October 15, 2022

CEO's Report

Frank Talarico | [email protected]

Leaves are Changing, So Could Your Business

Something magical happens in October. The air is crisper and clearer; the trees start to turn from green to an array of gold, copper, and bronze; the sense of something new and exciting happening lingers around every corner. The start of fall feels like a new beginning – a fresh start. The long and hot summer has drawn to a close, making way for new ideas and fresh perspectives, in turn bolstering that drive to get motivated, get productive, and get things done. This is especially true for businesses. A recent study found that workers get the most out of their work in the autumn months than at any other time of the year.

For those who want to improve their businesses, autumn is the perfect time to make some positive changes. Providing a good business culture is hot news right now, with recent research by Gartner showing that managing and improving culture is a top priority for business and organizational leaders. So why not take this autumnal opportunity to improve company culture?

Productivity is at its peak during the fall, with more tasks getting completed than any other season. Use this to your advantage and define the nuts and bolts of your company culture, including your business values, working arrangements, and your employee recognition program. Record and share all the details with your team to spread awareness of your company culture initiatives and to ensure staff are in the know.

The other great thing about autumn? It’s full of events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the lead up to Christmas, giving you the perfect excuse to organize work socials that bring people together.

All those fresh ideas and perspectives that suddenly feel possible at this time of year? Ask your staff to share them. This feedback will help you design a workplace culture that’s inclusive, employee-centric, and authentic. Use the many digital tools like polls, surveys, or e-forms to collect feedback, so that you can gain insights and monitor any trends that keep popping up. 

We at the Section and in each of the Chapters use this time of year to begin our planning for the next year.  Budgets, event plans, and a review of the current year to consider ways to improve our member services are all underway.  I invite you to contact me if you have any feedback on the past year’s events and services. 

My congratulations to those who made the Hudson Cup teams. We look forward to an exciting competition, October 20-21 at Tacoma Country & Golf Club.  Thank you to all who attended the PNW PGA Merchandise Show and Fall Meeting. Our vendors were happy to connect with many of you in-person. I encourage you all to reach out to them year-round. Vendor information is kept up to date on the Online Member Handbook (ForeTees login): https://web.foretees.com/pnwpga.

The PNWPGA has the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of those who so faithfully served our nation.  Help us change the lives of Veterans in our Section by donating to PGA HOPE. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by Veteran’s Day. Visit: https://p.ga/hope/donate/pacific-northwest.

Fall is also a wonderful time to say thanks to our very loyal partners.  Very special thanks to Mr. Trent MacEachran and Callaway for their support of our section and our partnership in producing the inaugural “PNW PGA Callaway Golf Challenge.”  The 2023 challenge leaderboard has already started. My thanks, also, to the sponsors of the 2022 Pacific Golf & Turf Pro-Am Championship: Pete Trudeau with Pacific Golf & Turf, Bud Garmany with Garmany Golf, Amy Grogan with Hole-In-One USA, Eric Kobylinski with Mizuno USA, and Morgan Price with Therabody.

Lastly, a reminder that we have started the “new year” of the Farmers Insurance/Jared Bouchey Hole-in-One Challenge. The new challenge year runs from now until October 18, 2023.  For more information on eligibility and how to get your share of $10,000, please click here.

As always, if I or any member of our amazing section staff can be of service to you, never hesitate to call.

Coston Wins 8th PNW PGA Professional Championship Title

Molly Cooper, PGA  Certified Professional - Director of Tournament & Member Programs

The historic and beautiful Manito G&CC hosted the PNW PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex on September 20-22, 2022. Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC won the Section Championship title by one stroke over Derek Berg of PNW Golf Academy. Coston fired rounds of 70-64-67—201, 12 under par for the 54-hole event.

Asked about this victory just a month shy of his 67th birthday, Coston responded, “It is wonderful although I’m 40 from the neck down! It is a wonderful challenge to continually reinvent myself, adjust, continue to grow, and appropriate principles and templates I’ve designed over many failures and some success over time!”

Comparing this win to his previous seven titles (the first being in 1997), Coston said that “each victory is a different script in the movie of my life. All are special and I am so grateful I’m able to share my process with the folks and friends I teach and mentor.”

Coston described his strategy for Manito G&CC as “a game plan and patience to begin with. I was +2 at one time and ended up-12. Creatively and speed on the greens of course. Wedges and par 5’s like always.”


Stewart and Tibbits Win Pacific Golf & Turf PNW Pro-Amateur Championship

Tanner T. Montgomery, PGA - Manager of Tournament Operations

PGA Professional Bruce Stewart of Stone Creek and amateur Spencer Tibbits of Royal Oaks CC won the Pacific Golf & Turf Pro-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Resort. They combined for rounds of 66-63–129.

On October 6, players of the Pacific Golf & Turf PNW Pro-Amateur Championship began their first round of the two-round tournament at Sheep Ranch Golf Course at the Bandon Dunes Resort. With round two being played at the original Bandon Dunes Course, the next 48 hours was sure to be filled with beautiful views and spectacular golf.

“It feels awesome to win with Spencer, who I’ve coached since he was 10 years of age,” said Bruce Stewart of the win. “Teaching youth has always been a passion and joy of mine. So winning the Pacific Golf and Turf Pro-Am Championship with a student of mine fills me with much joy.”

This wasn’t the first time Mr. Stewart has found the winners circle at this event. His first win was in 1979, where he won as an amateur at Fircrest Golf Club.


District #14 Director's Report

Doug Doxsie, PGA | [email protected]

It is hard to believe, but my service as your District 14 Director on the National Board of Directors ends on November 3rd at the 106th PGA Annual meeting. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to represent the Pacific Northwest Section and Southwest Section and hope I met your expectations. There are so many people to thank for their support that I worry I will miss someone but here goes. First, my family, especially my wife Pam for “sharing” me to be able to carry out my duties. This position is like having a second job and I am appreciative of my families’ support. Secondly, my great members and my staff at Seattle Golf Club for their encouragement and understanding of the time away from the club. Thirdly, the 2019 PNWPGA Board of Directors for their confidence by selecting me for this position. Next, the great staff in the National office and Section office. They are passionate about what they do and were an invaluable resource to me in this position. A special shout out to former PNWPGA CEO Jeff Ellison and current CEO Frank Talarico for their support and collaboration while I served. Lastly, thanks to all of you for the suggestions, feedback, questions and conversations about the PGA.


PGA Jr. League

Branden Thompson, PGA - Player Engagement Consultant | [email protected]

Hopefully you were able to catch some of the live coverage of the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship over the weekend.  It was an amazing event won by the team from North Carolina.  If you missed it, you can still watch it on-demand via ESPN+.  

Highlights from 2022:

  • Approximately 3800 players in program, up 10% over 2021
  • Over $700,000 in coaching fees paid to PNW Section Professionals
  • 6 coaches with over 100 players in PGA Jr. League programs.
  • Section Champions
    • 13u – Meadow Springs CC
    • 17u – Chambers Bay GC 

Here is the Century Club (coaches with 100 or more players):

  • Meadow Springs CC, Jason Aichele, PGA 
  • First Tee of Greater Seattle, Evan Johnsen, PGA 
  • Meadow Park GC, Ben Talbot, PGA 
  • Chambers Bay, Matt Montecucco, PGA 
  • Meridian Valley CC, Paul Russo, PGA and Brian Thornton, PGA 
  • Griffin Golf, Sara Griffin, PGA

Convergence Towards Your Best Year as a PGA Professional

Monte Koch, PGA Certified Professional, CEIP - PGA Career Consultant | [email protected]

It’s finally early fall for us in the Pacific NW region (and Section), and now there’s a chance to enjoy football, the MLB playoffs and catch up on some family time, rest and maybe get some PTO.

From early April until about now, a professional in our industry is routinely hit with the urgent, the deadlines, the emergency, etc. and unfortunately the important efforts that will give us the greatest benefit are left undone or undealt with.

With that context in mind, let’s think about how we can work on getting our three phases together (physical, mental and spiritual) and going the right direction and converge in a way that will take each of us towards our best year as a PGA professional. Convergence? Let’s define it: 1: the act of moving toward union or uniformity and consistency.

How can we think about convergence of our three phases (physical, mental and spiritual)? By becoming more of a Stoic.

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Employment Opportunities

These are primarily “PGA Professional” only positions posted on the PGA Career Services Job Board: https://jobs.pga.org


Upcoming "Stay Involved" Education Webinars

Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT – PGA Jr. League Value Tracking – presented by Branden Thompson

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Bring Your Team to a Destination Pro-Am!

The PNW PGA has three amazing destination pro-am events you can enter today. How about an escape to enchanting Arizona for the PNW PGA Arizona Sun Pro-Am or the tropical island of Maui for the Pelzer Golf Hawaiian Paradise Pro-Am? We also have one team spot left in the Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am. Treat yourself and your members to an unforgettable experience. We hope to see your team at a destination event soon!

Contact our team at: [email protected] | 360-456-6496

Together, with your support, we can impact the lives of our nation’s heroes. Give with a purpose by donating to the PGA National Day of HOPE campaign between now and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). Funds raised will sponsor a Veteran in our local community through PGA HOPE.

Donate $25 or more and be automatically entered to win one (1) round of golf for two (2) players at Chambers Bay.

Also, check out the opportunities to bid on some cool items in the online silent auction!


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