Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and I trust you are all hosting a Patriot Golf Day at your facility this year.  This pandemic has impacted us in so many ways and organizations like the Folds of Honor and PGA Hope have been slammed due to the inability of so many to hold events for their benefit.  Please look at your operation and be creative in how you can help these great organizations.  Any facility, course, indoor teaching, range, retail or vendor can develop their own special promotion to help.  Your support, whether a $100 or a $1,000 will go a long way to helping the people served by these organizations. Thank you!

Continuing with our theme for 2020, this fall will look nothing like we envisioned in drafting our Business Plan.  Your board is working on solutions for virtual meetings at both the Chapter and Section level. Stay tuned for details.  Our goal will be to maintain engagement for you while keeping everyone safe.  It’s hard to see gatherings of over 100 permitted anytime soon, so please read your email.

As we reported earlier, the Pacific Northwest Section Merchandise Show has been canceled for the first time in its 54-year history.  Angela and Marlena are working on a Virtual Show project to help you connect with our vendors.   Please take advantage of this opportunity to support these people who support all of us every day.  The impact on your retail operations has been multiplied on all of them.  Please participate to support our partners in this business.

The Northwest Open kicks off on Monday for our third major in a month.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with social distancing, face coverings and our reduced operations as we conduct these events in a safe and responsible manner.  No one wants to get back to normal operations more than the team you have conducting these championships.  Thank you for your understanding.

Looking into September be sure you enter our championships. The Senior PGA Professional Championship will be contested September 2-3 at the great Royal Oaks Country Club and the PGA Professional Championship makes the trek to the always-popular Canyon River Golf Club in Missoula on September 22-24.

PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship

PNW PGA Professional Championship

Before we leave tournaments, a big shout out goes to Chris Manley, everyone at Meridian Valley Country Club and Muckleshoot Casino as the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open raised $50,000 for the Folds of Honor.  Amazing work in this day.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to your staff.  They have been working reduced hours since April to help us make the budget work and use your money wisely. The revenue cuts were significant this spring and they all made your budget work this year.  At times, it has been a real challenge getting everything accomplished but they always found a way to get the important things done.  We thank you for your patience if we were a little slower at times.  It’s during difficult times when you see the true quality of people.  With the office closed, we have not been together in person as a team since mid-March and this group is still as tightknit as before, supporting each other and getting the job done. You have a great group serving you and they have become even better through this stressful time.  I can’t thank them enough.