December 1, 2021

President's Report

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and I want to reflect on what I’m thankful for.

Following Frank’s excellent article on gratitude, I want to say “Thank You.” Thank you to Frank and the Section staff for their work to support the Section and make us all look good. Thank you to the ED’s and Chapter Leadership that make our Chapters and the Section one of the best in the PGA of America. Thank you to all of our spouses, partners, significant others, and plus-ones who support us as we devote so much time to the profession we love.

These last two years have taught us the values of flexibility, focus, and commitment. Once again, our owners and operators have asked us to do more with less. You all have delivered on that, and many of you went way beyond what was asked. I am proud of all our PGA Professionals and Associates in the Pacific Northwest. You all do so much with so little recognition. I truly appreciate you all and what you do. You are all OGO’s (Oh Great Ones).

Lastly, thank you all for allowing me the privilege and honor of serving as your Section President. I wish you all the happiest and safest of holidays!

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

Thank you for your time and all that you do,

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

Supporting Our Charities

You support vital charities in our communities through the PNW PGA tournament program! The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open helped raise $68,000 for Folds of Honor and Friends of American Lake Veterans GC in 2021. The Northwest Open and Alaska Folds of Honor Championship raised an additional $20K for Folds of Honor this year. The 2021 Rosauers Open made $100K for Vanessa Behan.

The Chapters collectively raised over a million dollars for organizations like the Children’s Cancer Association, Boys & Girls Club, Golf Course Superintendents Association, Folds of Honor, Friends of the American Lake Veterans GC and The First Tee. Additionally, the first-ever PNW PGA 100-Hole Marathon raised $50,900 for 23 local charities.

You should all be proud of yourselves! In this season of giving, if you are able to do so, we invite you to donate additional funds to our official tournament charities.

Folds of Honor:

Folds of Honor is the official charity of the Muckleshoot Washington Open Invitational. It 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.!

Vanessa Behan:

Proceeds from the Rosauers Open Invitational go to the Vanessa Behan, Spokane’s safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect.  The charity provides vital services, including counseling, education and referrals for parents of young children in Eastern Washington.

Pacific Northwest Section PGA Junior Golf Fund, Inc.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the PNW PGA Junior Golf Fund and show your commitment to the future of golf. Your generosity supports important initiatives like the Bunny Mason Scholarship and Youth Player Development Grants. Donate at

Thank you for your support!

Holk's Highlights: Player of the Year Award Winners

Colin Inglis, PGA
PNW PGA Assistant Player of the Year

Colin placed 2nd at the National Car Rental PNW PGA Assistant Championship, qualifying for the National Assistant Championship where he placed T-27th. Colin won the Rosauers Open, placed T-5th at the Washington Open and 8th at the Northwest Open.

Tony Robydek, PGA
Rolex PNW PGA Senior Player of the Year

In addition to playing well all year and advancing to the National Senior PGA Professional Championship, he placed:
2nd – PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship
T-2nd – Senior Players’ Championship
T-6th – Senior Oregon Open Invitational

Colin Inglis, PGA
Rolex PNW PGA Player of the Year

Colin was the champion of both the Rosauers Open Invitational and the PNW PGA Professional Championship. He also placed T-5th at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational and 8th at the Northwest Open Invitational to win this category.

Player of the Year Points Lists

Rolex Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 665
2. Shane Prante - 512.5
3. Derek Berg - 497.5
Assistant Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 697.5
2. Shane Prante - 655
3. Brady Sharp - 425
Rolex Senior Player of the Year - FINAL
1. Tony Robydek - 400
T2. Jeff Coston - 367.5
T2. Greg Manley - 367.5

Upcoming Events

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PNW PGA "Stay Involved" Education Opportunties

Unique Opportunities in Golf Merchandising

  • December 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific
  • presented by Gordon Corder, PGA
  • This webinar will be held via Google Meet
  • Receive 1 PGA Required MSR / 1 AMP Education Credit for attending

Early Career Success: Job Campaigning

  • December 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am Pacific
  • presented by Monte Koch, PGA
  • This webinar will be held in person at Broadmoor GC
  • Live streaming will be available via Google Meet
  • Receive 2 PGA Required MSR's / 1 AMP Education Credit for attending

Employment Opportunities

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

These are primarily “PGA Professional” only positions posted on the PGA Career Services Job Board:


We Are All Feeling the Crunch of Inflation - Be Proactive About Keeping up Your Compensation!

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Don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or difficulty in completing your profile. Thank you for your contribution to this important tool used to impact compensation for you and your peers!

Regards, Monte

Pros on the Move

by Robin Lindsey, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes
  • John P Armstrong (B-8) - from The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge to Bear Creek CC
  • Cole J. Clearman, PGA (A-1) - from Twin Lakes G&CC to Bear Creek CC
  • Matthew T. Fredrickson, PGA (A-8) - from Bellingham G&CC to Eugene CC
  • Brian H. Johnson (B-23) - from Allenmore Public GC to Club Champion - Tacoma
  • Eugene Sullivan, PGA (A-1) - from McNary GC to Woodburn Estates G&CC
  • Tyler Sweet, PGA (A-4) - from Port Ludlow GC to Wine Valley GC
Classification Changes
  • (none)

New Associates

  • Stephen V. DeMonbreun (B-8) - Iron Horse GC
  • Andrew L. Edmunds (B-8) - Willamette Valley CC
  • Russell E. Olsen (B-14) - Tumwater Valley GC

Newly Elected Members

  • Julian J. Rivera, PGA (A-8) - The Reserve Vineyards & GC

Transfers INTO the Section

  • Dennis P. Gavin, PGA (LM) to Salem, OR from Utah 
  • Mitch Lowe, PGA (A-6) to Glendoveer GC from Northern California
  • William H. Maciasz (B-8) to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort from Gulf States 
  • Ryan T. Nielson, PGA (A-1) to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort from Rocky Mountain 
Transfers OUT of the Section
  • Eric D. Briggs, PGA - from Lakeland Village GC to Northern California
  • Kyle J. Clearman, PGA - from PXG Seattle to Southern California
  • Cody A. Gronning, PGA - from The GC At Black Rock to Southwest
  • Tara N. Liebert - from Buffalo Hill GC to Southern California 
  • Evan J. Mitchell, PGA - from Rock Creek Cattle Co. to Southern California
  • Aaron A. Moe, PGA - from The GC At Black Rock to Southern California
New Quarter Century Members
  • George D. Houlihan, PGA
  • Michael A. Miller, PGA
  • Lorie A. Mulhern, PGA
  • Gregg M. Rogers, PGA
  • Mark Torney, PGA
  • Thomas P. Vold, PGA
Deceased Members

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