June 1, 2021

President's Report

Before I get started with this month’s article, I want to give you an update on OGO, aka Oh Great One.

We started our OGO recognition efforts at Aspen Lakes Golf Club in April. We put out flyers in the shop and had discussions with our leadership numerous times. At the end of April, we awarded our first OGO to the entire golf shop staff who made a sizeable three-day event a huge success. Our second OGO was awarded to one of our Player Ambassadors. This award was interesting because the nomination came from a person living on property on the golf course. He saw our Ambassador picking up tees and removing pinecones from a tee box before play started. So, I think it is safe to say the OGO award is working.

As we roll into our busy season, I hope you can take a few moments to consider another “ponderable”.  I recently read a book called Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet and Stephen R. Covey. He differentiates leadership styles and the impact of those styles on the results achieved.

Most organizations have a vision or mission statement that is used to guide their operations and reflects what the organization is trying to accomplish and how to do it.  The author differentiates a “Leader-follower” organizational culture from a “Leader-leader” culture and the impacts each style has on the organization.

The “Leader-follower” driven organization operates from a “top-down” approach where the leader makes the decisions. This approach focuses on control and preventing mistakes. When the leadership focus is on preventing mistakes, the staff members are reluctant to take actions for fear they will lead to errors. Often when a mistake is made, everyone gathers together to determine what went wrong, who did it, and how to prevent it from happening again. Organizations then create a “process” to prevent future mistakes (failure) and start to focus on monitoring the process as opposed to the results. Monitoring the process leads to more oversight and creates a cycle of inefficiency.

The “Leader-Leader” model, he suggests, is one of empowerment where everyone at all levels of the organization takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results. When the staff is completely engaged, they contribute their full capabilities every day.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming reinforced this in Out of the Crisis. He noted that when everyone in the organization focuses on organizational excellence and contributes to improving the way business is done, they create a culture that is committed to excellence and achieve extraordinary results.

Think about your organization’s tendency. Are people in your organization reluctant to take action for fear of the consequences? Do they depend on you to make the decisions? Or does everyone take ownership for creating a successful organization and feel empowered to make decisions to ensure that your customers get the best service possible? Are you utilizing your staff’s creativity and ideas who want to be responsible for their work?

If you would like to learn more about focusing and transforming your organization into one of “Leader-Leader,” I suggest you read the book Turn the Ship Around.

Please stay healthy and safe and reach out to someone you have not talked to in a while.

Howie Pruitt, PGA
Director, Golf Operations, Aspen Lakes GC
President, Pacific Northwest Section
Cell: 541-390-7875

Player of the Year Points Lists

Full Points Lists
Rolex Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 167.5
2. Jeff Coston - 150
3. Corey Prugh - 120
Hudson Cup
1. Jeff Coston - 150
T2. Derek Berg - 92.5
T2. Matt Epstein - 92.5
Assistant Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 172.5
2. David Brown - 100
3. Shane Prante - 97.5
Rolex Senior Player of the Year
T1. Mark Knowles - 122.5
T1. Tony Robydek - 122.5
3. Billy Bomar - 90
Senior Hudson Cup
T1. Mark Knowles - 97.5
T1. Tony Robydek - 97.5
3. Billy Bomar - 90

Rosauers Open Invitational Entries Available

The Rosauers Open Invitational is set to take place at Indian Canyon GC on July 16-18, following the Franz Bakery Pro-Am on July 14-15. After this event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, host PGA Professional Doug Phares welcomes you back to Spokane, WA, for the 33rd edition of this fun and famous championship!
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Senior Oregon Open Entries Now Available

Team entries are now available for the Senior Oregon Open Invitational at Wildhorse Resort and Casino on July 27-29. PGA Director of Golf Michael Hegarty is looking forward to hosting again this year for the 19th straight year! This popular team event draws the best players ages 50 and over from all over the Pacific Northwest Section. We will have a full field and most likely a large waiting list. Please make sure you are aware of the entry priority processing procedure posted on our website.

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Play in Your Section Qualifier!

Entries are now available for the National Car Rental PNW Assistant PGA Championship, PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, and the PNW Senior PGA Championship presented by Cadillac. You may register through PGA of America Membership Services by phone: (800) 474-2776 or online at www.pgatournaments.com

Northwest Open Pro-Am benefiting Folds of Honor

August 14-15, 2021
Walla Walla, WA – Wine Valley GC
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Pelzer Golf Mexican Paradise Pro-Am

October 31 - November 5, 2021
Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa
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PNW PGA Arizona Sun Pro-Am

December 5-9, 2021
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Holk's Highlights: Norm Blandel

This month, we feature an essay written by Norm Blandel, PGA Master Professional. We hope you will enjoy this inspiring journey through Norm’s memories, featuring photos from his personal collection.

“Throwback PGA Golf Professionals”

by Norm Blandel, PGA Master Professional

As I sometimes look back and reflect on where and how my journey and path of my golf career as a PGA Golf Professional began and developed, I am forever grateful to God for the plans and blessings he has had for my life.  I grew up as a young boy raised by my mother, a single parent in the poorest community of Detroit Michigan in the early 1950’s.  Golf was never an option or opportunity in my life, although throughout High School, education and sports ‒ primarily baseball, basketball, and football ‒ were a very important part of my learning and growing process.  I was grateful even at a young age to be surrounded and encouraged by mentoring relationships that helped me learn and inspired me to pursue excellence in everything I worked at and tried to achieve.

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Now is the time to capitalize on the renewed interest in golf. People are searching for golf lessons and watching golf tip videos online. We are looking to promote YOU in making this golf trend stick. 

* Haven't filled out your PGA.coach profile yet? Recently, Ryan Young conducted a PNW PGA “Stay Involved” Education covering PGA.coach.  If you were not able to attend this live, please reach out to the Section office for the link.

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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

PNWPGA Job Board Notice

Compensation Matters to Every PGA Professional

Help Yourself & Help Your PNWPGA 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 complete your Compensation Profile Survey today.
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.

Regards, Monte

Pros on the Move

by Robin Lindsey, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes
  • Christian M. Ballard, PGA (A-6) - from The GC at Newcastle to Chambers Bay
  • Chris J. Garrison, PGA (A-1) - from Camas Meadows GC to Semiahmoo G&CC
  • Marcus A. Geer, PGA (A-8) - from Whitetail GC to Iron Horse GC
  • William C. Hart, PGA (A-1) - from Heron Lakes GC to Kitsap G&CC
  • Brandon M. Stransky, PGA (A-1) - from Tualatin CC to The Oregon GC
Classification Changes
  • (none)

New Associates

  • Andrew G. Binney (B-8) - Eagle Bend GC
  • Dalton K. Chambers (B-8) - Sunriver Resort-Woodlands Course
  • Tyler J. Claybrook (B-6) - GOLFTEC - Southcenter
  • Michael J. Entenman (B-8) - Arrowhead GC
  • Taylor L. Fore (B-21) - Coeur D'Alene Resort GC
  • Kyle J. Guthrie (B-6) - Pacific Northwest Golf Centers
  • Gregory T. Kogura (B-8) - Rainier G&CC
  • Heather M. Neff (B-6) - Bear Mountain Ranch

Newly Elected Members

  • (none)
Transfers INTO the Section
  • Justin C. Kadin (B-8) to Pronghorn from Southern California Section
  • Theodore J LaVine, PGA (A-14) to Twin Lakes Village GC from Minnesota Section
  • Tara N. Liebert (B-8) to Buffalo Hill GC from Southern California Section
  • Sean E. McGowan, PGA (A-1) to Quail Valley GC from North Florida Section
  • Evan J. Mitchell, PGA (A-1) to Rock Creek Cattle Co. from Southern California Section
  • Bryan W Nicholson, PGA (A-4) to Sahalee CC from Northern Texas Section
  • Ryan B. Oliver, PGA (A-8) to Iron Horse GC from Unaffiliated Section
  • Kim Walker, PGA (LM) to Spirit Lake, ID from Southwest Section
Transfers OUT of the Section
  • (none)
New Quarter Century Members
  • Deborah A. King, PGA

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