CEO's Report

Jeff Ellison, PGA

Chapter Meetings kicked off on Sunday, February 16 with the Inland Empire Chapter Meeting at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort. President Sean Fredrickson and I were there to hear from you and also share a few things that are headed your way this season. An officer and I will attend every spring meeting so please seek us out to ask questions, privately or during the meeting. We are there for you!

Sean and I have the 5:00 AM flight out of Spokane on Monday and will join the other officers and our District 14, Director Doug Doxsie, in Atlanta for the PGA Super Regional Meeting. Our task is to begin vetting the four candidates for PGA Secretary. It will be a jam-packed two days sorting out the best professional to lead our Association. Don Rea of the Southwest Section, our former District 14 Director, is one of the candidates. To learn more about Don and all of the candidates, log into your account. If you know any of them personally, please give Sean or Howie a call.

On March 22, we will celebrate our 2019 Special Awards honorees at Tualatin Country Club. This is a fun and informative evening learning about the best in our business. Please join in the celebration!

Register for the Awards Ceremony

Your Board of Directors will also gather on the 22nd to continue their quest to provide you with the very best service of any Section in the country. Reach out to any officer or board member prior to the meeting if you have any suggestions or concerns.  The festivities continue on March 23-24 with the PNW Pro-Assistant Championship and the Spring Meeting on the evening of the 23rd.  There is no pre-registration for the Spring Meeting, with dinner at 6:00 and the meeting at 7:00.

Enter the Pro-Assistant

With the change to the World Handicap System, your Board approved moving our process for professional handicaps under the WHS. Effective February 1, we began the conversion to WHS. Professionals may opt to maintain a handicap at their facility, join one of three clubs the Section is establishing (MT, OR and WA) or decline to maintain a handicap. OR and WA are ready, MT will be ready soon as they are working through a couple of issues.

Click here for complete information on this process

Applications went out last month for both the Yamaha Player Development Grants and the Junior Fund’s Youth Player Development Grants. A total of $24,000 is available to help support YOUR programs. Our thanks to Ben Foreman of Yamaha for his continued support. Additionally, the Junior Fund grants are made possible by the support of the Winco Portland Open and to all of you who contributed to the 1% Club. Applications for both are due no later than March 13.

Click here for the applications

The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship awards scholarships to the children and grandchildren of PGA Members. A few years ago, a change was made to spread the wealth. If you have not received an award in the past, apply again! With this application, children of Section members are also applying for the Bunny Mason Scholarship – two chances to win!

Apply here (requires login)

The Section has a rich history of fantastic destination pro-ams. We just wrapped up an 18-team event at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii and will be joining Holk for the sold-out Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am in March. New for 2020, we are putting the final touches on a contract to visit our friend Brad Myrick at his place in Loreto, Mexico. Look for details very soon….two words for you: “All Inclusive”.

Here’s to an early spring and I look forward to seeing all of you at your chapter meeting. As always, lean on your terrific Chapter and Section staff to help you navigate your PGA membership.

Jeff Ellison, PGA
CEO, Pacific NW Section PGA

District 14 Director's Report

Doug Doxsie, PGA

As you read this, the Officers and Executive Directors from District 14 (Pacific Northwest and Southwest Sections) and I will be heading out to the PGA Super-Regional in Atlanta. This is one of my favorite governance functions for the Section and National leaders of the PGA. There will be four districts and twelve sections represented at this first Super-Regional meeting. The delegates will have an opportunity to meet with their District Director, hear from the National Officers about what is going on with the PGA of America and meet with the four candidates for National Secretary. Most of all, it gives all of us a chance to gather and share ideas and best practices with other PGA leaders around the country.

As mentioned, there are four candidates for Secretary of the PGA of America; Don Rea from the Southwest Section, Dave Schneider from the Nebraska Section, Kelly Williams from the Kentucky Section and Tom Henderson from the Metropolitan Section. This is a strong group of candidates and will present a difficult choice for the Delegates, Board of Directors and Past Presidents when they vote in October at the National Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.

I was pleased to attend the PNW Section PGA Winter Planning meetings in December. I was impressed by the passion, dedication and wisdom of the Officers, Board and Staff during these meetings. Your Section leaders are working hard to make our Section, Chapters and the PGA better for all of you, the Members and Associates of the PGA of America. I want to encourage all of you to communicate with your leaders about ideas, questions or concerns within the Chapters or Section. They want to hear from you.

That goes for me as well. If you want to talk about anything to do with the National PGA of America, let me know. I am just a phone call or email away. My job is to represent our Section and its members on the National level and I can do that better if I know what you are thinking. If I don’t have the information or an answer for you, I will find out. Please reach out to me anytime.

Thankfully, the golf season has to arrive eventually and we can end this non-stop rain! I hope you all have a great season and look forward to crossing paths with you at a meeting or tournament.  

Doug Doxsie, PGA
Seattle Golf Club
PGA District 14 Director

Engagement is a Supervisor’s Game Too

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

I’ve been talking about the “three-legged stool of customer engagement” for a couple of years now, and the best part for me is how many PGA professionals, employers and stakeholders in the business of golf are catching on to the concept.

To reiterate, Customer Engagement accomplishes and drives many tangible benefits for the facility, the golf professionals and the rest of the staff employed there. These include:

There are Five R’s for Supervisors as well, so I’ll state it again. Engagement is a Supervisor’s Game Too and‒most importantly‒ it is the ability of the supervisor to drive engagement in their staff (team) that has the greatest effect on that team’s ability to execute and deliver “customer engagement.” The latter really only happens at the best possible level if the former occurs first.

Here’s how:

The Five R’s a successful supervisor leads to or “The Ends We Lead To” for team success, long-term health as a service team, etc.

To some, this may seem like it’s a “chicken or egg thing.” But I would submit it’s an “egg into a chicken…actually a lot of chickens” kinda thing! As supervisors, employers, owners and similar, if we can help our employees by successfully nurturing them, protecting them first (like an egg), we can get somewhere in Employee Engagement. From there, once they “break out” our “staff engagement team” can work together to produce, deliver and/or execute the facility’s overall player development and customer engagement goals successful. As a result, more eggs (because of more efficacy, “capacity to produce”) can be laid, more can be nurtured and we will see more chickens flourishing.

If you are a supervisor, a coach or similar and you’re looking for ways to get better at the “Supervisor’s Engagement Game” in 2020 (and beyond), I can help you create your own engagement plan so you can accomplish this. I have numerous resources I can share with you, that can help you win in this particular game of engagement.


Monte Koch, PGA Certified Professional/Player Development | Career Consultant
PGA Career Services | PGA of America
Serving PGA professionals, employers in the Pacific NW & Rocky Mountain PGA Sections
Email: Cell: 206/335-5260

Career Planning and Coaching

Employment Opportunities

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

These are primarily “PGA Professional” only positions posted on the PGA Career Services Job Board:

Internship, non-PGA positions, strictly retail and “franchise” ownership positions will not be listed here.Please visit to see these types of opportunities.


Listed in order of most recent first. Note: these are listed as of 8 AM, February 15, 2020. Positions listed here are not guaranteed to be available. Visit to see the most current listings.

Job Title Facility PGA Contact (if applicable)
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL The Wilderness Club, Eureka, MT Josh Grenier, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Missoula CC, Missoula, MT Connor Sproull, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL The Plateau Club, Sammamish, WA Chris Lungo, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Rainier Golf & CC, Seattle, WA Darren Black, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Overlake G & CC, Portland, OR Adam Rogers, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Twin Rivers GC, Fall City, WA Curt Roddewig, PGA
1st ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Riverside Golf & CC, Portland, OR Stan Witko, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Apple Tree Golf Course, Yakima, WA Kevin Anderson, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Black Butte Ranch GC, Sisters, OR Jeff Fought, PGA
1st ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL The Home Course, Dupont, WA Justin Gravatt, PGA
ASSOCIATE GOLF PROFESSIONAL Oswego Lake CC, Lake Oswego, OR Sean Fredrickson, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Lakeland Village Golf Course, Allyn, WA Eric Briggs, PGA
1ST ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Circling Raven Golf Club, Worley, ID Dave Christensen, PGA
PRO SHOP ASSISTANT Nile Golf Course, Seattle, WA Joe Korn, PGA


Listed in order of most recent first. Note: these are listed as of 8 AM, February 15,, 2020. Positions listed here are not guaranteed to be available. Visit to see the most current listings.

Job Title Facility PGA Contact (if applicable)
DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION Tualatin Country Club, Tualatin, OR Brad Ebberson, PGA
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT Canterwood Golf & Country Club, Gig Harbor, WA Dale Davis, PGA
CERTIFIED PERSONAL COACH GolfTec – Southcenter, Tukwila, WA Brett Wilkinson, PGA


Note: not all positions like these will be posted here; instead, postings will generally be at the request/approval of the employer.

Job Title Facility PGA Contact (if applicable)
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP & OUTREACH Oregon Golf Association, Woodburn, OR Barb Trammell, PGA
GENERAL MANAGER Old Works GC, Anaconda, MT  


PGA Jr. League

Branden Thompson, PGA - Regional League Manager

Player registration reached record numbers, opening with 1,100 sign-ups on the first day it was available.  This is a great sign that consumers love PGA Jr. League and really value the impact that you, the PGA Professional, have on their lives.  Here are some reminders as we head into spring.

Captain Registration
If you haven’t done so already, and I know a lot of you have, it is time to register for the 2020 PGA Jr. League season.  Player registration is open and rolling.  Don’t miss the momentum.  If you need help getting registered, reach out. 

  Register at:

League Formation and Schedules
The first draft of the league framework has been sent out to current and last year’s captains.  If you haven’t registered and are a new facility to PGA Jr. League, now is the time to get in touch with me.  It gets difficult to add teams to league once schedules have been completed.  The goal is for all leagues to have their schedules completed by the middle of March. 

13u All Star Series
The postseason, now referred to as the All-Star Series, will be conducted similar to last year.  The first round will be “play your neighbor” games scheduled the first weekend in August.  There will be 8 Fab Fours across the section over August 8th & 9th.  The 8 winners will advance to the PGA Jr. League PNW Section Championship at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, August 22nd & 23rd.  We will be sending two teams to the Regional Championship in the Salt Lake City area this year.  The final date for that event isn’t final, but will most likely be the first weekend in September. 

Captain Resource Center
This is your main dashboard for everything you need to run your team(s).  You will find the captain’s guide, conditions of play, game material, scholarship information and more on the site.  This has become a valuable resource for captains.

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Good luck with your 2020 season!

Branden Thompson, PGA

PNW Senior Players' Championship

online entry

pdf entry form

Play with a Friend

Senior Professional, bring an amateur friend and compete for individual and team prizes at our first senior major of the year! There are individual professional and amateur competitions with gross and net payouts. The team four-ball competition will be based on gross scores only. For professionals, Senior Player of the Year and Senior Hudson Cup points will be offered. For amateurs, WA Golf and the OGA are offering Senior Hudson Cup Points.

Play Award-Winning Wine Valley GC

Wine Valley Golf Club has been rated “One of The Top Three Golf Courses to Play in Washington” by Golfweek. It has been awarded many other honors since opening in 2009, including earning a spot in GolfWeek’s “Top 100 courses you can play” in 2019! This stunning Dan Hixson design unfolds on a grand scale, playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Wine Valley GC has broad fairways, dramatic bunkers, and bold, undulating putting surfaces.

A Fun Event for Seniors

The PNW Senior Players Championship began in 1994. It was discontinued after 2006 and brought back in 2011 by popular demand. It remains a popular event for seniors, held annually at Wine Valley GC since 2014. Last year, PGA Professional George Mack Jr. of Black Butte Ranch won the event with a birdie on the final hole while Joey Carranza and Tom Hale won the Four-Ball Team Competition.

Want Another Chance to Play Wine Valley?

We love Wine Valley Golf Course and we are excited about the 2nd edition of the Northwest Open Pro-Am benefiting Folds of Honor. This event will take place August 15-16, preceding the Northest Open Invitational. Registration is open now!

Northwest Open Pro-Am website

Northwest Open Pro-Am flyer

February 17, 2020

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