September 1, 2022

President's Report

Click to watch a video message from Howie Pruitt, PNW PGA Section President.

Donahue Wins National Car Rental PNW PGA Assistant Professional Championship

by Cameron McCauley - PNW PGA tournament intern

On August 1, 2022, 37 Assistants and Associates gathered at Port Ludlow Golf Club in Port Ludlow, WA to compete in the National Car Rental PNW PGA Assistant Professional Championship. Players competed over 36 holes to qualify for the 46th PGA Assistant Championship supported by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, ASICS, to be held November 17-20, 2022, at PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

In the end, PGA Professional Bradley Donahue of Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia came out on top with scores of 70-67–137, 7-under to win the PNW PGA Assistant Champion title. Along with Donahue, PGA Professional Colin Inglis of Shadow Hills Country Club and PGA Professional Matthew Hoffman of Sand Point Country Club will be heading to Florida to represent the Section in November.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Donahue of his first Section win. “Our section is full of so many great golfers, so to come out on top of such a talented field for my first win is a huge confidence boost. It was a tight battle down the stretch so I was very pleased to keep my composure and finish it out strong.”

“It means a lot to advance to the National Championship from our Section,” stated Donahue. “That was my goal entering Monday… to finish in that top three so I could advance on to a great opportunity. I can’t wait to tee it up in Florida in November representing the PNW!”

Various other players had a solid week as well to put them into the three alternate positions, starting with first alternate PGA Professional Bradley Myers of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, PGA Professional Shane Prante of The Home Course, and PGA Professional Daniel Campbell of Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

“A huge thank you to the whole PNW PGA staff and Port Ludlow for a great event, they made everything very smooth and easy for the players,” Donahue stated. “The course looked great and played really well!”

The PNW PGA Section would like to thank host PGA Head Professional Jim Mancill and all his staff and grounds crew for having Port Ludlow GC in championship condition. We would also like to appreciate our sponsor National Car Rental as well as the support of Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, and ASICS.


Inglis Wins Second Washington Open Title

By Cameron McCauley, PNW PGA Tournament Intern

Meridian Valley Country Club hosted the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational on August 15-17, 2022. With a strong field of 168 competitors including PGA Professionals and amateurs, only one person could come out on top of the leaderboard. In the end, Colin Inglis finished with 70-65-68–203, 13-under to win his Washington Open title.

Colin Inglis did a fantastic job outlasting some other strong players in the Section such as PGA Professional Blake Synder of Pacific Northwest Academy, amateur Jordan Lee of Meridian Valley, PGA Professional Matt Epstein of Everett Golf and Country Club, and PGA Professional Shane Prante from The Home Course.

“I played away from the pin a lot and took the big miss out of play,” Inglis responded when asked what steps he took to continue to score. “I knew the par 5’s were all birdie holes and tried to make birdies on those holes and anything else was a bonus. I did a good job of avoiding bogeys and when I did hit a bad shot, I scrambled and chipped really well.”

Comparing this event to 2021, where he finished tied for fifth, he commented, “Last year I was in a similar position and handled the situation poorly, so it was nice to improve on my mental game and emotion.”

Furthermore, with this being his second win of the Washington Open, he stated, “It feels incredible. You really don’t win much in golf so anytime you can get a win it is a special feeling, especially when it is a section major at a great course like Meridian Valley.”

Before the championship, a weekend pro-am for charity was held. There were 34 sponsored teams, each with four amateurs led by one PGA Professional. This pro-am entailed a scramble format for day one with a shamble format on day two. Winning this year’s Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Pro-Am was The Residential Electric Company sponsor team, led by PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College with amateurs Karl Browne, Andrea Browne, Lisa Ziccarelli, and Mike Ziccarelli. This event raised over $98,000 to help provide scholarships for the children and spouses of those killed or disabled in service to the United States Military as well as support the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

The Section would like to thank Meridian Valley CC, Muckleshoot Casino and the players for making this event so special. Special thanks to General Manager Gordy Walker, PGA Head Professional Adam Englehorn, Superintendent Craig Benson and all the staff for the use of their course. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsors, Donovan Brothers, Hargis, Annasea and Meiomi Wines, as well as the continued support of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Hemplers/Isernio’s/Fletchers, Adidas and TaylorMade. This event was also supported by Club Car Skins and the PGA Tour.


Player of the Year Points Lists

Rolex Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 490
2. Shane Prante - 290
3. Matthew Epstein - 282.5
Rolex Senior Player of the Year
1. Jeff Coston - 377.5
2. Billy Bomar - 262.5
3. Rob Gibbons - 195
Assistant Player of the Year
1. Colin Inglis - 557.5
2. Shane Prante - 547.5
3. Craig Crandall - 437.5
Hudson Cup
1. Colin Inglis - 315
2. Shane Prante - 312.5
3. Matthew Epstein - 310
Senior Hudson Cup
1. Jeff Coston - 762.5
2. Billy Bomar - 612.5
3. Rob Gibbons - 565

September 2022 Declared "Washington Golf Month"

Washington Golf and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA are both celebrating their centennial year in 2022, and Governor Jay Inslee has officially proclaimed September 2022 as “Washington Golf Month” in recognition of the historic year and for the contributions that each organization has brought to the game, as well as for what the game has brought to the state of Washington.


Holk's Highlights: Chris Griffin and Mike Gove

This month we profile our captains of the upcoming 74th Hudson Cup Matches. Chris Griffin will captain the Professional team while Mike Gove will lead the Senior Professional team.

Chris Griffin played in the Hudson Cup Matches in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Hometown: Sumner, WA

PGA member since: 2006

How did you get into golf as a profession and who were your mentors?  I started my professional career at Tacoma Country and Golf Club and Rich Friend was a mentor of mine. Because of him, I got to know some of his friends like Mike Gove and Doug Doxsie and they quickly became golf professionals that I looked up to and respected.

What is your favorite Hudson Cup memory?  My first Hudson Cup at Waverley GC, I was not pumped about having to wear a coat and tie to the dinners but quickly realized the history and prestige of the event. Sitting in a room with 20 very good professional and amateur players, it became something I wanted to qualify for every year. The competition is truly fun and making the team with your professional peers is very gratifying.

What are you most looking forward to with captaining the 2022 Professional Hudson Cup Team at Tacoma C&GC? I’m most looking forward to being with the team and getting to know some of the great young players we currently have in the Section, as well as the amateurs, that I have not met before. The dinners and being around the guys and part of Pacific Northwest Section history is always fun. 

Mike Gove has played in quite a few Hudson Cup Matches (1992, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007) as well as the 2008 and 2009 Senior Matches. Before turning professional, he played in the 1979 Hudson Cup Matches on the amateur team. He was recently inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame.

Hometown: born in Seattle; currently lives in Lake Stevens, WA.

PGA member since: 1988

How did you get into golf as a profession and who were your mentors?  I joined the PGA Tour in 1980 and played until 1986 on the Tour. I went to work at Palm Valley CC in Palm Desert, CA in November of 1986. My first boss at Palm Valley–Scott Walter–was definitely a mentor. I watched Ron Hagen manage and run the Sand Point CC operation for years as a junior, high school and college player. (I was also shaped by) years of knowing what Bill Tindall and all the others have done for the game!

What are your favorite Hudson Cup memories?  Being selected as the award winner as an amateur, professional and senior professional.  Also, playing all three matches at Bear Creek years ago with David Jacobsen–not a finer man on the planet!

What are you most looking forward to with captaining the 2022 Senior Professional Hudson Cup Team at Tacoma C&GC? Spending the time with all the players – both amateur and professional, and adding to my involvement with the Section and the Hudson Cup!

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3/8/22 - Derek Berg - Meridian Valley CC #3
3/16/22 - Taylor Porter - Anthem CC #17
4/13/22 - Al Patterson - Wine Valley GC #11
5/31/22 - Kelly DeShaw - The Cedars at Dungeness #4

Bring Your Team to a Destination Pro-Am!

The PNW PGA has three amazing destination pro-am events you can enter today. How would you like to play golf in Mexico? What about an escape to the enchanting Southwest or the tropical island of Maui? Treat yourself and your members to an unforgettable experience. We hope to see your team at a destination event in 2022-23!

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Upcoming Events

PNW PGA Professional Championship

presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex
September 20-22, 2022
Spokane, WA – Manito G&CC
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PNW PGA Merchandise Show

September 25-26, 2022
Greater Tacoma Convention Center
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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:


Pros on the Move

by Sara Smith, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Employment Changes
  • (none)
Classification Changes
  • Andre P. Chiddick, PGA (Riverside G&CC) - from A-8 to A-1
  • Stanley D. Witko, PGA (Riverside G&CC) - from A-1 to A-14
  • Brandon R. Mohl, PGA (Rainier G&CC) - from A-8 to A-1

New Associates

  • Kaitlyn P. Howe (B-8) - Charbonneau GC
  • Donghun Kim (B-6) - Harbour Pointe GC
  • Gavin S. Sutherland (B-6) - The Golf Loft LLC
  • David A. Eshelman (B-8) - Lake Spanaway GC

Newly Elected Members

  • (none)

Transfers OUT of the Section

  • Jake Hanson, PGA - from Inglewood GC to Southwest Section
New Half Century Members
  • Jim Mapother, PGA - Canterwood G&CC
New Quarter Century Members
  • Stephanie Malone, PGA - Broadmoor GC

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