It has often been said that “opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long you miss them.” As we find ourselves in the middle of July, there have never been more opportunities for you to enjoy the programs and events of your section. Tournament season is in full swing, chapter activities are strong, and the chance to enroll in future, special events is now open.
As a member service organization, the Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA has an obligation to every one of you to not just “rinse and repeat” the events and programs you may have enjoyed in previous years. Our job is to constantly evolve, to always improve the quality of your experience, your membership, in our section. To that end, entries are still open and available for our two newest destination pro ams – Mexico and Arizona. Both the 2021 Pelzer Golf Mexican Paradise Pro-Am and the 2021 PNW PGA Arizona Sun Pro-Am are brand-new opportunities for you to field a team of amateurs and enjoy two beautiful settings. I invite you all to come out and support your Section while enjoying spectacular, destination golf. I am happy, also, to announce that entries are now open for our return to Hawaii in January 2022. For more information on our destination pro-ams, please visit:
I would remiss if I did not remind you to enter YOUR Section Championships—PPC, Sr. PPC, and Assistant are all on the horizon. I encourage you all to find the time to play and compete. Looking out a bit further, keep your eyes open for registration for our Annual PNWPGA Merchandise Show. Registration will open soon, as we return in-person to Tacoma Convention Center October 19-20, 2021. Lastly, DCP local qualifying is well underway with sub-regional qualifying to begin August 3.
Most of what we have the privilege of producing for our members is done in partnership with our wonderful sponsors. I would like to publicly thank Club Car for continuing their generous financial support of our Skins payouts. Additionally, my thanks to Pro Tag for designing custom bag tags for many of our events including our destination pro-ams like our Arizona event. Finally, a very special note of gratitude to Wildhorse Resort for not only supporting our chapters but also renewing their very generous sponsorship of the Section’s Senior Oregon Open.
As professionals in the great game of golf, seizing opportunities are nothing new for you. As a regular habit, in your life and in your career, you develop a clear vision of what you want, you set goals, and you take consistent action. I encourage you to see yourselves in your chapters and your section similarly. You should always have extraordinary opportunities. We, your section staff, are here to ensure that you always have occasions to do just that, and that when you do that your experience exceeds your expectations.
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 am excited to report that a number of key changes to our Associate Program have been approved, which we believe will help our Association to recruit, train, and retain valuable PGA Associate Professionals in our industry. These have come from the Membership Committee, of which I am privileged to Co-Chair, and recently approved by the National Board of Directors. In the interest of space, I wanted to focus on the newly created “B-25 Associate Classification”.
For those Associates who completed all PGA Education requirements and earned the 28 experience credits, but have not fully passed the PAT, this change provides a “soft landing” and continued affiliation with the PGA of America. Individuals meeting those criteria will now have the option to transfer to the newly created B-25 Associate status at the end of their Acceptable Progress timeframe, or be terminated from the Associate Program. Those who transfer may remain B-25 until fully passing the PAT requirement needed to elect into PGA Membership. An Associate classified as B-25 must earn MSR’s and pay National and Section dues, and will have normal Associate rights and privileges. Failure to meet MSR requirements will be cause for termination and the individual would therefore need to re-start the PGA Professional Golf Management Program from the Qualifying Level. Therefore, Associates are now able to test out of Level 3 without having to fully pass the PAT. Logistics and details of this new classification are being finalized and notification to those affected will be forthcoming.
In my opinion, the reasoning for this new classification is straightforward. Many of us have worked with Associates that do a great job in the workplace and for our industry but can’t quite get over the final hurdle of the PAT. They have been educated by the PGA and their PGA mentors, actively work in our business, continue their career, and want to stay involved with our Association. We all know that finding quality Associates can be challenging. We also know we have a supply problem so it is critical to retain Associates in our industry. This classification gives the Associate lacking the final piece to their PGA Membership time to work on their game and hopefully pass that final step PAT to gain full PGA Membership. If an Associate can’t pass the PAT but has fulfilled all the other components of PGA Membership, they can stay involved in our Association and be valuable contributors to our game and continue their career passion. This creates the “soft-landing” at the end of the Acceptable Progress Period and instead of kicking them out, creates a place for them. I feel this is long overdue and encourages those that enjoy being a part of our Association and industry to continue their passion and career.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and questions. I will share some other Associates news next month.
Stay tuned, that is a teaser!
Doug Doxsie, PGA
Seattle Golf Club
PGA District 14 Director
Branden Thompson, PGA - Regional League Manager
All-Star rosters are due by the end of the day on July 31st. You should have received the link to the submission form around July 1st. I always appreciate the captain that will be in charge of the All-Star team letting me know as soon as possible.
Both 13u and 17u age divisions will be included in the Championship Season this year through the Regional Championship.
Both the 13u and 17u age divisions will be included in the Championship Season this year. Only 13u will advance past the Regional Championship.
The format will be nine-hole aggregate score, best three of the four scores from each team.
The top two teams in each age division from each site will advance to the PGA Jr. League PNW Section Championship at Eagle Crest Resort on August 21.
The top two teams in each age division will advance to the Regional Championship at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, WA, September 3-5.
Please read the excerpt from the Conditions of Play regarding very important information about the composition of All-Star teams. Be sure you understand the roster requirements for 2021. The entire conditions of play can be found on the Captain Resource Center under Key Resources and at the following link:
The Fall Season is a great time to continue the amazing momentum junior golf has right now. Offer PGA Jr. League as an in-house program or join with another facility to run a league. Team kits include an outerwear piece and new styles.
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.
Branden Thompson, PGA
Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant
It’s July and if you’re a golfer, you know what that means. The Open Championship is going to be the focal point for major championship golf. In order to play their best, every competitor will not only prepare to play their best, they will bring a trusted caddie to “be with” them, support them and guide them around the links where The Open is held this year.
I know this is the time of year when golf professionals start to feel burned out, too. We already executed multiple events for clients and members that required 14-15 hour days, often back to back to back (or more). It’s at this time when you might be sliding into “survival mode.” I know that seems easy, and it is, but that mode can lead to poor decisions, poor interactions and destructive outcomes for our career, our staff and our relationships with our employer and our club leadership.
Before you start that slide, may I suggest you find some time for yourself to “hit the override switch?” (What switch? You’re likely thinking.) It’s time to find more effective and more impactful ways to “be with” your customers, clients and members, such as:
Finally, as the season winds down in about 65-85 days (depending on your location), start to plan a way to “be with” your team away from your facility.
In each of the concepts above, I hope you see the goal is to “be with” either the customer, the member or with your team outside of the normal place(s) you interact with them. I also hope that you can see the true value in making these concepts happen for both yourself (as these experiences can be great ways to recharge yourself and others) and for your facility’s top line revenues. Each of these concepts will undoubtedly enhance engagement which leads to happier customers/members and flourish team members. If you have a success story that is based on one of these concepts or similar, I would love to learn about it directly from you. Please share it with me via email or by phone.
I am still “all in” to help you find ways to create “be with” solutions and opportunities for you at your facility, so please reach out when you have time. Hope to see you around the Section sometime soon.
The Alaska Folds of Honor Championship supported by Budweiser took place Saturday, July 10 at Moose Run GC – Creek Course. We had 16 teams, 64 players, that participated in a scramble competition and helped raise important funds for the Folds of Honor.
Our event raised $10,000 PLUS the incredible team at K&L led by Wes Kelso also added $5,000 to bring up the total to $15,000!
Congraulations to the winning team of Robert McGraw, Chase McGraw, Trey Miller and Tariq Simpson.
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 America. We can honor those who fought for our freedom by serving the families they leave behind. Additional information for Folds of Honor can be found at www.foldsofhonor.org.
Moose Run Golf Course located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the Anchorage metropolitan area, is a 36-hole military golf facility open to the public. Moose Run Golf Facility consists of two courses, the Creek Course and the Hill Course. This is the only 36-hole facility in Alaska and one of the premier military golf operations in the world! Their facility has earned several awards including:
Shelby Jacobson Hunt
Since the passing of our late PNWPGA Section President, Sean Fredrickson, the team at the Fredrickson Family Memorial Foundation has been hard at work to honor our dear friend with an opportunity to get more youth players into golf and expand diversity in our game and profession. The FREDDY initiative (Forming Relationships to Expand Diversity and Develop Youth) launched early this year. The goal is to reach players who may not have yet considered golf as a profession or even a hobby. This year we have 12 participating clubs across our Section who have hired an “intern” to learn the ropes of golf operations: from tournaments, to merchandising, and even course maintenance. We want to take the opportunity to introduce a few of our first-year participants.
Chas Holmes from Yakima Country Club has selected Aimee Penaloza, a freshman at West Valley High School in Yakima, WA. Aimee is not yet sure what she wants to study in college, but she already loves science. Her father introduced her to golf when she was really young, taking her to the driving range and lessons at the First Tee when she was just 7 years old! We are excited to have Aimee in our program and look forward to seeing her progress in her golf career.
From Willamette Valley Country Club, John Grothe has selected Andrew Edmunds, a senior at Oregon State University from Sherwood, OR. He is currently finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is planning to dive into the PGM program once he graduates. Andrew grew up playing baseball but was always surrounded by golf through family. Andrew says, “I am very relieved and excited to be able to say I have found my calling and the best part is that it’s surrounded by good people, a few clubs, and a little white ball.” We look forward to having Andrew join the golf industry and be a part of the FREDDY Initiative.
Colin McMahon from The Creek at Qualchan has selected high school junior Mateo Risse from Ferris High School as their Freddy Intern. Mateo is originally from Guatemala and was adopted when he was 6 months old and moved to Spokane, WA. He plans to join the band and play for the boy’s golf team this coming year. Mateo would like to go to a 4-year college where he can double major in business and psychology to make a difference in people’s lives, big or small. He also hopes to play golf in college as well! Mateo’s passion for golf came from his dad who taught him when he was 5 years old. He competes in tournaments throughout Washington and Idaho and told us how much golf has taught him about life.
August 2, 2021
Salem, OR - Illahe Hills CC
enter at www.pgatournaments.com
Pro-Am: August 14-15
Championship: August 16-18
Walla Walla, WA - Wine Valley GC
September 2-3, 2021
Seattle, WA - Rainier G&CC
enter at www.pgatournaments.com
September 21-23, 2021
Molalla, OR - Arrowhead GC
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October 31 - November 5, 2021
Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa/TPC Danzante Bay
December 5-9, 2021
Fort McDowell, AZ - We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort