October FP
greg manley

President's Report

This is my final Foreword Press article as the President of our Section.  Thank you for allowing me to serve.  Serving our association is a true pleasure and it has made me a better professional.  I have always served with one idea in mind: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” This is now the time for you to serve. Chapter elections are already underway and you can always find a seat on a section or chapter committee.

I would like to thank Jeff Ellison and the entire section staff for their unwavering commitment to our mission statement of “serving our members and growing the game”.  I have known Jeff for more than 20 years and I can tell you that he has always had the best interests of our Section, its business and our tournaments in mind.  Jeff is the kind of leader that will make a decision based on the facts and stand behind it.  He is steadfast in the rules of golf and the operation of our Section.

The PNW PGA staff serves you, the member, by providing governance, growth of the game activities, membership support and of course the enormous tournament operations component.  Our staff does it flawlessly and at a highly professional level.  Thank each and every one of them the next time you see them!

It has truly been my pleasure to serve you, thank you!  See you all very soon.  If I can ever do anything for you, I hope that you will never hesitate to ask!



Greg Manley, PGA
President, PNWPGA
Meridian Valley Country Club

jeff ellison

CEO's Report

Where has the season gone?  October is already here and if you are like me it’s time to wind down 2018 and start preparing for 2019.  Our focus right now is on the Pacific Northwest Section Merchandise Show, Annual Meeting and Education programs…. yours should be too!  The Show is your chance to BUY from your favorite vendors and just maybe find that hot new item you’ve been looking for to jump-start new sales.  We have a great group of vendors there for YOU, please plan to join us October 23-24 and write a few orders. Each year YOUR vendors add up their orders to judge the success of their show.  Please support them!

Show week is full of opportunities for you.  Play in the Pro-Vendor at The Home Course (I’m there right now and it’s in great shape), attend the Annual Meeting on Wednesday morning and finally attend any of the education programs – “Developing the Five Tools for Leadership”, “Unconscious Competence, The Orange Whip Way” or the “2019 Rules of Golf”.  Of course, don’t miss the Pelzer Golf hosted breakfast Wednesday morning before the Annual Meeting.

We are hard at work finalizing the Section and Chapter tournament schedules.  A big thank you to all our host professionals for both their role in securing their facility and helping with operations, your support is appreciated. Without you, our 225 events would not be successful. Thank you!  The 2019 Section Tournament Schedule is available on the website.  We have a great line up. Check out these new venues: Pronghorn is hosting the Oregon Open Invitational, Indian Summer will host the PGA Professional Championship and Seattle Golf Club has agreed to host the Pro-Assistant Championship.

Thank you also to all of you in the Section who captained one of our 288 PGA Junior League teams. You reached just over 2,900 kids with the benefits of this great program.  Your facilities realized $425,000 in just registration fees along will all the additional spend on equipment and F&B. Drive Chip and Putt is our other junior program and we involved a record 1,900 kids in the Section. The Regional was at Chambers Bay in September and 5 of the 8 kids headed to Augusta came through our Section’s qualifiers! Be sure to include a DCP Prep Clinic in your 2019 plans.  Both of these programs drive kids to the game and dollars to your facility… participate!

We ramp up our governance activity in the fall. I’ve attended two chapter meetings so far, with the balance on each of the next three Mondays. Your attendance is important as you vote for both your chapter leaders and the next Section Secretary.   We conclude the Secretary vote at the Annual Meeting in Tacoma. If you missed voting at your chapter meeting, join us in Tacoma.

Also in Tacoma, your Board of Directors will conclude the selection of our next District 14 Director to serve on the PGA of America Board of Directors.  Dan Hill and Doug Doxsie have been engaged in a Q&A process all summer and the final vote will be taken following interviews with the two candidates.

Enjoy the first rains of the season and a short break before you begin planning for 2019.  Plan to form a PGA Junior League team, host a Drive Chip and Putt Prep Clinic, develop your own Player Development program and spend a little time on yourself expanding your skill set.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Tacoma,

Jeff Ellison, PGA
CEO, Pacific NW Section PGA

Grove wins PPC

Grove Defends Section Title at Meadow Springs

By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs

PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College became a repeat champion at the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA in a one-stroke playoff against three-time past champion Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC. Grove’s win earned him the $9,000 first place check and also helped cement Player of the Year honors (also for the second straight year).

“It feels great to be a repeat winner of the PNW PGA Championship. Golf is hard and winning is even harder, so to be able to win the same event back to back years feels great,” said Grove.

Our Section Professionals played for a $80,000 purse with half the field getting paid. The PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA also served as a qualifier. In addition to Grove and Feenstra, Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake CC, Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC, Ryan Malby of Iron Horse GC, Jason Aichele of Meadow Springs CC and Brian Nosler of Loose Cannon Golf Studio all earned honors to advance to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA, at Belfair on Bluffton, South Carolina on April 28-May 1, 2019.

Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 2019 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA will earn a place in the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, May 13-19, 2019.

"I made sure to have a plan of attack going in to certain pin locations and certain holes," Grove described his strategy going into the game. "The course for me was a position course where I could only hit a couple drivers and with the greens the way they were, I knew I needed to be precise with my iron shots and miss in the right spots.”

He couldn't plan for getting a second chance in the intense competition, and going into the playoff was complete relief.

“I thought I lost the event after hitting my tee shot on 18 O.B. and was completely devastated walking off the 18th green. So to find out that I was in a playoff and had a chance at redemption, I was just super thankful and had nothing to lose.”

What an exciting finish to this year's Section Championship! The Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup Teams were also announced after the PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA. Visit https://2018pnwpointslists.golfgenius.com/pages/1406959 to see which of your friends earned a spot on these coveted teams, which will represent the PNW PGA against the top 10 amateurs on October 17-19 at Overlake CC.

Special thanks go to Chris Peterson and the staff at Meadow Springs CC. We also had some amazing Presenting Sponsors with Club Car and Omega, along with Supporting Sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike and TaylorMade, Golf Channel and PGA Tour.

Final Results
Sovay wins Sr PPC

Sovay Wins PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship

By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs

Tom Sovay of The GC at Redmond Ridge won the PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship by one stroke over Joe Carranza of Aldarra Golf Club. Sovay birdied the last hole after Carranza posted a low score of 67 two hours prior. The win was especially sweet, as Sovay lost the 2017 PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship in a playoff to Steve Stull.

"I was really happy to get another chance. Now I have the young and the old championship," said Sovay of securing his title. He won the PNW PGA Professional Championship in 2004. The real importance of this event, however, is playing with one's peers.

"Playing with your peers makes this special. If I can represent our fellow Professionals as the champion of our own event, and get the thumbs up from so many people I've looked up to for years ‒ that is incredible."

Asked if seeing Carranza's low score early in the final day affected him, Sovay commented, "Seeing Joe's score certainly lit a fire under me. I can honestly say I somehow was able to really focus and started to attack the course."

In addition to Sovay and Carranza, Billy Bomar of Prairie Falls GC, Mark Tunstill of Mallard Creek GC, Scott Krieger of Broadmoor GC and Kelly DeShaw of Yakima Elks GC all earned spots into the 2018 Senior PGA Professional National Championship on October 25-28 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC is already exempt.

Winning the Senior Division is Ted Westling of Stone Creek GC. He won by one stroke over Brian Davis of Grays Harbor GC.

Jerry Mowlds of Pumpkin Ridge GC/Columbia Edgewater CC won the Senior Net Division by four strokes over Tom Hinton of Rose City GC.

Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC captured the Hugh Starkweather award which goes to the low player for both rounds that is 60 years and older.

“Port St Lucie fits my game well. I will get there with a couple practice rounds to spare. I've played there and if I get used to chipping I'll be fine,” Sovay mentioned when asked how this win would affect his confidence going into the National Championship this fall.

The PNW PGA would like to thank PGA Professional’s Rob Gibbons, Bryce Fisher and Robert Fisher and the rest of Arrowhead GC’s staff for a wonderful week.

Final Results
Online Entry
Team Entry (pdf)

PNW Pro-Vendor Invitational

Play with Your Favorite Golf Rep

Back by popular demand, the Pro-Vendor Championship returns this October to The Home Course on Monday, October 22. The 8:30 AM shotgun start will give professionals and golf reps some quality time to play together before the vendors move into Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for the Merchandise Show. The cost is just $80 per team and includes lunch and range balls. Your evening is free to finish moving in or enjoy dinner with your friends/customers at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the Tacoma area.

Play the Epic Home Course

The Home Course was designed by golf course architect Mike Asmundson of Scottsdale, Arizona and opened on June 29, 2007. It is a walkable layout with panoramic views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier present throughout the golf course.

The Home Course was selected by the United States Golf Association as the assisting course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship. It is truly a great championship golf course at the home of golf in the Pacific Northwest.


PNW PGA Merchandise Show, Fall Meeting & Education

October 22-24

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center


PNW Hawai'i Pro-Am

January 10-17, 2019

Kaua'i - Hokuala Ocean Course & Poipu Bay GC

We can take a few more teams on our annual trip to paradise. Call Denise or Jeff right away to secure your spot! 800-688-4653.

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Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am

March 10-14, 2019

The Las Vegas CC, TPC Las Vegas, Anthem CC

Join us on our yearly trip to play the best courses Las Vegas has to offer!

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OMEGA Player of the Year Points

1. Grove, Russell - 575

2. Prante, Shane - 417.5

3. Inglis, Colin - 355


OMEGA Senior Player of the Year Points

1. Coston, Jeff - 415

2. Carranza, Joe - 380

3. Bomar, Billy - 342.5


Assistant Player of the Year Points

1. Prante, Shane - 612.5

2. Inglis, Colin - 542.5

3. Cassidy, John - 492.5

Hudson Cup Points

1. Grove - Russell - 502.5

2. Feenstra, Tim - 387.5

3. Benzel, Ryan - 315

Senior Hudson Cup Points

1. Coston, Jeff - 760

2. Sovay, Tom - 695

3. Gibbons, Rob - 683.75


Holk's Highlights: Russell Grove

We first noticed Russell Grove when he started winning Inland Empire Chapter events in 2012. Meanwhile, he started winning Section trophies with the 2017 Oregon Open, 2017 PNW PGA Professional Championship and 2018 PNW PGA Professional Championship. Learn a little more about the 2018 PNW PGA Player of the Year, Russell Grove!

Facility: North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, ID

Class A PGA member since: 2016

Favorite golfer: Tiger Woods

Favorite sports team, pro or college:  Seattle Seahawks

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Pros on the Move

by Michelle Parish, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes

  • Hagen Dickinson (B-8) - from Twin Lakes G&CC to Allenmore Public GC
  • Adam M. Englehorn, PGA (A-8) - from Willamette Valley CC to Meridian Valley CC
  • Cory D Larro (B-6) - from Glendoveer GC to Tualatin Island Greens

Class Changes

  • Sean C Howland (The Home Course) - from B-8 to B-1

New Associates

  • Shelby L. Hunt (B-8) - Tualatin CC

Newly Elected Members

  • Joshua D. Olson, PGA (A-8) - Chewelah G&CC
  • Shane A. Prante, PGA (A-8) - The Home Course
  • Chad J. Wagner, PGA (A-1) - Peninsula GC

Reinstated Members

  • Thorgen E. Cramer, PGA (A-1)

New Quarter Century Members

  • Bill G. Porter, PGA

New Half Century Members

  •  Mike M. Stray, PGA
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Creating a Business Growth Flywheel

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

I really enjoy how we live in a world where so many resources are available to us digitally. Of course, it is a double-edged sword as there are billions of ways to get distracted. If you are dealing with this issue having a negative effect on your productivity and efficiency, let me direct you to check out a previous article I wrote for the Foreword Press: Pay Attention to What Gets Your Attention.

Back to the resources we have available where, in golf alone, they are amazing. If I want to learn about the newest equipment, the newest teaching tools and how to use them or about how to be a better player through course management, the resources are available.

But there are many more resources outside of golf, in the business, leadership and community management spaces. In the past, I’ve highlighted many of these including Start With Why (Simon Sinek), Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands (Kevin Roberts), Good to Great (Jim Collins) and many more.

Next I present the five spokes of the Growth Flywheel...

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The Top 10 Reasons Investors Make Financial Mistakes

Blake Parrish, CFP®

“You can tell a good putt by the noise it makes”Bobby Locke

These behavior or decision moments lead to poor investment decisions:

  1. Recency – Investors tend to believe that recent facts or events are the most important, ignoring longer-term narratives or trends.
  2. Myopic – Related to recency, this is a focus on short-term futures forecasts and is highly speculative.
  3. Selective memory  – This is the reason why few investors tell “war stories” about their big losses.  We actually make it a habit to keep the stocks that are worthless in value from new investors transferring in… as a friendly reminder how investment decisions that have gone terribly wrong really make a lasting impact on future results.


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"Certified Financial Planner Boardof Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements."

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