We’ve been a wee bit busy in the Section office thanks to processing payouts, deposits, handicaps and MSR’s for 33 Chapter events in April. That’s right 33!  Your accounting staff does a great job turning payouts quickly and tracking all the details necessary to develop accurate financial statements. If you want to help them out, or just get your money much faster, just sign up for EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and your payout will go straight into your account the day after we send it to the bank. You even receive an email with the check stub so it’s easy to track all your winnings! Get the form here.

Major tournament season is in full swing with the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational right around the corner. Chris Manley has done a terrific job with sponsorships, the City of Kent is on board and of course we are going to support the Folds of Honor through the pro-am auction. The course is in great shape, the weather has finally turned, and all we need is you for a great championship! Entries close May 2, enter today.

Entries for the three member championships administered by National come out each May. The Assistant Professional Championship entries are available now and you can expect to see entries for the PGA Professional Championship and qualifying for the Senior PGA Professional Championship to be out shortly. These are your championships… mark your schedule today and don’t forget to enter!

PGA Dues bills will be headed your way shortly from National. All bills are sent via email ‒ a hard copy isn’t coming. Now would also be a good time to confirm your correct email is on your PGA.org account.  Paying via the link in this email or printing an invoice and mailing to National are the only way to pay your National and Section dues… we can’t take them at the Section or Chapter offices. This year you will see a $5 charge on our dues invoice for the Member Assistance Program. Look for more information from National on the benefits coming with the program on July 1.

Our thanks to Darrell Livingston and Patrick Coughlin of GT Golf Supplies for renewing their support of the Northwest Open and also for adding support to the PNW Senior PGA Championship. Thanks, gentlemen.

I encourage you to download the Pacific Northwest Section App and take advantage of all the essential features. This is now your complete member and vendor database as well as a handy calendar. You’ll also find convenient links to important information. Get it today at the Members Web Portal.

The June 15 deadline for Members to meet the MSR requirement is quickly approaching. Please access your PGA.org account and confirm your status. There is still time to make up any deficiencies via the PGA Certified Professional library. Contact your tremendous membership staff here in the office if you need help.

I look forward to seeing you at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational!


Jeff  Ellison, PGA
CEO, Pacific NW Section PGA