauai next January 10-17.  We’ll play two courses, the Ocean Course at Hokuala and Poipu Bay. Both are fantastic. With a new site we need to work on confirmations a little sooner. Put down your deposit today.  Click here for complete details on how to spend a week in the sunshine this winter.

The Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am will take place March 10-14.  Look for complete details shortly after the 4th of July.  Join us for the fun that only Las Vegas can provide!

Branden Thompson is hard at work confirming PGA Junior League teams and leagues and we hope within a week or so to have finalized all 8 of our local playoff assignments and your specific schedule.  We have 2,984 kids enrolled to-date in PGA Junior League! That’s a 20% increase over 2017. Nice work, captains.  Our Drive Chip & Putt numbers are up to 1,850… a 26% increase over last year.  Talk about growing the game.

The Pacific Northwest Section PGA Merchandise Show is set for October 22-23, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.  In addition to the Show, we will hold our Annual Meeting on the morning of the 23rd and Chuck West and I will present an education seminar the afternoon of the 23rd on the 2019 Rules of Golf.  More on this entire program in the coming months.

For an in-depth look at the 2019 Rules of Golf, sign up now for a PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshop. Registration is open on usga.org.

Finally, a big thank you to Aspen Lakes for hosting the Oregon Open Invitational.  A fair, fun and challenging venue for all.  Thank you Howie Pruitt and congratulations to our champion Colin Inglis.

Don’t forget to download the Section App and bookmark the members web portal on your computer to access up-to-date member and vendor rosters.


Jeff  Ellison, PGA
CEO, Pacific NW Section PGA