First, I’d like to congratulate Jeff Gove for his victory in the Oregon Open at a cold and windy Crosswater Club. Thanks to Molly and her team, short-handed as they were, for a great tournament.

I am halfway through my four-year term on the National Board of Control (BOC). Many of you know that the BOC adjudicates membership issues ranging from PAT requirements, MSR (now called PDR) issues, and Code of Ethics issues. However, many of you don’t know that the BOC is responsible for allocating funds from the Disaster Relief Fund. First, there is a name change to represent the fund’s mission concerning membership more effectively. The fund is now known as the PGA Medical and Disaster Relief Fund.

Sometimes members and their families fall on hard times: serious illness, injury, or damage to their homes or businesses. Often, even with insurance, the financial impact can be devastating. This is where the Medical and Disaster Relief Fund can help. While the fund doesn’t cover the loss of wages, it will assist in covering some bills. It is important to note that this fund comes from your donations. Since 2000 the fund has distributed over $2.5 million to members.

If a member has a medical or disaster situation, they can apply for a one-time grant of up to $7,000 from the PGA Medical and Disaster Relief fund. I know many of you are thinking that $7,000 is no big deal. I can tell you that it does matter. The letters we receive from members thanking the BOC for the funds bring tears to our eyes.

The final point I want to make is this is your fund; the BOC distributes the funds, but they come from your donations. The dues cycle is over, and this is where we get a lot of donations, but you can donate anytime and any amount by going to PGA.org and searching for Disaster Relief Fund.

If you or another member you know has hit a rough spot, the Medical and Disaster Relief Fund may be able to help. There is a good deal of information on PGA.org but don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have questions.

As always, stay safe and healthy and reach out to someone you have not contacted in a while.

Howie Pruitt, PGA