To quote one of the National Secretary Candidates “The PNW Section is touted as the Section with the best Tournament program in the country”. Why don’t we have a waiting list to get in our events then? Why don’t you play in more of our Section events? These are questions that I don’t have answers to but would like them. What would make you play in more events?
These questions are continually asked of by your leadership, many surveys have been sent and there are various reasons that members don’t play more. Cost, time, travel have all been given as reasons. If we truly are known for the best program in the country, why don’t our members use it? Why don’t you play more golf?
The PGA was created and continues to serve the golfing population and grow it. Playing golf isn’t as important to many members as it was when I started way back when. Playing golf validates our passion for the game and shows to the golfing public that we are the experts.
The Northwest Open at Wine Valley GC entry deadline is in just a couple short days away, will you be there?
I’d love to hear from you about our tournaments and what would make you play more. Call me on my cell at 253-350-3209 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Or even better, tell me when you see me at a Section event. My goal is to play in every Section event in 2018. As the President I believe it is my job to set an example. I look forward to hearing from you about our tournament program, the best one in the country.
See you on the 1st tee!
Greg Manley, PGA
Meridian Valley CC
As we all rush into August, take a moment to step back and begin planning for all the activities offered by the section and chapters during September and October. Our summer offerings are always a bit limited due to your busy schedules, but the fall is jammed-packed with tournaments, pro-ams, education and meetings.
On the tournament front, members should play in the PGA Professional Championship (September 18-20 at Meadow Springs CC) and the Senior PGA Professional Championship (September 6-7 at Arrowhead GC). These are your member championships – play! On the chapter scene, chapter championships are on the agenda in 4 of our 5 chapters. Visit your chapter website to find your schedule and make plans to play! All of the above championships have added money – get yourself some as you play with your peers.
This month, put your final touches on your plans for Patriot Golf Day. Patriot Golf Day is our section-wide effort to support the Folds of Honor Foundation. If you don’t know about Patriot Golf Day, visit www.foldsofhonor.org, give me a call or contact Dave Dierinzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your efforts can be over Labor Day weekend or any other time that works for you. The options available at your facility are wide open…. make it work for your place. Last year our section effort via Patriot Golf Day, WA Open, WWC and even our Alaska Folds of Honor Scramble raised $208,000 – and we are on track to exceed that this year. Help us out with Patriot Golf Day and let’s get that number over $250,000!
On July 1, the PGA of America rolled out the Member Assistance Program for all members, associates and their immediate families. This innovative program will provide you with many of the benefits enjoyed at Top 100 companies around the country. Details are available on PGA.org as well as on www.pgamap.com. You can think of this as a broad range of "work-life benefits"… check it out.
This fall is election season at the chapter, section, district and national level. Your chapter will be electing a new Secretary and new directors at the fall meeting. The candidates for Section Secretary will visit your chapter meeting where you will interact with them and cast your vote between Howie Pruitt and Marcus King. Your board will conduct a final interview of Dan Hill and Doug Doxsie, selecting one as our next District 14 Director. Finally, your board through the officers will be selecting, supporting and hopefully electing the next National Secretary. It’s going to be busy on the governance front this fall! Why not get involved?
Just like for you, it’s been a busy summer for your Section staff. I’ve been on the road running your events and supporting Drive Chip and Putt qualifiers more than I’ve been in the office. Your terrific team in Tumwater has not missed a beat. They keep me connected to the operation, manage the day to day better than I can, support chapter operations and as always, provide excellent service to all of you. Your terrific team averages 8 years of tenure with the association and I hope you appreciate all they do as much as I do. We are very lucky to have them!
Have a great August and start planning some time off for yourself!
Jeff Ellison, PGA
CEO, Pacific NW Section PGA
Candidates for Secretary: Howie Pruitt & Marcus King
Howie Pruitt: "What the PGA Has Done for Me"
I think our Association is one of the best in the world at preparing people for the career we have chosen. In my case, I was looking for a career move that would motivate and drive me. I knew I wanted to get into the golf industry, but I had no real idea of how to make that happen. Prior to moving to Bend, while living in Silicon Valley, I investigated and joined the United States Golf Teacher Federation. At the time, I thought all I wanted to do was teach and not be involved with day to day golf operations. Once I moved to Bend and got more serious about a golfing career, it became obvious that the best path was to pursue membership in the PGA of America. I was lucky and found a PGA professional willing to take a chance on me.
What the PGA provided me with was a structured program and path to membership. By following the path outlined in the PGM program, I was able to become a Class A quickly. The education provided by the PGA was foundational. When I became a member, I was ready to expand my responsibilities and take on new challenges. Within a year of gaining membership, I became the Head Professional for a 54-hole resort. While the education provided by the PGA gave me a solid foundation, the mentoring and coaching I received along the way from fellow PGA professionals was critical. My style of getting things done really didn’t lend itself to asking for help. However, when I reached out to PGA members for support and guidance, I found them eager to share their experiences and expertise. I have found this to be a characteristic of experienced professionals. They are more than willing to mentor when asked. I think we do a good job at mentoring, but we can do better.
The PGA has provided me with tremendous continuing education opportunities through a deep on-line education program. We are in a “learning revolution” and leaders must continue to learn and facilitate the learning of others. I think most of us underutilize that great asset. Check out the opportunities at our PGA website and click on education. How has this helped me? I have used these assets to continue to develop my skills as a professional. I have had the opportunity to be not only a Head Professional, but Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development. In each of these roles, as diverse as they are, I felt ready to handle the challenges because I took advantage of the continuing education programs.
We have in our Section one of the best, if not the best, Education Committee. These professionals work tirelessly to develop and produce cutting edge education for us. These programs are a benefit to us as members. I think it’s important to think of these programs as continuous, not just as the end of the MSR cycle approaches.
Another asset the PGA has provided us with is the PGA Career Consultant. I have used this resource many, many times. If…
- you wonder if your compensation is in line with the market.
- you think it is time to expand your job opportunities, but don’t how to see what is available.
- you find an opportunity, but aren’t sure about the culture or what the hiring officials might be looking for in a candidate.
- you keep applying for jobs but don’t get an interview.
If you have experienced any of these, or similar situations, talk to your PGA Career Consultant who is a great resource to help you with those answers or provide guidance.
Lastly, the PGA gave me the chance to be a part of the first PGA Lead program. Just before our Association’s 100th anniversary, our senior leaders did some soul searching. Among the things they learned was that our association was not very diverse and not reflective of the golfing public, even at the leadership of the Chapter and Section level. While we have minorities and women in our association, not many were in leadership positions. I had the honor of being selected as one of fourteen out of over fourteen hundred nominees. The two-year program focused on educating us of the PGA, its history, leadership and future direction. Senior PGA leadership was fully engaged; they met with us and mentored us, as did past leaders. The “take away” is that this is our Association. Step up and get involved. In the first three LEAD classes, we have two members who have been elected Section Secretaries and several more who have been selected/elected to Chapter leadership or committee leadership roles. While the first program may have been focused on developing a different diversity profile, LEAD has evolved into what we had hoped it would become, a true leadership development program.
So, what has the PGA done for me? It provided me with a new career and training and education to be successful in this new career. It also has provided me, through training, education and mentorship, the opportunity to be ready and willing to become your Section Secretary.
Howie Pruitt, PGA
Director, Player Development/Head Golf Professional
Aspen Lakes Golf Club
Sisters, OR 97759
Director, Oregon Chapter, PGA of America
2017 Oregon Chapter, PGA of America, Patriot Award Winner
Marcus King: "What the PGA Has Done for Me"
WHAT HAS THE PGA DONE FOR ME?
When I served you before as your President, and in traveling throughout the Section visiting our Chapters and getting to know you all, the one question that always came up was: “What does the PGA do for me?”
The answer is relatively simple: the PGA gives all of us instant credibility as members of the leading sports organization in the world. If you can pass the PAT, pass a background check, get through the three qualifying courses, muscle your way through the PGA PGM, and remain eligibly employed, you get to wear the badge that says, “I am a leader of the golf industry and I play a credible (and in many cases incredible) game of golf.” This credibility makes you eligible to be hired as a PGA Golf Professional and is a ticket to the glamorous lifestyle that you love. There is nothing better than being at a social gathering when someone finds out that you’re a “working pro,” hands their wine glass to their spouse, grabs a broom handle, and asks you to check their grip. Good times!
Beyond the badge, the rest is up to you. The PGA provides the tools, training and opportunities to go as far as you want in our profession. The PGA will lead you to water, but you are the one to drink the water…or Kool Aid.
On a personal level, the PGA has:
- Opened doors to so many friendships. My best friends all have PGA after their name.
- Provided opportunities to learn about boards and leadership and its application to my facility.
- Taught me how to run a business the right way…and the wrong way.
- Initiated me to the necessities of time management and work/life balance.
- Given really cool discounts, which I take advantage of routinely.
- Provided plenty of competition opportunities.
- Exposed me to “movements” such as Special Olympics, Folds of Honor, teaching disabled vets, inner city junior golf, and diversity and inclusion programs.
But the greatest gift the PGA has given me is the smile I get to bring to my wife’s face before she breaks down with uncontrollable shrieks of laughter after I look her in the eye across the pillow and remind her with a straight face, a paunch that haunts me, and a quickly developing balding pattern that “I am a professional athlete, and you would do well to remember that.” Good times, my friends, good times!
I would love to hear your stories about what the PGA does for you and what it means to you. Please email me at email@example.com and share your story…I would love to hear it!
I look forward to seeing you all at your Chapter meetings coming up in September and October.
Marcus King, PGA, CCM, CCE
Overlake Golf & Country Club
2018 PNW PGA Merchandise Show & Fall Education Program
Merchandise Show: October 23 & 24 | Education: October 22 & 24
Mark your calendars! The Pacific Northwest PGA Merchandise Show is set for October 22-23 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The proximity of the hotel, the 30 restaurants within walking distance and the opportunity to interact with our vendor partners and your peers make this a can’t-miss event. Make the Show a purposeful and important part of your buying season. You can do the majority of your buying at the Show, meet that special vendor that you just could not connect with in the fall, or use the opportunity to find new products for your pro shop. In addition to the Show, we will hold our Annual Meeting on the morning of the October 24. Monte will be presenting an education seminar on the October 22 while Chuck West and Jeff Ellison will present an education seminar the afternoon of the 24th on the new 2019 Rules of Golf. Stay tuned for more information on the education program!
Derek Bayley and his family
Bayley Takes Home Second Rosauers Open Title; $100K Raised for Charity
Returning to beautiful Indian Canyon GC in Spokane, Washington, the 31st Rosauers Open Invitational was set to be yet another fantastic tournament. As always, the par-71 6,255-yard course offered many challenges for all of the top professionals and amateurs participating. Derek Bayley, an amateur from The Links GC, emerged triumphant to take home his second PNW PGA major championship.
Preceding the tournament was the Franz Bakery Pro-Am, held on July 11-12. Among all the festivities of this event, the team from King Beverage took home the glory in the competition, setting an excellent stage for the upcoming tournament. Notably, the event raised $100,000 for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a charity with the noble cause of providing a safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect. To date, the Rosauers Open Invitational and Pro-Am has raised $2,975,000 for the nursery.
Once the celebrations of the Pro-Am reached a conclusion, the atmosphere of the event gained even more intensity as the championship began. After the first round, the leaderboard was extremely tight, with professionals and amateurs looking to gain a footing for the remainder of the tournament. However, it was the second round that really made things interesting. After shooting a 1-over par 72 in round one, amateur Derek Bayley came in with an incredible 9-under 62 to force himself into contention.
On this, Bayley said, “Winning wasn’t on the front of my mind by any means after Friday so I knew I needed to have a couple great rounds the final two days.” Although Bayley had a remarkable second round, he still had to overcome an incredibly packed leaderboard for the final round. After 54 dramatic holes, tied in the clubhouse with a total score of 10-under par were PGA Professional Jeff Coston (Semiahmoo G&CC), PGA Professional Tim Feenstra (Broadmoor GC), PGA Professional Scott Erdmann (Oswego Lake CC), PGA Professional John Eisentrout (Eagle’s Pride GC), PGA Professional Shane Prante (The Home Course), and amateur Jason Molner (Lewiston G&CC). Yet, it was Bayley that pulled through in the last group of the day. His final round 5-under par 66, with birdies on his last two holes, allowed him to comfortably walk off the 18th green to claim his second PNW PGA major title.
Bayley is the first amateur to have won two Rosauers Open Invitationals at two different golf courses. On his victory, in comparison to his previous win in 2016, Bayley said, “It feels great to win my second Rosauers title. This feels a little different than the one two years ago in the fact that I didn’t have my best this year, but still found a way to get it done.”
We would like to thank Indian Canyon GC, Head PGA Professional Doug Phares, Superintendent Josh Hardy, and his staff for providing a brilliant venue for this year’s Rosauers Open Invitational. We’d also like to thank all our sponsors for continuing to make this event so special.
Don't Miss Out on the Hawai'i Pro-Am
Our 44th annual winter destination event will take place January 10-17, 2019. The deadline for entries and deposits is September 1, 2018. You don't want to miss this event!
We are heading to the Kauai'i Marriott Resort on Kauai'i for 7 days of surf, golf, and so much more! You’ll play three rounds of golf and have a lot of fun with your members. When you are not playing Hokuala Ocean Course of Poipu Bay, you will find yourself at the pool, on the beach or exploring all Kauai has to offer! Expect beachside dining and evening entertainment during your stay with us.
Recruit your team, send in their names, emails and deposits. Denise will take it from there, contacting each person to determine their hotel needs and sending their customized invoice. Your team can be all men, all women or two couples, you build your team that works for you.
Contact Jeff Ellison or Denise Bacon in the office with questions.
PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA
September 18-19, 2018
Richland, WA – Meadow Springs CC
The entry deadline is Wednesday, September 5th at 11:59 PM (PDT). Please pay attention to the entry deadline for this event. We will have NO LATE ENTRY! You may register for this event through PGA of America Membership services at 800-474-2776 or http://www.pgatournaments.com.
Defending Champion PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College is expected to return and defend his title this September against a very strong field of PNW PGA Members for the PNW PGA Professional Championship.
The PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA is only open to PGA Members who are employed and classified in one of the eligible membership classifications (see PDF) as of September 5 including LMA and LMMA. The PGA of America Headquarters records must reflect this status at time of entry and on the Section entry deadline.
The PGA of America has adopted the condition of competition for Grooves and/or Punch Marks at the Section level of the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship. ALL PLAYERS MUST comply with this condition of competition.
The top 7 qualifiers from the PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA will advance directly to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA, held at Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina, April 28 – May 1, 2019.
That’s right! We are playing for seven spots to advance to the National Championship held at beautiful Belfair next April! Last year we had and amazing $86,000 purse and 122 PNW PGA members participating which left half the field paid.
Hudson Cup points (worth 1.5 times the normal value) and Senior Hudson Cup points, as well as Player of the Year points, are available! This event is the last event to gain points for both Hudson Cup teams - plan on playing!
Northwest Open Invitational
Walla Walla, WA - Wine Valley GC
August 20-22, 2018
PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship
Molalla, OR – Arrowhead GC
September 6-7, 2018
Two entries: If you want to have a chance to advance to qualify, you must enter through PGA of America Membership services at 800-474-2776 or www.pgatournaments.com. There is a SEPARATE (and additional) entry for a chance to play for the purse and title of Senior PGA Champion. You will need to get BOTH entries in if you wish to qualify for the Senior PGA Professional Championship AND our Section title!
1. Inglis, Colin - 347.5
2. Grove, Russell - 255
3. Prante, Shane - 222.5
1.Coston, Jeff - 235
2. Gibbons, Rob - 187.5
T3. Gove, Mike - 147.5
Carranza, Joe - 147.5
1. Inglis, Colin - 390
2. Prante, Shane - 317.5
3. Malby, Ryan - 307.5
1. Benzel, Ryan - 260
2. Grove, Russell - 242.5
3. Cassidy, John -187.5
1. Coston, Jeff - 562.5
2. Gibbons, Rob - 475
3. Bomar, Billy - 470
Holk's Highlights: Kyle Weeks
This month we interview Kyle Weeks, who was nominated to be featured in ForeWord Press because of his efforts in Player Development. Learn a little about Kyle and “Operation 36”!
Facility: Lost Tracks GC
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
PGA Professional Since: 2012
Tell us a little bit about your career. Who or what inspired you to be a PGA Professional?
I spent time around some great PGA Professionals as I grew up and began down the road to PGA Membership. Brent Fleshman, Andy Hollister and Dave Bartels are all great Golf Professionals in the Rocky Mountain Section and continue to be great friends and mentors. All working in different ways led me from Assistant Pro , to Head Pro, to Assistant Pro, to now Director of Instruction.
Pros on the Move
by Michelle Parish, Tournament & Membership Coordinator
- Christopher J Lisk, PGA (A-8) - from Puetz Golf - Bellevue to Harbour Pointe GC
- Kyle A. Weeks, PGA (A-14) - from Bend GC to Lost Tracks GC
- Cory D Larro (B-8) - from Tualatin Island Greens to Glendoveer GC
- Brandon L. Flynn, PGA (GOLFTEC - Southcenter) - from A-6 to A-14
- Cody W. Pitz, PGA (The Reserve Vineyards & GC) - from A-8 to A-1
- Kevin M. Kauffman (B-8) - Mallard Creek Golf & RV Resort
- Alexander M. Mroz (B-8) - Inglewood GC
- Nathan A. Stephenson (B-8) - Aldarra GC
- Randy L. Torres (B-6) - GOLFTEC - Bellevue
- Bryan K. Tupper (B-8) - Tam O'Shanter G&CC
Transfers OUT of the Section
- Peter E. Heydecker, PGA - to Unaffliated Section
"Do You Trust Me?" – A Self-Awareness Test for Each of Us
Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant
“Delegating ‘what to do,’ makes you responsible. Delegating ‘what to accomplish’ allows others to become responsible.” – Mack Story
Now that I’ve had the privilege of being a PGA career consultant and business coach for a full year, I am more convinced that leadership through effective management and delegation, built upon trust is the key to success. It’s the tangible difference maker between the Top 10% and the average in our business.
When it comes to building teams, recruiting and developing talent, it seems there is a strong correlation between trust and effectiveness. In 20+ years, I’ve observed “those who trust, properly delegate and lead” enjoy the following benefits...
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Things to Think About If You’re over Age 50
Blake Parrish, CFP®
"If I would’ve cleared the trees and drove the green, it would have been a great shot" - Sam Snead
When you’re young, you’ve got a lot of advantages. For one, you’ve got time on your side. You could be 30 years or more away from retirement, which means that any bumps in the road that you might experience will likely be inconsequential once you’ve retired. But as you get older, time gets tighter, and your margin for error starts to go way down. If you’re over the age of 50, here are a few things that you should have on your financial To-Do list.
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