Happy Holidays!
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President's Report

I would like to start my article by wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.  For me, the holidays represent time I get to spend with friends and family ‒ away from work.  I hope you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones this season as well.

Your officers recently returned from the annual meeting in Florida.  In the November 15th Foreword Press article our Section CEO, Jeff Ellison, recapped the meeting and thanked our outgoing District Director Don Rea for his three years of service to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Section.  I would like to echo Jeff’s appreciation of Don’s service and dedication, and I look forward to working with our new District 14 director, Doug Doxsie, for the next two years.

December is award season for our five chapters.  I want to thank Howie Pruitt, our Section’s Awards Chair, and the Awards Committee for their hard work in determining the best and the brightest in our five chapters.  To me, each of these PGA Professionals are true ROCKSTARS in their respective communities.  Congratulations to all!

“Serve the Member and Grow the Game.”

What does that phrase mean to you?  At my club, we have our own mission statement: “To provide a premium golf experience.”  During these past two weeks, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about the importance of a mission statement.  A mission statement (or purpose statement) is a guiding light or lens by which you plot a course of action.  As our Employment Consultant Monte Koch would say, your mission is your WHY ‒ it’s why we EXIST!

Your Section Board will convene in early December for our winter planning session.  We approve our 2020 operational budget, preview our 2020 business plan, update the health and welfare of our five chapters, and connect with our section committees.  I can assure you that every decision we make and every action we take will be done with one phrase in mind; serve each of you and grow golfers at your facility.

Happy Holidays,

Sean Fredrickson
Head PGA Professional – Oswego Lake Country Club
PNW PGA President
Callaway Master Staff Professional

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Tips on Learning the New Rules of Golf

Tip #12: Rule 4.1b: Limit of 14 Clubs

Molly Cooper, Certified PGA Professional
Director of Tournament & Member Programs

Welcome back to our monthly Rules article to help guide you into a successful 2020 and beyond.  I can’t believe it is my last rules article of 2019 already!

I chose my twelfth topic to discuss 4.1b: Limit of 14 Clubs as we have experienced some questions on this rule during Section events over the years.  There are some misconceptions/confusion people have on this rule.

Rule 4.1b: Limit of 14 Clubs; Sharing, Adding or Replacing Clubs During Round

Limit of 14 Clubs: A player must not:

  • Start a round with more than 14 clubs, or
  • Have more than 14 clubs during the round

If the player starts a round with fewer than 14 clubs, he or she may add clubs during the round up to the 14-club limit (see Rule 4.1b(4) for restrictions in doing this).

When the player becomes aware that he or she is in breach of this Rule by having more than 14 clubs, the player must immediately take the excess club or clubs out of play, using the procedure in Rule 4.1c(a):

  • If the player started with more than 14 clubs, he or she may choose which club or clubs that must be taken out of play.
  • If the player added excess clubs during the round, those added clubs are the ones that must be taken out of play.

After the player’s round has started, if the player picks up another player’s club that was left behind or a club is mistakenly put in the player’s bag without his or her knowledge, the club is not treated as one of the player’s clubs for purposes of the 14-club limit (but it must not be used).

This all seems pretty easy right?  You just count your clubs prior to the round and don’t start play until you have 14 or less clubs.

The confusion we see often in competition (and I am sure at your golf courses) is what if you find the you have more than 14 clubs prior to the start of your round and you decide to “declare” the excess club or clubs out of play?  You may even take the club out of your bag and lay it on the floor of your golf cart.

Rule 4.1c Procedure for Taking Clubs Out of Play explains the procedure in example 2 if you realize you have excess club before the round.

Rule 4.1c Procedure for Taking Clubs Out of Play

Before Round: If a player becomes aware shortly before starting a round that he or she accidently has more than 14 clubs, the player should try to leave the excess club or clubs behind.

But as an option without penalty:

  • The player may take any such excess clubs out of play before the start of the round, using the procedure in (1), and
  • The excess clubs may be kept by the player (but must not be used) during the round, and they do not count towards the 14-club limit.

If a player deliberately brings more than 14 clubs to his or her first teeing area, and starts the round without leaving the excess clubs behind, the option is not allowed and Rule 4.1b(1) applies.

Suggestion – if at a Section event and you have extra clubs with you that you realize at your starting hole, please give them to your starter until your round is over.  We will keep them safe and prevent you from having penalties applied to your first hole.

This is a pretty easy penalty to prevent.  Count your clubs before play, take out any that are over 14 and give to your starter (or if you have time, put them back in your vehicle).

As always, to continue learning more about the new Rules of Golf, go to www.usga.org.

Please download the new Rules of Golf App on your phone.  I cannot stress how convenient it is and how easy it is to use.  The search engine on the App is amazing!  You just type in what you are looking for and you immediately have the answer at your fingertips.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that’s unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This annual “Global Day of Giving” event takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and has helped to amplify year-end fundraising efforts for nonprofits and charitable causes.

This year our chapters raised $630,000 for organizations like Folds of Honor, Friends of American Lake, The First Tee and the Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. The Oregon Chapter raised one million dollars for the Children’s Cancer Association! The 2019 Section tournament program raised an additional $280,500 that went directly to Folds of Honor, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and KIDS Center.

Folds of Honor is the official charity of the Muckleshoot Washington Open Invitational and the Northwest Open Invitational. The Washington Open helped raise $72,500 for Folds of Honor in 2019 while the Northwest Open raised $6,000 in its first year supporting the charity. Folds of Honor is a 501 (C)(3) charitable foundation supporting scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in military service to the United States of America.

Since 1988, proceeds from the Rosauers Open Invitational have gone to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Spokane’s safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect. The Nursery provides vital services, including counseling, education and referrals for parents of young children in Eastern Washington. The 2019 event made $100,000 for the charity, with over $3 million donated since the tournament’s inception.

The Oregon Open Invitational benefits Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service (KIDS) Center, a child advocacy center serving Central Oregon. Founded in 1994 by the community, KIDS Center works together with law enforcement, medical providers and social service agencies to create a supportive response to child abuse, as well as provide family support and therapeutic services. The 2019 championship helped raise $3,000 for KIDS Center.

We encourage you to donate to one or more of these deserving charities this Giving Tuesday, December 3. For more information or to learn how to donate, visit the links below:

On this GivingTuesday you may also make a tax-deductible donation to The Pacific Northwest Section PGA Junior Golf Fund, Inc. and show your commitment to the future of golf. Donate at https://www.pnwpga.com/givingtuesday. Your generosity supports important initiatives like the Bunny Mason Scholarship and Youth Player Development Grants.

Happy Holidays from the Pacific Northwest PGA Section Staff!


2020 Tournament Schedule

Assistant Player of the Year Points - FINAL

1. Colin Inglis - 637.5

2. Ryan Malby - 517.5

3. Shane Prante - 492

OMEGA Player of the Year Points - FINAL

1. Russell Grove - 480

2. Derek Berg - 470

3. Corey Prugh - 417.5

OMEGA Senior Player of the Year Points - FINAL

1. Jeff Coston - 542.5

2. Joe Carranza - 405

3. Tom Sovay - 290


Holk's Highlights: Celebrating Our Player of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the PNW PGA Player of the Year award winners! Russell Grove of North Idaho College won OMEGA Player of the Year. Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo Resort won OMEGA Senior Player of the year. Colin Inglis of Emerald Valley GC won Assistant Player of the Year.

Russell Grove, PGA – OMEGA Player of the Year

  • Won the Inland Empire Chapter Championship
  • T-2nd at the PNW PGA Professional Championship
  • T-6th at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational
  • T-8th at the Northwest Open Invitational
  • T-19th at the Oregon Open Invitational
  • T-20th at the Rosauers Open Invitational
  • T-71st at the PGA Professional Championship (National)
  • Earned a spot to the PGA Professional Championship next spring

Jeff Coston, PGA – OMEGA Senior Player of the Year

  • Won the Senior Washington Open Invitational
  • Won the Senior Oregon Open Invitational
  • Won the PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship
  • T19th at the Senior Players’ Championship
  • Advanced to US Open

Colin Inglis  – Assistant Player of the Year

  • Won the PNW National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship
  • 4th at the Oregon Chapter Assistant Championship
  • T-6th at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational
  • T-8th at the Northwest Open Invitational
  • T-9th at the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship (National)
  • T-10th at the Oregon Open Invitational
  • T-25th at the Rosauers Open Invitational

Pros on the Move

by Robin Lindsey, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes

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Class Changes

  • (none)

New Associates

  • Jacob L. Von Volkli (B-8) - Sahalee Country Club
  • Ryan D. Kukula (B-6) - Southern Oregon Golf Academy
  • Kyle A. Parker (B-8) - Eagle Bend Golf Club
  • Kristen E. Rue (B-8) - Willamette Valley Country Club
  • Andrew L. Hein (B-8) - Glendoveer Golf Course

Newly Elected Members

  • Robert D. Moore, PGA (A-8) - Wandermere Golf Course
  • Devin G. Solar, PGA (A-6) - Portland, OR
  • Wesley A. Boone, PGA (A-8) - Overlake Golf & Country Club
  • Paul M. Knue, PGA (A-8) - Seattle Golf Club
  • Timothy D. Palmer, PGA (A-24) - Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Transfers INTO the Section

  • Benjamin A Talbot (B-6) to Chambers Bay from Southern Texas Section
  • Edward T. Monroe, PGA (RSV) to Bend, OR from Southern California Section
  • Austin G. Zech, PGA (A-1) to Indian Summer Golf & CC from Southwest Section

Transfers OUT of the Section

  • Jared A Lambert - from Meadow Lakes Golf Course to Southern California Section
  • Tyler R. Wong, PGA - from Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course to Michigan Section

Deceased Members

Newly Certified PGA Professionals

  • Bill Shea, PGA - General Management

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