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The Official Publication of the Colorado PGA Winter 2017

TPC COLORADO to Host Colorado PGA Professional Championship

Colorado PGA Pro Peaks Digital Magazine

The Official Magazine of the Colorado PGA Pro Peaks is produced by the Colorado PGA

Colorado PGA Officers

West Chapter Officers

Ben Welsh, PGA Vice-President | 2017-2018 Frost Creek Golf Club

Jeff Boyer, PGA Secretary | 2017-2018 Eagle Ranch Golf Course

Jim Hajek, PGA Secretary | 2017-2018 Fossil Trace Golf Club

Brett Gagnon, PGA | 2017-2018 Red Sky Golf Club

Ty Thompson, PGA President | 2017-2018 TT Operations Consulting

Leslie Core-Drevecky, PGA Honorary President | 2017-2018 Murphy Creek Golf Course

Ed Marzec, PGA President | 2017-2018 Country Club of the Rockies

Mike Mendelson, PGA Honorary President | 2017-2019 City of Grand Junction

Board of Directors Board of Directors

Andy Benson, PGA | 2017-2019 Highlands Ranch Golf Club Kyle Heyen, PGA | District 9 Dir. Hiwan Golf Club Charles ‘Vic’ Kline, PGA | Past District 9 Director Indian Tree Golf Club

Luke Brosterhous | 2017-2019 Catamount Ranch and Club Jacques Deyoe, PGA | 2017-2019 Aspen Glen Club Joe Kamby, PGA | 2016-2018 Country Club of the Rockies Alice Plain, PGA | 2018 - 2020 Vail Golf Club

Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA | 2016-2018 Country Club of Colorado

CJ Rhyne, PGA | 2016-2018 GJ Golf

Jim Miller, PGA | 2018-2020 Sonnenalp Golf Club

Steve VanDyke, PGA | 2018-2020 Aspen Glen Club

Josh Miller, PGA | 2016-2018 GolfTEC Dennis Murray, PGA | 2018-2020 Valley Country Club Mike O’Donnell, PGA | 2018-2020 Fort Carson Bobby Quaratino, PGA | 2017-2019 West Woods Golf Course Chris Swinhart, PGA | 2017-2019 Thorncreek Golf Course

Colorado PGA REACH Trustees Spencer Zinn Chairman

Anne Broholm CEO | AHEAD Tom Bauerle Owner | Colorado Golf and Turf Brad Dombaugh CEO | PSA Worldwide Corp., INC. Walter Glover EVP/COO | United States Olympic Endowment Theo Gregory Senior Vice President - El Pomar Foundation Bob Lally Chief of Staff YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region George Lee Managing Director – Investments Wells Fargo Scott McGraw Cherry Creek Insurance Group Vice President of Employee Benefits Honarable Sue Payton President SCI Aerospace Inc. Lisa Potvin Captain United States Navy


Executive Director/CEO Eddie Ainsworth, PGA eainsworth@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1593 C (719) 761-6125 Assistant Executive Director Patrick Salva psalva@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1597 C (303) 246-1007 Tournament Director Justin Limon, PGA jlimon@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1588 C (720) 390-1160 Junior Golf Director Holly Champion, PGA hchampion@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1591 C (217) 232-1790 Executive Assistant Annie O’Donnell adonnell@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1595 Marketing and Communications Coordinator July Malone jmalone@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1594 Career Consultant Keith Soriano, PGA ksoriano@pgahq.com C (720) 841-1006

LTG Ed Soriano, US Army (Ret) Director, Business Development Global Land Forces - Northrop Grumman Corporation Bill Vogeney Chief Revenue Officer Ent Credit Union

Dave Troyer, PGA | 2016-2018 CommonGround Golf Course

Independent Directors Theo Gregory Spencer Zinn

Colorado PGA 6630 Bear Dance Drive | Larkspur, CO 80118 P | (303) 681-0742 www.coloradopga.com

Pro Peaks is distributed free to members and affiliates of the Colorado PGA twelve times per year. The articles and other information contained within this publication are informational and do not necessarily represent the view or opinions of the Colorado PGA. The Colorado PGA assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made for or by any product in this publication whether reported or advertised. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission of the Colorado PGA is prohibited.


President’s Report


Happy Holidays to You and Your Families!

Exec. Director’s Report


I Wish You Rest!

District Director Report


PGA Annual Meeting and Future Championship Sites

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What’s Inside

12 Colorado’s Newest Course to Host 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Championship 14 2018 Colorado PGA Tournament Schedule Announced

Membership News

16 Member Update

Colorado PGA News

17 Nominate a Deserving Colorado PGA Member for the 2018 Special Awards Today! 18 Scholarship Opportunities Available Through PGA of America and Colorado PGA 18 Growth of the Game Grant Applications Available for 2018 20 MSR Credits - You Need Them, We Have Them! 22 New Year’s Resolution vs. Revolution

Junior Golf News

24 PGA Junior League Captain Registration Now Open!




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President’s Message

By Ty Thompson, PGA

I’d like to wish the happiest of holidays to you and your families. I hope this holiday season provides you an opportunity to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished this year, the chance to spend time with your family and time to recharge your batteries for another successful year!

Ty Thompson, PGA President Colorado PGA ty.thompson@pga.com

At our recent Board Planning Session, your Board of Directors reflected back on 2017 as we took part in an in-depth SWOT analysis of our section operations. If there was one common theme during the meeting it was that we have a lot of strength’s to be proud of. As I reflect back on the year, I will certainly think about all of those accomplishments! During the SWOT analysis, we also realized that we have a lot of work to do in fine tuning our programs to “Serve the Member and Grow the Game!” If there are questions to ask or ideas to share, I would encourage you to contact one of your board of directors as I can assure you that your questions or ideas will be heard.

As we recharge our batteries, know that we have a lot already planned for 2018. I’m incredibly excited to visit TPC Colorado this coming September to watch our PGA Professional compete on the first brand new golf course in Colorado in nearly ten years! Be sure to check out the entire schedule in this issue of Pro Peaks.

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Happy Holidays to You and Your Families!

Earlier this, week you should have seen the release of our education schedule between now and the end of our upcoming MSR cycle. We have a number of great education opportunities coming up to help ensure that we keep the lead when it comes to having the most members fulfilling their MSR requirements! I look forward to what 2018 has in store for all of us! My best to each of you during the holidays!

Ty Thompson, PGA President - Colorado Section PGA ty.thompson@pga.com | P | (303) 918-9270

Colorado PGA Office Holiday Schedule Announced

The Colorado PGA Section Office will be closed for the holidays beginning at noon on Friday, December 22, 2017. The office will remain closed before re-opening on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please contact Colorado PGA Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth at eainsworth@pgahq.com or (719) 761-6125.

Volunteer at the Denver Golf Expo The Denver Golf Expo is coming up and we need your help! We will again be hosting Free 10-Minutes Lessons in the Colorado PGA booth and need volunteer instructors to fill the teaching bays. The shifts we are looking to fill are as follows: FRI-FEB 9 (Show 10a-5p) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 2:00PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. SAT-FEB 10 (Show 9a-5p), 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. SUN-FEB 11 (Show 10a-4p), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

If you are interested in being a part of the 10 minute lesson experience, please contact Holly Champion, PGA, via email at hchampion@pgahq.com



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Executive Director’s Message

I Wish You Rest! By Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

My Fellow Colorado PGA Professionals, 2017 has been another incredible year here within the Colorado Section and I am so very proud to represent the finest PGA Professionals in the country as your Executive Director. You are truly the best of the best and the data backs up my statement. • Did you know that our Colorado Section has the highest percentage of PGA Members that are Certified PGA Professionals? • Did you know that our Colorado PGA Professionals lead the entire PGA of America in the completion of their required MSRs? • How about the leading Section in Growth of the Game Programs? Colorado. • How about one of the fastest growing Sections in PGA Junior League? Again, Colorado. Every day we focus on providing our PGA Members with the finest support possible to help each of you reach your full potential as a PGA Professional. This would not be possible without the dedicated leadership of our Board of Directors, our Officers, our Committees and the wonderful staff I get to work with each and every day.

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA CEO/Executive Director Colorado PGA eainsworth@pgahq.com

I’m not usually one to measure what we do compared to others, but today, I feel like bragging on the people I serve – Our Colorado PGA Professionals. It is no surprise to me that on a regular basis we have a Colorado PGA Professional become a National Award Winner or one being inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Nor is it a surprise to me that when you look at the PGA of America’s Business Intelligence Report ranking all Sections in overall performance, our Colorado PGA Professionals and our Section is Ranked #1 out of all 41! Being a leader takes a lot of hard work and commitment. It also takes discipline. Another thing


it takes is rest. Did you know that most Americans do not take all of their allotted vacation time? Whether it is out of fear that someone might replace them while they are gone or that they believe they are the only one who can do the job, vacation time goes unused. Is rest overrated? Do we even know how to rest? Most people, when they come back from a vacation, are left feeling like they need a few more days off to recover and rest from their vacation. If you’re exhausted from your vacation, then maybe it’s time to learn how to take a real rest. Our culture is definitely in need of learning this most basis skill. I’m currently reading a book along with another PGA Professional and several of our friends that talks about living a resilient life. In order to live a resilient life, we need rest – something crucial to living not only a good life but a life able of receiving what only rest can offer us. The book quotes author and poet David Whyte in an effort to help open our minds and hearts to rest:

Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back literally or figuratively from outer targets and shift the goal not to an inner bulls eye, an imagined state of perfect stillness, but to an inner state of natural exchange. Therefore, during this Holiday Season when people give gifts and well wishes, I wish you rest. If you are interested in learning more about The Five Stages of Rest, drop me an email at eainsworth@pgahq.com and I’d be glad to share them with you. We all work hard and, in order to continue to grow and be the very best we can be, we need to learn the art of rest. As I head off on what is hopefully a very restful Christmas Holiday with my family, I want to thank each of you for the wonderful opportunity to be Continued on the next page

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he eighth annual Colorado Gives Day online charity drive is in the books, and the state’s nonprofits are $36.1 million better off because of it. Although this was only the second time that the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation was an eligible charity in the 24-hour donation appeal, PGA Professionals and foundation supporters can be proud of the results. Colorado PGA REACH boasted an increase in both the number of donors who gave to the foundation and an increase in the total dollars contributed. “I want to personally thank each of you who took the time to participate in Colorado Gives Day and support our Colorado PGA Foundation,” says Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, Colorado PGA Executive Director/ CEO. “We all know first-hand how the Game of Golf can make a positive impact in the lives of others. Your contributions will go a long way in implementing the three pillars of the Foundation.” The Foundation’s mission and focus are Youth Development and Supporting Our Military, while making the Game of Golf more Diverse and Inclusive. Eighty-one cents of every dollar donated goes directly into these programs. Each year, no-cost Golf in Schools programs are delivered to over 10,000 youth in our public schools, veterans are supported through the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Program, and in

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Colorado Gives Day Donations Continue to Grow the Game

2018, the Foundation will donate its third Mortgage Free Home to a Combat Wounded Veteran Hero. In addition, numerous “Growth of the Game Grants” are provided to bring new people into the game of golf and several internships and scholarships are awarded. “This year, one of our goals was to increase the percentage of Colorado PGA Members who support the Foundation,” commented Ben Welsh, PGA, Colorado Section Vice President and Board Liaison and Trustee for the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. “We are pleased to report that the goal was accomplished and our expectations exceeded. We have a great story to tell and a strong network of partners to confirm our value to potential donors.” While Colorado Gives Day is over, ColoradoGives.org operates year-around, accepting donations on behalf of 2,300 charities.

Continued from the previous page - your Executive Director. It is an honor and a privilege that I do not take lightly. I wish each of you and your families a wonderful Holiday Season and a very prosperous and successful New Year. Remember, be sure to take along your Wingman if you’re out celebrating and think about reaching out to someone that would enjoy sharing time with you. As always, feel free to call on each of us as staff, as we are here to serve you. Very Respectfully,

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA Executive Director/CEO | Colorado PGA 6630 Bear Dance Drive Larkspur, CO 80118 eainsworth@pgahq.com O – 303-996-1593 M – 719-761-6125



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District 9 Director Report

December Update

PGA Annual Meeting, Future Championship Sites and more! Dear Colorado PGA Members and Apprentices,

First off, let me introduce myself. I am the new District Director representing District 9 on the PGA National Board. I am heading into my 15th season as the Head Golf Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho. In my 28 years as a PGA member, I have served on the Section Boards of the Aloha, Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountain Sections, and look forward to serving the members of the Colorado Section over the next three years.

Ron Rawls, PGA District 9 Director PGA of America Head Professional Crane Creek Country Club

The meeting was accentuated by a special fireside chat with six U.S. Ryder Cup Captains, including Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Hal Sutton and current captain Jim Furyk. After the meeting, the PGA of America Board of Directors announced that CEO Pete Bevacqua’s contract was extended through the end of 2024.

PGA Annual Meeting

Future Championship Sites

The 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin in early November focused on the PGA Member and the benefits of growing the game of golf to diverse audiences. Some of the highlights of the meeting included the presentation of the PGA National Awards, PGA of America Hall of Fame and the PGA Distinguished Service Award presented to Mark and Debbie Rolfing. Congratulations to Colorado Section PGA Professional Mark Pfingston of the Golf Club at Bear Dance for being awarded the Merchandiser of the Year Award for Public Facilities! In a separate ceremony, PGA Past President M.G. Orender was presented the 2017 Legend of the PGA Award for his contributions to growing the game of golf.

The PGA of America announced that The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the 2028 PGA Championship and the 2032 Ryder Cup. This will be the first time the PGA of America will stage any of its pillar events at The Olympic Club, which has hosted five U.S. Opens on its famed Lake Course.

There were five resolutions presented for consideration to the delegates. Three resolutions passed: Resolution 1 pertaining to the Constitution and Bylaws Restructure; Resolution 2 pertaining to the realignment of District Director Class Sizes; and Resolution 3 pertaining to the Mandatory Member Assistance Program. The remaining two resolutions failed: Resolution 4 pertaining to the addition of a Life-Member Tour Member Classification; and Resolution 5 pertaining to awarding education


credits for PGA membership for graduation from nationally accredited golf specific career colleges.

The PGA of America also announced that Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, will host the 2024 PGA Championship, as well as the 2018 Boys Junior PGA Championship. In yet another announcement, the PGA of America said Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, will host the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship. Hopefully all of you are making plans to attend the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando on January 24-26, 2018, with the Demo Day scheduled for January 23. I look forward to meeting many of you in person at your Section Meeting on March 19, 2018. If I can answer any questions or be of service to you in any way, please contact me at ron@cranecreekcc.com. Have a great winter! Sincerely, Ron Rawls, PGA National PGA Director - District 9 Head Professional Crane Creek Country Club ron@cranecreekcc.com

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PGA of America News

State of the Game with PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua PGA

Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua and co-host Brian Katrek will be at PGA Headquarters to talk about the "State of the Game" individually with PGA Officers and Leadership. Guests will include PGA President Paul Levy, PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley, PGA Secretary Jim Richerson, and PGA Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook. The conversations will recap the year and look ahead to 2018. The show will air on the PGA Tour Radio Network - Channel 92 on XM, Channel 208 Sirius - at the following times (all times ET): • • • • •

Tuesday, Dec. 19 @ 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 @ 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 @ 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 @ 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 @ 8:00 a.m.

Dear Members, What a great year for golf and weather in Colorado. Hopefully you were all blessed with increased rounds of golf, more teaching opportunities and higher merchandise sales. I was very happy to once again be a sponsor for the Colorado Section of The PGA with my new employer loanDepot. We had a fabulous time sponsoring both the Fall Meeting and the Las Vegas Pro Am and look forward to a continuing relationship in 2018 and beyond. If you are considering buying, selling or refinancing a home then please let me know and I will help direct you to one of our branch offices in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs or Denver. We offer some significant benefits to the PGA Members in Colorado when using loanDepot as your mortgage lender. You can always reach me by calling or emailing me (303) 907-7835 pgarvin@loandepot.com All the best to you and your families for this holiday season Pete Garvin


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Tournament News

The par-4 ninth hole at TPC Colorado sits just off Lonetree Resevoir. TPC Colorado will host the Colorado PGA Professional Championship set for September 10-12, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Devin Sena)

Colorado’s Newest Course to Host 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Championship TPC Colorado to Host Colorado PGA Professional Championship September 10-12, 2018 Colorado Professionals will have the unique opportunity to test their skills on Colorado’s newest golf course this September, the same layout where some of the best professional golfers will compete in the near future. The Colorado PGA is excited to announce that the 2018 Colorado-Section PGA Professional Championship will be hosted by TPC Colorado on September 10-12.

TPC Colorado, located near Berthoud, has the distinction of being the state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years opening as a combination semi-private/high-end daily-fee course. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2018, this tournament will be one of the first to take place on the newly developed course. Colorado PGA Executive Director/CEO Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, comments, “This is an incredible opportunity for our Members to play their 2018 Section Championship on not only a brand new course but on


a TPC quality course. We understand that not every facility is able to open their course up to the Section for three days so to have the TPC staff make a course of this caliber available for our Section’s Professional Championship is absolutely amazing.” The Arthur Schaupeter-designed Scottish linksstyle course is scheduled to debut in 2018 with an infrastructure built to accommodate professional tournaments. It will feature sweeping majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and is nestled alongside the waters of three reservoirs – Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs. Each hole will feature seven sets of tees allowing the course to be stretched out to 7,991 yards to provide a challenging round of golf for TOUR players but also permitting for a round as short as 4,157 yards giving recreational golfers an opportunity to play the course at a length they find enjoyable. Larry Collins, PGA, TPC Colorado general manager, speaks for himself, as well as for Chad Poirot, PGA,

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owner representative, when he says, “We are equally excited to host the Colorado Section PGA Championship in 2018. TPC Colorado offers 18 memorable holes and we believe the membership is going to appreciate all the course has to offer from the challenging venue to the spectacular views.” According to Collins, the par-72 layout will take players on a full tour of the site with a combination of short and long holes and small and large greens. Holes playing from elevated ridges with spectacular panoramic views of Longs Peak is visible from nearly the entire golf course at TPC Colorado. (Photo courtesy of Devin Sena) Long’s Peak and the entire Front Range will make it very obvious to golfers they are in Colorado, while the holes laid out along the shorelines of the large reservoirs with their stacked-sod pot bunkers and fescue-lined fairways will give golfers a sense of the Scottish heritage of the sport. TPC Colorado’s biggest obstacle to protect par are its bunkers, which are Scottish-style stacked sod with steep, sheer walls. These bunkers have been positioned and designed to enhance the strategic options for players and are used judiciously throughout the course. Also, contouring on the fairways and greens often results in partial views of the flagsticks when hitting approach shots. “The timing is good to host the Colorado Section’s Professional Championship,” continues Collins. “Once the Web.com events get placed on the schedule, we will not have the opportunity to host a multi-day event like this one.” TPC Colorado has a five-year agreement to host a Web.com tournament beginning in 2019. “I hope our Colorado PGA Members will take advantage of this opportunity and that they appreciate the privilege of being able to play this TPC course right after it opens,” concludes Ainsworth. “We thank Larry and Chad for their foresight to make this happen.” The Colorado PGA Professional Championship is held the Monday after Labor Day each year and is a friendly rivalry among the men and women of the Colorado Section. It is certain that the best players in the state will be pleased and sufficiently challenged by the layout of the TPC Colorado course.




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Tournament News

2018 Colorado PGA Tournament Schedule Announced

We are excited to announce the 2018 Tournament Schedule as we have a number of facilities that have not been on the schedule in recent years. Those include; Boulder Country Club, Red Rocks Country Club, Black Bear Golf Club, Walnut Creek Golf Preserve and Collindale Golf Club just to name a few. The tournament schedule will be available via BlueGolf starting January 15th, 2018. Tournament registration will go live beginning February 1st, 2018. We look forward to seeing you on the course! Events in Bold have been confirmed; however, ALL EVENTS are subject to change. *Events are outside events (USGA Qualifiers & Championships, PGA Championships, etc..) Monday, March 19 | Spring Business Meeting & Pro-Pro | Pinehurst Country Club Monday, March 26 | Stroke Play #1 (Team) | Boulder Country Club Monday, April 2 | Stroke Play #2 (Individual) | Columbine Country Club Monday, April 9 | Blackstone C.C. Pro-Am | Blackstone Country Club Monday, April 16 | Stroke Play #3 (Team) | Collindale Golf Club Thursday, April 19 | W.C. Spring Meeting & Pro-Pro | Bookcliff Country Club Friday, April 20 | W.C. – Pro-Am #1 | Bookcliff Country Club Monday, April 23 | Todd Creek G.C. Pro-Am | Todd Creek Golf Club Monday, April 30 | Valley C.C. Pro-Am| Valley Country Club Wednesday, May 2 | Pro-Pro #4 (Individual) | Walnut Creek Golf Preserve Monday, May 7 | Pro-Pro-Pro Championship | Fossil Trace Golf Club

*Monday, May 7 | US Open Local Qualifier #1 | Walnut Creek Golf Preserve

*Wednesday, May 9 | US Open Local Qualifier #2 | CommonGround Golf Course

Monday, May 14 | Fort Collins C.C. Pro Am | Fort Collins Country Club

*Tuesday, May 15 | US Open Local Qualifier | Collindale Golf Club

Monday, May 21 | Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship | Colorado Golf Club Wednesday, May 23 | Ft. Carson Ivy Pro-Am | Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club

*May 23-27 | 79th Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship | Harbor Shores, MI

Friday, May 25 | W.C. – Pro-Pro Championship | Cordillera - Valley

*Monday, May 28 | US Senior Open Qualifier | Broadmoor Golf Club - East

Wednesday – Friday May 30 – June 1 | CoBANK Colorado Senior Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club Monday, June 4 | Lakewood C.C. Pro-Am | Lakewood Country Club Monday, June 11 | Pro Lady | Red Rocks Country Club

*June 14 – June 17 | US Open | Shinnecock Hills

*June 17 – 20 | 51st PGA Professional Championship | Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, CA

Monday, June 18 | Pro – Am #6 | TBD Monday, June 25 | Ptarmigan CC Pro – Am | Ptarmigan CC

*June 28 – July 1 | US Senior Open | Broadmoor Golf Club

*June 28 – July 1 | 64th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship | Kemper Lakes Golf Club

Monday, July 9 | Inverness GC Pro-Am | Inverness Golf Club

*July 12-15 | Wyoming Open | Airport Golf Club

Monday, July 16 | Eisenhower G.C. Pro-Am | Eisenhower G.C. – Blue Course Wednesday, July 18 | PGA REACH Invitational | The Golf Club at Bear Dance


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*Wed. – Sun. July 26-29 | CoBank Colorado Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Monday – Tuesday, July 30 - July 31 | Colorado PGA Assistants Championship | Saddlerock Golf Course Monday, August 6 | CC of Colorado Pro-Am | Country Club of Colorado

*August 9-12 | 100th PGA Championship | Bellerive Country Club

Monday – Tuesday, August 13-14 | Colorado PGA Senior Championship | Black Bear Golf Club Monday, August 20 | Greeley Pro-Am | Greeley Country Club Wednesday – Thursday, August 22-23 | Colorado PGA Women’s Championship | TBD Monday, August 27 | Cheyenne C.C. Pro -Am | Cheyenne Country Club

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Monday, July 23 | The Club at Pradera Pro-Am | The Club at Pradera

Tuesday, August 28 | W.C. Pro-Am #2 | Aspen Glen Club

*Wed. – Fri. Aug. 29 – Aug. 31 | CoBANK Colorado Women’s Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Monday-Wednesday, September 10-12 | Colorado PGA Section Championship | TPC Colorado Monday, September 17 | Ridge at Castle Pines North Pro - Am | Ridge at Castle Pines North Monday, September 24 | Pro-Assistant Championship | Hiwan Tuesday-Wednesday, October 2-3 | West Chapter Fall Meeting & Championship | Aspen Glen Club Monday, October 8 | Pro-Scratch Championship | Meridian Golf Club Monday, October 15 | Fall Business Meeting & Pro-Pro-Pro | Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club Wednesday- Thursday, October 17 -18 | Taylor Cup Matches | TBD Monday, October 22 | Omni Tri-Am Championship | Omni Interlocken Resort & Golf

*October 25 – October 28 | 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship | PGA G.C.

Monday, October 29 | Re-Schedule Date Monday – Wednesday, November 12-14 | Vegas Pro-Am | Paiute Resort

*November 15-18 | 42nd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship | PGA G.C.

Important Dates Colorado PGA Professional Championship TPC Colorado | September 10-12, 2018 • •

Entries open - June 6th Registration Deadline - August 22nd at 11:59pm local time

Senior Professional Championship Black Bear Golf Club | August 13-14, 2018 • •

Entries open - May 16th Registrationl Deadline - July 25th at 11:59pm local time

Assistant Professional Championship Saddlerock Golf Course | July 30-31, 2018 • •

Entries open - April 11th Registration Deadline - July 11th at 11:59pm local time



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Membership News

Route 411 An update on our Colorado PGA Members

Happy Birthday! December 1 Lisa M. Wright, PGA Steven R. Beach, PGA Kirk L. Wasson, PGA Alexander C Gough December 2 Tom Woodard, PGA December 3 Mitchell T. Nielsen, PGA December 4 Mike Steiner, PGA David W. Fischer, PGA December 5 Brian R. Sevier, PGA December 8 Larry N. Leeman, PGA Troy C. Youngren, PGA

December 13 Sam D. Linnenburger, PGA James Vie-Carpenter, PGA

December 23 Jim Phillips, PGA Lindsay A. Browder, PGA

December 15 Bryce A. Tani, PGA John Baker, PGA William F. Lawe, PGA Daniel P. Sniffin, PGA Jeffery S. Kelly, PGA Robert W. Heidrick, PGA

December 24 Mark A. Avery, PGA

December 16 David K. Detweiler, PGA

December 26 Don Bernal, PGA Daniel L. Knecht, PGA

December 18 Audie Dean Russell J. Aragon, PGA Robert M. Shuler, PGA Grant A Gaalema, PGA Jeramy C Curry

December 10 Paul L Hebinck, PGA

December 19 Tyler M Tarpley, PGA Philip J Nelson

December 11 Vernon E. Harbart, PGA Mike Sloan, PGA

December 20 Jeffrey R McNair Terry J. Spence

December 12 Tom F. Buzbee, PGA Edward G Knowles Spencer E. Smith, PGA

December 22 Michael D. Wine, PGA Matt D. Schalk, PGA Athan R Kerr Brochado De Almeida

December 25 Steven W. Lynes, PGA Justin R. Palermo, PGA Christopher R. Hamilton, PGA

December 27 Chris L. Lai, PGA Erik L Billinger, PGA December 28 Anson W. Derby, PGA Todd J. Kenyon, PGA December 29 John R. Reilly, PGA John W. Trierweiler, PGA December 30 Dave Baltzer, PGA Harry L. Tanner, PGA December 31 Daniel J. Hughes III, PGA Jeffery C. Corona, PGA

On the Move

Will Foust, PGA | A-4 | currently at Yocha Dehe Golf Club | previously at The Ridge at Castle Pines North Justin Freudenburg, PGA | A-8 | currently at The Quarry at La Quinta | previously at Castle Pines Golf Club Trey M. Johnson, PGA | A-8 | currently at La Quinta Country Club | previously at Vail Golf Club Trace Kea, PGA |A-13 | currently at Redstone Arsenal Golf Course | previously at Silver Spruce Golf Course John T. McIntyre, PGA | A-4 | currently at Four Seasons Resort/Punta Mita | previously at Frost Creek Club

Welcome to the Section

Katie Johnson, PGA | A-8 | West Woods Golf Club | previously at Osgood Golf Course in the Minnesota Section

New Members

David D. Reynolds, PGA | A-8 | Roaring Fork Club Max R. Twarjan, PGA | A-1 | Maroon Creek Club

New Apprentices

Michael A. Fletcher | B-8 | Coyote Creek Golf Course Dustin A. Lecy | B-1 | Hart Ranch Golf Course


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o you know a great Colorado PGA Professional? Take a moment to submit their name as nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Colorado PGA Special Awards. Check out the schedule below and click on the nomnation form to fill out the online form today!

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Nominate a Deserving Colorado PGA Member for the 2018 Special Awards Today! Section Awards Schedule •

November 7, 2017 - Nomination period open

February 16, 2018 - Nomination period closes, all nominations must be submitted

February 20, 2018 - Nominees notified and mailed candidate packet

April 13, 2018 – Deadline for submitting completed candidate packet (Chapter Winners Packets Submitted)

April 26, 2018 – Merchandiser of the Year selection conference call

June 15, 2018 – Deadline for Merchandiser of the Year finalist packets

July 17, 2018 – Awards Selection Meeting

July 18, 2018 – Board of Directors notified and approved winners

July 22, 2018 – Awards Winners notified (phone call from President)

July 24, 2018 (or after all winners are notified) – Non-winners notified

August 1, 2018 – Awards Winners recognized

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Scholarship Opportunities Available Through PGA of America and Colorado PGA

The application process for PGA of America and Colorado PGA scholarships has now started. Applicants must fill out this single application to be eligible for both scholarships. The PGA of America and Colorado PGA Scholarships program provides college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA Members. It encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. Click here to find out more information and to apply for the scholarships

Growth of the Game Grant Applications Available for 2018

Applications available online - deadline set for February 16, 2018


olorado PGA REACH Grant Applications are designed to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA, that employ PGA members or apprentices in good standing, to develop and/or significantly enhance Growth of the Game programs that will attract and retain new golfers. Growth of the Game grants have been used to help launch facility level programs that are focused on traditionally underserved communities. In addition, grants have been used to partially subsidize the cost of the implementation of PGA Family Tees, military focused programs, and to provide access to facilities for new or lapsed golfers who might otherwise not have the financial resources to participate in growth of the game programs. For an example of a completed form for PGA Family Tees, please click here. For an example of a complete form for a new program, please click here. If you are interested in applying for a Growth of the Game Grant, please click here.


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Education News

MSR Credits - You Need Them, We Have Them! Below is a list of many Colorado PGA Education Seminars and events that Colorado PGA members can earn MSR credits by attending. The information below and the MSR Completion Survey are meant as a resource to help members earn all of their required MSR points. It is, however, just a guideline. MSR points can be earned from a variety of other opportunities.

By filling out and submitting the MSR Completion Form, members will be able to set a plan to attain all of your MSR points for the cycle ending on June 15, 2018. Members will receive a copy of the results as well as notify the Section Staff of the events you plan to attend. Staff will follow up with an email that includes the registration links to the events you have selected. Please understand that both of these tools are dynamic and will change between now and the end of the MSR Cycle. We will communicate all changes to the members via our weekly email, monthly magazine and ColoradoPGA.com

PGA of America Opportunities PGA Merchandise Show There are a number of opportunities available at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL.

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3rd PGA Global Youth & Family Summit Sunday and Monday, January 21-22, 2018 Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL This two-day event is an opportunity for PGA and LPGA Professionals to learn the latest innovations in instruction for the youth space. Golf experts from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya are participating.

Certified Professional Program – Golf Operations Date – January 30-31, 2018 Location - Colorado National Golf Club 30 PGA Required MSR Credits (23 via class, 7 via finishing project) Details - The Certified Professional Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.

8 PGA Required MSR Credits per day

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CGA Rules Workshop Date – February 10-11, 2018 Location – Denver Merchandise Mart 16 PGA Required MSR Credits Details – Two-Day Rules seminar will give an overview of the Rules of Golf. Attendees will receive a Rules of Golf book, optional take home exam, lunch and refreshments and free admittance to the Denver Golf Expo on Saturday and Sunday!

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Click here for more information and to register G4 Summit Date – February 28, 2018 Location – The Broadmoor 8 PGA Required MSR Credits Details - On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 the Colorado Golf Industry will come together at the Broadmoor to discuss key industry issues through a day-long working seminar. Click here for more information and to register Certified Professional Program – Golf Operations Date – April 10-11, 2018 Location – Rapid City, SD 28 PGA Required MSR Credits (21 via class, 7 via finishing project) Details - The Certified Professional Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. Click here for more information and to register Colorado PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit Date - TBA Location - TBA 8 PGA Required MSR Credits Details - TBA Click here for more information and to register Colorado PGA Spring Business Meeting Monday, March 19, 2018 Pinehurst Country Club - Denver, CO 4 PGA Required MSR Credits Click here for more information and to register

Colorado PGA – PGA Junior League Meeting(s) January 9, 2018 South Suburban Golf Course 8:00am – 12:00pm 4 PGA Required MSR Credits Click here for more information and to register January 16, 2018 Fort Collins Country Club 8:00am – 12:00pm 4 PGA Required MSR Credits

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Certified Professional Program – Teaching and Coaching Date – February 21-22, 2018 Location – Valley Country Club 36 PGA Required MSR Credits (29 via class, 7 via finishing project) Details - The Certified Professional Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.

Click here for more information and to register January 18, 2018 The Country Club of Colorado 8:00am – 12:00pm 4 PGA Required MSR Credits Click here for more information and to register Colorado PGA West Chapter Spring Business Meeting April 19, 2017 Bookcliff Country Club 4 PGA Required MSR Credits Details – TBA Click here for more information and to register Meet with your Career Consultant 1 PGA Required MSR Credit Details – TBA Playing in Tournaments 2 credits per event Maximum of 8 credits per year

Online Opportunities PGA Merchandise Show Business Videos Eight free, online video courses. MSR credit may be earned only one time for any online MSR course. In order to earn MSR credit, you must score a 70% or higher on the assessment. If you do not score 70% or higher, you will be allowed one re-take opportunity. You will be directed to the assessment when the video concludes. Members must have the updated version of web browsers. Once video has started you must allow the video to run in its entirety without any interruptions such as stopping or pausing. Take the courses 2 PGA required credits per video Note: expect more videos to become available following the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

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New Year’s Resolution vs. Revolution A

s tradition, many people (including PGA professionals) are making, and will make, New Year’s Resolutions. That is, they will promise themselves that they will lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising or something of that nature. Webster defines a resolution as: “a) a resolving, or determining; deciding b) the thing determined upon; decision as to future action; resolve.” Now, this sounds good, and it makes people feel better about themselves to make a promise concerning something they plan to do, or something they plan to stop.

Keith Soriano, PGA Career Consultant Colorado PGA ksoriano@pgahq.com

However, the problem with resolutions is that they tend to be forgotten within just a few days, or weeks, at the most. In truth, what we really need is a revolution! Webster defines revolution as “a) a complete or radical change of any kind b) overthrow of a government, form of government, or social system by those governed and usually by forceful means, with another government or system taking its place.”This is exactly what most PGA professionals need to have happen in their lives and careers. We need to experience a radical change in the way we think and in the way we perform to improve our careers. As a PGA professional, how can we use a revolution to enhance our career? Most can wish that they will work harder to increase


their income through additional teaching, increase in rounds or increasing merchandise sales, work harder on their game to lower their scores, or maybe try to land a better job. To make these wishes become successful, there must be a total revolution instead of a resolution. Otherwise, within 60 days you will return to the daily routines that got you where you are currently. How to be successful in a Revolution? A complete or radical change is how it is defined. You must have a plan and keep referring to that plan religiously. This plan must be attainable both during the off season as well during the peak season when most PGA members are working long hours. Here are several tips to have a successful revolution: Time management- you must make the time to follow the plan and take actions that will make your goals successful. There is no reason that you could not be successful with all of the goals that you set. Take care of business each day, establish a daily “to- do list” whether it is on a sheet of paper on your desk or on your mobile device. You will be more successful in accomplishing these important tasks if you prepare a list. Communicate - successfully communicate both upward to your employer and downward to your staff. Before a PGA professional can communicate effectively upward to their employer, a PGA Manager must be able to master effective communication downwards and laterally. The PGA professional must have good communication to and from his/her managers and their respective departments as well as lateral communication to the members and community before he can communicate upwards. Visit the new Continued on the next page

Colorado PGA News Prepare and update your resume, have your resume ready and competitive with other applicants of the jobs that interest you. Keep your PGA Careerlinks Profile updated with your current skill sets and preferences to insure you are receiving the open job notifications that interest you and match your skills. Self-Improvement - Set a goal for self-improvement through increasing educational opportunities such as the Certified Professional Program and Master Professional Program. A professional never stops learning the trade and must always keep up with the fast pace, evolving golf industry. Make your current job better! You are auditioning every single day. If you want to move up the career ladder for a better job, then you must make your current job better to showcase your skills. Try to insert two or three new ideas to your operation each year to keep fresh and relevant.

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Continued from the previous page PGA Member Employer Communication Plan on PGA.org for guidance.

Mentors - Create and/or get reacquainted with mentors. Most PGA professionals have friends in the profession that are successful and are available, if needed, to bounce ideas. Strengthen your relationships and increase your network. These mentors can help advance your career through job opportunities or advise you to make your current position better. In turn, become a mentor yourself and you will be surprised on how much you can learn and improve by giving back to the profession. For 2018, I hope you can make and keep your New Year’s Revolutions!

Continued from page 21 Update PGA.org Profile As a way to promote increased engagement with PGA.org, Members who update their PGA.org profile will receive one (1) MSR credit which applies to the Total MSR category. PGA.org 1 Non-PGA Required credit

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available at a number of Colorado PGA events. Members will earn 1 Non-Required MSR credit for each hour of volunteer work. Please contact Holly Champion (hchampion@pgahq.com) to volunteer for any of these events. Drive, Chip and Putt Volunteer opportunities are available at all Drive, Chip and Putt events. Volunteer opportunities are for two hour increments at a time. Members can volunteer multiple times per day and for multiple days. The 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt Schedule will be available by January, 2018. Denver Golf Expo Volunteer opportunities are available at the Denver Golf Expo for “Free 10 Minutes Lessons.” Volunteer opportunities are for two to two and a half hour increments. Members can volunteer multiple times per day and for multiple days. Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Volunteer opportunities are available at all Colorado PGA Golf in Schools programs. Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) Volunteer opportunities are available at all JGAC tournaments. Volunteers will serve as on course scoring volunteers. If you should have any questions about these events or how to complete your MSR requirements, please do not hesitate to contact any of your Section Staff.



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Junior Golf News

PGA Junior League Captain Registration Now Open! P GA Junior League has been a trending topic lately so surely you’ve heard and seen plenty via Section Newsletters and emails, the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado or national PGA communications. CLICK HERE to hear the story of PGA Junior League and its impact at these PGA Professional’s facilities. If you have questions about getting started, this Stepby-Step Guide will get you off to a good start. There you will also find Frequently Asked Questions, ranging from “How many players do I need to start a team?” to “How much should I charge?”. The Colorado PGA is also offering four PGA Junior League Workshops for you to learn more about starting a new team or helping your current program flourish. • January 9th at South Suburban Golf Course, Starting at 8:00am. • January 16th at Fort Collins Country Club, Starting at 8:00am. • January 18th at The Country Club of Colorado, Starting at 8:00am.

Each Workshop will be divided into two parts. The first two hours (8:00am-10:00am) will be geared toward starting a new team. We will discuss how to get started, recruit players, schedule matches and many other useful aspects of PGA Junior League team operations. The second half of the workshop (10:00am12:00pm) will be diving deeper into operations and sharing best practices throughout the group. To view the schedule and register for an event CLICK HERE. Captain Registration is officially OPEN for PGA and LPGA Professionals and Apprentices that would like to Captain a team! If you intend on hosting a team, please register yourself


and your facility via the link below. This will allow ample time to recruit players and form leagues. I encourage all of you to at least register to be a captain of a team – there is no financial commitment to register, but you can’t be in the game if you don’t take the first step! If you’ve discussed forming a league with other clubs who have already registered, they are waiting on you to register and recruit so that the leagues can be finalized. Register as a Captain HERE New for the 2018 season, we are excited to announce that PGA Jr. League will be offering upgraded team kits at no additional charge, an expanded PGA Reach Scholarship program for players who meet financial need requirements, and a National/Local Marketing Campaign that will drive participant interest unlike anything we have ever seen. Parent and Player registration will officially open to consumers on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2018. If you haven’t already registered for the 2018 season, we encourage you to register TODAY to ensure your program is visible when parents begin searching and signing up their kids for the season. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Junior Golf Director, Holly Champion, PGA at hchampion@pgahq.com or (303) 996-1591.

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