Three PGA members from the Pacific Northwest Section have been selected for the 2021-2022 Class of PGA LEAD: Brian Bussinger of Chambers Bay, Carl Hetterle of Semiahmoo  G&CC and Patrick Oropallo of Oak Knoll GC. They join 12 others from around the country, selected as emerging leaders to further the PGA’s commitment to diversity in governance and volunteer leadership.

Simultaneously, the 15 PGA members of the PGA LEAD Class of 2020-2021 will enter into their second year in the program, including PNW PGA members Carrie DeGree and Carissa Shaw. Past PGA LEAD members from the Pacific Northwest Section also include Caleb Hung, Lacy Erickon, Ryan Young, Howie Pruitt, Jorge Diaz, Robyn Lorain and Quincy Heard.

Established in 2016, PGA LEAD is the Association’s leadership development program, which was created to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership positions within Association governance.

Through PGA LEAD, PGA Members are prepared to ascend into volunteer leadership positions within the Association at the Chapter, Section and National levels. PGA LEAD also helps PGA Members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

Since the inception of PGA LEAD, six PGA Professionals in the program have ascended into Board leadership positions within their PGA Sections and another 18 PGA LEAD alumni have served on PGA of America National Committees.