December 1, 2022

President's Report

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  In Western Montana, it has been frigid and snowy.  However, I did get my first ski days in on my new knee.  It was wonderful!

As we enter December, your Officers, Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and Staff are busy planning for 2023.  The arduous process is more than many may know.  Each Chapter is nearing completion of your tournament schedules and budgets for 2023.  Most Chapters have met and established their goals and objectives for the coming year, held committee meetings to address the important items of player development, professional development, education, governance, tournaments, and reviewed their 2022 operations.  The Section will conduct the same winter planning meeting on December 3rd.  Frank has worked with Bill Shea to create our Section budget for 2023.  Additionally, all committees have met and completed plans for next year.  At this meeting we will set goals and objectives, establish timelines, and measure our performance as an organization on your behalf.  By the way, please help thank our sponsors in any way you can.        

I commend Frank and his team for their hard work.  Our Section is one of the best in the Nation.  We offer and excel at more programs than most.  We are considered a best practice in many of the things we do by our peer Sections.  Our tournament program is excellent.  Our destination pro-ams are very successful.  Our Chapters are aligned through our ED’s and Chapter leadership.  We are second in PGA Junior League participation and among the best in our Drive Chip and Putt program.  So, what’s next?  Well…  I am going to share several areas I want to see grow. 

PNWPGA Foundation

I am not sure many of you know, but Frank is a foundation guru!  Frank’s first job in golf was when he was hired in 1998 by the Southern California Section of the PGA to start and grow their foundation. A separate nonprofit organization wholly owned by that section, today, the SCPGA Foundation is one of the largest and most successful in the PGA.  

The PNWPGA Board made a decision last year to establish the Pacific Northwest Section Foundation Task Force.  That Task Force was led by Section past president Bryan Tunstill. I thank him for all his time and hard work. That group spent the better part of the year evaluating the opportunity to transition our Junior Golf Fund into an operating foundation. They recommended and the Section board approved moving forward with this effort.  Nearly all the Sections in the country have a foundation of some type.  We have had a Junior Golf Fund for many years, but we haven’t utilized it well.  The Section’s new foundation will develop in 2023, and I anticipate many of our current programs will move into our foundation.  Look for more information to come in the months ahead.


The PGA Lead program is an amazing opportunity for our professionals to develop leadership skills.  LEAD is a national program, and the PNW Section has had many professionals graduate.  The PGA is accepting candidates for Cohort VII now.  If you or a professional you know are interested in this opportunity, please click here for more information.  Our Section LEAD graduates will gladly help you along the path or give you insight about the program. 


In 2022, I have become a major PGA HOPE fan.  If you don’t know what PGA HOPE is, please give me a call and I will share my amazing experiences with you.  This year we hosted a Missoula PGA HOPE program, and I had the honor of attending the PGA HOPE National Golf and Wellness event in Washington, DC with some amazing veterans.  The HOPE program literally saves lives.  Veterans that had little to no interest in the game come together as a community through our great sport.  The opportunity to teach military veterans to play golf is awesome, but even more than that, it is amazing to develop relationships and life-long friends.  In 2022 there were four programs in the Pacific Northwest.  My goal is to see us establish 12 for 2023.  Please find a way to get involved with PGA HOPE. 


PNW PGA Professionals are the best at junior golf.  We prove it year after year with our PGA Junior League numbers.  Talk about a program that serves the member and grows the game!  How about we take it one step further?  PGA JAM is a PNW PGA program.  We are the pioneers of a program that is literally a game changer for our industry.  As a pilot program, I have 15 of my junior golfers that are PGA Junior Ambassador Members for the year.  This group of kids are basically in the boy and girl scouts of golf!  In September, my Jammers hosted a fundraiser to raise money for PGA Junior League All-star expenses.  They raised nearly $3,000 for their own program.  They did all the work for the event and had a blast.  They may have been a little sadistic with the hole locations!  In November, my JAM kids did a very successful food drive for local area families, through their schools, that needed food for the holidays.  They learned about community, giving, and participated in supporting families.  Up next in February is our final program, a junior simulator league.  Good stuff, and the best part is that these are programs we were already doing, but the Junior Ambassadors now are vested in our success, while they learn teamwork, leadership, and life skills.  

PGA Coach

Personally, I am missing out by failing to complete my PGA Coach profile.  Over the next 60 days I will be completing mine.  Have you done yours?  Join me if you haven’t.  Let’s get it done.  Even though I don’t get to teach a lot as a GM, I want to continue to grow as a Professional.  I am excited to learn about the ADM model and new ways to better engage, inspire, and retain golfers.

The best part of these programs is that they drive revenue to you and your facility.  Growing the game, creating new golfers and bolstering your customer base is at the heart of what we do as PGA Professionals.  If you’re asking what the PGA does for you, these programs are the best part of it.  Additionally, don’t forget about benefits like the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarships which open for application for the 2023-24 school year on December 9, 2022.  College scholarships are available for the children of PGA Professionals.  Make sure your child applies.  I have two daughters that received scholarships for college.  Soon you will also see the rollout of the deferred compensation program from National.  It is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2023.  Look for information soon and don’t forget to sign up. 

I have laid a lot out there in this article.  There are so many ways to enhance your career through our Association.  For all of us, this is the slow season.  Find time for your family, get some much-deserved rest, and find a program that fits your strengths that will make you more money and a better professional.

This is my last chance to wish you the best this Holiday Season, as Frank will write our next report.  So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Best wishes,

Chris M. Nowlen, PGA

Supporting Our Charities

Through the PNW PGA tournament program, you support vital charities in our communities. The Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open helped raise $98,000 for Folds of Honor and Friends of the American Lake Veterans GC in 2022. The Alaska Folds of Honor Championship raised an additional $15,400 for Folds of Honor this year while the 2022 Rosauers Open made $100K for Vanessa Behan.

The second annual PNW PGA 100-Hole Marathon raised over $100K for 28 local charities! This is double the amount raised in 2021, where just over $50,000 was raised for 23 local charities.

Additionally, the inaugural PGA Day of HOPE fundraiser raised over $3,500 for PGA HOPE Pacific Northwest. Funds will support our program growth and invite more Veterans to use golf as a therapeutic outlet for their social, emotional, and physical well-being. ​

We are blown away by your support and generosity! You should all be proud of yourselves and the work you’ve done for the charities, including those listed below.

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.

American Lake Veterans Golf Course:

The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lakewood, Washington and offers rehabilitation, therapy, socialization and support to those who have given so much for our country.

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.

Donations support important initiatives like the Bunny Mason Scholarship and Youth Player Development Grants. Donate at

PGA HOPE Pacific Northwest:

Taught by local PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a free, adaptive program introducing Veterans with disabilities to golf. PGA HOPE Pacific Northwest currently operates four program locations serving Veterans in Tacoma, Spokane, Missoula, and Southern Oregon and is currently in the process of growing our program to serve the hundreds of thousands of Veterans and Active Duty Military who call the Pacific Northwest Section home.

Holk's Highlights: Player of the Year Winners

2022 Rolex PNW PGA Player of the Year: Colin Inglis

Colin won the 2022 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational and the Oregon PGA Chapter Championship and had several top-10 finishes: 3rd at the PNW PGA Professional Championship, T-5th at the Pelzer Golf Oregon Open Invitational and T-10th at the Rosauers Open Invitational. He also placed T-6th at the National PGA Professional Championship, where he advanced to 2022 PGA Professional Championship, plus secured a spot for 2023 National PGA Professional Championship!

2022 Rolex PNW PGA Senior Player of the Year: Jeff Coston

Jeff had a great year, winning the 2022 Senior Players’ Championship and the Senior Washington Open Invitational. He also placed T5 at the PNW PGA Senior Professional Championship and T6th at the Senior Oregon Open Invitational. (This did not count towards the Sr. POY Points but he also won the PNW PGA Professional Championship and was low pro at the Northwest Open Invitational!)

2022 PNW PGA Assistant Player of the Year: Colin Inglis

Colin won the 2022 Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational and the Oregon PGA Chapter Championship, placed T-5th at the Pelzer Golf Oregon Open Invitational and T-10th at the Rosauers Open Invitational. He placed 2nd at the National Car Rental PNW PGA Assistant Championship, going on to place T-9th at the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

Player of the Year Points Lists

Rolex Player of the Year - FINAL
1. Colin Inglis - 580
2. Derek Berg - 402.5
3. Jeff Coston - 390
Rolex Sr. Player of the Year - FINAL
1. Jeff Coston - 502.5
2. Billy Bomar - 405
3. Jeff Gove - 355
Assistant Player of the Year - FINAL
1. Colin Inglis - 607.5
2. Shane Prante - 547.5
3. Craig Crandall - 437.5

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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
  • Christopher A. Runyan, PGA (A - 4) - from GOLFTEC - Spokane to Circling Raven GC
  • Bryce T. Tirrill (B - 8) - from Bend GC to Eugene CC
  • Terrance Q. Parnell (B - 1) - from Canyon Lakes GC to Sun Willows GC
Classification Changes
  • Nicholas J. Mabry, PGA (Forest Hills GC) - from A - 6 to A - 1

New Associates

  • Blake M. Muscardin (B - 8) - Royal Oaks CC
  • Kyle D. Mcpherson (B - 9) - Sahalee CC
  • Keith E. Kipp, Jr. (B - 1) - Red Wolf GC
  • Matthew S. Preston (B - 14) - West Coast Golf Academy
  • Bevan F. Nicolaisen (B - 24) - Broken Top GC
  • Kennedy F. Swann (B - 1) - Tokatee GC
  • Cody R. Mullins (B - 8) Astoria G&CC

Newly Elected Members

  • David M. VonBrethorst (A-1) - Circling Raven GC
  • Trey E. Harbick, PGA (A-6) - Tokatee GC
  • Keith M. Johnson, PGA (RSV) - Spanaway, WA
  • Jaren C. Mack, PGA (A-1) - Running Y Ranch Resort

Transfers OUT of the Section

  • Jacob D. Warner, PGA - from The GC at Black Rock to Southern California 
  • Evan J. Mitchell, PGA - from Rock Creek Cattle Company to Southern California 
  • Keith W. Bennett, PGA - from The GC at Newscastle to Southwest 
  • Kyle G. Sidlo, PGA - from Rock Creek Cattle Company to Southern California
  • John J. Houlihan - from Pronghorn to Colorado 
  • Colton R. Stodghill - from Eagle Bend GC to Southwest 
  • Suzanne D. Slaugenhaupt, PGA - from Richland, WA to Southwest 

Transfers INTO the Section

  • Bradford D. Bean, PGA (A - 8) to Kent, WA from South Florida 

New Half Century Club Members

  • Rod Burruel, PGA (LM) - Kennewick, WA

New Quarter Century Club Members

  • Rick M. Blankenburg, PGA (A - 8) - Bellingham Golf

Newly Certified Members

  • Christopher A. Johnson, PGA (A - 14) - SPP - Riverside G&CC

Deceased Members

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