April is upon us and with it comes a “tradition, like no other.” This year’s Masters has proven that some “traditions” are inevitably broken. Our 2021 Champion, Hideki Matsuyama, is the first Japanese champion for any of the majors. This achievement, if nothing less, reminds us that the great game of golf transcends race, religion, or any other demographic data point. It’s a “great game” for a reason. Golf—whether through its competitive spirit or its inherent frustration—creates a common denominator, and it unites us as we dig deep within ourselves to “get home in two” or find a way to “get up and down” or, perhaps, just to finish. Personally, I have met more “new friends” over a round than I have in any other situation. It’s one of so many reasons we all love this game and have chosen to make it our profession.
Hopefully it was not missed in between pimento cheese sandwiches that our very own Section President, Howie Pruitt, was invited to the 2021 Masters. To honor Mr. Lee Elder, the Masters’ first African American golfer, Howie and many of his colleagues from across the PGA were present to honor the impact that Mr. Lee Elder made upon the game of golf. As you know, Lee Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters at this year’s Masters. And our own Howie Pruitt was invited to join Mr. Elder and other prominent African Americans in the PGA of America to commemorate this historic event. Bravo, Howie. You did the Pacific Northwest Section very, very proud.
And, so, with the Masters comes the full start of our tournament season here at home. My personal and sincere thanks to Liz Ogle from Sunice for sponsoring our Senior Players’ Championship. Hosted by Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, this year’s event witnessed an expanded field over years past. Congratulations to champion Mike Swingle, and thank you to all who participated.
Our Section recently completed our annual Holcomb-in-One Las Vegas Pro-Am. A near-record forty-two teams competed in the 2021 event. Mr. Grant Holcomb has been the title sponsor to this longstanding pro-am for nearly twenty-years. Somehow, “thank you” seems hardly enough. On behalf of the PNW PGA, Mr. Holcomb, thank you.
I am proud to lead a section that is steadfast in our commitment to “serve the member and grow the game.” Recently, many of you applied for and were successful in securing our annual Player Development Grants. I congratulate each of the grantees—not just for their success in securing these precious dollars but also for their commitment to our youth and to the future of the game of golf. Additionally, my thanks to Yamaha for continuing their financial support of this initiative.
In a similar theme of growing the game, a reminder that now is the time to be encouraging your local juniors and their families to enroll in Drive, Chip, and Putt (DCP). As you likely heard me talk about during the Spring Meeting, courses interested in hosting a Drive, Chip, and Putt “clinic” are encouraged to contact the Section staff. Demand for golf is up, as you know. Youth-specific clinics is one of many strategies we must embrace to ensure that this “spike” in golf interest becomes a “trend” over the long-term.
Golf is, indeed, a great game. If it wasn’t, none of us would be here, and you certainly wouldn’t be reading this. I challenge all of us to wake up tomorrow and think: “What is one thing I can do today to grow this game I love so much?”
As always, if I or any member of your phenomenal Section staff can be of any service to you, please contact us.
Frank Talarico, CEO
Doug Doxsie, PGA
I recently had the pleasure to attend our first in-person National PGA Board of Directors meeting since the beginning of the pandemic more than thirteen months ago. In addition to two days of board meetings, we also gathered all the PGA National Committee Chairs for two additional days of meetings to review current programs, discuss where we are headed, and brainstorm ideas for our association and how we can positively impact the industry and PGA Members and Associates. It was a pleasure to finally gather as a group and take a break from the hundreds of virtual calls over the last year. It reminded all of us how valuable meeting face-to-face really is and how we have missed it.
The real reason I share this is that we met at PGA Frisco in Texas – the future home base of our PGA of America. We all got to experience first-hand this amazing project and learn about all of the exciting things going on there for our association. This private/public partnership between the PGA of America, Omni Hotels, and the City of Frisco is creating a truly world-class golf destination that I believe all of us will be very proud of. We had the chance to tour the entire project – and let me say I was truly overwhelmed and impressed. If you haven’t taken some time to review the project, I highly recommend you check it out on PGA.org.
Our headquarters is about halfway complete with the shell finished and work beginning on the interior. This amazing building will be home for PGA staff, our education programs, hospitality areas for our major championships, Hall of Fame, and many other spaces for a variety of uses.
The golf courses are pretty much finished, with the grow-in well underway. The Gil Hanse championship course is breathtaking and looks difficult! It will be a worthy venue to host many of our premium PGA events like the Club Professional Championship, Senior PGA Championship, PGA Championship and maybe even a Ryder Cup. The Beau Welling course looks fantastic as well with very interesting holes. Both courses are spectacular with more terrain and views than I ever imagined.
There will also be a lighted par 3 course and a massive practice facility that will also be home of a club fitting center. The most incredible thing to me was the 75,000 square-foot practice putting green! The North Texas PGA will also have their headquarters there and the city of Frisco school system will have access to the courses for their youth programming and high school teams. Omni hotels is building a beautiful resort with retail, shopping, and other experiences.
Our PGA Members will be able to take groups down and experience the entire facility and play these beautiful courses, visit our headquarters, and do all of the Associate education there. Overall, we are confident this new “home” of golf will be a tremendous image builder for our Association and benefit our PGA Members in endless ways. Projections have our headquarters opening by the end of this year, the golf courses by August of 2022.
I feel very fortunate to be on the PGA Board of Directors as this has moved from a vision to a reality. I hope you get a chance to experience it yourself once it all opens.
As always, please reach out should you want to discuss “anything” PGA,
Doug Doxsie, PGA
Seattle Golf Club
PGA District 14 Director
Branden Thompson, PGA - Regional League Manager
Spring is here! That means we will see a lot of you starting practices and getting the kids on the course. This is a great time to refresh your familiarity with a few things.
This document can be found online along with a digital copy of the Game Guide. The Game Guide is a player friendly overview of PGA Jr. League that covers the rules along with some fun activities.
There are two steps that you must complete as a captain prior to your games beginning.
Go to your respective App store to get the SportsEngine App and have your parents do the same. This is the easiest way to post a schedule, schedule games, and score games. There’s also a RSVP feature to make it easier for you to plan.
I have created a channel to host helpful tips and instructions. Currently you will find videos describing how to schedule and score games on the app and the website. More videos will be added. Use this as a resource along with the help icon on the bottom right of any PGA Jr. League webpage.
During the PGA Championship in May you will see a lot of promotion for PGA.coach and a drive to get consumers to search for a coach near them. To get the most out of this promotion, make sure you’ve completed PGA.coach and ADM certification. Go to PGA.coach to begin. If you’ve got that completed, make sure to complete your PGA.coach profile so you show up in the search results.
Want to discuss PGA Jr. League, Family Cup, or just bounce some ideas around? The following link will take you to my Calendly page where you can choose a time that works for you, and eliminate the need to email back and forth.
Have a great season,
Branden Thompson, PGA
Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant
For part 8 of 9 in our Building Blocks of Your Career Series, we will delve into the importance of “A Servant’s Heart.” In his very powerful essay, The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf is credited to have coined the term “servant leader.” He is equally credited with describing some of the characteristics, behaviors and activities that define true servant leaders.
In reading a brief summary of Greenleaf’s essay, published in 1970, I found some key points that I believe are career-building components worth expanding on. These include:
Foresight (this is similar to awareness, but the focus is generally on the future)
Listening (this is the key behavior required for awareness and foresight)
So, how is the beat of your “servant’s heart?” Last year was certainly a season of challenge and one that put every professional’s heart for service under pressure. For some, it may have been too much. For so many others, that servant’s heart got stronger. Just like a human heart, the servant’s heart is like a muscle…it gets stronger with intentional use and training. I hope you will join me so we can train (our servants’ hearts) together.
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: Mkoch@pgahq.com Cell: 206/335-5260
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
Listed in order of most recent first. Note: these are listed as of 2 pm, 4/14/21 or were slated to close on or before 4/14/21. Positions listed here are not guaranteed to be available. Visit jobs.pga.org to see the most current listings.
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Prairie Falls GC, Post Falls, ID|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Sand Point CC, Seattle, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Useless Bay G&CC, Langley, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Gozzer Ranch G&L Club, Coeur d’Alene, ID|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Chewelah G&CC, Chewelah, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Eagle Crest GR, Redmond, OR|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Bend GC, Bend, OR|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Overlake G&CC, Medina, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, ID|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Semiahmoo G&CC, Blaine, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||White Horse GC, Kingston, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Washington National GC, Auburn, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Tacoma CGC, Lakewood, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Bandon Dunes GR, Bandon, OR|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||McNary GC, Keizer, OR|
|1st ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Wildhorse Resort GC, Pendleton, OR|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Twin Lakes GCC, Federal Way, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Golf Club at Newcastle, Newcastle, WA|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Meadow Lakes GC, Prineville, OR|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Iron Horse Golf Club, Whitefish, MT|
|ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL - CLUBFITTER||REDTAIL GC, Beaverton, OR|
|DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION||Buffalo Peak GC, Union, OR|
|CERTIFIED PERSONAL COACH||GOLFTEC - Southcenter, Tukwila, WA|
|CERTIFIED PERSONAL COACH||GOLFTEC - Lynnwood, Lynwood, WA|
|CERTIFIED PERSONAL COACH||GOLFTEC - Tualatin, Tualatin, OR|
|DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION||TopGolf, Hillsboro, OR|
|JR GOLF DIRECTOR & FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR||REDTAIL GC, Beaverton, OR|
|FULL-TIME TEACHING PROFESSIONAL||REDTAIL GC, Beaverton, OR|
Note: not all positions like these will be posted here; instead, postings will generally be at the request/approval of the employer.
|HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Kitsap G&CC, Bremerton, WA|
|HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Veterans GC, Walla Walla, WA (This is an RFP)|
|HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Stoneridge GC, Blanchard, ID|
|HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Semiahmoo GCC, Blaine, WA|
|HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL||Quail Valley GC, Banks, OR|
Help Yourself & Help Your PNW PGA Peers
We have now launched the updated and simpler Compensation Profile/Survey for PGA professionals. Like the changes we’ve made to the Job Preferences Profile, I'm excited to say the new Comp Profile is much more concise as a survey than it was previously. It will still have all the needed components you, employers and other industry decision makers all are looking for in comp reports. A key feature is that it is going to be more timely, current and relevant…you can update it whenever you make a job change, negotiate a raise, etc. As before, the information you submit is confidential and viewable/editable only by you.
In the past 18 months, many of you have reached out to me for comp reporting and I’m happy to share that many of these reports have resulted in increases in compensation, negotiation successes and more. But, these current reports take a lot of time (but they are worth it).
With your help and that of your peers, these reports will be easier to complete, they’ll be even more accurate AND more in the eyes of our employers/owners. For those of you in smaller markets, and/or those in teaching/coaching roles and similar non-traditional positions, your participation is imperative.
With that said, I am asking you to take a few minutes to:
Thank you in advance for helping me “help you and your fellow Section professionals” in this area that is so important to each of us as PGA professionals. If I can assist you or one of your peers with a compensation report, please reach out to me.
So, Pro, You Wanna Be a General Manager?
April 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Presented by Marcus King
Check your email for Google Meet join info
April 28, 2021
Orting, WA – High Cedars GC
Pro-Am benefiting Folds of Honor: May 22-23
Championship: May 24-26
Kent, WA – Meridian Valley CC
Walla Walla, WA - Wine Valley GC
Salem, OR - Illahe Hills CC
enter at www.pgatournaments.com
Molalla, OR - Arrowhead GC
enter at www.pgatournaments.com
Fort McDowell, AZ - We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort