October 1, 2021

President's Report

As our tournament season winds down, I want to offer a special thanks to our Section tournament staff. Great job this year!  It was a trying and tiring season, and I could not be prouder of the job you did for the members and amateurs that played this season. Congratulations to Colin Inglis for winning the PPC at Arrowhead and all the other players who qualified for the National Championship. To Rob Gibbons and the owners and staff at Arrowhead, a special thanks. It is tough to give up that revenue by letting us use your facilities for three days. A big THANK YOU!

Over the past months, I have shared my thoughts on different leadership and personal development approaches with you. These often came from a book or tape I had discovered. In this article, I am going back to an “oldie but goodie.”

But before I start, I want to create some context. Think about the parable of the Broiled Frog. Frogs can change their body temperature based on the water temperature. If you put a frog in a beaker of water and added a heat source to the beaker, the frog would slowly adjust its body temperature to match the changing water temperature. This is what the frog has always done, and it has worked in the past, except if the water boils, so does the frog. The point is, if you think about leadership the same way you always have, you could end up like a frog.

In the ’90s Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner published a book titled “The Leadership Challenge.” They reaffirmed that leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior. What do effective leaders do when achieving their personal best? The authors determined five core practices: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. These are the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

Summary of the Five Leadership Practices

1. Model the Way
Key Behaviors:
Set the example by behaving in ways that reflect shared values. Achieve small wins that build confidence, commitment and consistent progress.
The leader sets an example. Define shared behavioural standards and then exemplify them. Kouses and Posner also believe it is essential to achieve some small wins (eat the elephant one bite at a time).
2. Inspiring a Shared Vision
Key Behaviors:
Envision an uplifting, exciting, meaningful future. Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to their values, interests, hopes, and dreams.
Leaders should work on their vision before enlisting others to refine it and make it theirs. Use powerful, evocative language to capture the vision and inspire others.
3. Challenge the Process
Key Behaviors:
Search out challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate and improve. Take a risk and learn from your mistakes.
The leader is a change agent-questioning, challenging, and seeking new ideas. Take risks, experiment, learning from, and allowing mistakes. Importantly, encourage new ideas. Let them flourish.
4. Enable Others to Act
Key Behaviors:
Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust. Strengthen people’s ability by delegating power, developing their competence, and offering visible support.
Build a spirit of trust and collaboration. Encourage people to share information. Kouzes and Posner believe that leaders must disclose what they believe and care about and, when necessary, show some vulnerability. This means delegating power, believing in others, and investing in their development.
5. Encourage the Heart
Key Behaviors:
Recognize individual contributions: praise and celebration. Celebrate team accomplishments often.

Please give the practices some thought and give them a try. If you are in a leadership rut, get out! A rut and a grave are very similar. One has the ends kicked out.

As always, please stay safe, reach out, and contact someone you have not seen or talked to in a while.

Howie Pruitt, PGA
Director, Golf Operations, Aspen Lakes GC
President, Pacific Northwest Section

2020 Special Award Winner Interviews

Besides celebrating our hard-working PGA Professionals, the awards are a great way to learn from some of the best and brightest in our Section. We invite you to watch the 10-minute interviews with our 2020 PNW PGA Special Award winners at your convenience. Please enjoy these informational and inspiring videos!

Inglis Wins PNW PGA Professional Championship

by Tanner T. Montgomery, PGA - Manager of Tournament Operations

With beautiful Arrowhead Golf Club hosting, Colin Inglis of Shadow Hills CC won the PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex by three strokes over Austin Hurt of Wing Point G&CC. Inglis fired rounds of 64-68-68-200, 13 under par for the 54-hole event.

“It means a lot to win this tournament,” said Inglis of his victory. “To win any event in our section you have to beat so many great players so it’s always a great accomplishment to say you were the best that week. Golf has so many ups and downs, you win a tournament and it can all change pretty quick. So, I am just going to try and build off this win and keep working on my game and keep getting better!”

Claiming the Section Championship title, Inglis adds to an already stellar season that included a victory at the Rosauers Open. “I think golf is just such a game of confidence and I had success early in the year and just built off that. After playing well at the National Club Pro for three days early in the year, I felt like I could play with anyone and tried to keep that confidence all year,” Inglis commented.

In addition to Inglis and Hurt, Jason Aichele of Meadow Springs CC, Ryan Malby of Kalispel, MT, Shane Prante of The Home Course, Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC and Ryan Benzel of Sahalee CC will advance directly to the 2022 PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, held at OMNI Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on April 17-20, 2022.

“It is a great feeling to be one of the 7 to represent the Northwest. I think we all know how strong our section is, and being able to show that to the rest of the country is something I think we are all looking forward to,” Inglis said of the opportunity to represent the Section on the national level.

“It would be an incredible opportunity to play in a Major Championship, and that is everyone’s goal that goes to that tournament, so I am really looking forward to that,” he added. The low 20 scores at the 2022 PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex will earn a place in the 104th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma in May 2022.

Special thanks to the Fisher family, PGA Head Professional Rob Gibbons and the staff at Arrowhead GC. We also had some amazing Presenting Sponsors in Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, along with Supporting Sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike, TaylorMade and Supporting Partners in Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.


Player of the Year Points Lists

Rolex Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 665
2. Shane Prante - 472.5
3. Derek Berg - 422.5
Hudson Cup
1. Colin Inglis - 537.5
2. Derek Berg - 418.75
3. Jeff Coston - 406.25
Assistant Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 647.5
2. Shane Prante - 607.5
3. Brady Sharp - 425
Rolex Senior Player of the Year
1. Tony Robydek - 400
T2. Jeff Coston - 367.5
T2. Greg Manley - 367.5
Senior Hudson Cup
1. Jeff Coston - 838.75
2. Rob Gibbons - 737.5
3. Tony Robydek - 700

Upcoming Events

"Fore the Best" Podcast

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PNW PGA Arizona Sun Pro-Am

December 5-9, 2021
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PNW PGA Hawai'i Pro-Am

January 13-20, 2022
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Education Opportunties

In-Person PGA HOPE Professional Training Session @ Columbia Edgewater CC
October 6 @ 7:45 am – 3:30 pm

Get PGA HOPE certified to work with vets in a FREE one-day seminar presented by Bob Epperly, PGA. The purpose of the training program is to provide a comfortable first experience for military Veterans and REACH’s military golf program. PGA Professionals attending one of these sessions will be eligible to participate as instructors for these programs. This program is also a great opportunity for PGA Professionals to be trained to teach all people with disabilities at their clubs.

Receive 6 MSR Credits (Required Category) for attending.

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Webinar - Exploring Wage and Hour Issues for Country Clubs
October 4 @ 8:00 – 9:00 am Pacific
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Holk's Highlights: Carl Hetterle, PGA

This month we profile Carl Hetterle, who completed the PGA Certified Professional Program in 2019. Currently he has a certification in Golf Operations and plans to complete a PGA Specialized Program during this coming off-season.

Facility: Tacoma C&GC

Hometown: Currently resides in Steilacoom, WA

PGA Member Since: 2017

How did you get started in your golf career and who were your mentors?

Inspired by a change of pace and scenery, I decided to chase my golf dreams in the desert. I started by working in the bag room at Phoenix Country Club after several years working on an Unlimited Hydroplane racing team based out of Seattle, WA. After a year or so in the bag room, I was promoted to Assistant Golf Professional and haven’t looked back.

In my career I have been lucky to work for and with some great professionals; Darren Black, Dan Hill, Stephanie Malone, Tim Feenstra, Brett Eaton and James Hochrine. Dan taught me that you can learn one of two things from every person: what to do and what not to do. I have tried to surround myself with people who I can learn “what to do” from. All of the professionals listed above have been positive influences on my approach to the business and have been in my corner ever since.

What benefits of the PGA CPP have you seen in your career or at your facility?

The direct benefit is hard to quantify, however the impact for me is indispensable. Sometimes it is hard for us as professionals to see things through a different lens. Working through the certification, I learned to see pieces of the operation in a different light, noticing how they all played a part together in the operation as a whole.

As an Assistant Professional with the goal of becoming a Head Professional, it is important that I continually learn from my experiences as well as continue my education. If I continue to grow professionally, my facility will objectively benefit and gain value from my specialized knowledge.

What advice do you have for other PNW PGA Professionals thinking of going through the PGA CPP?

Why wouldn’t you? Life is all about experiences and you might surprise yourself by what you can gain by completing this program. Additional benefits include, but aren’t limited to, setting you apart when applying for that next job and earning your MSR credits.

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


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Regards, Monte

Pros on the Move

by Robin Lindsey, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes
  • Timothy J. Bakker, PGA (A-20) - from King Ranch GC to Golf Genius Software
  • Noah A. Horstman, PGA (A-14) - from S. Oregon Golf Academy to W. Coast Golf Academy
  • Thomas C. Larson (B-8) - from Coeur D'Alene GC to Everett G&CC
  • Nicholas J. Mabry, PGA (A-6) - from RedTail Golf Center to Forest Hills GC
Classification Changes
  • Brian L. Grosswiler, PGA (Sportsman Ski Haus) - from A-6 to A-1

New Associates

  • Timothy H. Lee (B-8) - Oswego Lake CC
  • Joseph M. Medora (B-8) - Tetherow GC
  • Joe I. Wainhouse (B-8) - Meridian Valley CC
  • Joshua E. Whitley (B-8) - Awbrey Glen GC

Newly Elected Members

  • John P. Halligan, PGA (A-8) - Iron Horse GC
  • Liam A. Kendregan, PGA (A-6) - Sand Point CC
  • Bradley E. Lanning, PGA (A-8) - Shadow Hills CC
  • Lucas J. McLeod, PGA (A-8) - Bear Creek CC
  • Brandon R. Mohl, PGA (A-8) - Rainier G&CC
  • Nico D. Van Der Ven, PGA (A-8) - Aldarra GC

Transfers INTO the Section

  • Erik F Horve, PGA (A-6) to Emerald Valley GC from Southern California 
  • Matt D. Pinter, PGA (LMM) to Mill Creek, WA from Michigan 
Transfers OUT of the Section
  • Connor J. Kmetic - from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to Southern Texas
New Quarter Century Club Members
  • Matthew J. Amundsen, PGA of Vashon, WA
Deceased Members

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