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The Official Publication of the Colorado PGA February 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

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President’s Report Collaboration is the Name of the Game! Executive Director’s Report Empowering You to Make a Difference! Trevor Ragan with Train Ugly to be Featured at Spring Meeting District Director Report/PGA of America News Perkspot, 2018 Board Election, Tax Law and More Complete the Compensation Survey Today! Revisions Made to PGA Constitution and Bylaws Colorado PGA REACH Foundation News Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Adds Three New Trustees Career News Career Complacency - Cues & Cures

Colorado PGA News 16 Are You Up to Speed With Today’s Golf Industry? Register for the G4 Summit Today! 18 Scholarship Opportunities Available Through PGA of America and Colorado PGA 19 Nominate a Deserving Colorado PGA Member for the 2018 Special Awards Today! 18 Growth of the Game Grant Applications Available for 2018 22 MSR Credits - You Need Them, We Have Them! Membership News 21 Member Update Junior Golf News 24 Colorado PGA Welcomes Scott Minta as Junior Golf Coordinator 24 Drive, Chip and Putt Registration Now Open!

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President’s Message

Collaboration is the Name of the Game! By Ty Thompson, PGA

Collaboration has been a central theme in the Colorado golf community over the past few years. The decision for our associations to work more closely together will continue as we gather at The Broadmoor for the 2018 G4 Summit. This year’s event may contain one of the strongest lineups of industry experts, who will provide insights and education around topics such as: industry trends, leadership, digital media and diversity. I look forward to seeing many of you at this event. In addition to the G4 happening in February, we will conduct our annual Board of Directors Training Retreat. I am very proud of our growth in this area and am personally committed to find ways to help our board be as informed, trained and educated as possible. Have you ever been interested in a Board of Director position? Maybe this is the year for you. Whether you have an interest this year, or a coming year, be assured that the section leadership has made board education and development a priority. Thank you, in advance, to all of you who decide to throw your hat in the ring! My best to each of you,

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

Last Chance to Run for the Board Dear Members,

Each year when I attend the PGA Merchandise Show with my team from Fossil Trace Golf Club, I have a chance to reconnect with many people, take part in industry leading education and see firsthand how our strength in numbers makes us the best membership association in all of sport. The energy from the show instills in me tremendous pride as I come back to Colorado and represent you as your Secretary. It inspires me to continue leading the Colorado PGA with the rest of our officers and board of directors as we continue to Serve the Member and Grow the Game. As we look forward, it’s our goal to assemble the strongest group of PGA Professionals possible from diverse backgrounds so that we can meet our goals. I’d like to encourage you to seriously consider joining us in our efforts by running for the Board of Directors at our upcoming Spring Business Meeting. For those of you interested in running for the board, please click here to submit your name. We will follow

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up with a few questions so that the membership can learn more about you. The election will be held at the Spring Business Meeting where you will have a chance to address those in attendance. Those who are elected will receive incredible training and development, will be networking with some of the best and brightest in the business, and will help shape the future of our association. I appreciate those who have served in the past, those who are currently serving, and look forward to working with those of you that commit to your future! See you at the Spring Meeting! In the spirit of the game, Jim Hajek, PGA Head Professional Fossil Trace Golf Club 3050 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401


Executive Director’s Message

Empowering You to Make a Difference By Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

My Fellow Colorado PGA Professionals, It is indeed a privilege to work with our Officers and Board of Directors as they set the vision and direction of our Section. Each year we set aside a complete day for Board Development and it is indeed a highlight for me. I always come away with a renewed energy and commitment to make certain we are doing everything we can in service to our Colorado PGA Members and to grow the game of golf here in Colorado. Our focus has and always will be to insure that we are providing you resources to help empower you to make a difference at your place of business and in your local communities. Through our Officers, Board of Directors, Committees, and our Foundation Colorado PGA REACH, we are dedicated to serving our PGA Members and we have an exciting year lined up for you. Over the next couple of months our focus is on Education and I believe we’ve got a great roster of events for you!

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA CEO/Executive Director Colorado PGA

Trevor Ragan, Founder of Train Ugly, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Colorado PGA Spring Business Meeting at Pinehurst Country Club.

At the G4 Summit on February 28th at The Broadmoor we have one of the best line-ups from top to bottom that we have ever put together. I cannot encourage you enough to attend this annual event as it not only has a great list of presenters (see G4 Summit); it brings all of the Colorado Golf Industry together for a full day of collaboration to insure we are working together for the betterment of golf here in Colorado. Once again your Education Committee has put together a phenomenal pair of speakers for our annual Teaching & Coaching Summit on March 7th at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club. Andy Plummer and Matt Rudy are two people that you are definitely going to want to gain some insight from as you continue to grow your lesson business.


We are excited to announce that Trevor Ragan, Founder of Train Ugly will be joining us for the Education piece of our Spring Business Meeting on March 19th at Pinehurst Country Club. Trevor will be presenting on a Learning, Growth Mindset as he has worked with best-selling authors, Olympic coaches, professional athletes, renowned professors, and thousands of coaches, teachers, students, and players from all over the world, as well as numerous Fortune 500 Companies. If you’re looking to go even deeper in a particular area and join the ranks of the leading Section within the PGA of America in Certified PGA Professionals, than let me encourage you to attend one of our CPP 2-Day Workshops. The Teaching & Coaching CPP will take place on February 20th & 21st at GOLFTEC Headquarters here in Denver and the Golf Operations CPP will take place on April 10th & 11th in Rapid City South Dakota. Finally on April 19th is our West Chapter Spring Meeting at Bookcliff Country Club. We are in the process of lining things up for a worthwhile Meeting and Educational opportunity. Be on the lookout for more detailed information as things get firmed up. For most of us as Golfers we’ve been all taught to leave the course in better shape than we found it. I have always tried to carry this over into my everyday work, especially in doing my all in support of our

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Colorado PGA News PGA Members here in Colorado. Our goal as a Board and Staff is to insure that today’s Colorado PGA Professionals are the best of the best throughout the entire golf industry and that you in-turn leave a legacy for others to admire and follow. This goal means even more to me today as just recently on Friday February 9th at 4:51pm, we welcomed our very first Grandchild, Bryndolin Ruth Ainsworth into this world. I’m excited to watch my granddaughter grow up in a world where we treat all people fairly, where we put others before ourselves, and where the game of golf is used to build relationships and make a positive impact in the lives of others. I cannot thank each and every one enough for what you do for the game of golf, and for the privilege that is mine to be your Executive Director! Please let us know if any of us can ever help or assist you. And by all means, please do not wait until the last

minute to figure out how you are going to meet your MSR requirements for this cycle. Call me and let me help you get a plan in place. All the Best!

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

Spring Meeting Set for Monday, March 19, 2018 (Click to register)

Colorado PGA will host our annual Spring Business Meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Pinehurst Country Club. Attendees will hear from a number of valued partners, elect three board members and will get an update on current activities with the Colorado PGA. The Colorado PGA will also announce the recipients of the Growth of the Game Grants and the winners of the 2018 Colorado PGA West Chapter Awards. Attire: Business attire (coat and tie) MSRs: Four (4) MSR Points Date: March 19, 2018 Cost: $0 for meeting Location: Pinehurst Country Club $35 for meeting and education Schedule: 7 a.m. Registration $105 for meeting, education and golf 8 a.m. Welcome Golf Format: Two-person scramble 12:00 p.m. Adjourn Lunch: Included for golf participants 12:45 p.m. Shotgun start

Event Details

Are you a Zoo Tiger or a Jungle Tiger?

“I learned more today from your presentation in Lubbock than I have learned from any other in service, coaching clinic, or lecture in the last 25 years combined.” Trevor Ragan, the founder of Train Ugly, will be our featured guest for an education workshop following the meeting. Ragan, the founder of Train Ugly, is an expert on the science of growth and development. Through his workshops Trevor tries to bridge the gap between the science of teaching and coaching and how it actually happens. During the workshop, Ragan will touch on the following topics: 1. How Learning (actually) Works - Jungle Tiger: we learn best when we're operating at the edge of our abilities and just outside of our comfort zone. Struggle is the key ingredient to growth. 2. The Resistance - Fear & Stories: why we avoid getting out of our comfort zone, hate struggle, and hate making mistakes. Stories build the cage and our fears keep us in it. 3. How to Thrive in the Jungle - Growth Mindset: developing a true growth mindset is the key to becoming a great learner. We defeat stories and fear with our beliefs and focus. 4. The Courage to Fail: looking at the nuts and bolts of failure + talking about how to navigate through the pain of a stumble.

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PGA of America News

February Update

Perkspot, 2018 Election, Tax Law and more I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy in the New Year!

The 2018 Merchandise Show was held the last week of January, and general consensus is that the show was very successful. Overall attendance was down slightly (-4%), and attendance by PGA members was down 3% with 6,660 PGA members registered. The attendance in the education conferences was up 26%. Total exhibitor space was up over 5,000 square feet to 366,000 square feet occupied by exhibitors.

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

On Monday of the show week, the PGA of America announced a new exclusive discount platform dedicated for use by PGA Professionals, PGA Section Staff and PGA of America Staff. This customized program was designed by PerkSpot, a market leader in discount aggregation that provides services to over 500 companies across the country, including employees of Walgreens, Starbucks and Southwest Airlines. PerkSpot’s site is very user friendly and requires just a few steps to register. Once registered, PGA Professionals will have the ability to customize their experiences including selecting categories of interest. I encourage all of you to register an account for yourself at https://pga. You can begin taking advantage of the many discounts offered on the PerkSpot PGA platform.

2018 is an election year for National Officers. The actual election will happen during the annual meeting in November in Palm Springs. There are four great candidates running for the office of PGA of America Secretary – Jim Dorman, John Lindert, Rick Murphy and Tom Wildenhaus. For information about these candidates, go to With the new tax law taking effect in 2018, there are some changes that effect PGA Professionals and their businesses. The PGA of America has launched a new series of “legislative/governmental updates,” with the first article addressing the new tax bill and potential impacts, timing and interpretations. This information is provided by Hunter Moorhead, who represents the interests of the PGA of America in Washington, D.C. These articles will appear monthly on In closing, I want to mention that I had the opportunity to attend the Merchandiser of the Year Conference in January. I was privileged to have been part of the group that benefitted from having two of Colorado’s finest merchandisers, Mark Pfingston and Jim Hajek, share their knowledge and expertise. I learned a lot from these two, as I am sure all attendees did as well. The Colorado Section has many fine golf professionals and I was honored to have spent time with these two! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any service. Respectfully, Ron Rawls, PGA National PGA Director - District 9 Head Professional Crane Creek Country Club

Meet the Candidates

Jim Dorman, PGA


John Lindert, PGA

Rick Murphy, PGA

Tom Wildenhaus, PGA

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PGA of America Releases First-Ever Social Responsibility Report I

n its first-ever review of the long-term positive impact that Social Responsibility offers to the future of golf, the PGA of America has issued a comprehensive report—“The PGA and Its Members: Bringing Energy to the Game.” The PGA recognizes the critical need to tell the story of the industry’s sustainability successes and challenges. With many young families and Millennials growing increasingly interested in companies that have a true social conscience, the report highlights success stories of how the PGA of America is achieving its strategic mission to “serve the Member and grow the game.” This is accomplished by reaching out to diverse audiences to expand participation; developing the workforce to reflect the demographics of our country; and ensuring environmental sustainability. Developed with sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM), the report was spurred in part through a partnership with Constellation, the PGA’s Official Energy Provider and Sustainability Partner. The study is designed to attract future partnerships and talent that further the PGA and its mission, while showcasing best practices and case studies. “Social responsibility is intrinsically linked to the success of the PGA of America and the entire golf industry,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. “Golf has many wide-reaching positive impacts—from the jobs created in local communities to green space and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide to the significant philanthropic contributions our industry delivers to worthy causes. Our future relies on how well we can expand these initiatives to new audiences, while injecting new energy into the services we provide to our PGA Professionals, in order to grow the game worldwide.” In developing the report, ERM conducted a sustainability assessment with PGA Professionals and

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nearly 30 key industry stakeholders* that defined six key priority areas to develop a long-term vision and strategy for sustainability within the PGA including: • • • • • •

Fostering Diversity & Inclusion Engaging the Next Generation Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow Enhancing Lives through Golf Growing the Game around the Globe Improving our Environmental Footprint

As well, the PGA has joined the Green Sports Alliance, which leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance brings together venue operators, sports team executives and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative. The information gathered is to gain a better understanding of how sporting events can be performed in an environmentally sensitive manner. “Constellation is proud of the progress we’ve made in partnership with PGA of America in reducing the environmental footprint of the game of golf and raising awareness of responsible energy use among its Members,” said Joe Nigro, CEO of Constellation. “We congratulate them on this groundbreaking new report and look forward to continuing to work together toward a more sustainable future." To view “The PGA and Its Members: Bringing Energy to the Game” report, please visit *Study participants: PGA of America leadership, PGA Professionals, PGA Section Executive Directors, PGA partners, golf course management companies, United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).


PGA of America News

PGA unveils PerkSpot discount program for PGA Members The PGA of America has recently rolled out a sleek, customizable discount program that gives PGA Professionals access to a bevy of discounts at thousands of national and local merchants. The program is designed by PerkSpot, an innovative market leader in discount aggregation that provides services to more than 500 companies across the country, as well as a diverse audience in the corporate, retail and manufacturing industries in the U.S. and abroad.

“We’re excited here at PerkSpot to be partnering with the PGA of America and providing our perks and discounts platform to its 29,000 PGA Members around the country,” says Jace Mouse, CEO of PerkSpot, which was founded in 2006 and headquartered in Chicago. Any PGA Professional is able to create an account today by visiting After logging in for the first time, users will have the ability to choose the category of discount they are interested in. Options include cell phones, food, health & wellness, hotels, sports & outdoors, tickets & entertainment, travel and many more. Users can also opt-in to receive PerkSpot communications on the newest products and offers in discount categories they selected. PerkSpot has loaded existing PGA Partner member benefits into the site, including offers from companies such as OMEGA, National Car Rental and KitchenAid, as well. The program is also designed with mobile devices in mind – PGA Professionals can search for local discounts, like a variety of home services, area restaurant specials and fitness center memberships, relative to their geographic location. Additionally, PerkSpot will have a support team available via telephone and online that will readily respond to any questions or needs coming from PGA Professionals. “We want to provide our PGA Members with a set of free benefits that they and their families will enjoy and be able to find useful,” says PGA Professional John Easterbrook Jr., the PGA of America’s Chief Membership Officer. For more information on the PerkSpot discount program, and to create your very own account, log onto

Complete the 2018 PGA Compensation Survey Today T

he deadline to complete this year’s PGA Golf Professional Compensation Survey is March 31, 2018. Completing this survey helps to ensure that one of our Association’s most powerful employment tools remains effective for PGA Professionals. PGA members who complete the survey by the deadline can receive up to two (2) Member Service Requirement (MSR) credits. **A maximum of eight MSR credits can be earned in one cycle year for completing National/Section Surveys. Section’s participation is key to ensuring the compensation information is valid and meaningful. Support of this important PGA initiative is greatly appreciated.


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Five Take-Aways from the PGA Merchandise Show

The PGA Merchandise Show is annually the largest gathering of PGA Professionals and the world’s largest business-to-business golf event covering 1 million square feet of interactive exhibit and demonstration space and featuring over 1,000 of the leading golf companies and brands. A variety of new marketing campaigns, partnerships and initiatives were unveiled at the Show. Here are the five key take-aways that all PGA Professionals should know. 1. New Marketing Campaigns Developed - Everyone has a golf journey. The PGA's new campaign, “PGA Journeys,” highlights the path PGA Members take to reach the highest level of their profession and to showcase how Members can help golfers of all skill levels with their own golf “Journeys.” The first video of the campaign was debuted at the PGA Show. In the buildup to the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in August, the PGA unveiled the ‘100 Years of Greatness’ Bracket. Beginning in the summer, fans will be asked to vote for the greatest PGA Championship ever played. 2. Golf Industry Workforce 2028: Mission Critical - The focus on Thursday was diversifying the golf industry workforce with an ultimate goal of increasing diversification among golfers nationwide. Panel guests included Porter Braswell, CEO of Jopwell; Dave Cavossa, CEO of CaddieNow; Rachel Mabee of PGA REACH; Steve Schloss, Chief People Officer of the USGA; and Renee Tirado, VP Talent and Head of Diversity of Inclusion at Major League Baseball. A number of topics were discussed, including best practices for recruiting and interviews, and the opportunities that exist to create experiences for potential employees. 3. Golf USA Tee Time Coalition - Jay Karen, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association, focused on the golf facility operator and the “Bill of Rights.” Arnaud Zunz of Priswing presented yield management best practices. 4. Building Your Teaching and Coaching Business - Former PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed led a panel of leading PGA Professionals who offered best practices on building a brand and teaching business. The use of technology and data were featured, as well as a tease for the 2019 Teaching and Coaching Summit 5. Fostering a Culture of Innovation, Technology and Enhanced Guest Experiences at Topgolf - Topgolf Executive Chairman Erik Anderson; Chief Technology Officer, Andrew Macaulay; CMO Brian Radics; and COO, Craig Kessler touched on several key topics which are relevant to PGA Members in every facet of the golf industry.

New Campaign Emphasizes the PGA Professional’s Journey The PGA of America has released its new campaign “PGA Journeys” designed to emphasize the “Journeys” that PGA Professionals take to reach the highest level of their profession and to showcase how Professionals can help golfers of all skill levels with their own golf “Journeys.” The first video of the campaign, which encourages the golfing public to find a PGA Professional through PGA. com, was debuted at the PGA Show and can be seen to the right.

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Revisions to the PGA Constitution and Bylaws Constitution and Bylaws Revisions

During their meeting on Friday, January 26, the PGA Board of Directors made four changes to the PGA Constitution and Bylaws: Modified the Eligible Employment Regulation for a dual-profession employed PGA Member. The Member must work 30 hours on average - down from 36 hours - in order to be considered eligibly employed. Employment must be in an area required by their classification and the average hours must be for the entire season, as determined by their Section. Modified the definition of Life Member that allowed some eligibly-employed Members to be classified as Life Member. A Life Member, defined as a Member who has spent a minimum of 20 years in an Active Classification (continuous or not) and who does not otherwise, based on current employment status, qualify for an Active Classification, may elect to classify one of the following: (i) Life Member-Active; or (ii) Life Member-Retired The Inactive classification will now be known as the Reserve classification. Apprentices will now be referred to PGA Associate(s), and PGA Golf Management University Students will now be referred to as PGA Student. The above changes were recommended by the Education, Employment and/or Membership Committees. PGA Member Championships - 10 Tournament Rule Beginning in January 2019, the number of “Professional Tours” that a PGA Member may participate in and remain eligible to compete in PGA Member Championship will be reduced from 10 Professional Tour events to eight (8). This timeing will give all PGA Members the opportunity to plan their “Professional Tour” playing schedule in order to remain eligible to compete in PGA Member Championships. There are more Tours now that players may participate in and possibly make a living. In addition, the PGA Professional Champion receives exemptions into six (6) PGA Tour events. This change allows the current Champion the opportunity to compete in an additional two Tour events - PGA Tour or Tour events - in their home Section. The eight “Professional Tour” events excludes: the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Senior U.S. Open and Women’s U.S. Open. The PGA Tournament Committee does not feel it is reasonable for a PGA Member to take off more than eight weeks from their primary employment to participate in “Professional Tour” events, in addition to any Section events.


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Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Adds Three New Trustees By Judy Malone

The Colorado PGA Reach Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its Board: Dominic Karaba, Bill Keller and Adam McDiarmid. The Board, which is made up of diverse business professionals, provides the leadership to carry out the Foundation’s mission of furthering the scope of the game of golf and fostering the growth of the three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. “It is with great excitement that we introduce these new trustees,” states Ben Welsh, PGA, Colorado PGA Vice President. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and understand the power the game of golf can have on others. They will be tremendous assets to our Foundation as we further our mission of supporting our PGA Professionals as they continue to make a difference in our local communities.” Dominic Karaba joined UMB in 2013 as executive vice president of its Business Banking division. In this role, he leads the strategy for developing, managing and executing the business banking segment of the company. Prior to UMB, Karaba served as a U.S. Bank senior vice president and business banking regional manager for Colorado and Utah. Karaba earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, and he is a 2012 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Karaba serves as vice chair of the Colorado Enterprise Fund Board of Directors. Bill Keller is co-founder and vice president of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., a cybersecurity and technical consulting firm. He has served on several non-profit boards including the Family Advisory Board for United Services Benefit

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Association, the head of strategic planning for Golf San Antonio and the Board of Directors for the Academy of Adaptive and Recreational Golf supporting wounded warriors and other disabled golfers in South Texas. Before joining industry and the non-profit sector, Keller served 20 years in the Air Force and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2002 as Deputy Commander for Cheyenne Mountain AFB in Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Iowa State University and a master’s in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Adam McDiarmid is regional manager in UMB's Business Banking division for several metropolitan areas, including Denver, Phoenix and Dallas. He is responsible for the implementation of the division's strategic business plan in the market, including portfolio growth, performance quality and managing day-to-day operations. Previously, McDiarmid served as a U.S. Bank vice president and business banking sales manager. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Active in his community, he serves as a board member for the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center. “Please join me in welcoming these new trustees to Colorado PGA REACH,” concludes Welsh. “The work and visibility of the Colorado PGA REACH program expands each year and 2018 promises to continue this trend. The Colorado PGA Professionals can be proud of the Foundations many accomplishments.” The three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH programming encompass Youth Development, Supporting Our Military, and Diversity and Inclusion. The Foundation ensures that cost will never inhibit one’s involvement and enjoyment of the game of golf.


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Career Complacency Cues & Cures T

homas Edison famously said, “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” And so it can be with one’s career; some call it career complacency, others call it career stagnation, but whatever name you give it, it can happen quite unconsciously. Years down the road, you may suddenly realize that you are frustrated working a job that you don’t like or got bored of and may not be taking you anywhere in your career.

You’ve maxed out the opportunities for advancement in the absence of someone higher up the ladder moving on. It’s a waiting game and you’re losing patience.

1. Find the Right Challenge Keith Soriano, PGA, is a PGA Career Services Consultant serving the Colorado and Utah Sections. He can be reached at 720.841.1006 or

There are several cues that may indicate you’ve reached this tipping point: 1. Boredom at Work Your current job doesn’t challenge you and doesn’t allow you to utilize your full skill set. You’ve settled into a predictable routine and passion is hard to find. 2. Salary and Credit Stagnation After years of hard work, you are no longer receiving credit for your efforts. Not only that, but you’ve got the same role with little to no increase in pay. 3. Work Overload You’re good at your job, very capable and skilled. You’ve been rewarded with more responsibilities without the accompanying compensation. 4. Lack of Skill Development Your current job doesn’t give you the freedom or opportunity to learn and grow in areas of specialization that interest you.


6. Lack of Growth Potential

So what happens next? If you find yourself in this spot, does it mean it’s time to move on? That is certainly a possibility, but first let’s explore ways to break the stagnation and complacency at your current job. The key to making progress in the workplace and in one’s career is to identify and take on developmental activities. Because they usually involve an element of challenge or risk, they stretch you out of your comfort zone. When deciding on a course of action, remember the following:

Rather than being saddled with regret at a stage when changing gears and shifting career paths becomes onerous and exceedingly difficult, a much wiser choice would be to continuously monitor your situation and commit to skill-development.

5. Friction With the Boss

The combination of your boredom and frustration has boiled over and you find yourself at odds with your employer.

Before you jump into something new, clarify what you are trying to learn. What new skills, behaviors or actions do you need to develop? What are your strengths and weaknesses? 2. Reshape Your Current Job Work with your immediate supervisor and see if there are parts of their job that you lack experience in that you could assist with. 3. Interdepartmental Work Share Are there projects across the whole facility that you can engage in? Will the Food and Beverage department be creating new menu? Is there a project on deck for the Agronomy team? 4. Be Honest With Yourself and Others Taking on new challenges can be exciting, but it also means adding more responsibilities, which can be daunting. Your goal is to weave in new experiences while you maintain your current role and commitments. Finally, invest in yourself using the resources available to you as a PGA Member. Your PGA Career Consultants offer Career Development, Career Planning, Professional Development, and Education and Mentorship as you navigate your career. If you find yourself at this crossroad in your career and you haven’t been working with your PGA Career Consultant, now is the time. If you’ve not yet reached this point in your career, then now is an even better time to work with your Consultant – planning and advocacy go a long way to helping you create a stable, navigable path to a career that inspires and fulfills you and those who depend on you.

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Are You Up to Speed With Today’s Golf Industry?

Join us for the 2018 G4 Summit at the Broadmoor to Hear From Some of our Industries Leaders


he G4 Summit is a collaborative effort to bring together the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado to advance the sport of golf in our community. Joining the Colorado PGA in support of this event, the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Club Manager's Association of America Mile High Chapter are all working together to bring some of the brightest minds in our industry together for a day of thought provoking conversation.

Joe Steranka, Former CEO of PGA of America Why Digital Media is at the Center of Golf's Future Joe Steranka spent seven years as the CEO of the PGA of America retiring at the end of 2012. He was a popular and visionary leader of the PGA and the work he did with Golf 2.0 left the industry in a strong position for the future. Joe was a broadcast executive for 18 years with The PGA of America prior to being appointed to replace Jim Awtrey in 2005 as chief executive.

Dr. Michael Cooper, Director of Diversity for the World Golf Foundation Diversity in the Game of Golf Dr. Michael Cooper serves on the GOLF 20/20 Diversity Task Force. He has worked in the golf industry for more than 35 years, including Director of Southeast Regional Affairs with The First Tee and Director of Diversity for the World Golf Foundation.

Currently, Joe is the chief strategy officer providing strategic planning, marketing, communications and media counsel to Buffalo.Agency, Billy Casper Golf Management and their clients. His work provides an emphasis on sustainability, marketing to Millennials, global brand development and the many facets of the sports industry.

His passion comes from exposure to black golf as a teenager and young adult. Michael's father introduced him to golf when he was 12 years old. They were regulars at Pipe O' Peace Golf Course, which was a popular place for minority golfers, clubs and events. Although it was a daily fee municipal golf course, it was sort of a community center where black golfers, sports icons and celebrity entertainers met to socialize and play the game. Many of his life lessons were learned at Pipe O' Peace.

Joe is a West Virginia graduate with a degree in journalism.

At Pipe, he met and occasionally played with adults from all walks of life - gamblers, hustlers, and

Important Details

Date: February 28, 2018 Location: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs Schedule: 8 a.m. Registration / 9 a.m. Welcome / 3:15 p.m. Adjourn Cost: $100 per attendee MSRs: Eight (8) MSR Points Attire: Business Casual Lunch: included Hotel: The Broadmoor is offering rooms for $195 plus taxes plus Resort Fee. The Reservation Code is CGS218.

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Colorado PGA News successful businessmen. He played with Billy Eckstine, a legendary jazz singer, Verne Allison with the Dells singing group, Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Althea Gibson, Pete Brown, Cliff Brown, Chuck Thorpe, James Black and hundreds more.

Frank Vain, President of McMahon Group

Ross Iverson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vail Centre

Frank provides consulting and planning services to private clubs throughout North America and Asia. Through use of specialized services including membership surveys, strategic planning, operational analysis and facility long range planning, he assists clubs in developing individualized strategies for their unique situations.

Leadership and Staff Development Ross brings an endless energy to optimizing organizations. He understands what it means to start and grow a business, what it means to be a leader and what it means to turn a vision into a reality. Ross joined the Vail Leadership Institute in 2014 as president and CEO. Exploring the growth potential of the institute and its leadership development programs, he uncovered a greater need for an intellectual center in Vail, one that aligned emerging educational trends with state and local economic goals. Today, he drives the organization's vision of creating unique learning experiences that build credentials, foster intellectual communities and create impact around the globe. Ross began his career as a business owner who grew a small family venture into one of the Twin Cities most respected landscape architecture firms, earning its place on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies. He attended the University of ColoradoBoulder Leeds School with an emphasis in finance and entrepreneurial studies.

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He joined McMahon Group in 1988 and has more than forty years of experience in the management and development of hospitality properties including private clubs, athletic clubs, resorts and restaurants. Frank is a Past President of The Country Club of St. Albans, an 800-member, 36-hole country club located in Missouri and he is the former owner of Concord Sports Club, a 1,700 member family athletic club in St. Louis. Frank was elected to the Board of the National Club Association in 2011 and served as Vice Chairman in 2017. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Penn., Frank has been a featured speaker at many national and regional meetings. He has written numerous articles published in Club Management, Club Director and BoardRoom magazines. He was recently named the Gary Player Club Educator of the Year for 2012 and 2015 by BoardRoom magazine. He is the co-author of McMahon's Club TrendsÂŽ, a recognized industry benchmark on the trends and issues affecting private clubs.

Update Your Contact Info If you are changing your employment for 2017, don’t forget to make that change at This should be done even if you have left employment and new employment has not been secured yet. You should also update changes to your address, phone, and email. This will also ensure that you are listed correctly in the Member Directory App and receive any email in a timely manner. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Colorado PGA Section Office at (303) 681-0742. Click here if you have questions about updating your employment

February 2018


Colorado PGA News

2018 Growth of the Game Grants Available Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, Feb. 16, 2018


re you thinking about developing a program to engage junior golfers; one that supports diversity initiatives on the course; or a plan that introduces life-skill awareness and etiquette? If so, the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation has a funding option you will want to consider. Growth of the Game Grants are again being offered for the 2018 golf season. Growth of the Game Grants provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA that employ PGA members or apprentices in good standing. The program is designed to develop and/or significantly enhance programs that will attract and retain new golfers. These competitive grants must assist with the cost of providing instruction and course/facility access. Consideration for funding will be given to programs that meet the following objectives: • Development programs directed toward juniors, young adults, seniors, women and physically and mentally challenged. •

• Educating participants on the many different golf-industry careers. • Programs that include additional funding from other sources.

Those interested in being considered for funding through this program must submit a completed application to Colorado PGA REACH. A PGA member or apprentice in good standing on behalf of the facility in which the PGA member or apprentice is employed must submit the application. Only one program per facility can be approved for grant funding and the program must have a minimum of 24 participants. The application, along with additional information, is available online at and must be submitted no later than Friday, February 16, 2018. Successful applicants will be announced on March 19 at the Colorado Section’s Spring Membership Meeting. Questions can be directed to Patrick Salva at psalva@ or at 303-966-1597.

Programs that support diversity initiatives.

• Introduction of life-skill awareness and etiquette to junior golfers. If you are interested in applying for a Growth of the Game Grant, please click here.

Scholarship Opportunities Available Through PGA of America and Colorado PGA

Applications must be submitted on or before March 1, 2018 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


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Know Outstanding PGA Professionals – Nominate Them for a 2018 Colorado Award Deadline to nominate is Friday, February 16


ach year, the Colorado Section PGA recognizes its best professionals and, subsequently, nominates these Colorado award winners for the National PGA Awards.

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As a result of your nominations, the Colorado Section has brought home nine National Awards in the last 10 years! Recognize the great work of your fellow PGA Member Professionals by nominating those you feel worthy of recognition. It is the goal of the Awards Committee to recognize the best-of-the-best from all across our Section. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to hear from you! The nomination period closes on Friday, February 16, 2018.

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 packets (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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Membership News

Route 411 An update on our Colorado PGA Members

Happy Birthday! February 1 Dustin Miller, PGA

February 2 Joe Little, PGA Brian Hodges, PGA Zachary Abbruzzese February 3 David Karnel, PGA Roger Prenzlow, PGA Jim Sanborn, PGA Ben Kristopeit, PGA February 4 Ed Leuppe, PGA Christopher Culver, PGA David Noble, PGA Adam Scott, PGA Kyle Voska, PGA February 6 Brad Bogard, PGA John Cassidy, PGA February 7 David Arbuckle, PGA David Baril, PGA Bill VerBrugge, PGA February 8 Pete Roach, PGA February 9 Lee Kauffman, PGA Rick Price, PGA Kelly Deimund, PGA Michael Melena, PGA

February 10 Chris Johnson, PGA C.J. Parry, PGA Craig Stephens, PGA Stefanie Ferguson, PGA February 12 Paul Dalpes, PGA Michael Pope, PGA February 13 Tommy Thomas, PGA Daniel Kane, PGA Guy Begay, PGA February 14 David Delin, PGA Peter Norwood, PGA Cody Stalcup, PGA February 15 Carlo Alaqua, PGA February 16 Grant McLaughlin, PGA Stephen Horvey February 17 Scott Wells, PGA Holly Champion, PGA Read Eubanks February 18 Rick Ellefson, PGA February 19 Michael Johnson, PGA Val Heim Jr., PGA Jack Allen, PGA

February 20 Jeffrey Hill, PGA Michael Bratcher, PGA Logan Beatty, PGA February 21 Alden Richards, PGA February 22 Darren Szot, PGA Ben Welsh, PGA Jeffrey Martin, PGA February 24 Brian Dahmer, PGA Stephen Black, PGA Don Chavez, PGA David McCleave, PGA Mark McCarthy, PGA Chad Rush Ben Honaman, PGA Ryan Wroblewski, PGA February 25 Joe Linnemeyer, PGA February 26 Ray Fielder, PGA Michael Marsili, PGA Daniel Campbell February 27 Eric Jensen, PGA Ronald Zwemke, PGA February 28 Cameron Morton, PGA

Welcome to the Section

Nick A. Bardino, PGA | A-20 | KJUS North America, Inc. | previously in the Illinois Section Bob Doyle, PGA | A-11 | PGA Life Member | previously in the Southwest Section Jordan V. Gibbs, PGA | A-8 | Denver Country Club |

New Members

Jacob S. Longoria, PGA | Cherry Hills Country Club | A-8 Tom M. Whitney, PGA | PGA Tour | A-3

New Apprentices

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

February 2018


Education 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.

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.

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.

Click here for more information and to register

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

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Colorado PGA Opportunities 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

Colorado PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit Date - Wendesday, March 7, 2018 Location - Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club 8 PGA Required MSR Credits

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 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 Click here to setup a meeting Playing in Tournaments 2 credits per event Maximum of 8 credits per year continued on page 23

Click here to complete the MSR Completion Survey 22

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PGA Certified Professionals

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. The following PGA Members recently became certified in one or more of the four career paths of the PGA Certified Professional Program. They are listed in alphabetical order with their certification career path listed below: Mark N. Bacheldor, PGA Andrew C. Hedrick, PGA University of Colorado - Colorado Springs GMU Country Club at Castle Pines Instruction Golf Operations Ryan M. Bakken, PGA Thorncreek Golf Course Golf Operations

Todd B. Laxson, PGA Cherokee Ridge Golf Course Teaching and Coaching

William J. Bernhardt, PGA Four Mile Ranch Golf Club Golf Operations

Blake C. Sharamitaro, PGA Riverdale Golf Club Golf Operations Player Development

Lucas J. Brosterhous, PGA Catamount Ranch & Club Golf Operations Jeffrey C. Carter, PGA Riverdale Golf Club Golf Operations continued from page 22

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.

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Jaime M. Sniffin, PGA Highlands Ranch Golf Club Teaching and Coaching Nathan S. Vincent, PGA King's Deer Golf Club Teaching and Coaching 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.


Junior Golf News

Colorado PGA Welcomes Scott Minta as Junior Golf Coordinator I

t is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Scott Minta. Scott joined the Colorado PGA Section team in the newly created position of Junior Golf Coordinator. Within this role, Scott will be responsible for the organization of strategies, initiatives and programs related to growing the game through the Colorado Junior Golf Program. He will be working under the direction of Junior Golf Director Holly Champion, PGA. “As those of you who are involved with Junior Golf know, the Colorado program has had substantial growth in the last years and we recognized the need to expand staffing in this area,” comments Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, Colorado PGA executive director/ CEO. “With the transition of Keith Soriano, PGA, into his National Career Consultant role supporting the Colorado section, it was possible for the Board to reallocate resources to accommodate this new position. Scott’s experience in tournament operations will help him hit the ground running as he assists with

the Golf in Schools, PGA Jr. League, Drive Chip Putt and the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado programs.”

Scott comes to the Colorado PGA from the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association in Albuquerque, N.M., where he recently completed a 12-month internship. His work there with junior tournaments and Drive Chip Putt qualifiers fits right in with his new job responsibilities here with the Section. Prior to this, he was a member of the PGA of America’s 2016 Ryder Cup implementation team and worked a season with the Western Golf Association. Scott was born and raised in the Chicago area and holds a B.A. in Sports Administration from Judson University in Elgin, Ill., where he was also a member of the Men’s Golf Team for three seasons. Scott can be reached at or by phone at 303-996-1590. Please welcome Scott to the Colorado section.

Registration Now Open for Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifiers T

he USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America announced that qualifying registration for Drive, Chip and Putt is now officially open on

This fun, free and nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Entrants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Driving, Chipping and Putting). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively, at some of the nation’s most acclaimed venues and championship sites. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 7, the eve of the 2019 Masters Tournament. “The future of our game can be seen in each junior golfer that participates in the 350 Drive, Chip and Putt events across the country,” said Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. “We are grateful for the communities, golf clubs, parents, families and


volunteers that encourage each young golfer to participate and chase their dream to compete at the national level.” “We continue to celebrate the early popularity of Drive, Chip and Putt, and we remain energized by the smiles this program brings to thousands of kids from around the country,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “We are fortunate to partner with two organizations – the USGA and PGA of America – who take a leadership role in the successful management and growth of this initiative and share our enthusiasm for golf’s future.” “Drive, Chip and Putt is a special opportunity for the game’s new generation, as tens of thousands of girls and boys are able to showcase their golf skills in a fun, exciting and dynamic format,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “Over the past five years, the unique partnership between the PGA of America, USGA and Masters Tournament has provided a sustained impact on these junior golfers at the grassroots level, as they pursue their passion and dream for playing the game. PGA Professionals and our 41 PGA Sections host qualifying events, as we proudly welcome the future of our game to play a game they will love for a lifetime.”

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Tournament News

PGA of America to Launch Women's PGA Cup in 2019 Top International Women PGA Members to Represent Their Respective Countries in Biennial Team Event The PGA of America announced the formation of an international event, the Women’s PGA Cup – a first-ofits-kind team competition for women PGA Members from around the world. The Women’s PGA Cup will be a 54-hole stroke play event with each team’s lowest three scores being counted after each round. The winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total. Each national team will be composed of five players and one Captain, who also may be a playing or nonplaying captain at the option of the respective country. The Women’s PGA Cup does not include a purse as each team will vie for bragging rights and the honor of winning the Cup, basking in the pride that comes with representing one’s country in a distinct and unique international competition. Those eligible to represent their country in the Women’s PGA Cup must be Members in good standing with their respective Professional Golfers Association (PGA). They must also be active in the game, as a teacher, coach or working as Club Professional/ Assistant. Tour professionals who primarily compete for a living are not eligible to participate. “We’re excited to announce the Women’s PGA Cup, which will promote and highlight the exceptional playing ability of our female PGA professionals and afford them the opportunity to represent our country against their PGA counterparts from around the globe,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “The potential of this event is vast and we believe it will help grow women’s professional golf both domestically and internationally.”

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The five members of the inaugural USA Team will be determined through an 18-month system that concludes on July 31, 2019, based on the following: • Performance of eligible top-20 finishers in the 2018 & 2019 Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the 2018 & 2019 LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Championship • Top 10 finishers in the final money list for the 2018 PGA Tournament Series • Women PGA members making the cut at the 2018 and/or 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the 2018 and/or 2019 USGA Women’s Open, and the 2018 and/or 2019 PGA Professional Championship • Women PGA Members making the cut in any LPGA “Official” event from January 2018 thru July 31, 2019 • At the PGA Section level, points will be based on a formula that weighs both the number of eligible women PGA Members in each of the PGA of America’s 41 Sections with an individual’s prize money earned at the Section level Beyond the United States, each participating country’s PGA Association will identify its captain and team through its own selection process. Likewise, each competing PGA Association will be responsible for selecting the criteria for captaincy. The following countries are tentatively committed to play in the 2019 Women’s PGA Cup: Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. The site of the inaugural competition will be announced at a later date.


Presidents Club | $20,000 and above

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Platinum | $10,000 Colorado AvidGolfer Allen Walters


Platinum | $7,500

Under Armour Nancy Huppert

Gold | $5,000

Denver Golf Expo Mark Cramer


Breckenridge Distillery Mike Horan

Masek Golf Cars Jason Masek

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Silver | $2,500 Adidas/Ashworth Mike Bryant

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Bronze | $1,000

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