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Pro Peaks is the official digital publication of the Colorado PGA April 2018

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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 Crosshairs Consulting

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

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 Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA | 2016-2018 Country Club of Colorado Jim Miller, PGA | 2018-2020 Sonnenalp Golf 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

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

Board of Directors

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 CJ Rhyne, PGA | 2016-2018 GJ Golf Steve VanDyke, PGA | 2018-2020 Aspen Glen Club

Colorado PGA REACH Trustees Spencer Zinn Chairman

Anne Broholm CEO | AHEAD Tom Bauerle Owner - Colorado Golf and Turf Brad Dombaugh CEO - PSA Worldwide Corp. 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 VP of Employee Benefits Cherry Creek Insurance Group Honorable Sue Payton President - SCI Aerospace Inc. Lisa Potvin Captain - United States Navy LTG Ed Soriano, US Army (Ret) Director, Bus. Dev. Global Land Forces - Northrop Grumman Corporation Bill Vogeney Chief Revenue Officer Ent Credit Union


Executive Director/CEO Eddie Ainsworth, PGA P (303) 996-1593 C (719) 761-6125 Assistant Executive Director Patrick Salva P (303) 996-1597 C (303) 246-1007 Tournament Director Justin Limon, PGA P (303) 996-1588 C (720) 390-1160 Junior Golf Director Holly Champion, PGA P (303) 996-1591 C (217) 232-1790 Junior Golf Coordinator Scott Minta P (303) 996-1590 C (630) 532-3230 Executive Assistant Annie O’Donnell P (303) 996-1595 Marketing and Communications Coordinator July Malone P (303) 996-1594 Career Consultant Keith Soriano, PGA C (720) 841-1006

Chris Swinhart, PGA | 2017-2019 Thorncreek Golf Course 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

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What’s Inside

President’s Report 5 Play, Teach or LEAD Executive Director’s Report 6 Lead Me, Follow Me or Get Out of My Way. Leaving a Legacy. District Director Report/PGA of America News 7 April Update Colorado PGA News 9 Miller, Troyer and Marzec Elected to Serve on the Board of Directors 10 Colorado PGA Taking Elevated Role at US Senior Open PGA of America News 12 Four Candidates Running for PGA of America Secretary 14 PGA Facility Operations Scorecard Rolls Out this Month Career News 16 Is Your Career on Track? How Do You Know? Colorado PGA News 18 Brand New Leadership Program, Colorado PGA LEAD, Announced at Spring Business Meeting 20 Inclusion Programs Supported by Colorado PGA REACH 22 Meeting with Lawmakers 24 MSR Credits - You Need Them, We Have Them! Membership News 25 Quarter Century Club Feature 26 Member Update Tournament News 28 Event Recaps 21 OMEGA Player of the Year List

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President’s Message

Play, Teach or LEAD

I encourage you to let your passion drive your journey By Ty Thompson, PGA

I hope you are finding yourself prepared for another great season. I enjoyed our time together at the Spring Meeting and look forward to the many incredible events scheduled for 2018. It was an honor to announce the opportunities for our Women’s and Senior CPGA Champions. The focus from our foundation trustees, staff, board of directors, and officers has been to make a difference in our communities while finding ways to direct benefit back to our membership. These two “expense paid” experiences are yet another example of these efforts — I especially thank our ED, Eddie Ainsworth, for carrying our mission to serve the member and grow the game wherever he goes. Whether he is engaged with National PGA, courting a potential sponsor, or making an operational decision he always asks, “Is this good for Colorado?”, “Is this good for our PGA Members?”. This mindset flows throughout our CPGA staff — my deepest respect for each of you! We look forward to continuing to serve our members this summer as we are providing complimentary access to hospitality at the US Senior Open, held at The Broadmoor Hotel. A trip to the tournament can provide an opportunity to grow the game by serving in the CPGA Junior Golf Experience and then enjoy some food and beverage while watching some of the greatest players in the games history. I am thankful for those who have served on committees for the past couple of years. If you have interest in this type of section service let Ben Welsh, our incoming President, know your area of interest. Serving on a committee provides you invaluable experience in section governance, networking opportunities with other professionals, and can be the first steps towards service as a Board of Director or future Officer of the Section. I can tell you from personal experience that I have made many friends, learned many lessons, grew in leadership traits, and have become a better professional because of these areas of service. My best to each of you wherever you are on your “Professional Journey”. My journey has taken me through years devoted to teaching, seasons focused on competition, many years refining the skills as an operator & merchandiser, growing in governance leadership, and most recently wading into the waters of consulting & professional coaching. I have loved every one of these seasons in my career and look forward to where the journey takes me over the coming decades. I encourage you to let your passion drive your journey. If it’s playing, PLAY. If it’s teaching, TEACH. If it’s leadership, LEAD. Your journey is your’s so dream big, reinvent yourself, take a chance, try something new, or live outside your comfort zone. Our industry and association are about people so no matter where your journey takes you, appreciate those around you and all the while reaching up and reaching down. Reach up to a mentor that can help you to your next place in life and reach down to bring someone up to there next place. Have a great season and let the memories begin! My best to each of you,

Ty Thompson, PGA President Colorado Section PGA P | (303) 918-9270

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Executive Director’s Message

Lead Me, Follow Me or Get Out of My Way. Leaving a Legacy. By Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

My Fellow Colorado PGA Professionals, You’ve probably heard or read this quote numerous times. It shows up repeatedly in business books about leadership. It’s a personal statement of persistence, of independence in accomplishing something and of not simply accepting status quo or merely bumping along in life. It means that I look for others to decisively lead me, to actively follow me or to step aside. It’s a reminder that there has to be a decisive leader and active followers, not Eddie Ainsworth, PGA and Tom Bauerle, Colorado PGA REACH Trustee and owner of something in Colorado Golf and Turf at the 2018 Masters Tournament. between. “We herd sheep, we Board of Directors has decided to launch Colorado drive cattle, we lead people. PGA REACH LEAD because it is their desire to assist Lead me, follow me or get out in the development of our Colorado PGA Professionals of my way.” - General George S. into leadership roles. This development could put you Patton on the road to leadership responsibilities for our PGA Members who desire to serve and make a difference I really like this quote because on nonprofit boards within their communities or Eddie Ainsworth, PGA the leader is giving his followers along a guided path to leadership positions within CEO/Executive Director the option to follow or lead our Association. Either way, whatever your desire is, themselves. I think too often Colorado PGA the selected candidates for this program will grow in leaders become more focused their leadership capacity and be able to have greater on being followed; they lose influence in our communities. Please let me encourage sight of the ultimate goal. It you to apply as this will be well worth your time; and should not matter who is leading the relationships you make with your fellow Colorado who as long as everyone gets PGA REACH LEAD Class will be something you will to where they are trying to always treasure. go. By giving someone the option to lead the way, you are Legacy. It’s something we quite often hear talked empowering them and probably about. I believe Jack Nicklaus summed it up best motivating them. Leadership in last week at The Masters Par 3 Tournament after his this sense is less about leading grandson G.T.’s hit a Hole in One. When asked where and more about influencing. he’d rank G.T.’s ace among his Masters memories, an emotional Nicklaus couldn’t hold back tears. “No. 1,” Influence is what I’d like to talk he answered. “You know, what I did didn’t make any to you about today. Influence is difference to me.” Jack later tweeted and stated that the capacity to have an effect he doesn’t know if he ever had a more special day on a on the character, development golf course. or behavior of someone or something. It’s about making Twenty-one years after my first and only visit to The a difference. That is why your continued on page 8


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PGA of America News

PGA of America Update I

enjoyed my trip to Colorado for the Spring Meeting. I want to thank PGA Professional Kevin Vena for his hospitality, and of course Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth and the Section officers and staff for taking good care of me. I arrived to a beautiful sunny afternoon, followed by an unbelievable thunder and lightening storm, followed by what they call “Thunder-snow” and finally heavy snow all night. That all happened in a 12-hour period! I’m hoping for better weather on my return trip in the fall! I want to take this time to mention a few updates from the National level.

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

First, concerning the potential PGA of America Headquarters move, we’ve all known for sometime that our current headquarters did not provide an optimal work environment for us to pursue our mission. We have long known we needed a world class headquarters that included integrated education and player development facilities for our PGA Golf Professionals. So, last May, we issued a confidential Request for Proposal to a number of markets interested in developing a new headquarters campus for us. The response was very exciting, and ultimately, we narrowed the options down to Palm Beach County and Frisco, Texas. As you can imagine, this involves a lengthy

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and rigorous due diligence process, which remains ongoing. The Board has not made a decision yet, and no decision will be made until we have a significant number of pieces in place. I will do my best to keep you informed as we progress through this process. The four Super Regional Meetings were held over the past two months to allow the candidates for PGA Secretary to get in front of the delegates for a couple of days. These meetings and sessions were very beneficial and were the only opportunity to get faceto-face with the delegates before the Annual Meeting in November. All four candidates were impressive, and I encourage each of you to visit to learn more about these four men – Jim Dorman (Gulf States Section), John Lindert (Michigan Section), Rick Murphy (Carolinas Section) and Tom Wildenhaus (South Florida Section). The election will be held at the Annual Meeting in Palm Springs in early November. I want to make sure all the PGA Jr. League captains out there are aware of the Dick’s Scholarship Program. Through PGA REACH’s partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter Grant, scholarships are available to players who meet financial need requirements to apply for assistance. The program launched in 2017 and nearly 400 underresourced youth were able to participate because of the scholarship. For more information on the Dick’s Scholarship Program, visit and click ‘Scholarship Information’ or contact Rich Richeson, PGA, PGA Jr. League National Accounts Executive at

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Colorado PGA News continued from page 6 Masters, I had the privilege this year to return with one of our longtime Colorado Section PGA Partners Tom Bauerle (his first Masters experience) with Colorado Golf and Turf. Tom has been a partner of the Colorado PGA for over 30 years and has become a very good friend. When you get to know Tom, you quickly learn that Tom’s life is all about helping others. He finds great value in building relationships with others and assisting them in accomplishing their goals. The next time you think about leaving a lasting legacy or what type of impact you can make, please allow me to remind you of two great men, Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Bauerle. They value not what they have accomplished, but their value and their legacy is about others. Let me encourage you to use your influence to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It is my honor and my privilege to serve as your Executive Director. Please let us know how we can assist you in accomplishing your goals. VR,

continued from page 7 One last item concerning PGA Jr. League. National Car Rental has expanded its support of PGA Jr. League in 2018 to include: 1. Presenting Sponsor of the PGA Jr. League Championship 2. Sponsor of the PGA Jr. League Section Championships 3.

Official Partner of the Regular Season

These additional financial contributions will help enhance the player/parent experience, help the program move away from the self-organized, head-tohead sub-regional brackets and enhance the team kits to include customized home/away Garb jerseys. In closing, I want to encourage all of you who have not yet signed up for PERKSPOT to do so. Go to and customize and choose the categories that are most relevant to you in your everyday life and start taking advantage of the many discounts offered through this discount platform. I have taken advantage of it and was very satisfied with the service, the price and the overall experience. It is a great service and very user-friendly. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Have a great Spring Respectfully, Ron Rawls, PGA National PGA Director - District 9 Head Professional Crane Creek Country Club

Consider Joining a Colorado PGA Committee I

n 2016, in order to give more of our PGA Members the opportunity to get involved and engaged, the Colorado PGA moved to a two year commitment for all committees, except for the Awards Committee where the previous year’s winners select the current year’s winners. This time frame conincides with the term of the President of the Colorado PGA and our hope is that more of our Colorado PGA Members will want to participate and get more involved in the governance of our Section. If you are interested in serving on a committee, listed below, please click here to submit your name for consideration. • • • •


Education Committee Junior Golf/JGAC Committee Tournament Committee Member Engagement Committee

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Miller, Troyer and Marzec Elected to Serve on the Board of Directors Trio Begin 3-Year Terms in October

Josh Miller, PGA GOLFTEC

Ed Marzec, PGA Country Club of the Rockies

Dave Troyer, PGA CommonGround Golf Course


hree members of the Colorado PGA were elected to serve three-year terms on Monday at the Spring Business Meeting at Pinehurst Country Club. Josh Miller, Director of Operations at GOLFTEC, and Dave Troyer, Director of Golf at CommonGround Golf Course, were elected to serve a second consecutive term as a Director at Large. Ed Marzec, Assistant Professional at Country Club of the Rockies, will serve his first term as a Director at Large after spending two years on the board as the West Chapter President. Marzec, Assistant Professional at Country Club of the Rockies, indicated his interest in being on the Board is twofold. He is eager to utilize the skills he obtained during his current tenure as chapter President, permitting him to be more effective in his future role. Secondly, Marzec would like to continue working with some of the brightest and most focused individuals in the Section while representing his fellow members, apprentices and associates. Ensuring the Colorado Section remains one of the top Sections in the nation is the drive that pressed Miller to run for his section term on the Board. Miller, Director of Operations at GOLFTEC, enjoys helping to fulfill the many diverse needs of Section’s Members. A co-chair of the Education Committee, Miller is focused on executing the mission of the Colorado PGA by creating and delivering first class education seminars to the membership. The first term on the Board gave Troyer the opportunity to learn about the Section and the PGA of America. Putting his newly attained knowledge to use and continuing to serve the members and growing the game in the Colorado Section were Troyer’s motivation to run for a second term. Troyer, Director of Golf at Common Ground Golf Course, has served as the Chair of the Member Engagement Committee during his first term. All three newly elected Board of Directors Members will begin their terms at the Fall Membership Meeting on October 15, 2018, at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club.

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Colorado PGA Taking Elevated Role at US Senior Open Check Out the Volunteer Opportunities


hen major golf comes to the Colorado, we do our best to make a major deal about the event. That holds true this year as The Broadmoor will holds the 2018 US Senior Open and the Colorado PGA will host multiple events throughout the week to leverage the exposure the event brings to our great state! We’ve got events and programs that focus on our member professionals, Active Duty and Military Veterans, youth and women. We need your support to make a major impact! If you have time, we encourage you to volunteer for any number of events. If your schedule is already full, we encourage you to simply come out and take in the event. Either way, don’t miss out on this major opportunity to celebrate the game we all love! To see how you can get involved, check out the information below. Colorado PGA Members – Access to Corporate Hospitality Colorado PGA REACH will be one of the Supporting Sponsors of “The Bunker,” a hospitality area for our Active Duty and Military Veterans. Colorado PGA Members, along with a guest, will have access to this area Thursday thru Sunday of the Championship. Active Duty and Veterans – Home for a Hero Ceremony In addition to being one of the Supporting Sponsors of “The Bunker,” on Monday, June 25, the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation will provide a Mortgage Free Home to a Combat Wounded Veteran. The home, the third presented by Colorado PGA REACH, will be awarded during the Vince Gill & Amy Grant Military Appreciation Concert. Youth - Youth Experience Under the banner of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) we will be hosting a Youth Experience Monday thru Sunday of Championship Week on the 1st hole of The Broadmoor’s West Course. We will need volunteers to fill positions each day with waves at 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. For more information or to volunteer, please click here.


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Youth - Drive, Chip, Putt Local Qualifier

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, we will be hosting a Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifier on the The Broadmoor’s West Course. We have volunteer opportunities for registration, group chaperone’s, station captains and scoring. Duties for each category are as follows: •

Registration (greet and check in participants)

Drive (conduct the Drive portion of the competition)

Chip (conduct the Chip portion of the competition)

Putt (conduct the Putt portion of the competition)

Chaperone (escort groups of participants through the competition)

Scoring (assist staff in official scoring and awards presentations)

For more information and to volunteer, please click here. Women - Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit With a goal of “Inspiring Greatness” Elevating Exceptional Women, we will host a Women’s Leadership Summit on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The summit will include a keynote address, networking opportunities and panel discussions with Colorado Women and Global Industry. The day will also include a free clinic, food & beverage and an opportunity to watch part of the practice round. As more information becomes available, it will be updated here. If you are a female PGA Professional and want to volunteer for the event, please click here.

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PGA of America News

Four Candidates Running for PGA of America Secretary Meet the Candidates PGA Members Jim Dorman, John Lindert, Rick Murphy and Tom Wildenhaus are the declared candidates for the office of PGA of America Secretary. The election will be held on Nov. 9, 2018, at the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California. The process for selecting the next national PGA Secretary will begin in February with the PGA Super Regional Meetings. The gatherings bring together leaders within their respective regions to enable candidates for Secretary to deliver their platforms to Section delegates. A viable Candidate for PGA Secretary is required to be nominated by one Section and receive “Seconds” from two other Sections. Any subsequent Section that chooses to Second a Candidate, will be listed as providing a “Letter of Support.” Sections are not required to indicate support for a Candidate prior to the election. Jim Dorman, PGA Section Affiliation: Gulf States PGA “I am pursuing the office of Secretary for the PGA of America because I am passionate about continuing the growth of our sport and being an integral voice for the PGA Professional on a national level. The vocation of the PGA Professional is positioned well for growth, and I welcome the opportunity to play a vital role in facilitating that growth.” Jim Dorman is the PGA Head Professional at Laurel Country Club in Laurel, Mississippi. Elected to PGA membership in October 1992, Jim is a 25 year member

of the Association. He is currently a District 3 Director, representing the Alabama-NW Florida, Gulf States and Tennessee PGA Sections. John Lindert, PGA Section Affiliation: Michigan PGA Nominating Section: Michigan PGA “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the Association on all levels, from Chapter to Section to the PGA of America. I believe the Association is moving in a positive direction and after having served on the BOC for four years, the Membership Committee for eight years and as a District Director the past year, I feel it is time to take the next step in serving our Association. It has been a goal of mine to grow the game and help improve the status of the PGA member through my continued service to the Association.” John Lindert is the Director of Golf / Chief Operating Officer at The Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. Elected to PGA membership in June 1983, John is a 34 year member of the Association. He sat on the PGA of America Board of Control from 2009–2013, and is currently the District 5 Director, representing the Michigan, Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio PGA Sections. Rick Murphy, PGA Section Affiliation: Carolinas PGA Nominating Section: Carolinas PGA   “To serve and work with our PGA Members, Sections and the PGA of America in an effort to accomplish our continued on page 13

Meet the Candidates

Jim Dorman, PGA


John Lindert, PGA

Rick Murphy, PGA

Tom Wildenhaus, PGA

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Michelob ULTRA Named Official Beer Sponsor for the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship T he PGA of America and Anheuser-Busch announced that Michelob ULTRA – the fastest growing beer brand in the United States – has been designated as the Official Beer Sponsor of the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship. This new partnership includes rights for the Ryder Cup through 2020, as well as the PGA Championship through 2019.

The sponsorship will commence with the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Aug. 6-12. Then, beginning with the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island, New York, Michelob ULTRA will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the Wanamaker Club. In addition, the beer brand will be presenting sponsor of the International Pavilion for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. “Our beer is brewed for those who seek to live fit and fun—and who lives that life better than golf fans?” said Azania Andrews, vice president, Michelob ULTRA. “Our partnership with the PGA of America will allow us to further connect with an audience who prioritizes this balanced lifestyle.” “We’re delighted that such a rapidly growing brand like Michelob ULTRA has partnered with both the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup,” said PGA of America Chief Revenue Officer Kevin Ring. “With the historic 100th PGA Championship being contested in Michelob ULTRA’s and Anheuser-Busch’s hometown of St. Louis this summer, this is a symbolic time to launch our partnership.” continued from page 12 mission statement and our current strategic business plan. I believe the PGA of America, our Officers, Board of Directors and Staff exist in order to: SERVE OUR MEMBERS and GROW THE GAME. More than thirty years of service on the section and national level has given me the necessary experience, understanding, knowledge and vision to help lead our Association.  I will serve our Members and work to Grow The Game!”

“The PGA of America has helped provide for everything I have. If I can give back to the Association and continue to enhance the image of the PGA Professional, this is something I am excited to be a part of. It is equally important for me to participate in growing the game and industry in order for professionals coming after me to experience the great attributes the game and industry have to offer.”

Rick Murphy is the General Manager/Owner of Murphy Golf Center (two facilities) and Murphy Golf Academy & Practice Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Greensboro (North Carolina) National Golf Club. Elected to PGA membership in August 1981, he is a 36 year member of the Association and served on both the Section and National levels.

Tom Wildenhaus is the Director of Golf at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Elected to PGA membership in May 1990, Tom is a 27 year member of the Association. He is currently on the Board of Control and has held offices at the Section and Chapter levels.

Thomas Wildenhaus, PGA Section Affiliation: South Florida PGA Nominating Section: South Florida PGA

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PGA Facility Operations Scorecard Rolls Out this Month S

tarting this month, the Scorecard, formerly known as the Annual Operations Survey, will be sporting a new, streamlined design that is ultimately geared toward making data more efficient and relevant to each PGA Professional filling out the Scorecard.

As the industry’s leading source for golf operations and facility data, the PGA Annual Operations Survey has been a reliable tool to help PGA Professionals evaluate their facility’s performance. The Scorecard is available now on for the highest-ranking PGA Professional at a facility. Questions will be more aligned with revenue and expense topics that are important to you and your facility, while the new online tool will be faster, easier and more accessible than ever before. PGA Professionals looking to utilize results from the PGA Facility Operations Scorecard can also create interactive reports customized for their business that provide a single view of the most critical data relevant to them. “Our goal with the redesign was to make the PGA Facility Operations Scorecard more applicable to each PGA Member,” says PGA Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook Jr. “It’s a high-tech performance tool that is much easier to navigate, and provides critical benchmarks to our PGA Professionals with much greater efficiency than in the past.” PGA Professionals who complete the Scorecard will have the ability to earn up to three MSR credits depending on the level of detail they provide. Please log in to your profile on and participate in this new and improved service today!

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Employment News

Is Your Career on Track? How Do You Know?

The future can provide an extremely uncertain ride, but having a solid career plan in place can serve as a reliable roadmap to get you wherever you would like to go. Come join your PGA Career Consultant for an upcoming career planning workshop. The Career Planning Workshop will consist of a presentation and Q&A regarding the importance of the career planning process as well as highlighting important career evaluation considerations, self-evaluations, and goal setting followed by elective individual meetings. Individual meetings will be framed by the Career Services Career Planning Workbook and will also include cover letter and resume reviews. Having a realistic career plan in place is often an essential part of our personal growth and development. Without goals to strive for, most people find it difficult to stray from the easy norm or to gain skills which make them a more valuable commodity in the golf industry. Between the accountability of having fixed objectives and the inspiration you’ll receive when you attain your goals, your career plan is an opportunity to maximize your true potential as a PGA Professional. Attendees will receive three (3) MSR points (2 for the workshop and an additional 1 for booking an individual meeting) in the Required Category. Vail Valley/West Chapter Workshop Denver Metro Workshop Location: Red Sky Golf Club | Fazio Course | Wolcott, CO May 22 | 9:00-11:00am | Career Planning Workshop May 22 | 12 Noon-5pm | Individual Meetings May 23 | 9:00am-5:00pm | Individual Meetings May 24 | 9:00am-12:00pm | Individual Meetings (If Needed)

Location: The Club at Rolling Hills | Golden, CO May 30 | 9:00-11:00am | Career Planning Workshop May 30 | 12 Noon-5pm | Individual Meetings May 31 | 9:00am-5:00pm | Individual Meetings To register, please click here

To register, please click here To Host a Career Planning Workshop, please contact Keith Soriano, PGA at or 720.841.1006


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Brand New Leadership Program Announced at Spring Business Meeting Application Process Open - 3/19/2018


he Colorado PGA has officially launched Colorado PGA LEAD to provide leadership-development opportunities for our Section Members. The ultimate goal of this program is to establish a deep bench of Colorado PGA Members who are prepared to ascend to and through the volunteer leadership ranks of the Section. Applications are now open for any and all Colorado PGA Members who desire to be mentored and progress through a two-year program with up to twelve (12) fellow Colorado PGA Members. This two-year program, comprised of in-person and digitally delivered activities, includes the following topics, among others: Board Governance, Conducting Effective Board and Membership Meetings, Pillars of Leadership, Developing Your Leadership Presence, Public Speaking and Presentation Essentials, Social Media and Developing Your Digital Brand, Personal Branding and Promotion, Diversity & Inclusion, StrengthFinder and Fascination Advantage The Application Deadline is August 31 and the Class of 2019-2020 will be announced at the Fall Membership Meeting on October 15. If you have any questions, please call or email Eddie Ainsworth at 719-761-6125. For more information, choose from the documents below: Colorado PGA LEAD - Fact Sheet What is Colorado PGA Lead and What are the Expectations Application for Colorado PGA LEAD

About the Program The Colorado Section of the PGA’s strategic vision outlines our commitment to diversity and inclusion that resonates throughout the Association’s programs and practices. In support of that commitment, a strategic imperative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to evolve the face of PGA’s talent at all levels, across all disciplines and in all locations, including volunteer leadership roles at the Section levels, where diverse representation, particularly among women and racial and ethnic minorities, is dramatically and disproportionately low. Program Purpose PGA LEAD was developed by the PGA of America and its National Diversity & Inclusion Committee as a strategy to identify, groom and progress Class A PGA Members who are emerging Association leaders, along a guided path into leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and National levels. The Colorado Section of the PGA is heading up a COLORADO PGA LEAD Class to develop and mentor emerging leaders for future involvement as leaders in the Colorado Section. The program is open to all Colorado PGA Members who have not served in a leadership capacity in the Section. Participant selection will take into consideration gender, age, race/color, national origin/ancestry, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status. Selection Criteria, Eligibility & Application Process Class A PGA Members interested in participating in COLORADO PGA LEAD are encouraged to apply. All candidates are required to submit a confidential application to the Colorado Section of the PGA. The Selection Committee will be comprises of two Colorado PGA REACH Trustees who are members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the PGA REACH Board of Directors’ Representative and a Colorado PGA Staff Representative. The program participants will be chosen by the Selection Committee based on the following minimum criteria:


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Candidates must be a Class A PGA member in the Colorado Section in good standing and have served as a member of the Colorado Section for a minimum of one year.

Submit application to the Selection Committee and include the following:

1. Professional resume

2. 500–word maximum personal statement about why they aspire to lead and desire to participate in COLORADO PGA LEAD. They will be encouraged to share how their own diversity and experiences make them unique and/or make them a proponent of diversity and inclusion. They will also be asked to tell us what makes them unique from a leadership perspective and how they champion diversity and inclusion personally and/or professionally. •

Is new to their Section leadership development journey and experience.

Participate in a telephone interview with the Selection Committee.

Consideration may be given to candidates from diverse backgrounds that are under- represented in the Colorado Section of the PGA volunteer leadership roles.

Volunteerism at the community or Section level is preferred.

Obligations of COLORADO PGA LEAD Participants: •

Desire and commitment to participate in COLORADO PGA LEAD for a two-year term.

Attend the Colorado PGA Spring and Fall Membership Meetings during the two-year term, while participating in the COLORADO PGA LEAD development, training and mentoring activities.

Content, Programming and Participation COLORADO PGA LEAD participants will attend Colorado Section Spring and Fall Membership Meetings during their two-year term. At these meetings, COLORADO PGA LEAD participants will observe and participate in governance and other activities. COLORADO PGA LEAD participants will also participate in leadership development activities and trainings (listed below), while at the meetings. In addition, participants will convene regularly throughout the year via video conference. The leadership development activities will be conducted by presenters from PGA National Officers, District Directors, PGA Staff and outside subject matter experts, to name a few. Upon completion of participation in COLORADO PGA LEAD, PGA Members will be required to make a short presentation to their fellow members at a future Colorado Section PGA Meeting. This presentation should be an overview of their experiences and demonstrate the benefits of participation, as they strive to become leaders within our Association. This will help generate interest in COLORADO PGA LEAD. Sample Leadership Development Topics • • • • • • • •

Association and Section Board Governance Orientation/Training Pillars of Leadership Developing Your Leadership Presence Public Speaking and Presentation Essentials Social Media and Developing Your Digital Brand Personal Branding/Promotion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conducting Effective Board and Membership Meetings

Measurement of Program Effectiveness •

Did the candidates move into leadership roles in the Colorado Section during or following completion of COLORADO PGA LEAD?

Did the candidates move into leadership roles on a nonprofit board or within an organization during or following completion of COLORADO PGA LEAD?


Information to apply and the applications are available online and can be accessed by clicking here.

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Colorado PGA REACH News

Inclusion Programs Supported by Colorado PGA REACH Erin Diegel, PGA, Has Passion for Kids - 3/2018


ith a passion for anything and everything kids, Erin Diegel, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, works with the programs supported by the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. She, however, takes this philosophy a step further by offering inclusion programs at some unique facilities. Erin has introduced the Golf In Schools Program to the Mount Saint Vincent Home, as well as a version of it to the residence at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Westminster. “The Golf In Schools Program is near and dear to my heart,” comments Erin. “We are executing the program as it was designed by introducing chipping, putting and the full swing and then offering a fieldtrip to the golf course. However, to be successful with the programs at these facilities, we do have to be a lot more flexible with how we teach the skills and with the equipment we use. “It is an opportunity for these students – both kids and adults – to have a chance to do something really cool,” acknowledges Erin. These programs are also an important part of the City of Westminster’s community outreach. Offering golf to beginners who would not otherwise have this experience fits into their mission of creating exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy. The Mount Saint Vincent Home is a facility designed to help children who are abused, neglected, mentally ill or traumatized experience tangible outcomes to make life better. This unique population brings with it some different challenges as they are easily frustrated and require immediate gratification. “Since it is likely that these kids have never been introduced to golf before and because of their complicated backgrounds, it is critical that we use techniques that make it easier for them to grasp the concepts of golf and make the experience more fun and more positive. We have found that using adaptive tools and specially designed equipment, like the


Starting New At Golf (SNAG) Coaching System, we are able to progress the kids through the learning curve faster and more effectively,” continues Erin. The Rocky Mountain MS Center provides a comprehensive and integrated wellness approach to MS and related diseases. They believe that building brain reserve through intellectual and physical exercise gives people living with MS the best chance to minimize MS-related disabilities. When working with MS patients, Erin is further challenged to develop inventive methods to teach the skills of golf in ways these students are best able to handle it. They are very success oriented and results driven, making the type of equipment used here very important. It is essential for the instructors to be prepared to make the necessary adjustments to teach golf here, such as lighter, longer clubs with altered lie angles, molded grips, baseball tees and oversized balls. According to Erin, she introduces games that are a little bit easier to achieve when working with this diverse group who are diagnosed with varying stages of MS and/or traumatic brain injuries. She knows that if they can experience success, they are going to have a much better time. In fact, she further believes that given the opportunity and the aide of an ADA cart, perhaps half of these students will actually make it out on the golf course. “The program has been very successful,” shares Erin. “They are having so much fun and loving each session we offer. I love that they are getting out into the community and doing things that are cool versus being segregated. What makes it really exciting for me is to know that they are looking forward to doing some

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Colorado PGA REACH News normal activities that they didn’t think they would have a chance to do.” Erin is grateful for the programs offered by the Colorado REACH Foundation. Knowing that Growth of the Game Grants are available to golf professionals who want to try something new inspires that movement. Eliminating the funding hurdle enables clubs to reach out to new demographics or try new opportunities to teach the game, as well as eliminates the funding deterrent for schools to participate in programs. Erin grew up in Colorado Springs to a father who was passionate about junior golf. Because of his passion, she too had a desire to be associated with junior programs. She attended The University of Colorado, Boulder as an Evan Scholar and, as a senior, was a member of its inaugural women’s golf team. After pursuing her PGA membership, she taught at GOLFTEC and was the first Junior Golf Director for the Colorado PGA before landing at Legacy Ridge Golf Course. While at Legacy Ridge, Erin has been part of the team that created the programs that allow juniors to progress through the game of golf and helps

parents understand where their kids fit in. They offer opportunities from summer camps, Golf in the Parks and Golf In Schools to Tiny Titans, Linksters, PGA Jr. League and Operation 36, which is their elite program. They have also signed on to participate with the Youth on Course program. “I feel that I am blessed to have an opportunity to offer great golf experiences to people who would not otherwise get it. That’s really the cool part for me,” confides Erin. “Obviously, as golf professional, it is our job to grow the game. That is what we do on a daily basis, whereas these programs and these opportunities are unique. You don’t always get the chance to work with these groups of children or adults. It is really rewarding to see them high-five you because they simply made contact with the ball. It also keeps things in perspective as to how precious our health is. Even though it is a game that we live and breathe every day, I cherish the opportunity to give it to someone who would otherwise never have it.” In addition, it was announced during the 2018 Colorado Spring Membership Meeting that Erin is the recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Pillar Award.

Growth of the Game Grants Awarded at Spring Business Meeting 14 Facilities Selected to Grow the Game of Golf - 03/21/2018

A number of recipients were awarded Growth of the Game Grants at the recent Spring Business Meeting. The grants are given to facilities to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA to develop and/or significantly enhance Growth of the Game programs that will attract and retain new golfers. Fourteen facilities earned Grants in 2018. Those facilities are: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club - Keith Stilwell, PGA Collindale Golf Academy - Dale Smigelsky, PGA Golf and Leadership Foundation - Philip Linares, PGA Highlands Ranch Golf Club - Andy Benson, PGA Hillcrest Junior Golf Foundation - Jim Fiala, PGA Lake Arbor Golf Club - Steve Lynes, PGA Lakewood Country Club - Ben Honaman, PGA Legacy Ridge Golf Course - Joseph Carlton, PGA The First Tee of Denver - Scott Rethlake, PGA The First Tee of GVR - Matt Bryant, PGA The First Tee of Pikes Peak - Maggie Hartman, PGA Thorncreek Golf Course - Chris Swinhart, PGA West Woods Golf Club - Bobby Quaratino, PGA Youth Golf Colorado - Steve VanDyke, PGA

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Colorado PGA News

Meeting with Lawmakers Colorado Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol gives industry leaders another chance to make the case for the many benefits of golf by Gary Baines - 4/13/2018

It's not a coincidence that the annual Colorado Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol is scheduled the week following the Masters. The first major championship of the men's season typically draws more attention to the game than any other event on the calendar. So it's useful to capitalize on that situation when the Centennial State's golf industry leaders are trying to make lawmakers aware of the benefits golf brings to the community. But the proximity on the calendar to the Masters presents another opportunity -- to contrast everyday golf with perhaps the most pristine and manicured venue in the game, Augusta National Golf Club. And so it was Friday at the third annual Capitol visit for the leading golf organizations in Colorado, which gathered in the west foyer and engaged state lawmakers that stopped by -- six Senators and eight Representatives this year. (Among them were Sen. John Cooke, in center in photo at left, and Sen. Larry Crowder, at left in photo below.) "We have to kind of keep chipping away at the image" of the golf industry, said CGA executive director Ed Mate, referring to the stubborn perceptions that it wastes water and resources and is inaccessible. "There's always going to be people who think golf is the Masters. I think it's worked out well that we follow the Masters. It's a nice landmark date. That (venue and event) is unique. This (Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol) is about affordability, and not emerald green (grass) but environmental stewardship." A placard displayed at Colorado Golf Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol makes the case concisely, citing the economic benefits of the game, its environmental record and pointing out its health and wellness benefits. Specifically, the placard points out that golf contributes $1.7 billion a year to the state's economy and creates 11,000 jobs that generate $177 million in wages. On the environmental front, the 239 courses in Colorado include more than 12,000 acres of natural green space, with considerable benefits to the ecosystem


and wildlife habitats, while using less than one-third of 1 percent of Colorado's water supply. And golfers benefits physically and (sometimes) psychologically by playing the game. Beyond that, golf is a huge driver of charity, generating more money for charitable causes ($3.9 billion overall) than all other sports combined, according to And Alliance members -- particularly the CGA and Colorado PGA -- have oodles of programs in place that benefit different facets of society, with particular emphasis on youngsters. A proclamation from Gov. John Hickenlooper and a similarly-worded tribute read Friday morning on the floor of the state Senate applauded the golf industry for the benefits it brings to the table, and industry leaders were recognized during the Senate session (bottom photo). "Golf is a good thing. It's good for the economy. It's good for the soul, so get out and do it," Sen. Lucia Guzman said after fellow Sen. Jack Tate read the tribute. Giving state lawmakers the opportunity to meet and converse with the golf industry leaders in Colorado -- and learn about the benefits of the game -- has been a big plus in recent years, according to members of the Colorado Golf Alliance. The Alliance includes

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Colorado PGA News the CGA, Colorado PGA, the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the Mile High Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America -- all of whom had multiple representatives on hand at the Capitol on Friday. Those industry leaders see such worth in this interaction that for the last three years they've had an Alliance lobbyist at the Capitol -- Jennifer Cassell. She keeps an eye on any bills that may affect the golf industry -- those dealing with water use, pesticide application, general environmental stewardship, independent contractors vs. employees, etc. -- and helps organize the Colorado Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol. "Absolutely there's great value for the Alliance -- for all of golf" -- in the day at the Capitol and in Cassell's ongoing presence there on behalf of the Alliance, said Eddie Ainsworth, executive director of the Colorado PGA. "We'd rather have someone here representing us even if nothing is happening to affect golf than have to react (when something pressing does happen). We're being very proactive. ... "The perception piece when people think of golf, they think that we just overwater everything. So to hear somebody from the Senate floor this morning read and say that golf is good for the environment and they're good stewards (was gratifying). We use less than one-third of 1 percent of the water in Colorado. That's eye-opening to people in the state. They say, 'That's it?'" Indeed, conservation is a high priority at golf facilities and much of the water that is used on golf courses is non-potable. Friday's event didn't attract as many state lawmakers as last year, in part because about 20 members of the legislature were excused for various reasons. But golf industry leaders were happy to get the word out to those who were on hand. "Whenever we can get our name out, that's what we want," said Gary Leeper, executive director of the RMGCSA. "We probably only got half the attendance we got last year, but anytime you can get out in front of these people, it's great. "I think most of the (lawmakers) who came this year were here last year so they remembered us. That's really what it's all about so when they have issues, they can call the RMGCSA or any of the people in the Alliance and ask them questions. "We've been really lucky. We haven't had a lot of water issues (that could affect golf move to the forefront at the Capitol), but those days are coming. The water, as it gets worse and worse and we get less and less rain and snow, I think we're going to start getting those calls."

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Mate seconds the importance of water. "If there's any one issue that can cripple our business, it's water," he said. "You saw what happened in Cape Town, South Africa (when a severe water crisis hit). When water fails, everything fails. Health fails, hospitals fail, everything. Golf, I can promise you, would be the first thing to be cut if we don't let people know, 'Wait a minute, we're only using a tiny (percentage). And when people are stressed, maybe being on a golf course (would help relieve that) and wouldn't be a bad use of water.'" Of course, the golf industry leaders understand that not all state legislators look at golf the same way, and that many may not have a connection to the game at all. But the goal is to provide information to all, and hopefully gain some allies along the way. "We have some serious golfers in the legislature -those who really love the sport and love the game and try to get out as much as they can," Cassell said. "There are others who wish they had more time to play but still appreciate the game. Then there are others who hopefully we can engage more -- bring them out to play and educate them more about the benefits of golf. "Today, it seemed like the legislators that came down here were very energetic about the day. They wanted to learn more and meet us." Which is a good indication that the Golf Alliance Day at the Capitol will remain a fixture on the spring schedule. "It's always a great opportunity for us to be here and for us to be in front of our legislature to let them realize how valuable golf is -- valuable to the economy, valuable to the environment and that we are good stewards of the environment thanks to our golf course superintendents and different things like that," Ainsworth said. "It's always a highlight on my calendar." Watching the legislature operate -- however briefly -on Friday made both Ainsworth and Mate realize that golf is a small fish in a big pond of issues. But it was also a heartening experience in some respects. "It kind of makes me realize just how good we are," Mate said of the golf industry. "There's nothing controversial really about golf. The economics, the environmental benefits, the health benefits (are all pluses). "You can say, 'Why are we here (at the Capitol)? What's the issue?' We're here because we want them to be aware of us because otherwise they're going to come up with their own ideas about what golf is."


Colorado PGA News

MSR Credits - You Need Them, We Have Them! B

elow 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 Meet with your Career Consultant 1 PGA Required MSR Credit Click here to setup a meeting 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.


2 PGA required credits per video Note: expect more videos to become available following the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer opportunities are available at a number of Colorado PGA events. Members will earn 1 NonRequired 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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Colorado PGA News

Quarter Centry Club Leslie Core-Drevecky, PGA Head Professional | Murphy Creek Golf Course Where did you grow up? I grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, playing a 9-hole country club course. What was your first introduction to the game of golf? My dad was a scratch golfer and he taught our whole family how to play the game. Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? I felt that it was the best avenue for me to continue playing competitive golf after I quit playing on the Futures Tour. What makes you most proud about being a PGA Professional? I am most proud of being able to give back to the game that has given me so much and wearing the logo of the PGA. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity? •

Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas – Assistant Golf Professional (my first job as a golf professional)

Lakeway Resort in Lakeway, Texas – Assistant Golf Professional and then promoted to Head Golf Professional

Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas, Texas – Assistant Golf Professional

Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Oklahoma – Assistant Golf Professional

Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado – Head Golf Professional

What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made? I believe my most meaningful contribution has been trying to become a role model for other female PGA Professionals by becoming a Colorado PGA Officer and continually being involved on a National level by serving on numerous National Committees. What hobbies do you have outside of golf? Swimming laps (very relaxing) , hiking, skiing and bowling If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? My foursome: Seve Ballesteros because I loved his short game skills and he was handsome back in the day. Haha! Arnold Palmer because he was the King and my dad’s swing looked like his. My dad, of course, because he taught me how to play.

April 2018


Membership News

Route 411 An update on our Colorado PGA Members Welcome to the Section

The Colorado PGA welcomes new members to our Section on a regular basis. For some, this is the first time they have joined our Section. Others may be returning to the Section. Please join us in welcoming them! Nick A. Bardino, PGA | A-20 | KJUS North America, Inc. | previously in the Illinois Section Ed Carlisle, PGA | A-4 The Ranch Country Club | previously in the South Central Bob Doyle, PGA | A-11 | PGA Life Member | previously in the Southwest Section Jordan V. Gibbs, PGA | A-8 | Denver Country Club | previously in the Phildelphia Section Marcus A. Gillmor, PGA | A-8 | Fort Collins Country Club | previously in the Iowa Section Bryson W. Hotchkiss, PGA | A-1 | Ridge at Castle Pines North | previously in the Southwest John R. Lynch, PGA | A-1 | River Valley Ranch Golf Club | previously in the Sun Country

New Members

The Colorado PGA congratulates the following individuals who were recently elected, re-elected or reinstated into full PGA of America membership. Margaret A. Hartman, PGA | A-14 | First Tee of Pikes Peak

Moving On

Members move on to other Sections on a regular basis. Please join us in sending our best wishes to these Members or Apprentices who have moved on. Casey A. Schiel, PGA | A-21 | currently at 911 Golf in the Nebraska Section Kyler A. Booher, PGA | A-4 | currently at Miami Shores Golf Course in the Southern Ohio Section Matthew R Morin | B-8 | currently at Wayzata Country Club in the Minnesota Section Sean M. Rea Jr., PGA | A-8 | currently at River Forest Country Club in the Illinois Section Brandon L Bingaman | B-8 | currently at Bent Tree Country Club in the Northern Texas Section

New Apprentices

The Colorado PGA welcomes our newly registered associates. Associates in the PGA of America are responsible for upholding the mission of the PGA, to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. Below are the names of men and women who have recently registered as associates in the PGA of America. Erik M. Hansen | B-1 | Cedaredge Golf Club Alexander J. Hoskins | B-1 | Pine Creek Golf Course

Making Moves in the Colorado PGA

Douglas B. Rohrbaugh, PGA | A-6 | Ironbridge Golf Club | previously at Ironbridge Golf Club as an A-4 Robert G. O’Hara, PGA | A-8 | Rifle Creek Golf Course | previously at The Golf Club At Redlands Mesa as an A-1 Scott A. Stewart, PGA | A-6 | Ptarmigan Country Club | previously at Mountain Vista Greens GC as an A-6 Larry P. Collins, PGA | A-13 | TPC - Colorado | previously at Omni Interlocken Resort as an A-13 Edward Oldham, PGA | A-14 | The Ranch Country Club | previously at The Ranch Country Club as an A-1 David S. Lopez, PGA | A-20 | Colorado Golf & Turf | previously at Country Club at Castle Pines as an A-1 Eric M Schaupeter, PGA | A-6 | Highlands Ranch Golf Club | previously at Valley Country Club as an A-8 Eric M. Bradley, PGA | A-1 | Black Bear Golf Club | previously at Blackstone Country Club as an A-1 Charles J. Perry, PGA | A-9 | GolfTEC Headquarters | previously at GolfTEC - Denver Tech Center as an A-6 Remington D. Post, PGA | A-1 | Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks | previously at PGA Tour as an A-24 Bryan S. Hackenberg | B-8 | Todd Creek Golf Club | previously at Riverdale Golf Club as a B-8 Kathryn A. Johnson, PGA | A-8 | Fossil Trace Golf Club | previously at West Woods Golf Club as an A-8


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Membership News

Happy Birthday! April 1 Robert J. Lane Jason A Brandt, PGA April 3 Tom W. Taylor, PGA April 5 Roger Shields, PGA April 7 Michael C. Callihan, PGA James R. Miller, PGA April 8 John D Ogden, PGA Jeffrey W Franks Dennis S Weber Blake A.D. Fletcher, PGA April 9 Kathryn A. Johnson, PGA April 10 James W. Arendt, PGA April 11 John Trenck III, PGA Harold Garrison, PGA Scott D. Lane, PGA John M. Murray, PGA April 12 Robert V. Hunt, PGA Philip E. Gerlach, PGA Brandon A. Howard April 13 Mark A. McMunn, PGA Todd P. James, PGA Brandon M. Roll, PGA Cody S. Hasten, PGA Kory M. Thurman, PGA April 14 Erica E. Webster, PGA April 15 Larry P. Collins, PGA Paul Lobato, PGA Nicholas K. Perry, PGA Nicolas G Damiana April 16 David W. Keesee, PGA

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April 17 Lynn Blevins, PGA Douglas Cook, PGA Andrew H. Firman, PGA Bryan M. Collins, PGA April 18 Jeffrey A. Nova, PGA April 19 Charles Weir, PGA Scott A. Meyer Tsutomu Kevin Terada, PGA April 20 Brian J. Lavender, PGA Daniel A. Smith, PGA Michael Wilson, PGA Christopher A. Schultz, PGA Gregory W. Kohr, PGA Corey A. Lorden, PGA April 21 Andrew M. Tucker, PGA Eric M. Bradley, PGA Jeffrey B. Boyer, PGA Charles G Wallace, PGA April 23 Steven J. Samuels, PGA Nicholas J Borgeson April 25 Thomas Connell, PGA Brett E. Gagnon, PGA Clement D Michel April 26 Scott D. Erwin, PGA Perry A. Holmes, PGA Richard A Lash April 27 Greg A. Heiny, PGA April 28 Kirk L. Rider, PGA April 29 Joseph D. Pinson, PGA Charles H. Hough, PGA Tyson C. Schalock, PGA Brandon S. Roedder April 30 Andrew J. Clavin, PGA


Tournament News

Three Teams Finish Tied for First at Boulder Country Club T

hree teams finished tied for first at Boulder Country Club in the opening event of the year after shooting rounds of five-under-par 65 in the Four Ball stroke play event. Those teams were Heikke Nielsen and Kevin Bolles, Paul Lobato and Caine Fitzgerald and Ken Krieger and Ron Vlosich. Nielsen and Bolles as well as Krieger and Vlosich both posted six birdies and one bogey while Lobato and Fitzgerald had a flawless scorecard as they made five birdies during their round. Bolles, the Director of Golf at Boulder Country Club, tied for first place in the individual Stroke Play event after carding a two-under-par 68. He finished tied with Doug Rohrbaugh, an Instructor from Ironbridge Golf Club who posted four birdies and two bogeys during his round. Stroke Play #1 Boulder Country Club Monday, March 26, 2018 T1 Heikke Nielsen | Golf Kevin Bolles | Boulder -5 65 T1 Paul Lobato | Meridian Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills -5 65 T1 Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club Ron Vlosich | Life Member -5 65 4 Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Jason Witczak | The Club at Pradera -4 66 T5 Ryan Bakken | Thorncreek GC Michael Weingartner | Ridge at Castle Pines -3 67 T5 Kory Thurman | Denver Ross McLean | Cherry Creek CC -3 67 Click here to check out the full results


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Tournament News

Longoria Claims Title at Columbine Country Club J

acob Longoria, an Assistant Professional at Cherry Hills Country Club posted his first victory of the season at Columbine Country Club. Longoria, a Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management graduate, posted an eagle and six birdies during his round to best the field by two strokes. Finishing tied for second was Doug Rohrbaugh, an Instructor from Ironbridge Golf Club and Geoff Keffer, an Assistant Golf Professional from the Greater Golfer Development Center. Both players posted rounds of oneunder-par 71. Finishing tied for fourth was Peter Norwood, Perry Holmes and Jeff Hanson. 1 | Jacob Longoria | Cherry Hills T2 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge T2 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer D.C. T4 | Peter Norwood | MetaGolf Learning Center T4 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National GC T4 | Jeff Hanson | Red Sky GC

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Rohrbaugh Continues Hot Start With Blackstone Country Club Pro Am Victory D

oug Rohrbaugh continued his strong start to the season by winning the Blackstone Country Club Pro Am on Monday, April 9, 2018. Rohrbaugh, an Instructor at Ironbridge Golf Club, posted six birdies and no bogeys to finish at six-under-par 66 which was good enough for a four shot victory. Coming in second place was Scott Sommers, PGA Head Professional at Saddleback Golf Course and Mike Northern, PGA Life Member. The pair both posted rounds of two-under-par 70. In the team competition, five teams finished tied for first place after posting fourteen-under-par 122 in the 3-2-1 Net event (3 net scores counted on par-3’s, 2 net scores counted on par-4’2 and 1 net score counted on par 3’s). Those teams were led by Dustin Miller (Erik Glowacki (a), Jason Zellmer (a), Ray Decker (a)), Andrew Hedrick (Bob Cage (a), Garrett Atkins (a) and Larry Woods (a)), Tray Shehee (Rick Smith (a), Jeff Chesler (a) and Darin Josh (a)), Scott Sommers (Ken Humphreys (a), Al Ross (a) and Bill Aynes (a)) and Dave Troyer, Tim Larkin (a), Pete Knutson (a) and Benny Bennett (a)). Blackstone Country Club Pro Am Blackstone Country Club Monday, April 9, 2018 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge T2 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback T2 | Mike Northern | Life Member T4 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer D.C. T4 | Blake Sharamitaro | Riverdale GC T4 | Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills Click here to check out the full results

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Tournament News

Northern and Johnson Partner to Win Stroke Play #3

Mike Northern acted as if he never took a winter break from the game when he teed it up at Collindale Golf Course for Stroke Play #3. Northern, who partnered with Chris Johnson in the Four Ball Stroke Play event, posted a seven-under-par 64 on his own ball while the duo posted a nine-under-par 62. Their score bested the field by three as the teams of Jeff Carter & Caine Fitzgerald and Tyler Parsloe & Doug Wherry finished at six-under-par 65. Northern posted a five-shot victory in the individual event. Eric Bradley, PGA Head Professional at Black Bear Golf Club finished with a two-under-par 69. A quartet finished tied for third after posting one-under-par 70.

1 Chris Johnson | PGA Life Member Mike Northern | PGA Life Member -9 62 T2 Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills GC Jeff Carter | Riverdale GC -6 65 T2 Tyler Parsloe Doug Wherry -6 65 T4 Daniel Costenbader Jordan O’Keefe -5 66 T4 Kyle Voska | The Links GC Mike Weingartner -5 66 Click here to check out the full results

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 - Click here to register Registration Deadline - July 11th at 11:59pm local time

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Dow Finsterwald Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 1682.40 2 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 1143.67 3 | Eric Bradley | Black Bear Golf Club | 1008.83 4 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer Development Center | 946.27 5 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 779.5 6 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 775.2 7 | Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills Golf Course | 730.34 8 | Kevin Bolles | Boulder Country Club | 645 9 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 634 10 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 627.33 11 | Jacob Longoria | Cherry Hills Country Club | 600 12 | Kyle Voska | The Links Golf Course | 599 13 | Peter Norwood | MetaGolf Learning Center | 583.5 14 | Jason Witczak | The Club at Pradera | 560.5 15 | Blake Sharamitaro | Riverdale Golf Courses | 516.37 16 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National Golf Club | 486.93 17 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 485 18 | Heikke Nielsen | Golf | 439.27 19 | Graham Cliff | Colorado Golf Club | 438.83 20 | Jeff Hanson | Red Sky Golf Club | 394 21 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 386.71 22 | Dan Sniffin | Omni Interlocken Resort and Golf Club | 378.21 23 | Jeff Carter | Riverdale Golf Courses | 354.38 24 | Will Panella | Buffalo Run Golf Course | 315.6 25 | Alexandra Braga | Denver Country Club | 306.9 26 | Paul Lobato | Meridian Golf Club | 303.6 27 | Tray Shehee | Ute Creek Golf Course | 302.33

Senior Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 1682.4 2 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 1143.67 3 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 779.5 4 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 775.2 5 | Kevin Bolles | Boulder Country Club | 645 6 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 634 7 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 627.33 8 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National Golf Club | 486.93 9 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 485 10 | Jeff Hanson | Red Sky Golf Club | 394

Colorado PGA Apprentice Player of the Year 1 | Andrew Hebert | Indian Peaks Golf Course | 569.8 2 | Audie Dean | Littleton Golf & Tennis Club | 476.5 3 | Bryan Hackenberg | Todd Creek Golf Club | 395.67 4 | Ben Lanting | Bear Creek Golf Club | 341.5 5 | Daniel Costenbader | Beaver Creek Golf Club | 311.4 6 | Tim Richardson | Todd Creek Golf Club | 239.5 7 | Jeramy Curry | The Links Golf Course | 236.33 8 | Rich Lash | MetaGolf Learning Center | 172.5 9 | Patrick Grady | University of Colorado | 120.2 10 | Nathaniel Weber | Todd Creek Golf Club | 100.5

April 2018


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Bronze | $1,000

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