July 1, 2020

President's Report

Typically, my Foreword Press article would start by wrapping up the results from the Oregon Open and previewing the upcoming Rosauers Open and Northwest Open.  While our tournament season may be delayed a bit, there are plenty of topics that require your attention.

Our Section CEO search is in the home stretch and our timeline for our process is on target.  I am confident we will be able to introduce our next Section CEO on August 1st.  I want to thank past presidents Dan Hill, Bryan Tunstill, Marcus King and Roger Wallace for their assistance as well as our selection committee of PGA Professionals: Doug Doxsie, Greg Manley, Jason Aichele, Bill Shea, Chris Nowlen and Howie Pruitt.  This was truly a collaborative effort.

2020 is an election year for the Section and we will be voting on a new Section Secretary this fall.  Both Chris Nowlen and Bill Shea are highly qualified and talented PGA Professionals.  Click here to learn about both candidates.  I hope you take the time to learn about each of their platforms so you will be able to make an educated decision this fall.  Our mid-month Foreword Press features both candidates as they answer difficult questions about why they deserve your vote.

Events are the lifeblood of our Section.  Participation is critical ‒ that is especially true in 2020.  For me, playing in a Chapter pro-am or Section event is a much-needed diversion from a very crazy golf season.  I am excited to tee it up at Arrowhead Golf Club for our Oregon Open this month.  Thank you again to the Fisher Family for opening their golf course to the Section.  If you have not played Arrowhead Golf Club, you are in for a treat.  We have a full field (with a waiting list) and I have no doubt that the golf course will crown a deserving champion.  I hope to see many of you there.

We round out our tournament season with three major events in the span of two months:

In closing, I want to encourage anyone who might be reading this article to reach out to a fellow PGA Professional in the coming days or weeks to let them know you are thinking about them.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a unique impact on the golf industry.  Many, if not all of us, have been extremely busy these past few months.  In my own inquiries, I have noticed that PGA Professionals are experiencing that traditional “burn out” feeling as if we were in the month of September.  High foot traffic, tee sheet compaction, budget re-writes, establishing new protocols and other pandemic related challenges have taken a toll on all of us.  For me, realizing that we all share a very common bond gives me some solace at the end of a crazy day or busy week.  I’ve used this term a few times these past few months, but it’s important now more than ever ‒ WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

See you all on the other side,

Sean Fredrickson
Head PGA Professional – Oswego Lake Country Club
PNW PGA President
Cell: 503-476-7668
[email protected]

Open Events

Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational

Kent, WA – Meridian Valley CC
Pro-Am: August 1-2, 2020
Championship: August 3-4, 2020

Northwest Open Invitational

Walla Walla, WA – Wine Valley GC
Pro-Am: August 15-16, 2020
Championship: August 17-18, 2020

Click for information about the Pro-Am

PNW Hawai'i Pro-Am

Maui, HI - Kaanapali Golf Courses
January 14-21, 2021

PNW PGA "Stay Involved" Education Series

July 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am: How to Create Your Dream Job, Where You Are Right Now
  • presented by Ryan Young, PGA and Derek Siesser, PGA
July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: The Fundamentals of Diversity & Inclusion
  • presented by Linnet E. Carty, MBA, Inclusion & Diversity Educator

Holk's Highlights: Tim Ressa

This spring, we are highlighting PNW PGA Professionals who have contributed Best Practices to the Section. We hope their programs will inspire you! Search the full Best Practices archive at https://www.pnwpga.com/bestpractices.

Name: Tim Ressa, PGA

Facility: Harbour Pointe GC

Hometown: Pullman, WA

PGA Member Since: 2007

Tell us about your golf beginnings.  How did you get started in this career?

I started playing golf with my dad and my brothers. Dad and all his brothers would have a tournament to play in every year.  My brothers and I would play all day at the old 9-hole course at WSU.  My love for the game blossomed from there.  I decided to start teaching full time after spending some time on the operations side of the business. I had the opportunity to go to teach in Asia for six years and have been teaching ever since.

Who are or were your mentors?

I have had a lot of people influence me along the way.  Too many to name.  I would say my dad has been my most important mentor.  I have tried to ask questions of every teacher I have met along the way, trying to gain as much knowledge from everyone I meet.

You had success in 2019 with your Operation 36 Women’s Academy. Can you tell us a little bit about your program and why it was successful?

The Operation 36 Women’s Program has been great at helping new golfers as well as women who are re-entering the game.  I am a big believer in the program as it gets new players onto the course very early, because they start playing close to the hole and working their way back as their skills develop.  It really provides a fun, less intimidating entry point into the game.

How many participants do you have this year so far? Have you had to make any changes for social distancing?

This year I have 60 junior golfers and 33 women in the Operation 36 Program.  The changes I have made has been to limit the class sizes to 5, instead of 6 or 7 in a class.  The guys at Operation 36 did a great job getting out front of the COVID-19 crisis, providing me with great materials on how to educate my students on social distancing, changes to playing on the golf course and changes to social distance during classes.  It has been challenging to teach new golfers while socially distancing, but it has helped me develop my communication to be very simple with my instruction.

Read Tim’s Best Practice Here

Search the full Best Practices archive at https://www.pnwpga.com/bestpractices.

Employment Opportunities

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

These are primarily “PGA Professional” only positions posted on the PGA Career Services Job Board: https://jobs.pga.org

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

Assistant Golf Professional Positions (Full-time, not Internships)

Note: these are listed as of 8 AM, June 29, 2020. Positions listed here are not guaranteed to be available. Visit jobs.pga.org to see the most current listings.

Job Title Facility PGA Contact (if applicable)
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL White Horse GC, Kingston, WA Bruce Christy, PGA
ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, OR Steven Borror, PGA

Teaching & Coaching Golf Professional Positions

Job Title Facility PGA Contact (if applicable)

Back2Golf Resources

PGA's Recommendations for Getting Back2Golf:

As golf facilities begin re-opening, it is vital that we do so in a responsible manner that protects the entire golf community. In collaboration with our Allied Golf Organizations and in alignment with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have developed a comprehensive plan that allows golf to be played while observing recommended social distancing guidelines.

Our industry understands there are various restrictions in different parts of the country and emphasize that all should be adhering to state and local guidelines to ensure our sport comes back in a healthy way. This action plan, broken down into three phases, can be implemented on a statewide or county-by-county basis.

For more information and to access the below resources, please click here.

  • Details on how you and your facility can responsibly get Back2Golf, while adhering to state and local guidelines
  • Back2Golf Guidelines for Opening Up Golf, presented by the Allied Golf Organizations
  • A PDF version of the Operations Playbook

A key understanding for Back2Golf: “Our industry understands there are various restrictions in different parts of the country and emphasize that all should be adhering to state and local guidelines to ensure our sport comes back in a healthy way.”  In other words, use the playbook and guidelines IN RELATION to where your facility is located. We urge you to understand and follow the health regulations in the following order: Your municipality -> Your county -> Your state -> Back2Golf (If Back2Golf is more stringent than your county, or less stringent, we suggest you operate according to the county guidelines.)

Pros on the Move

by Robin Lindsey, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes
  • Cory J. Camilleri (B-14) - from Chinook Winds Golf Resort to Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
  • John F. Cassidy III, PGA (A-8) - from Arrowhead GC to The Home Course
  • Andre P Chiddick (B-8) - from Saint Helens, OR to Riverside G&CC
  • Kristen E. Rue (B-8) - from Willamette Valley CC to Canterwood G&CC
  • Brad T. Skinner, PGA (A-8) - from Renton, WA to Maplewood GC
Classification Changes
  • none

New Associates

  • Ronald M. Lunsford (B-8) - Snohomish GC
  • Kevin R. McClone (B-8) - Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club
  • David R. Smith (B-8) - Broadmoor GC

Newly Elected Members

  • Jared A. Lambert, PGA (A-6) - Meadow Lakes GC
Transfers INTO the Section
  • Randy Ballard, PGA (A-1) to Crooked River Ranch GC from Southwest 
  • Dain J Ebright (B-8) to Waverley CC from Southern California 
  • Michael G. Marcum, PGA (A-14) to Tualatin CC from Southern California 
Transfers OUT of the Section
  • Kyle A. Hosch, PGA - from Corvallis CC to Middle Atlantic 
  • Brian L. Weaver, PGA - from RedTail Golf Center to Southern Texas
New Quarter Century Members
  • Howard J. Acla, PGA
  • Michael R. Jones, PGA
  • Timothy R. Marritt, PGA
New Half Century Club Members
  • Donald R. McCallister, PGA

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