I have just returned from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.  It was hard leaving the warm weather and returning to the 15 degrees and snow in Montana.

The PGA Show was full of new teaching aids, great apparel and equipment for 2019.  I always enjoy walking the show floor and running into PNW Professionals. Getting the chance to walk the floor with Darren Black and Brad Faller was a highlight for sure. When purchasing items for your clubs this season, please consider looking at our Section Sponsors. This will go a long way in retaining sponsorships in the future.

As we inch our way to spring, there are a couple of key things going on to be aware of. First, if you haven’t registered for PGA Junior League, now is the time. Captain Registration is going on right now.  Please reach out to Branden Thompson (PGA Regional League Manger) with any questions.  Player registration will start this month so you need to get your program listed.

Secondly, Sweet 16 takes place February 17th at The Coeur d’ Alene Resort. Thanks to the sponsors of this event, Pacific Golf & Turf & EZ-Go, we have some great educational seminars planned.  Ted D. Eleftheriou’s topic will be Learning the Business of Coaching, Jeff Ellison will be educating all of us on the new rules for 2019 and Monte Koch’s topic will be the Five Tools for Leadership. 

Looking forward to March already, Pro-Assistant entries are available now. Playing in this fun event with your staff is a great way to start the tournament season.  I expect this year’s tournament to sell out quickly, as we get the chance to play one of the great golf clubs in the Northwest.  A big thank you goes out to Doug Doxsie for hosting us at Seattle Golf Club.

Also happening in March is the PNW PGA Special Awards Ceremony. On Sunday, March 17th at Seattle Golf Club we will be honoring our 2018 Special Award Winners. Monday, March 18th at 7:00 pm will be our Section Spring Meeting. This will also be held at Seattle Golf Club.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon in March, winters in Montana can get pretty long, it’s time to play some golf again. As always, feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Gregory C. Morris, PGA
President, PNWPGA
Head Golf Professional, Iron Horse GC