91st Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Returns to Meridian Valley CC; President's Report; CEO's Report; PROfile: Carrie DeGree; PGAJLG Success Stories Part II

President's Report

Greg Manley, PGA

Be a Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

As PGA Professionals we are recognized as the leaders in the business and game of golf. How will you lead this season?

Most of us have employees that we manage but even if we have no employees to manage how do we lead? As an expert in the business and the game, it’s natural for us to lead from knowledge and experience.  You can also lead by desire, passion and drive. Next time you are away from your club take the time to reflect on the operation. How can you inspire, encourage and support your employees or fellow professionals? I find that time away with reflection recharges my brain and I come back ready to lead, inspire, encourage and support.

You can start with small changes in your own behavior, the details are what matter. Look to make an impact every day in support or your co-workers. Show them you care and let them be a part of something you do really well. Our body language impacts others, our words impact others and our actions impact others.

Take some time to reflect before the season starts.  We don’t have much time to reflect once it does. Look to make a positive, example setting experience at your place of work. You and your operation will be better for it. Stand behind the PGA badge and show everyone that you are truly the leader in the business and game of golf.

Finally, our leader, The President of the PGA of America will join us at our spring meeting at Glendale CC in Bellevue, WA March 19-21. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Mr. Levy discuss the current issues with the PGA and with the game. More information can be found on the Section’s website.

If I can ever be of assistance to you please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your support of your Section!



Greg Manley, PGA
President, PNWPGA

CEO's Report

Jeff Ellison, PGA

After the wettest February on record, I hope you are ready for a little sunshine.  The skiing has been great but now it’s time for golfers to start getting the urge to chase that little ball around again.  I trust you spent these slow days planning your Player Development calendar (read….planning how to make more $ this year).  If not, it’s not too late to develop a robust Get Golf Ready program, form a PGA Junior League team or formulate a plan to host a Drive Chip and Putt Prep Clinic.  Player Development is about developing players for YOUR facility. Make your business successful and the game will be just fine.

March will be a busy month in the Section. We have tournaments, governance and player development all going full speed.  In addition to the Chapter schedules getting started, two events are on the Section calendar. The Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-am is nearly full at 26 teams. Thanks to Grant Holcomb and support from his companies – Antigua, Imperial, Sun Mountain, PlayKleen and Ceritfresh Cigars – this proves to be one of our best trips to Vegas yet. Unfortunately, you’ll not hear many of the details, but we will have fun!  The following week, March 20-21, Kenney Boyd will welcome us to Glendale Country Club for the PNW Pro-Assistant Championship.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since RC started this event at Tacoma C&GC where Jerry Minor and Ralph West finally won a SEVEN hole play-off.  We have a tremendous group of sponsors – Sally Schmitz with Bushnell-Bolle; Bryan Dickson with Cutter & Buck; Troy Flateau with Golf Genius; David Nelson with Hole-In-One USA and Matt Pollitt with PTE Golf.  Glendale will put on a great show and with all the support, you know it will be a great event. Click here to enter the Pro-Assistant.

Associated with the Pro-Assistant Championship is the Pacific Northwest Section Spring Meeting at Glendale CC on March 20 at 7:00 PM. We are very pleased to welcome PGA of America President Paul Levy who will be part of a Town Hall format to share with you how the PGA is serving you and answer your questions.  Please join us even if you are not playing in the Pro-Assistant.  Head professionals, bring your apprentices and young assistants to this meeting to interact with Paul and inspire them to get the most out of their membership.

Player Development is not just an important part of the Section’s Strategic Plan, it’s core to your success in the business.  To support your efforts, in partnership with Yamaha, we are again offering our Yamaha Player Development Grants. With $14,000 to spread around, we encourage everyone to apply. Be creative or simply ask for support of a rock solid program you already offer. This program is designed to help you grow the game.  Click here for the grant application. While you write your grant application, why not promote Drive Chip and Putt at your facility?  This free program is for every child of every ability.  It is not always the “professional” junior who advances! I’m happy to report that 5 of the 8 golfers that will represent our region at Augusta next month went through one of our Local Qualifiers!  Your juniors can live the dream.  If you want to help them, host a Drive Chip and Putt Prep Clinic to prepare them for the competition. If you do, please send us the details and we’ll post on our website. Finally, PGA Junior League is simply the best program rolled out of Palm Beach Gardens in my 32 years in the business.  If you are not hosting a team you are missing a tremendous opportunity. Click here for our DCP schedule. Click here for PGA Junior League information.

Have a great March and I hope to see you at Glendale for the Spring Meeting.

Jeff Ellison, PGA

Final reminder:  Please complete the PGA Compensation Survey. It only takes a few minutes and provides essential information for Carol Pence to help elevate the compensation of all of us. Your information is totally secure and will never be presented in a fashion it can be individually identifiable. Log into your pga.org account to complete.

Pros on the Move

by Michelle Parish - Tournament & Membership  Coordinator

Employment Changes

Adam L. Alldredge, PGA (A-1) - from Unaffiliated to Tumble Creek Club @ Suncadia

Bo F Baker (B-8) - from Lewiston G&CC to Esmeralda GC

Hagen Dickinson (B-8) - from Chambers Bay to Meridian Valley CC

Jason W. Lehtola, PGA (A-1) - from Unaffiliated to Whitetail GC

Jason S. Letus (B-8) - from Unaffiliated to Coeur D'Alene GC

Marko N Stanisich (B-8) - from Unaffiliated to The Ranch Club

Class Changes

Mark W. Nelson, PGA (Circling Raven GC) - from A-8 to A-1

David R. Wetli, PGA (North Shore GC) - from A-1 to A-13

New Apprentices

Keaton W Hayenga (B-19) - Golf Pad Inc

Eli E Mendez (B-8) - Spring Hill GC

Nicholas C Thurston (B-8) - Deer Park GC

Stanley D Witko (B-6) - GolfTEC - Beaverton

Thomas J. Wojculewski (B-8) -  Brookdale GC

Transfers OUT of the Section

Christopher M Jones, PGA (Trophy Lake G&CC) to Southwest

David J. Mocini, PGA (Homestead G&CC) to Michigan

Transfers IN to the Section

Joshua J. Cantrell, PGA (A-13) - from Rocky Mountain to Moose Run GC

Benjamin R. Halter, PGA (A-8) - from S. Texas to Unaffiliated

Kyle H. Johnson, PGA (A-1) - from N. California to Brasada Canyons


Vincent Johnson (B-6)
We want to highlight Wildhorse Resort and Casino and all the great support they offer at both the Section and Chapter level. We are now in the 15th year of support for the Senior Oregon Open Invitational.  Thank you, Gary George and Mike Hegarty for making this such a popular championship. We enjoy all that Wildhorse has to offer!

91st Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational Returns to Meridian Valley CC

Meridian Valley CC – 6,658 Yards, Par 72
Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am – Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21
Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational – Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24
Field size -136 professionals, 32 amateurs.
Competition -54 hole stroke play.  No cut.

Entry forms: pro online entry | pro entry form (PDF)
The Field:
Expected to return and defend his title is PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC. Also expected back is 2015 Champion Darren Black of Rainier G&CC, and 2014 Champion John Cassidy of The Home Course. They are expected to go up against 2013 Champion Chris Griffin of Sumner, WA and former two time champion PGA Professional Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC who won this event in 2007 and 2011.
Schedule of Play:
The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational will begin with The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.  The 2017 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation.  For more information, please visit https://www.foldsofhonor.org/
The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational will be held Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24.  The event will return again to the popular 54-hole stroke play competition with no cut! 
History of the Championship:
The Washington Open Invitational dates back to 1922.  In that year, young Al Espinosa captured the crown at Yakima CC.  Some big names have won this event over the years including the Zimmerman brothers, Al and Emery, along with Chuck Congdon, Al Mengert, Senior Tour Player Rick Acton and PGA Tour Player Fred Couples.
There have been some amazing champions since the event started.  In 2016, Jeff Coston claimed his fifth Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational title adding to his wins in 96, 99, 2001, and 2010, tying him with legend Chuck Congdon in the most Washington Open Championships of all time. Chuck Congdon held the record for the most wins (39, 47, 50, 52, and 62) while Al Mengert holds the record for the most consecutive wins (63, 64, and 65).  The current tournament record is held by PGA Professional Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC (2011) and PGA Member Jeff Gove (2012).
Meridian Valley CC:
Meridian Valley Country Club officially opened on July 1, 1967 with 9 of the 18 holes ready for play. The second nine holes and clubhouse opened to equally grand fanfare in May 1968.  This exceptional 18-hole layout was designed by Ted Robinson, one of the nation's leading golf course architects, who chose the site based on the stunning views the surrounding area provided.
Meridian Valley CC has hosted the 1972, 1976, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Washington Open Invitational, as well as the SAFECO Classic from 1982 until 1999.  MVCC has grown into one of the Northwest’s most respected golf courses to the credit of the founding members who successfully achieved their goal to develop a first-class golf club.

Please join us for the Spring General Meeting and the PNW PGA Pro-Assistant Championship at Glendale CC on March 20-21. Head PGA Professional Kenney Boyd is excited to host this year and invites you to join us for both the tournament and our meeting, which will immediately follow our first round at 7:00 pm.

Enter online

Download the Pro-Assistant entry

Please join us in honoring our Section award winners and recognizing all our Chapter winners in attendance.  All members and apprentices and their friends and families are invited to attend, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and (no-host) cocktails and celebrate the accomplishments of your fellow members.

Click here for RSVP form

or register online

Holk's Highlights: Carrie DeGree, PGA

Eugene CC

Hometown: Born and raised in Bend, OR. Now living in Eugene, OR

Class A PGA Member Since: 2008

Carrie’s grandparents introduced her to golf when she was six years old. She quickly fell in love with the sport and participated in several junior golf programs until she reached high school. Determined to continue her golf career, after four years on the high school varsity team she earned a scholarship to Gonzaga University. During her junior year of college, she accepted a position at Manito G&CC, where she worked for Steve Prugh.

“His leadership and guidance inspired me to become a PGA Professional. I am very thankful to have met Steve during the early stages of my golf career and I am excited to see what the next chapter holds,” said Carrie.

Recently Carrie DeGree earned Certified Professional honors.

Learn the full story
Is Your CareerLinks Profile Up-To-Date?

Carol Pence, PGA of America Employment Consultant

Spring is almost here, meaning hiring season has arrived and the inevitable job changes will start taking place. Many of these changes will be simple as employers have a designed succession plan in place. It is common to see a current employee be groomed for promotion when his/her boss’s position is vacated. One of the most familiar scenarios is when a Head Professional moves on and their seasoned assistant is promoted into that role. This is ideal because the golf operation doesn’t miss a beat and things keep humming along.

However, when a succession plan is not in place, opportunities do open. If you are interested in making a change, you must be ready. It is important that you tailor your resume and cover letter to put your best foot forward.

However, before you submit, you should learn as much as you can about the position. In addition to asking fellow professionals and researching the club online, give me a call. I work closely with employers with open management positions to refine details. This is part of the CareerLinks service, which then does a marvelous job sending out notifications to those PGA Professionals meeting the employer’s candidate criteria.

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PGAJLG Success Stories, Part II

Monte Koch, Player Development Regional Manager

As a follow-up to the previous article (where we focused on professionals in the Central WA PGA, the Inland Empire PGA and Western Montana PGA Chapters), we’re now giving the same opportunity to Section professionals in Western Washington and Oregon. In sharing their stories, it’s my hope you’ll be inspired, motivated and get a kickstart to register yourself (if you or someone at your facility hasn’t done so already.)

As with Part One of this series, I am hoping you’ll see how running with PGAJLG made several significant impacts to the standing, branding and revenues for these professionals and their facilities within their local community and/or membership.

Carrie DeGree, Certified PGA (Eugene CC)

“In 2016, PGAJLG was kind of a surprise to me. It was my first season at ECC and it was a big task, or so it seemed. By the middle of the season, I realized it was all worth it. Parents, especially moms, started to lean into me and showed me a level of trust that paid off in new and cool ways. Outside of the JLG season, these same parents have come to me for more lessons for their kids and for themselves.”

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Is Your Target Dated Fund at Work Safe?

Blake Parrish

“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Most of us work hard and play hard as much as we can.  We try to do the right thing when it comes to investing in our future.  We’ve socked away money each paycheck into those 401(k) plans in order to get ahead.  The closer we get to retirement the more we’ve heard to allocate our life savings into a target dated fund.  Why?  Well, they say it’s because you don’t want to lose a big chunk right before stepping into retirement.  A balanced portfolio that adjusts away from risky stocks and towards those safe bonds the closer we get, right?

Perhaps the biggest risk facing investors this year and beyond is whether bond yields will suffer a sustained rise.  We are increasingly worried that the bond market is undergoing a secular pivot from bullish to bearish, and that investors are facing an asymmetric risk profile with limited upside and plenty of downsides.

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