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

U.S. Senior Open A Resounding Success

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Colorado PGA Officers Ty Thompson, PGA President | 2017-2018 Crosshairs Consulting

West Chapter Officers

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

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

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

Board of Directors

Luke Brosterhous | 2017-2019 Catamount Ranch and Club Jacques Deyoe, PGA | 2017-2019 Aspen Glen Club

Alice Plain, PGA | 2018 - 2020 Vail Golf Club

Bill Keller Lieutenant Colonel USAF, Retired

CJ Rhyne, PGA | 2016-2018 GJ Golf

Bob Lally Chief of Staff - YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

Steve VanDyke, PGA | 2018-2020 Aspen Glen Club

Kenny Thayer, PGA | 2019-2021 Beavercreek Golf Club Spring

Dennis Murray, PGA | 2018-2020 Valley Country Club

Colorado PGA REACH Trustees

Dave Troyer, PGA | 2016-2018 CommonGround Golf Course

Independent Directors Theo Gregory Spencer Zinn

Theo Gregory Senior Vice President - El Pomar Foundation Dominic Karaba President - Specialty Lending and Business Banking - UMB

Josh Miller, PGA | 2016-2018 GOLFTEC

Chris Swinhart, PGA | 2017-2019 Thorncreek Golf Course

Walter Glover EVP/COO - United States Olympic Endowment

Joe Kamby, PGA | 2016-2018 Country Club of the Rockies

Jim Miller, PGA | 2018-2020 Sonnenalp Golf Club

Bobby Quaratino, PGA | 2017-2019 West Woods Golf Course

Dr. Phil Brown President/Founder, Six Points Consulting Brad Dombaugh CEO - PSA Worldwide Corp.

Board of Director - Elect Tom Apple, PGA | 2019-2021 Country Club of the Rockies

Mike O’Donnell, PGA | 2018-2020 Fort Carson

Tom Bauerle Owner - Colorado Golf and Turf

Spencer Zinn Chairman

John Andrew Brigadier General USAF - Retired Dan Bennett Investor/Partner, Southwest Greens Management John Bond President, BOOST Performance Consulting Agent, ReMax Urban Properties Anne Broholm CEO | AHEAD

George Lee Managing Director – Investments Wells Fargo Adam McDiarmid Regional Manager - Business Banking - UMB Scott McGraw VP of Employee Benefits Cherry Creek Insurance Group Honorable Sue Payton President - SCI Aerospace Inc. LTG Ed Soriano, US Army (Ret) Director, Bus. Dev. Global Land Forces - Northrop Grumman Corporation Bill Vogeney Chief Revenue Officer Ent Credit Union


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President’s Report We’ve Got a lot to Celebrate Before the Snow Comes! Executive Director’s Report What a Week at The Broadmoor and the U.S. Senior Open US Senior Open News Baxter Receives Mortgage-Free Home From Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Stevens Awarded Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship Being a Life-long Learner Contributes to Success and Happiness PGA of America News 2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Events Announced and Registration Opens Career News The Career Long Game Tournament News Keffer Posts Best Finish Among Colorado PGA Members at PGA Professional Championship

24 Johnson Climbs to Victory at the Raven at Three Peaks 26 OMEGA Player of the Year List Membership News 26 28 30 31

Member Update Junior News First Time Major Winners Big Week 2018 PGA Jr. League Season is Going Strong

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Section Championship Registration Colorado PGA Professional Championship

TPC Colorado September 10-12, 2018 Deadline to Register - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship Black Bear Golf Club August 13-14, 2018

Deadline to Register - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Colorado PGA Women’s Championship The Ranch Country Club August 22-23, 2018 Deadline to Register - August 17, 2018

Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship Aspen Glen Club October 2-3, 2018 Deadline to Register - September 27, 2018 4

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President’s Message

We’ve Got a lot to Celebrate Before the Snow Comes! Dear Members,

I hope everyone that had the desire to get out to the US Senior Open at the Broadmoor was able to do so. I was able to get away with my father-in-law and got out on the course as a spectator to see a little of the action. The golf course was in great shape and the efforts put in by Russ Miller, Mark Kelbel and their entire team at the Broadmoor was enough to make us all proud! I look forward to returning to the Broadmoor in 2025 to see golf on a major scale return to the Broadmoor. While we accomplished so much at the Broadmoor, we continue to work towards our mission of Serving the Member and Growing the Game. Through the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, the junior golf season has been a tremendous success. It was great to see our Colorado PGA Junior Champions repeat this year as Davis Bryant and Hailey Schalk, children of Colorado PGA Professionals, claimed titles at Eisenhower Golf Club. The JGAC just held its second major of the year and as exciting as it was to see Bryant and Schalk win, having two first-time major champions at Todd Creek Golf Club was incredible! Couple that with an increase of nearly 100 member’s year-overyear and it’s easy to see that the future of junior golf is in good hands!

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

While I look forward to my golf lifecycle swinging back to a time when I have more time to compete, I’m not quite there yet. I’m sure my partner wishes I was so that he wouldn’t have to sweat out a 19-hole match in our recent Four-Ball Match Play event! We enter championship season this month as we host our first major, the National Car Rental Colorado Assistant Professional Championship. Our majors are meant not only to serve as an arena for members to compete but as time for you to spend with your fellow PGA Professionals networking and building relationships. If you have the time and energy, I encourage you to register for a major championship and join us at Saddle Rock, Black Bear, the Ranch, Aspen Glen or TPC Colorado! I want to wish everyone the best of luck this month in what is normally the busiest time of the year. Enjoy the long days hosting Member-Guests and Club Championships as we’ve hit the halfway point of the summer and the snow will be flying before we know it! Sincerely,

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

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WOW!!! Executive Director’s Message

What a Week at The Broadmoor and the U.S. Senior Open Almost a year ago we started to plan how we, the Colorado PGA, could best leverage U.S. Senior Open Week at The Broadmoor. It all began with The Broadmoor’s Director of Golf Russ Miller’s desire to include the Colorado Section in every way possible during the event, and the willingness of Doug Habgood, 2018 U.S. Senior Open Executive Director, to think outside the box. None of what was accomplished during the week would have been possible without these two gentlemen for which I cannot thank them enough. They and their staffs were outstanding to work with, and together, I believe we set a new standard on how best to leverage a Major Championship!

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

What a week it was. It was a tremendous moment for Colorado PGA REACH when live on stage Monday Night at the Vince Gill and Amy Grant Concert with over 2,000 people in attendance, our Section President Ty Thompson shared the Three Pillars of our Foundation. The entire place erupted when Ty helped present the Keys to a Mortgage-Free Home to Combat Wounded Veteran Ricky Baxter and his wife Elba. On Tuesday Night, thanks to our Jani-King partnership, we hosted PGA Tour Veteran David Toms at Fort Carson for a Clinic and Social Hour with our Soldiers. What a memory this will be for these men and women who attended as David went on to win!!! A special thanks also goes to Colorado PGA REACH Trustee Bob Lally and the Military Affairs CommitDavid Toms, who would go on to win the title at the US Senior Open, gave tee of Colorado Springs a clinic to members of the military at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course on for providing funding for Tuesday of tournament week. the social hour with David. Normally Jani-King hosts this clinic and reception for about 16 people, but we were able to talk Mike Biggs with Jani-King into hosting this at Fort Carson for 100 soldiers! At the end of the evening, Mike let us know that this is the model they will be using in the future for these events as everyone had an outstanding time. On Wednesday, the Women’s Leadership Summit was simply outstanding. The list of speakers from top to bottom was as good as any lineup we could possibly imagine, and the response from the ladies in attendance was phenomenal!!! We clearly set a very high bar for future summits and I cannot thank Colorado PGA REACH Trustee Sue Payton and


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Colorado PGA News Colorado PGA Professional and Board of Director Cathy Matthews-Kane enough for their outstanding leadership it putting all of this together and making it happen! And then there was Junior Golf!!! Under the leadership of our Junior Golf Director Holly “Hollywood” Champion, our Junior Golf Experience under the Banner of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado was out of this world!!! Monday through Sunday we provided a Junior Experience and on Tuesday, we additionally conducted the Nate VanderWal and his family enjoyed the festivities in the Youth Golf Experience during the 2018 US Senior first ever Drive, Chip, Open Putt Qualifier at a Major Championship. The Junior Experience offered several thousand kids, along with their parents, a wonderful experience – for many their first golf experience – in a very fun and welcoming environment. Special thanks goes to our Board of Trustees who were there on a daily basis assisting, our Partners the Colorado Golf Association, John Breaker with BirdieBall and all the volunteers for making this such a marvelous week for Junior Golf. Holly was on Television so often during U.S. Senior Open week promoting the Junior Experience that we nicknamed her “Hollywood.” I’m so very proud to have Holly on our TEAM and cannot thank her enough for such an outstanding week! To pull all of this off took an outstanding effort by everyone involved. I cannot thank each and every one of our Colorado PGA TEAM enough for such an outstanding effort. I am so proud and fortunate to work with such professionals each and every day. As Colorado PGA Professionals, you indeed are the best of the best and it is truly an honor to represent each and every one of you, as together we are making a positive difference in the lives of others through the game of golf. As Section Championships time is right around the corner, I hope and trust that each of you are finding time to play this game we all love. I also hope to see you at our upcoming Championships! Not only do they offer great opportunities to compete, they also offer great opportunities to network and fellowship with your fellow Colorado PGA Members. Thanks for the opportunity to serve. Please let us know how we can assist you in any way. All the Best. VR,

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

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Baxter Receives Mortgage-Free Home From Colorado PGA REACH Foundation An incredible event took place for one of our nation’s combat wounded heroes when he shared the stage with Vince Gill and Amy Grant during the Nashville Comes to The Broadmoor Concert on June 25, coinciding with the U.S. Senior Open. Staff Sergeant Retired Ricky Baxter was presented with the key to his mortgage-free home, generously donated by the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation, Mile High Golf Trail and the Military Warriors Support Foundation through its Homes4WoundedHeroes program. With more than 2,000 in attendance, Colorado Section President Ty Thompson, PGA, thanked Baxter for his service to our country while honoring him with the ceremonial key to his newly renovated mortgage-free home.

SSG. Ricky Baxter is joined by John and Susan Sharpe during the Vince Gill and Amy Grant concert at The Broadmoor. The Sharps won the opportunity to attend the evening through the live auction at the adidas Invitational in Cabo San Lucas, MEX.

He overcame many obstacles in his life to get to this point. A true patriot, Baxter dreamed of joining the Army since he was a little boy. In 1994, that dream came true and he gave the next 14 years of his life to serving and protecting his country. His duty in the military is referred to as 68 Whiskey or Combat Medic. He deployed multiple times to Iraq with assignments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Honduras, as well. Of his many awards, he received the Combat Medic Badge as he faithfully performed his duties while under extreme and violent conditions, giving life-saving medical care to those in combat zones.

Baxter met his wife, Elba, during his first deployment to Honduras. Of great pride to him is the fact that she became a U.S. citizen this year and was able to exercise her right to vote. The family of six is humbled by the gift of a mortgage-free home and anxious to settle into their new home. Future plans for Baxter include schooling to become a social worker so that he may have an opportunity to give back to the veteran community and help veterans and their families. Because his passions include


coaching and mentoring at-risk youth, he also hopes to continue to pursue these avenues in their new location. The goal of Colorado PGA REACH is to make a positive difference in the lives of others through the game of golf. The Foundation’s work is focused around its three pillars: Supporting Our Military, Youth Development and Diversity and Inclusion. Visit coloradopgareach. com to learn more. The Mile High Golf Trail Partners teamed up with Colorado PGA REACH to provide a mortgage-free home to a deserving Colorado wounded veteran. Mile High Golf partners include The Golf Club at Bear Dance, Plum Creek Golf Club, Colorado National Golf Club and Riverdale Golf Courses. Through Their Homes4WoundedHeroes, Military Warriors Support Foundation provides combat wounded heroes the pride of homeownership and guides them through their transition with 3-years of family and financial mentorship. Since its inception in 2007, they have been able to award over 800 homes nationwide.

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Stevens Awarded Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship “P

rogress is almost never linear, and the path to one’s goal is a long one.” This statement gives one just a glimpse into the insight of Sage Stevens, the 2018 Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship recipient.

On June 27, Stevens accepted the $2,500 College Scholarship during the inaugural Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit entitled “Inspiring Greatness” ~ Elevating Exceptional Women. The Summit served as a catalyst to empower women on and Sage Stevens, a recent graduate of Manitou Springs High School who will be attending Montana State off the golf course focusing University in the Fall, was the first recipient of the Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship. on a commitment to the development, advancement and empowerment of women and to paying it forward to next-generation women leaders. “The quality I find most impressive in Sage is where she chooses to invest her time and leadership abilities,” stated Steven’s letter of recommendation. “It is apparent from her choices that she has a heart for those who may not be as fortunate as she is and for serving in her community and around the world.” Stevens recently graduated from Manitou Springs High School where she was recognized as an AP Scholar and served in elected leadership positions in Student Council, Key Club and National Honor Society. She lettered and led on school and club swim teams, competing at state, regional and national levels all while working in customer service and as a lifeguard during the summers. Internationally, she shadowed in medical clinics and assisted with dental procedures during a pre-med focused service trip to Nicaragua and locally volunteers as a patient ambassador at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. These accomplishments are just a few of the many this young lady has achieved. In Sage’s own words, she states, “I seek to inspire greatness in others, and through that greatness, they will reach goals that will further both their individual lives, as well as the lives of those around them.” Stevens will be attending Montana State University in the Fall pursuing a degree in medicine.

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Being a Life-long Learner Contributes to Success and Happiness “We hit it straight down the middle, wedged it close and made the putt!” This was the analogy made in association with the 2018 Colorado PGA REACH Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Summit. And in golf lingo, that’s about as good as it gets.

For the women in attendance, the morning of June 27 consisted of a little putting practice before heading over to the U.S. Senior Open to watch part of the practice round. If there was a general theme that emerged from the afternoon session of the Inspiring Greatness ~ Elevating Exceptional Women Summit held at the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, it was the message of continuous learning. The first fireside chat, facilitated by The Honorable Sue Payton, President of SCI Aerospace, Inc., was with Tamara Lundgren, CEO of Schnitzer Steel Industries. When asked about her career progression, which has gone from being a successful lawyer to an investment banker to CEO of a steel company, Lundgren said to laughter, “My husband said I just couldn’t keep a job.” There is no better time to be a young women in the business world than now, began Lundgren. A businesses success is dependent upon the quality of its young leaders so she encouraged attendees to find something that is of interest to them today and take that a path. The path is likely going to change and evolve but the second step cannot be made without the first. By corralling your life learnings, you have the ability to become a force multiplier and use that energy to make an impact in the world. Lundgren also encouraged women to let go of their perfectionism. She encouraged the perfectionists in the room to take up the game of golf describing it as a game of misses that teaches recovery and that


everything is not perfect. Women make as many decisions as men do but we don’t articulate them or get behind them like men do because of our fear of imperfection. When asked what advice she had for women, Lundgren replied with the following: •

Be kind to yourself.

Don’t give up.

Listen and engage in continuous learning.

Remain true to yourself.

Focus on things that give you energy.

“Writing and speaking skills are essential in the world of business,” said Mary Thompson, Managing Director at G100 Companies. “I always knew I wanted to be a writer so having the opportunity to pursue a broadcasting career with Bloomberg Radio and CNBC was a dream-come true. The greatest privilege of my career was to interview the victims of the Madoff Scandal and to present their stories.” Thompson admits that as a young professional, she did not pursue women mentors. She believed that if she worked hard, she would succeed. “Not true,” she said. She has since learned and understands the

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US Senior Open News importance of having people outside of her industry as mentors and was resolute in encouraging the women attendees to actively cultivate mentor relationships. “Have a mentor and be a mentor,” Thompson simply stated. Thompson’s advice for women paralleled that of Lundgren. •

Put yourself in the position of being a continuous learner. Always educate yourself.

Know how to effectively communicate.

Look at your strengths and build upon them.

Understand that you can’t do everything so surround yourself with those who can.

Holly Champion, Colorado PGA Junior Golf Director, helps gives putting tips during the putter fitting before the Women’s Leaderhip Summit.

Humility. Be a servant leader.

Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot, President of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., Kathy Boe, CEO of Boecore, Inc., and Sandy Cross, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the PGA of America, rounded out the panel of women discussing Leadership – the Mission Isn’t Complete until the Ball is in the Hole. Words of advice from each of these accomplished women included: “All things are interdependent and timing is everything. It is never about the thing you are doing but about the mission you are serving. Use this in all that you do,” relayed Vautrinot. “Opportunities arise from gaining deep learning and being able to apply it. In addition,

eternal optimism is a force optimizer. Carry the passion forward and then be passionate about it.” “Signs come up that influence your decisions,” said Boe. “I had to be true to my ethics and my integrity, which drove me to opening my own business. Our mission is simple – Deliver success for our customers while ensuring challenging growth opportunities for our employees. Everything we do circles back to that one mission, which is communicated consistently, frequently and through multiple channels to hold everyone accountable to this one goal.” “Golf is about the power of the invitation with the key to the diversity of the game of golf being the invitation,” shared Cross. “Professional advancement relies on you being your own advocate. Ask for what you want because your moments of greatest growth come from this action. Embrace the idea of owning your strengths and be comfortable with the things that you are not good at.” In concluding the day, Payton put it simply, “Today is all about networking with other successful women. We all do life together so let’s take the time to help each other and to be a mentor to other women. Start today by building a safety net of people around you. And, as a result, it will help you ‘keep it in the short grass.’”

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Member Assistance Program to Begin July 1 SupportLinc is the new Member Assistance Program for PGA Professionals The FY2018/2019 annual dues invoices, to be sent out in early May, includes a $5 line item charge for the new Member Assistance Program (MAP). The MAP provides members and associates with access to licensed health professionals, short-term counseling, legal and financial consultation, dependent care referrals and technologybased resources to assist in every aspect of life.

stress of my job is just too much.” “I’m going through a divorce and need to find an attorney.” “All I do is work to pay the bills and I’m never caught up.” “My child care provider just quit. What am I going to do?” “My supervisor and I just can’t get along.” “I think my father needs to move to a nursing home, but I don’t know where to turn.”

The Member Assistance Program is a result of Resolution 3, which was passed at the 2017 PGA Annual Meeting last fall. The program becomes effective on July 1, 2018.

What happens when I call the MAP?

The SupportLinc Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a company-sponsored resource that helps you deal with life’s challenges and the demands that come with balancing home and work. SupportLinc provides confidential, professional counseling for a wide array of personal and work-related concerns. More information will be distributed as it becomes available.

You and your immediate family members can contact SupportLinc at any time, day or night, and speak directly to a licensed MAP counselor. The experienced SupportLinc counselor will collect some general information about you and will talk to you about the nature of your issue. This process is called an “intake”. Once the intake conversation is completed, the counselor will schedule an in-person appointment with a nearby clinician who best fits the need that was identified during the intake.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Is SupportLinc confidential?

Read these FAQs

Yes! The SupportLinc MAP is strictly confidential. No one else at your company will know that you have accessed services through the MAP, nor will seeking MAP services endanger your job or career.

What is SupportLinc? The SupportLinc Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a confidential benefit provided to Members, Associates and their immediate family members to assist with a wide range of personal and work-related issues. Family conflicts, personal issues, work stress and the demands of our children are just a few of the responsibilities we face on a day-to-day basis. The MAP is a resource that will help you with these responsibilities. Why would someone need the SupportLinc MAP?

How much does it cost? The $5 charge for the SupportLinc MAP appears on the Member and Associate annual dues invoice. If services beyond the MAP are needed, the SupportLinc counselor will provide referrals based on affordability and/or coverage through your personal health benefit plan, if applicable.

We all experience personal problems from time to time. Usually, we’re content to handle them on our own. However, in order to truly address a problem, there are times where we just don’t know where to turn. “The

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Dow Finsterwald, 1958 PGA Champion and the former Director of Golf at the Broadmoor was on hand during the awards ceremony for the Girls 12-13 age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier at The Broadmoor on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 14

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2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Events Announced and Registration Opens

The 2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience returns to The Venetian Hotel, Topgolf Las Vegas and TPC Las Vegas, Aug. 13-15, for the annual comprehensive golf business event. PGA Professionals will be able to preview the newest fashion trends; see a wide array of golf merchandise and services; test the latest in equipment and technology; attend a comprehensive education conference; and network with industry peers over the course of three exciting days in Las Vegas. Registration and details regarding admission qualifications are available at pgalasvegas.com/show-information/. Travel and event hotel savings are available at pgalasvegas.com/travel with reservation deadlines beginning July 12. “The new venues and programs introduced at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience last year were a big success with attending PGA Professionals and industry leaders,” says PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “We are excited to return to The Venetian Hotel, Topgolf Las Vegas and TPC Las Vegas to provide an upscale environment and high-level programming to drive forward the business of golf. The event’s PGA Demo Experience, exhibits, Education Conference and special events, such as the Pro-Pro Tournament and Live Fashion Show, will offer attendees an enjoyable and productive three days to preview the newest merchandise, learn proven business solutions, uncover fashion trends, gain industry insights and strengthen professional connections.”

2018 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Schedule of Events (all times PDT) PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Pro-Pro Tournament (TPC Las Vegas) • •

Monday, Aug. 13 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start Limited to 50 two-person teams in a four-ball, stroke-play format; $13,000 purse and additional cash prizes. Early registration savings through July 16, 2018, are available at pgalasvegas.com.

PGA Demo Experience (Topgolf Las Vegas) • •

Monday, Aug. 13 – 4–8 p.m. Equipment and technology testing, skills contests and prizes, product demonstrations, and industry networking in the fun, dynamic setting of Topgolf Las Vegas. (Complimentary transportation to and from The Venetian will be provided for all event attendees).

Exhibits of the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience (Palazzo Ballroom, The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas) • • •

Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Golf fashion, equipment, technology and products exhibits and special events

Live Fashion Show (Palazzo Ballroom, The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas) • •

Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 5:30–6 p.m. Fashion show and networking (Show floor is open until 7 p.m.)

PGA Education Conference (The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas) Certification programs, daily keynote presentations and classroom seminars focusing on executive management, teaching & coaching, and golf operations. PGA Professionals have access to more than 20 MSR education credits. Conference details and registration will be available at pgalasvegas.com/conference/.

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The Career Long Game Keith Soriano, PGA | PGA Career Consultant

Please watch the brief three minute video with Simon Sinek on Finite vs Infinite Goals. From my perspective, there are obvious takeaways that we as PGA professionals can apply to our own work lives and careers. Takeaways for PGA Professionals: Your Career is Infinite: You don’t WIN YOUR CAREER, you may “win the job” but THEN WHAT? •

While you’re here, you have a purpose, an impact and a role in imparting value into the lives of others.

In winning the job (that is receiving the job offer, signing the agreement, etc. after successful interviews), Sinek says “the finite game is over and now you enter the infinite game.”

Keith Soriano, PGA, is a PGA Career Services Consultant serving the Colorado and Utah Sections. He can be reached at 720.841.1006 or ksoriano@pgahq.com.

In other words, you “won the opportunity” to make this job into a career (but that is not the end, it’s really the beginning).

You must be able to convert. By convert, he means transition your thinking, your mindset, from “winning the job” or reaching the goal to having an impact on those around you.

He talks about an actor who “just wants to get to Broadway.” When they make it, after 15 years of toil and hard work, they suffer a letdown, sometimes are hit with depression. He discusses Andre Agassi and Michael Phelps experiencing the same phenomenon due to a preoccupation with finite goals.

Some possible applications we can make directly to the role of a PGA professional include: •


With an “infinite view” on your career, you don’t have to win every single battle: A Head Professional in Denver recently told me about his approach to

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making a difference at his facility as a mentor and leader. He said, “I don’t have to win every battle, I choose the battles I need to fight based on the long game.” He was referring to the “infinite game.” •

As PGA professionals, an “infinite view” of our career allows us to have the opportunity to lead teams or a facility in an infinite game that “has no finish lines.” Helping our customers enjoy their golf more, so they play more, buy more and support our facility more is an infinite game approach. Helping an assistant get through Level 2 in their PGA Associate pathway, even though they may leave your facility once they have their Class A status, is the same approach.

A finite view of our career as a PGA Member or an Associate’s pursuit of Membership can help us “get to where we want to” but it won’t help us enjoy the path of getting there and it will likely leave us unfulfilled when we “arrive.” Simon’s example of Andre Agassi saying, “How will you or this activity help me get to where I want?” is a very good one. For Agassi, once he got to where he wanted, he suddenly realized he was alone. An “infinite view” allows us to be leaders, influencers, difference makers, community builders who bring others along with us.

An “infinite view” creates an abundance mindset. In a finite view, you have to win every time to be a winner. Actually, you can “win every day” if you choose to focus on creating win-win situations for your employer/facility and yourself. An infinite goal for each of us should be to build wins within our career circle of influence.

An “infinite view” understands we will never “have it all figured out.” But, with a commitment to lifelong learning, being a mentor and seeking good mentoring we can “win every day” and become more effective in the roles we currently have and grow into new ones because of the impact we’re making now. We can fail forward-learning through our mistakes because they’re part of the process.

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Tournament News

Keffer Posts Best Finish Among Colorado PGA Members at PGA Professional Championship 3

12 players teed it up at the PGA Professional Championship in Monterrey, CA in June looking to claim victory in the biggest annual tournament for PGA Professionals. Those 312 also compete for the opportunity to finish in the top-20 and advance to the PGA Championship set for later this summer at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. After three days of completion, all of the players representing Colorado were out of the mix. Geoff Keffer, PGA, Assistant Professional at the Greater Golfer Development Center was the best finisher among the eight Colorado PGA members entered in the event. Keffer made the 36-hole cut after posting rounds of 74-75-149 but missed the 54-hole cut after a third round 79. Keffer, a five-time OMEGA Dow Finsterwald Player of the Year posted two birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey during his third round to miss the cut. The results for the rest of the Colorado PGA Professionals are as follows: 54-Hole Cut 94. Geoff Keffer, PGA - Greater Golf Development (74-75-79—228) 36-Hole Cut 142. Jordan Gibbs, Denver Country Club (75-77—152) 142. Jack Allen, Cherry Hills Country Club (77-75—152) 142. Micah Rudosky, Conquistador Golf Course – (74-78—152) 227. John Ogden, Cherry Hills Country Club (81-75—156) 248. Rick Cole, Eaton Country Club (82-76—158) 270. Barry Milstead, Valley Country Club (77-84—161) 304. Derek Rush, Cherry Hills Country Club – (87-81—168)


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Johnson Climbs to Victory at the Raven at Three Peaks Hart Leads Team to Impressive Victory


hris Johnson spent his time between competing in Senior Major Championships by testing his skills in the mountains of Colorado as the Raven at Three Peaks played host to a Pro Am on Monday, June 18, 2018. Johnson’s skills were put to the test as he came out on top of the field after posting a two-under-par 70 to claim the title. Johnson made four birdies and just two bogeys to post a one-shot victory. Coming in second place was Remington Post, PGA Head Professional at the host facility and Jeramy Curry, an Associate Professional from The Links at Highlands Ranch. Both players posted a one-under-par 71. Post’s round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole while Curry made four birdies during his round. Rounding out the top-5 were Pat Reidy, Instructor at Inverness Golf Club and John Lynch, Head Professional at River Valley Ranch Golf Club. Both players finished at even par-72. Scott Hart, PGA Life Member led his team to victory in the team event (a one low gross/one low net). He partnered with Joe Brown, Marcus Aden and Bill Myers to post a 20-under-par 124. Their total was good enough for an eight stroke victory over the team led by Jason Witczak, Director of Instruction at The Club at Pradera. Witczak partnered with Bill Miles, Mike Mahoney and Mike Donnelly to finish with a 12-under-par 132. Thank you to our host PGA Professional Ryan Parr, and his team for hosting the event.

Trio Share Title at Ptarmigan Keffer, Lanting Split Team Title Three players were able to tame one of northern Colorado’s hidden gems on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Ptarmigan Country Club Pro Am. Caine Fitzgerald, PGA, Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course, Geoff Keffer, PGA, Assistant Professional at the Greater Golfer Development Center and Scott Hart, PGA, Life Member all posted rounds of four-under-par 68 on the Jack Nicklaus designed course. Keffer and Hart both posted six birdies and two bogeys while Fitzgerald posted five birdies and one bogey. Keffer and Ben Lanting led their teams to a tie in the one low gross/one low net team event. Keffer teamed up with Lonnie Barnhouse, Frank Grabowski and Ken Eisenminger. Lanting, An Assistant Professional at Bear Creek Golf Club, partnered with Daryl Ribble, Nick Sharp and Jeremy Mosser. Thank you to our host PGA Professional, Jeff Ulvedal and his team for hosting the event.


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Quaratino Fires Impressive 65 to Win Inverness Golf Club Pro Am Trio Finishes One Stroke Behind


obby Quaratino spent most of the off-season focused on the remodel of the course and clubhouse at West Woods Golf Course in Arvada, CO where he is the PGA Head Professional. His time away from the course wasn’t evident as he posted an impressive five-under-par 65 to win the Inverness Golf Club Pro Am on Monday, July 9, 2018. Quaratino posted seven birdies and two bogeys in route to his one-stroke victory. Finishing a shot behind at four-under-par 66 were a trio of players; Ron Vlosich, PGA Life Member, Caine Fitzgerald, PGA Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course and Eric Bradley, PGA Head Professional at Black Bear Golf Course. Fitzgerald had a flawless card with four birdies and no bogey’s, Vlosich carded six birdies and two bogeys while Bradley finished with five birdies and just one bogey. In the team event, a Low Gross/Low Net contest, Quaratino led his team to a first place tie with the team led by Kyle Voska. Voska, an Instructor at The Links at Highlands Ranch Golf Course partnered with Coby Welch, Byron Odell and Larry Lyons to finish at 16-under-par 124. Quaratino teamed up with Bill Ferry, Chris Lindstrom and Mike Lohse to post the same score. Thanks to PGA Director of Golf Dave Steinmetz and the Inverness Golf Club for hosting the event.

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Dow Finsterwald Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 3603.4 2 | Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills Golf Course | 3194.21 3 | Eric Bradley | Black Bear Golf Club | 2909.71 4 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer Development Center | 2800.84 5 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 2530.53 6 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 2380.17 7 | Blake Sharamitaro | Riverdale Golf Courses | 2007.67 8 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 1864.7 9 | Jason Witczak | The Club at Pradera | 1556.53 10 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 1549.66 11 | Kyle Voska | The Links Golf Course | 1471.83 12 | Peter Norwood | MetaGolf Learning Center | 1332.71 13 | Visanu Tongwarin | Legacy Ridge Golf Course | 1241.67 14 | Barry Milstead | Valley Country Club | 1236.5 15 | Jeff Carter | Riverdale Golf Courses | 1200.09 16 | Zane Zwemke | Saddle Rock Golf Course | 1137 17 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 1116.7 18 | Tray Shehee | Ute Creek Golf Course | 1095.13 19 | Bobby Quaratino | West Woods Golf Club | 1054.5 20 | Sherry Andonian | Valley Country Club | 1036.97 21 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 1017.08 22 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 998.3 23 | Michael Weingartner | Thorncreek Golf Club | 972.5 24 | Graham Cliff | Colorado Golf Club | 948.03 25 | Scott Hart | Life Member | 897.87 26 | Doug Wherry | Jake’s Academy | 874.57 27 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National Golf Club | 848.93

Colorado PGA OMEGA Senior Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 5885.9 2 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 3811.03 3 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 3574.67 4 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 2549.66 5 | Jeff Hanson | Red Sky Golf Club | 2198 6 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 2137.7 7 | Barry Milstead | Valley Country Club | 1761.21 8 | Doug Wherry | Jake’s Academy | 1579.57 9 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 1541.7 10 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 1505.79

Colorado PGA Associate Player of the Year 1 | Bryan Hackenberg | Todd Creek Golf Club | 1848.37 2 | Ben Lanting | Bear Creek Golf Club | 1744.83 3 | Audie Dean | Littleton Golf & Tennis Club | 1244.21 4 | Tim Richardson | Todd Creek Golf Club | 1060.54 5 | Rich Lash | Greater Golfer Development Center | 1030.67 6 | Andrew Hebert | Indian Peaks Golf Course | 1016.33 7 | Jeramy Curry | The Links Golf Course | 791.33 8 | Patrick Grady | University of Colorado | 420.2 9 | Daniel Costenbader | Beaver Creek Golf Club | 361.4 10 | Nathaniel Weber | Todd Creek Golf Club | 337.33


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

The Colorado PGA welcomes new members and associates to our Section on a regular basis. For some, this is the first time they have joined our Section while others may be returning. Please join us in welcoming them! Orrin M. Googins, PGA | A-6 | GOLFTEC - Lakewood

New Members

The Colorado PGA congratulates the following individuals who were recently elected, re-elected or reinstated into full PGA of America membership. Cassius L. Dinkel, PGA | A-8 | Cherry Creek Country Club Dillon D. Pierson, PGA | A-6 | GOLFTEC - Denver Tech Center Elizabeth G. McCabe, PGA | A-8 | Red Sky Golf Club (Norman) Robert P. Cherry, PGA | A-24 | Omni Interlocken Resort

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. Robbie Gilmore Jr., PGA | A-8 | previously at the Broadmoor GC | A-8 | currently at Kirtland CC Jonathan R Roth, PGA | A-8 | previously at the Broadmoor GC | A-8 | currently at Lake Padden GC

New Associates

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. Seth A. Bates | B-8 | King’s Deer Golf Club Joshua R. Nelson | B-6 | GOLFTEC - Cherry Creek

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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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Junior Golf News

First-Time Major Winners Career round (66) gives Welch boys title at Colorado Junior Amateur; Berrian improves by 10 shots in final round to claim victory in girls division by Gary Baines - 7/11/2018 Jake Welch of Highlands Ranch is a golfer who happens to also be quite adept at wrestling. In fact, the Valor Christian senior-to-be finished third in the 170-pound weight class at the 4A state high school wrestling tournament earlier this year. On Wednesday, Welch figuratively used his grappling skills to wrestle away the boys title in the Colorado Junior Amateur from Dillon Stewart of Fort Collins, who threw down the gauntlet in the final round by shooting a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine and a 6-under-par 66 overall at Todd Creek Golf Club in Thornton.


So what did Welch, playing four groups behind Stewart on Wednesday, do in response? He just posted his best tournament round ever -- for the second straight day -- by shooting a 66 of his own to overtake Stewart on the back nine and claim the boys championship. “This week is actually the first time I’ve broken 70 in a tournament,” the 17-year-old said. “To come out and shoot 68 yesterday and 66 today was phenomenal.” On the girls side, Katie Berrian of Castle Rock did some

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Junior Golf News nifty final-round work of her own to claim the trophy. The 16-year-old rebounded from a second-round 82 with an even-par 72 to emerge from a tightly-packed leaderboard to earn the victory. “This is one of my biggest wins definitely, especially since it was a three-day tournament. And it was a major championship,” Berrian noted. “I feel really accomplished, and I’m going to celebrate my accomplishment. Now I’m really confident, so I can go into more tournaments feeling like, ‘I did that, so I can do it again.’” In both the cases of Berrian and Welch, Wednesday marked their first major titles in Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado events. (The champions are pictured together at the top of this article.) Welch’s 68-66 in the final two rounds netted him a 10-under-par 206 total and the victory, which he called the biggest of his young career. And to make it even more impressive, Wednesday’s 66 came despite being 2 over par after three holes of the final round. That means he went 8 under par for his last 15 holes. “On hole 7, my playing partner said, ‘Dillon shot 5 under on the front.’ I was like, ‘Oh Jeez, I’ve got to start making some more birdies,’” said Welch (above). “I had birdied three in a row (4-6) and I birdied No. 8. When I came to the back nine, I knew I was one or two down to Dillon at that point. I told myself to ‘keep hitting good shots. You’re playing well and you’re hitting good putts.’” Welch, the younger brother of 2015 Colorado Boys Junior Player of the Year Coby Welch, finished the day with nine birdies and three bogeys. And he birdied 16 from 5 feet and 18 from 8 feet following an awkward bunker shot -- all after Stewart was finished to break a tie and account for the final margin of victory. Stewart, winner of the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior last month, likewise went 68-66 the last two rounds at Todd Creek, checking in at 208 for second place. The future Oklahoma State golfer was 7 under par for the day through 14 holes, but took a double bogey on No. 15 after hitting his second shot into the hazard in front of the green following an errant tee shot into the native grass right of the fairway.

“I played solid and gave myself an opportunity to win,” said Stewart, who will play in the U.S. Junior Amateur next week. “You can’t complain when somebody backs up your 66 with another 66. There’s nothing you can say.” Welch said he plans on playing college golf -- brother Coby is doing so at the University of Northern Colorado -- but doesn’t know where yet. “This will hopefully help” with offers, he said. Asked if he likes golf or wrestling better, Welch said, “I definitely prefer golf. I’m pretty good at wrestling because we started when we were younger. My dad (Tim) is the head wrestling coach (at Valor). But I definitely think golf is more fun.” First-round leader TJ Shehee of Mead shared third place at 210 with Ryan Liao of Littleton as both fired 69s on Wednesday. In the girls tournament, Berrian (below) was two behind entering the final day. But after going 2 over par on the front nine, she played the back in a bogey-free 2 under par, making birdies on 14 and 16. The 16-yearold, who placed third in the 5A girls state high school tournament in May, finished with a 10-over-par 226 total after going 72-82-72. “Yesterday my alignment was off,” said Berrian, a former 11-13 Colorado Junior Series Champion. “I made a little tweak in my setup. Today on the range I put an alignment stick down, picked a target and dialed it in. It helped me. I was back on the pins today just like the first day. “I was really focused on my game. I never gave up, even on the front nine where I was 2 over, which wasn’t what I was looking for. But I stayed focused and was patient. I waited for my birdies and I got them, finishing 2 under on the back. “It was to my advantage that I wasn’t in the final group so that I could focus on me and what I was doing rather than where I was on the leaderboard. I focused yesterday on where I was on the leaderboard and that didn’t really work for me.” Down the stretch on Wednesday, Berrian birdied the 16th hole, then sank a 10-foot par save on 17 after being over the green. And a 3 1/2-foot par putt on 18 proved crucial as well. Josie Baker of Sherman Oaks, Calif., a JGAC member who will play her college golf at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland starting in the fall, went 3 over par in four holes Wednesday starting on No. 10 to lose her grip on the lead. She birdied No. 18 to close with a 75, which left her a stroke back of Berrian at 227. “I definitely have mixed feelings,” said Baker, whose

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Junior Golf News parents are from Colorado and who lives in the Centennial State for a couple of months during the summer. “I thought I played pretty solid all three days. To string together three rounds in the mid-70s is always a pretty good tournment. But obviously I’m disappointed. Today I didn’t hit the ball my best. Obviously, I would have liked to have won. Katie played a great round.” Marie Jordaan of Lakewood, who shared the lead with Baker and Meghan Vogt of Broomfield after two rounds, finished third at 229 after a final-round 77. For the scores from the Colorado Junior Amateur, click BOYS, GIRLS.

Big Week

Coloradan Ashton finishes fifth in girls 9-10 division at Junior Worlds; Bryant makes 54-hole cut in boys 15-18 tourney by Gary Baines - 7/12/2018


adley Ashton of Erie finished fifth in the girls 9-10 competition, and Davis Bryant of Aurora made the 54-hole cut in the boys 15-18 tournament on Thursday at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in the San Diego area. The event ended on Thursday for all but the 15-18 boys and girls divisions, which will wrap up on Friday. A year after finishing 28th in this event, Ashton (placed fifth out of a field of 82 in the girls 9-10 tournament. Ashton, who has won every Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado 11-13 tournament in which she's competed this year, shot rounds of 70-75-74 at the Sycuan Resort to post a 3-over-par 219 total. The 10-year-old ended up six strokes behind champion Gianna Clemente of Warren, Ohio. In the final round, Ashton made one birdie (on the first hole) and three bogeys. Meanwhile, the Colorado State University-bound Bryant will be the only Coloradan left competing on Friday. With a cut to the top 50 players and ties out of the 212player field, the 2017 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Boys Player of the Year advanced on the number and stands in 44th place. He birdied his final hole to advance, and finished with five birdies on Thursday. The 18-year-old has recorded scores of 71 twice, sandwiched around a second-round 80. That leaves him at 6-over-par 222, 12 strokes behind leader Nathan Petronzio of Bee Cave, Texas. Here are the scores for all the Coloradans competing this week in the Junior Worlds


GIRLS 15-18 (Final) At Torrey Pines North Course Missed 54-Hole Cut 64. Kelsey Webster, Boulder 78-77-74--229 94. Hailey Schalk, Erie 80-79-76--235 BOYS 13-14 (Final) At La Costa Legends Course 112. Maxwell Lange, Golden 76-78-77--231 147. Matthew Wilkinson, Centennial 81-78-81--240 GIRLS 13-14 (Final) At CC of Rancho Bernardo 65. Sofia Choi, Littleton 80-81-74--235 87. Jessica Mason, Westminster 74-83-85--242 BOYS 11-12 (Final) At Morgan Run Resort 101. Austin Barry, Fort Collins 80-84-76--240 GIRLS 11-12 (Final) At Bernardo Heights CC 65. Caitlyn Chin, Greenwood Village 85-86-85--256 77. Brooke Hudson, Parker 91-88-85--264 BOYS 9-10 (Final) At Carlton Oaks CC 50. Gavin Amella, Castle Rock 78-80-79--237 116. Sean Cary, Erie 83-90-102--275 124. Booth Hayes, Frederick 112-104-100--316 GIRLS 9-10 (Final) At Sycuan Resort 5. Hadley Ashton, Erie 70-75-74--219 70. Livia Pett, Denver 91-89-84--264

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BOYS 7-8 (Final) At Sycuan Resort 60. Brady Shaw, Pueblo 87-94-87--268

BOYS 15-18 At Torrey Pines South Course 44. Davis Bryant, Aurora 71-80-71--222 Missed 54-Hole Cut 103. Cal McCoy, Highlands Ranch 76-75-79--230

GIRLS 7-8 (Final) At Sycuan Resort 25. Madelynn Makino, Parker 67-71-65--203

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2018 PGA Jr. League Season is Going Strong T

hank you to everyone who has been involved as a Captain or Coach of a PGA Jr. League team this year. With many programs about half way through your regular season schedules, we wanted to touch on some of the extraordinary things that have already taken place this year. Colorado PGA Junior League Continues to Shine!

Year to date, PGA Jr. League participation in the section is up by over 400 participants. Every one of those new golfers is yet another child that will get to experience the excitement of the team atmosphere of PGA Jr. League and is one step closer to becoming a golfer for life. Also to date, Colorado is in the top 10 sections in the total number of PGA Reach Scholarships issued. These scholarships are issued to children of military families and families that qualify for financial need or are experiencing extenuating circumstances at home. This success is due to each one of our PGA Professional Captains identifying those who qualify and inviting them to join the team. A program experiencing great success with the scholarship is Eisenhower Golf Club. PGA Professionals John Trujillo and Theo Gregory created their own in-house league this year, in addition to a 16U team that plays with other facilities in Colorado Springs. Eisenhower Golf Club has issued more Military Scholarships than any other facility in the country. New Post Season This year marks the start of a new All-Star experience with the PGA Jr. League Post Season Presented by National Car Rental. New this year is the introduction of Section Qualifiers and Section Championships to simplify the process for moving through the post season with your All-Star team. This will allow for the winning teams from all 41 sections across the country to advance directly to a regional competition. Rules for the Section Qualifiers and Section Championship match play competitions will directly follow the Conditions of Play Handbook.  You may click the link below to review the Conditions of Play that will be used for all the matches. Click Here for the Conditions of Play Handbook (with All-Star team details on page 7) Anthony Vitale, PGA, is a Junior League Regional Manager serving the Colorado, Sun Country, Southwest and Utah Sections along with Holly Champion, PGA, Colorado PGA Junior Golf Director.

All participating All-Star teams will be split up into two different qualifiers to take place on August 19th. More information about the qualifiers is coming soon. Click Here for Section Qualifier Rules Addendum This year’s PGA Jr. League Section Championship will be held at Thorncreek Golf Club on August 26th. Our top 4 teams from the Colorado Section Qualifiers will advance to a final four match play competition, with the winner advancing to the PGA Jr. League Regional Championship at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland, TX. Below you will find a snapshot of the league standings as of July 10th for those who are using the website or mobile app to score their games. To assist with calculating the final league standings, we encourage you to score your games online and we will feature you in next month’s Pro Peaks. You can do it in one of two ways: Through the website (tutorial here under schedule a game and score a game) Or through the highly recommended PGA Jr. League Mobile App.  Check out the Video Tutorial by clicking here.

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