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

Andonian Qualifies for US Senior Women’s Open!

Registration Open for

Eight Members Competing in Professional Championship

Colorado PGA Professional Championship Photo courtesy of Devin Sena

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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


Executive Director/CEO Eddie Ainsworth, PGA eainsworth@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1593 C (719) 761-6125 Assistant Executive Director Patrick Salva psalva@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1597 C (303) 246-1007 Tournament Director Justin Limon, PGA jlimon@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1588 C (720) 390-1160 Junior Golf Director Holly Champion, PGA hchampion@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1591 C (217) 232-1790 Junior Golf Coordinator Scott Minta sminta@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1590 C (630) 532-3230 Executive Assistant Annie O’Donnell adonnell@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1595 Marketing and Communications Coordinator July Malone jmalone@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1594 Career Consultant Keith Soriano, PGA ksoriano@pgahq.com C (720) 841-1006 PGA Junior League Regional Manager Anthony Vitale, PGA avitale@pgahq.com C (561) 267-1208

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What’s Inside

President’s Report 5 “It’s Time to Celebrate Our Game and our Members!” Executive Director’s Report 6 You Are Making a Difference! Over $50,000 Raised for Colorado PGA REACH Foundation District Director Report/PGA of America News 10 Senior PGA Championship, Hit the Green for HOPE and more... Colorado PGA News 11 Colorado Students Score When It Comes to PGA of America Scholarships 12 Colorado PGA Members Have Access to US Senior Open 13 Member Assistance Program to Begin July 1 Colorado PGA REACH News 16 Zaremba’s Motivation Comes From Giving Back 18 Four Trustees Join Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Career News 20 Revenue Equal Success, Success Equal Revenue Tournament News 22 Eight Members Competing in Professional Championship 24 Andonian Qualifies for First Ever US Senior Women’s Open 26 Rohrbaugh Partners with Lynch to Win Myran Craig Pro-Pro 28 Pro Am and Event Recaps 29 OMEGA Player of the Year List Membership News 26 Member Update Junior News 34 Just Like Last Year

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Section Championship Registration Colorado PGA Professional Championship TPC Colorado September 10-12, 2018

National Car Rental Assistant Professional Championship Saddlerock Golf Course July 30-31, 2018

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

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

Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship Aspen Glen Club October 2-3, 2018 4

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President’s Message

It’s Time to Celebrate the Game and Our Members! I

hope your spring has transitioned into a busy summer! We all got into the game because of our love for playing and that part of our golf lifecycle will be front and center this month! If you’re one of the members competing, I want to wish you the best of luck out on the course. I’m sure you will make all the members of the Colorado PGA proud! If you aren’t competing, I can’t encourage you enough to support our members on the course as they strive to do their best!


Come Celebrate the Game at The Broadmoor

PGA Professionals Competing at PGA Professional Championship

Major Championship golf returns to Colorado this month as the Broadmoor will host the US Senior Open on the venerable East Course. We are incredibly excited to be hosting a number of events in conjunction with the Senior Open including our Home Giveaway at the Vince Gill/Amy Grant concert on Monday night, our Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier on Tuesday, the Women’s Leadership Summit on Wednesday and the Youth Golf Experience throughout the week. For our Class A PGA Members, Life Members and Master Professional Members, along with a spouse or guest, you have access to complimentary tickets to the Championship. We also have the availability for our members to gain entry into the Military Bunker alongside the 18th green. Be sure to request tickets at your earliest convenience before they are all gone! Good luck to two of our best senior players as Doug Rohrbaugh and Chris Johnson will be competing in the event. Be sure to check out their starting times and follow along to support them along the way.

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

Andonian Qualifies for US Senior Women’s Open The USGA created the US Senior Women’s Open this past year and we couldn’t be more excited to have one of our own, Sherry Andonian, representing the Section when the event gets started July 12-16, 2018, at Chicago Golf Club. The event will feature 120 of the finest professional and amateur females 50 and over, vying for a total purse of $1 million. This will be Andonian’s fifth major championship after having played in four LPGA Champion-

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There has been a lot of change in women’s golf in the Section over the past year. We announced at the Spring Meeting that the winner (or highest finishing PGA Professional) of the Colorado PGA Women’s Championship will earn an all-expenses paid entry into the Women’s Stroke Play Championship in Port St. Lucie, FL. If that wasn’t enough, we are happy to announce that, starting this year, we will be recognizing a Women’s Player of the Year!

Eight Colorado PGA members will compete this week at the PGA Professional Championship in Monterrey, CA. I want to wish all of the players the best of luck as they compete in our Associations major championship. Registration Open for Section Championships Playing and competing are certainly at the forefront of our association this month. That holds true for our Section Majors as registration is open for all of our Major Championships. We are incredibly excited to host our Section Championship at TPC Colorado in September. The first brand new course built in Colorado in the past decade will provide a fun, stern test of golf. Registration for the event closes on August 22, 2018. We’ll visit Saddle Rock Golf Course July 30-31, 2018, for our National Car Rental Colorado PGA Assistant Professional Championship and Black Bear Golf Club, August 13-14, 2018 for our Senior PGA Professional Championship. We’ll head north to The Ranch Country Club to host our Colorado PGA Women’s Championship, August 22-23, 2018, and return to Aspen Glen Club for our West Chapter Championship on October 2-3, 2018. Check out this issue for more information about all of our Major Championships.

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


Executive Director’s Message

You Are Making a Difference! Over $50,000 Raised for Colorado PGA REACH Foundation My Fellow Colorado PGA Members,

Colorado PGA Members.

Our vision for some time now through our Foundation, Colorado PGA REACH, has been to make a positive difference in the lives of others through the game of golf. I’m here to tell you that you are making a difference!!! Junior Golf is exploding in the Colorado Section, our programs in Support of Our Military are growing and you are making Golf a more Diverse and Inclusive Game. All of these things do not happen without the support of our Colorado PGA Members and people are taking notice, as you truly are the Best of the Best in our industry! I am so pleased to report to you that during the recent Schomp BMW Cup at The Golf Club of Ravenna, a Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine Event, we raised over $50,000 for our Foundation!

I hope you’re able to make it out to the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor. My thanks, in advance, to all of our PGA Members who are volunteering their time during this event. Your Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is leveraging this event in an unprecedented way and people who do not already know, will clearly know at the conclusion of this event, that our Colorado PGA Members and the Colorado Section of the PGA of America are truly the Leaders and Experts in the Game and Business of Golf!!!

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

All the Best.

CEO/Executive Director Colorado PGA eainsworth@pgahq.com

I cannot thank each of you enough for your rounds-of-golf donations to this event, as it was clearly a record setting fundraising event!!! People are excited to be a part of what you are doing to make a difference in the lives of others and I am so proud to represent you as your Executive Director. Section Championship Season is right around the corner so be sure to register for all the events you are eligible for. Our Section Champion will play for a check for over $8,000, our Women’s Section Champion will receive entry into the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship and our Senior Section Champion will represent Colorado PGA REACH at the Adidas Invitational in Cabo. Be certain not to miss out on these opportunities for our


In closing, I just want to thank each and every one of you for the opportunity to be your Executive Director. Today marks my 10th Anniversary as the CEO/ Executive Director of the Colorado PGA. I just cannot imagine doing anything else as I love serving our Members and the Golf Community in Colorado. As always, please let me know if I can ever do anything to assist you.

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

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Schomp BMW Cup Raises $50,000 for Colorado PGA REACH Foundation O

n two of the most perfect spring days in Colorado, 80 golfers teed off at the Schomp BMW Cup put on by Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine at Ravenna Golf Club. The benefitting charity was the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation where more than $50,000 was raised to further its goal to impact lives through golf. “The donations to the Foundation exceeded our expectations,” says Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, Colorado Section Executive Director/CEO. “We are delighted by the outpouring of support we received from contributors who helped us raise more funding than we have in previous years.” Participants were extremely generous during the auctions, both live and silent. Always a fast-paced event, the paddle-raise challenge to win dinner at Shanahan’s again showed great action. Twenty-three unique bidders raised their paddles in quick succession donating $100 each time to vie for this elusive prize. Part way through the bidding, Marc Steron, Shanahan’s co-owner, raised the stakes by upping the guest count from 10 to 15 to encourage continued action.

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“The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation has partnered with Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine at this event for a number of years,” comments Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, Colorado Section Executive Director/CEO. “We are honored to be a part of this great affair and to be able to share the excitement of the Foundation to this influential group of golfers. They have been and continue to be very generous to the objectives and goals of the Foundation.” The Foundation will be holding multiple events for each of its Pillars – Youth Development, Supporting Our Military and Diversity and Inclusion – during the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor on June 24 – July 1. In addition, the REACH Invitational is set for July 18 at The Golf Club at Bear Dance. Information is available at coloradopgareach.com.



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PGA of America News

Senior PGA Championship, Hit the Green for HOPE and more I’ll begin this article by extending my best wishes to those Colorado Section golf professionals who are competing in the Professional National Championship this month at Bayonet Blackhorse in the Monterey California area. Bayonet Blackhorse is a great test of golf and should prove to once again be a great venue for the PNC. Broadhurst Wins 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Paul Broadhurst claimed the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy at the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Champion. Broadhurst finished with a score of 265, 18-under par, matching the tournament record score. His final round 63 was the lowest final-round score by a champion in championship history. PGA Life Member Mark Mielke of Jupiter, Fla., was Low Club Professional for the second time. Mielke, 55, posted a 72-hole total of 288, 4-over par. He finished in 72nd place and was the only Club Professional to play on the weekend. Marriott Golf Hosts 3rd Annual Hit the Green for HOPE Program

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

Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, has once again teamed up with PGA REACH – the charitable foundation of the PGA of America – for the 3rd Annual Hit the Green for HOPE promotion that supports PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) golf programming for United States military Veterans with disabilities. Kicking off the year-long campaign over Memorial Day Weekend, golfers had the opportunity to take part in the Hit the Green for HOPE promotion at participating Marriott Golf properties nationwide. All proceeds from the campaign will support or enhance PGA HOPE programming. PGA HOPE is the flagship Military program of PGA REACH. The HOPE program introduces


golf to Veterans with disabilities, in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. For more information on the Hit the Green for HOPE Campaign and additional military programming at Marriott Golf Facilities, visit MarriottGolf.com. For more information on PGA HOPE, visit pgareach.com. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa to Host Premier PGA Member Championships Beginning in 2019, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa of Austin, Texas, will host the 29th PGA Cup and the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup – the premier international competition for men and women PGA Professionals. Barton Creek will also be the site of the PGA’s two largest all-professional events, the 2020 PGA Professional Championship and the 2019 Senior PGA Professional Championship. The PGA Cup, which matches 10-member United States and Great Britain & Ireland Teams in a Ryder Cup-style format, will be contested September 23-29, 2019. The Women’s PGA Cup, October 22-26, is a 54-hole stroke play event that is anticipated to attract five-member teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. Both will be conducted on the Fazio Foothills Course. The 53rd PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA in April 2020 will feature a 312-member nationwide field and be conducted on a course rotation to be determined. The 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Golf Advisor in October 2019 has a 264-member field and will be conducted on the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Courses. The golf season is in full swing. I hope all of you are experiencing increased play and increased activity at your facility. If you are ever in Boise, come by and see me at Crane Creek! If you have any questions for me or if you have input on how the PGA Board of Directors can better serve the Member, please don’t hesitate to contact me. At your service, Ron Rawls, PGA District 9 Director PGA of America Head Professional Crane Creek CC

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Colorado Students Score When It Comes to PGA of America Scholarships

Colorado high school seniors and college students who applied for scholarships through the PGA of America and the Colorado PGA achieved great heights for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. With nearly $40,000 being committed, all applicants were awarded a scholarship! In addition, of the 41 PGA Sections across the country, the Colorado PGA students led the nation in the number of PGA of America - John Cox Scholarships earned – three out of 10. The PGA of America’s Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program awarded scholarships to 11 Colorado applicants totaling $31,000 to be used in the 2018-19 school year. The Colorado PGA will be granting eight scholarships to local students totaling $7,250. The Colorado PGA would like to congratulate the following recipients of PGA of America and Colorado Section Scholarships: PGA of America - John Cox Scholarships •

Tessa N. Kauffman – Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colo. – daughter of Martin Kauffman, PGA

Nathan D. Parry – North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. – son of CJ Parry, PGA

Zachary P. Troyer – University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. – son of Dave Troyer, PGA

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Jessica E. Ainsworth – University of Houston, Houston, Texas – daughter of Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

Taylor R. Ausec – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – son of Timothy Ausec, PGA

Anne J. Kristopeit – University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo. – daughter of Ben Kristopeit II, PGA

Jessika M. Linnemeyer – Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. – daughter of Joe Linnemeyer, PGA

Benjamin N. Lodwick – University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. – son of Matthew Lodwick, PGA

Austin W. Northern – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – son of Mike Northern, PGA

Riley S. Rafferty – University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. – daughter of Jeff Rafferty, PGA

Sydney A. Small – University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo. – daughter of Ed Oldham, PGA

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Blake Benson – University of Denver, Denver, Colo. – son of Andy Benson, PGA

Cade Benson – University of Denver, Denver, Colo. – son of Andy Benson, PGA

Davis M. Bryant – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – son of Matthew Bryant, PGA

Ryan C. Hanson – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – son of Jeff Hanson, PGA

Edward F. Matthews – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. – son of Scott Matthews

Emily R. Nielsen – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – daughter of Mitchell Nielsen, PGA

Lauren G. Porter – Aims Community College, Greeley, Colo. – daughter of Craig Porter, PGA

Ashley Stewart – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. – daughter of Scott Stewart, PGA

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Colorado PGA Members Have Access to 2018 US Senior Open General Tickets

As a courtesy extended by the USGA, Class A PGA Members, Life Members and Master Professional Members along with a spouse or guest have access to complimentary tickets to the Championship. Unfortunately, this offer is only for PGA Members and does not extend to Associates or PGA Golf Management University Students. PGA Members will be required to show Membership Card and Photo I.D. to receive tickets. All tickets will be held at Will-Call for pick-up on a daily basis.

Military Bunker Tickets Going to the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor? Then enjoy admission into The Bunker Hospitality Suite complimentary of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. The Colorado PGA has secured 50 Bunker passes for each day (Thursday through Sunday - June 28-July 1) to share with its Members. Tickets will first be offered to Class A Members and then to Associates. The Bunker Hospitality Suite, featuring complimentary food and beverage, will be located behind the 18th green. To best serve the maximum number of Colorado Professionals, the tickets will be issued on a first-come, firstserved basis. Each Professional will be allowed to reserve two (2) passes for a single day. Tickets will be picked up on-site at the JGAC Junior Golf Experience. Any tickets not picked up by 1:00 p.m. on the reserved day will be made available to another member requesting access that day. Click here to reserve your tickets.

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he Colorado Section will be hosting a Youth Experience area at The Broadmoor during the U.S. Senior Open on June 25-July 1. We are still looking for a few PGA Professionals to provide instruction to these young golfers. Volunteers are being schedule for half-day blocks. Please contact Holly Champion, hchampion@pgahq. com, if you are available to share your expertise with the next generation of golfers.

Consider Joining a Colorado PGA Committee I

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


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

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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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Picture This!

For the fourth year in a row the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation hosted the United States Olympic Committee and their Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program. For the second consecutive year the Club at Flying Horse played host to the golf clinic at the conclusion of the week long program. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program provides diverse college and graduate-level students with a unique look into the world of elite sport. This eight-day program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum designed to increase knowledge of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. Accepted students participate in personal and professional development workshops in preparation for a career in sports. FLAME is an intersectional program, and encourages students of color of all sexual orientations, abilities, genders and gender identities, and income levels to apply.


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Zaremba’s Motivation Comes From Giving Back M

ore than deserving of the recognition, Mike Zaremba, PGA, Director of Golf at Desert Hawk, is the recipient of the 2018 Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Youth Development Pillar Award. A 36-year veteran in the golf community and a 27-year mainstay in the Pueblo market, Zaremba has experienced many changes in the world of golf. His most recent perception…there are many more young golfers coming to the course. “Everything is cyclical,” comments Zaremba. “I think society is swinging back to where kids are spending more time outdoors again so parents are more regularly bringing their children to the course. We are definitely seeing more young golfers. What better place is there for them than being around the golf course?”

Zaremba offers multiple opportunities for young golfers to access the course. He runs summer youth programs through the Pueblo Metro District, opens the course up for high school teams to practice and runs a PGA Jr. League program, to name a few. The course also encourages participation from this age group through reduced junior rates on rounds and buckets of balls. In the three years that he has captained PGA Jr. League teams, his program has continued to gain strength. Starting with just 12 golfers the first year, numbers increased to 30 in the second and recorded 75 last year. With his philosophy being that anyone who wants to come out and learn to play golf is welcome, the numbers are likely to continue on this upward trajectory in year four. To effectively teach each participant, Zaremba divides participants into teams of 10 for their weekly lessons, reserving Saturday for practical experience on the course. He considers himself lucky to have the assistance of other talented golf professionals in the development of these young players. Zaremba believes that getting kids playing golf as early as 7- or 8-years of age not only creates a life-long golfer but it gives them that initial boost they need to become an outstanding player. He is also confident that if they get involved early and make it through that first season, they will keep coming back – thus,


creating that life-long golfer. “It’s tough for kids 7- or 8-years old to focus on a full round of golf; they just don’t have the attention span they need to do that yet. However, they are anxious and able to learn the skills,” discusses Zaremba. “Then, in subsequent years and, especially as they reach 10 or 11, they are able to better focus and they can start to strategize. They watch each other’s shots and really start to figure out the better or easier shot. “It is a joy to watch them at this stage. They are beginning to process so much of the mental game and are discovering the full concept of golf.” This belief of teaching golf to the young is visible in Zaremba’s PGA Jr. League program where he fields teams of 7- and 8-year old players in an effort to get them involved and to give them tournament experience. Therefore, when building his post-season teams, it is his practice to include one or two of the younger players along with the more experienced golfers. “I don’t build my teams for post-season play; my goal is to get youth involved,” clarifies Zaremba. “Now that we are in year four of playing in the PGA Jr. League, those 7- and 8-year old players from our first year are now 11 and 12 years old and are becoming pretty good golfers. I believe that because of these extra years of experience, they will outperform those golfers who

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were not exposed to this level of play at an earlier age. I hope to be able to see some of the benefits of this perspective this year but it will hopefully really show-up in the next couple years.” When asked what drives him to work with the younger golfers, Zaremba replies that it is all about giving back. “I’ve played quite a bit and won a number of tournaments over my time,” states Zaremba. “Pretty soon, your skills start to diminish, which mine have and my way to continue to make a difference is to give back. Having the opportunity to work with the youth and help them develop their skills is a rewarding way for me to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.”

“What we do here at Desert Hawk is simple…we just want to get kids interested in the game of golf. We want them to have fun. I think that is why they come back and why we are seeing so many more young golfers on our course than we did in past years,” concludes Zaremba. Zaremba took up the game of golf in high school when some of his basketball buddies convinced him to play with them, leading to his placement on the high school golf team. He went off to college on a basketball scholarship, earning himself a golf scholarship after the first year. He got into the PGA in 1976 and became a PGA Member in 1981.He has worked with the Pueblo Municipal Courses – Desert Hawk and Walking Stick – since 1991.

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Four Trustees Join Colorado PGA REACH Foundation T

he Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of four new Trustees to its Board. 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 REACH Foundation. “As the work of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation continues to expand, we are excited to also increase the number of trustees working to help us spread the word about our mission,” says Ben Welsh, PGA, Colorado PGA Vice President. “These new trustees 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 goal of supporting our PGA Professionals.” John Andrew completed a 40-year career in the U.S. Air Force in 2016 as a Brigadier General. He held a variety of technical and policy analysis jobs during his career, as well as serving as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation and a member of the personal staff of the Secretary of the Air Force. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Air War College. He also served as the Chief of Assessment for the Multi-National Force-Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From 2005 until his retirement, he was the Permanent Professor and Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences at the Air Force Academy. Dan Bennett is a Colorado Native. After receiving his BA in Economics from Princeton University, he started a commercial real estate career with Grubb & Ellis. From there, he then became a partner with BWAB Oil and Gas, a 70-year-old oil and gas company headquartered in Denver. In early 2006, Dan joined Stuart Bruening as investor/partner in Southwest Greens Management, which owns and operates multiple


golf facilities in Colorado including Bear Dance, Plum Creek and Colorado National, and manages Riverdale Dunes and Knolls. In 2015, Dan was part of the acquisition team to acquire Adam’s Rib Country Club that re-branded and re-purposed as Frost Creek Golf Club. John Bond brings nearly 30 years of golf-industry experience with which to address any challenges or opportunities that face a golf operation. He is a Ferris State PGM graduate, a golf pro, an outside sales representative, a sales and marketing executive, an entrepreneur and an innovator. He was involved as a senior executive with Imperial for the better part of 20 years, until the company moved out of Colorado. He currently runs his own consulting business and is an agent for Remax Urban Properties. Dr. Phil Brown is the President and Founder of Six Points Consulting, LLC. His practitioner-focus areas include executive and leadership coaching, leadership development, organizational culture, organizational management and change, organizational resilience, and training and educational development. Brown served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, six years in the defense contractor industry and nine years in federal government civil service. “Additionally, we wish to thank Lisa Potvin, Captain, U.S. Navy Retired, for her service as a trustee,” concludes Welsh. “Lisa was one of the Foundation’s original trustees and, having fulfilled her three-year term as a Trustee, found this to be an appropriate time to relinquish her position as she is spending more time in Florida. She remains an avid supporter of the Foundation and will continue to support its mission in other ways.”

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Colorado PGA News

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/.

June 2018


Employment News

Revenue Equals Success, Success Equals Revenue! Generating Revenues and Communicating Your Accomplishments


ver time, there have been many quotes related to success in business. None may be as important as one uttered by Benjamin Franklin. He said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” This is very true in our industry today as employers are looking for improvement, achievement and success from their PGA Professional, whether they are conducting a search for a new manager, overseeing their day-to-day operations or conducting a year-end review.

In order to succeed in procuring that “dream job,” or continuing to succeed in the job you currently have, the wise professional pays attention to demonstrating real accomplishment in the area of revenue generation. Every facility, private to municipal, needs to maximize top line (gross) revenues and the PGA Professional must be one of the critical factors in driving those revenues.

(net) revenues to your employer. There are three excellent resources available for you: •

Utilize the Employer Communication Tool that is available on PGA.org. This tool is a great way to establish regular written communication of your successes, which can include a piece on ideas you have implemented to increase revenues and their quantified results.

Quantify your total yearly incremental revenue from player development programming by utilizing the PGA Revenue Scorecard. Total yearly incremental revenue reported in the Revenue Scorecard is a key business measure that can be shared with your facility ownership or with your supervisor to demonstrate the value and revenue that you’ve driven to the facility through your instructional programming.

Many employers I have worked with routinely discuss and put a premium on the following when hiring a management level employee: •

Must have the ability to be creative in programming and the marketing of events to increase participation and the revenue associated with it • Identify new customers/ members and create the appropriate atmosphere people want to be a part of and be active at the facility

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.

• Foster increased participation in current programming and coordinate with other departments within the facility to maximize usage and revenues • Plan and implement player development programs for both existing and new customers/members • Implement cost efficiencies for better bottom line results It is also important to discuss the ways you can communicate your successes in generating top line and bottom line


There is another old business adage called “Cash is King!” In our current job market, this adage can separate you from the rest of the field if you have lived by it and demonstrated success with it to your employer. Being a “rainmaker” is paramount to success in our industry. Ask yourself, are you doing enough at your facility to bring about real increases in top line revenues? If you are, then communication is your next step. If you are not, then use the tools the PGA of America has to offer and/or start working with your employer on new ways to bring about revenue growth. As you plan for new and exciting programs, ways to invite customers/members to participate and put forth new ideas for revenue generation, remember that these successes will add to your value as an employee. Don’t just communicate your successes to your employer, yell it from the rooftops and make sure they hear you!

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June 2018


Tournament News

Eight Members Competing in Professional Championship T

he Colorado PGA will be well represented when the 2018 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA gets underway on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Monterrey, Calif. Eight members, seven of which qualified at the 2017 Colorado PGA Professional Championship, will be part of the 312 members competed at the Bayonet Black Horse Golf Club.

Highlighting the field is the 2017 Colorado PGA Professional Champion, John Ogden. Ogden, the Head Professional at Cherry Hills Country Club, is making his tenth start in the national championship. Ogden has qualified 11 times but elected to not play one of those years. He will be joined by two of his Assistant Professionals at Cherry Hills Country Club, Derek Rush and Jack Allen. Both players will be making their first appearance in the event. Joining the trio from Cherry Hills Country Club is Rick Cole, Head Professional from Eaton Country Club. Cole finished runner up in the 2017 Colorado PGA Professional Championship and will be making his second appearance in the national championship after previously qualifying 31 years ago in 1987! Competing in his second national championship is Jordan Gibbs, Assistant Professional from Denver Country Club. Gibbs has qualified both times while a member of the Philadelphia Section. Geoff Keffer, Assistant Professional from Greater Golfer Development Center will be making his third appearance; Barry Milstead, Head Professional from Valley Country Club will be making at least his sixth appearance; and Micah Rudosky, PGA Head Professional from Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez, Colo., will be making his sixth appearance in the event. Be sure to follow along on ColoradoPGA.com and on the Golf Channel to see if any of our members can make their way into the 2018 PGA Championship!

Jack Allen, PGA Assistant Professional Cherry Hills Country Club First National Championship


Rick Cole, PGA Head Professional Eaton Country Club Second National Championship

Jordan Gibbs, PGA Assistant Professional Denver Country Club Second National Championship

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Tournament News

Geoff Keffer, PGA Assistant Professional Greater Golf Development Center 3rd National Championship

Barry Milstead, PGA Head Professional Valley Country Club Sixth National Championship

Micah Rudosky, PGA Head Professional Conquistador Golf Course 7th National Championship

Derek Rush, PGA Assistant Professional Cherry Hills Country Club First National Championship

John Ogden, PGA Head Professional Cherry Hills Country Club Tenth National Championship

Golf Channel Broadcast Golf Channel’s broadcast team for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA will be composed of play-by-play announcer Steve Sands and analyst Charlie Rymer, PGA. The broadcasts will also feature Gary Christian, PGA reporting on multiple holes from a tower, Kay Cockrell and Tipp Insenhour on the course; and Scott Walker conducting interviews. • • • • •

Television Schedule: Golf Channel (All Times EDT) First Round: Sunday, June 17 - 4:30–7:00 p.m. Second Round: Monday, June 18 - 7:00–10:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00–5:00 a.m. Third Round: Tuesday, June 19 - 7:00–10:00 p.m. Replay: 2:00–5:00 a.m. Final Round: Wednesday, June 20 - 6:30-9:30 p.m. Replay: 1:30–4:30 a.m.

June 2018


Tournament News

Andonian Qualifies for First Ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open W

hen 120 of the best professional and amateur female golfers 50 years of age and over tee up for the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, one of Colorado’s finest will be among them. Sherry Andonian, Golf Instructor at Valley Country Club, will be representing the Colorado Section at the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open being played at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., on July 12-15, 2018, and will be vying for a total purse of $1 million.

Although this will be Andonian’s fifth major championship, this is a big one for her. She had essentially stopped attempting to qualify for USGA events as the U.S. Women’s Open had been her only option. However, with the introduction of the USGA U.S. Senior Women’s Open, a new door opened. “I don’t think I slept for four days leading Photo courtesy of the Colorado Golf Association. up to the qualifier at CommonGround Golf “I was not hitting the ball well prior to the qualifier so Course,” states Andonian. “The U.S. Senior I went back to an old swing feeling the day before. I Women’s Open is a big event for me. My dad played in found I was striking the ball very solidly, so I stuck with many USGA Championships and I am excited to follow it,” recalls Andonian. “As far as putting, I have been in his footsteps. I grew up caddying for him in some putting pretty well all season. I had Geoff Keffer, PGA, of his events, pulling his cart when it was bigger than I on my bag and he was a great help in reading the was and now I have the opportunity to play in a USGA greens; plus, he kept me very loose and relaxed during Championship myself.” the round.” In fact, following with family tradition, Andonian’s To qualify for the Women’s Open, Andonian shot a brother will be caddying for her at the event and it is 1-under-par 71. She played her final seven holes in likely that the whole family will be cheering her on as 3-under-par and made four birdies and three bogeys she tees off. on the day. Joining Andonian in qualifying from Earning a spot at the inaugural Senior Women’s Open Colorado were Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Janet is eventful but, according to Andonian, playing in a Moore, part-time Gunnison resident Marilyn Hardy and USGA Championship and playing the Chicago Golf Patricia Beliard. Club are equally as special. “I am very excited about this opportunity,” concludes “Chicago Golf Club looks to be a great venue and with Andonian. “Like with any golf event, you never know it being one of the oldest and top-ranked course in what to expect. I just want to enjoy the experience and North America and one of the founding clubs of the try to play good golf.” USGA, that makes it even more special,” continues Andonian. Andonian previously competed in the as an amateur in two USGA Championships. In 1983 and 1986 she was the medalist in qualifying for the USGA Women’s Public Links Championship and also competed in the ’83 and ’86 Women’s Amateur. When asked about how her season has been going so far, Andonian revealed that it has been mediocre.


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June 2018


Tournament News

Rohrbaugh Partners With Lynch to Claim Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship D

oug Rohrbaugh has gotten off to a hot start in 2017 and his strong play continued at the 2017 Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship. Rohrbaugh, who leads both the Dow Finsterwald OMEGA Player of the Year and the OMEGA Senior Player of the Year races, partnered with John Lynch, the Head Professional at River Valley Ranch Golf Club to post 91 points in the Modified Stableford event.

During the first round of Four Ball Stroke Play, the duo made eight birdies and gave no shots back to the field. In the alternate shot second round, the duo made four birdies, two bogeys and a doublebogey to claim top honors. Finishing in second place, just one point behind, was the team of George Kahrhoff and Cody Kent, the Director of Golf and an Associate Professional Cody Kent rolls in one of nine biridies during the first round of the Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship. from the Club at Ravenna. Their day was highlighted by twelve birdies in the first round, nine of those from Kent on their way to 58 points. The followed their first round up with 32 points in the alternate shot format to finish with 90 points for the event. Four teams posted 88 points and finished in second place; Ken Krieger partnered with Jeff Hanson, Mike Zaremba partnered with Micah Rudosky, Pat Grady partnered with Jordan Gibbs and Dave Arbuckle partnered with Mike Northern. 1 - John Lynch River Valley Ranch Doug Rohrbaugh Ironbridge - 52-39--91 91 points 2 - George Kahrhoff The GC at Ravenna Cody Kent The GC at Ravenna - 58-32--90 points T3 - Ken Krieger Cheyenne Country Club Jeff Hanson Red Sky GC - 52-36--88 points T3 - Michael Zaremba Desert Hawk Micah Rudosky Conquistador - 50-38--88 points T3 - Patrick Grady University of Colorado Jordan Gibbs Denver - 49-39--88 points T3 - David Arbuckle Springs Ranch GC Mike Northern Life Member - 42-46--88 points 7 - Graham Cliff Colorado GC Erik Billinger University of Denver - 50-34--84 points 8 - Craig Stephens Indian Peaks Andrew Hebert Indian Peaks - 40-43--83 points 9 - Jason Witczak The Club at Pradera Mark Avery The Pinery Country Club - 48-33--81 points T10 - Geoff Keffer Greater Golfer D.C. Sherry Andonian Valley - 44-36--80 points T10 - Joseph Carlton Legacy Ridge GC Bobby Quaratino West Woods GC - 46-34--80 points 12 - Eric Bradley Black Bear Luke Brosterhous Catamount Ranch - 45-34--79 points T13 - Caine Fitzgerald Meadow Hills Ken Sanchez Valley - 44-34--78 points T13 - John Ogden Cherry Hills Derek Rush Cherry Hills - 47-31--78 points T15 - Ryan Bakken Thorncreek GC Michael Weingartner Thorncreek GC - 46-31--77 points T15 - Christopher Hyten Castle Pines Zachary Anderson Castle Pines - 46-31--77 points T15 - Kyle Voska The Links Golf Course Ari Papadopoulos Red Sky Golf Club- Norman - 49-28--77 points T15 - Rich Lash MetaGolf Learning Center Peter Norwood MetaGolf Learning Center - 41-36--77 points Click here to check out the full results


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Tournament News

Riegger Claims CoBank Colorado Senior Open Title Hanson Finishes as Low Section Professional


ohn Riegger, a former Champions Tour winner, claimed the top spot and the $8,500 first place prize at the 2018 CoBank Colorado Senior Open on Friday, June 1, 2018. Riegger, who resides in Henderson, NV, posted a final round threeunder-par 69 to claim a one shot victory over Brian Cooper and Skip Kendall. Riegger finished the week with a winning score of nine-under-par 207. Kendall, who posted three wins on the Nationwide Tour and competed on the PGA Tour for a number of year, started the day in the lead but was undone by a one-over-par 73. Cooper, from Pittsburgh, PA, challenged Riegger by posting a final round, four-under-par 68 to get within a shot. A number of Colorado PGA Professionals put on a strong showing. Jeff Hanson, PGA Director of Golf at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, CO, posted rounds of 68-71-71 to finish at six-under-par 210. Hanson claimed the best finish among Colorado PGA Professionals. Finishing just a shot behind Hanson was a quartet of Colorado PGA Members. Doug Rohrbaugh (70-70-71), Mike Northern (72-69-70), Rick Cole (68-72-71) and Mike Zaremba (70-66-75) all finished at five-under-par 211. In all, twelve Colorado PGA Professionals made the cut in the 54-hole tournament. CoBank Colorado Senior Open May 30 - Jun 1, 2018 Overall Media Results 1

John Riegger

Henderson, NV

71-67-69--207 -9 $8,500.00

T2 Brian Cooper

Pittsburgh, PA

T2 Skip Kendall

Windermere, FL

T4 Guy Boros

Fort Lauderdale, FL

T4 James Blair

St. George, UT

T6 Jon Lindstrom (a) T6 Bill Breen

66-69-73--208 -8 $4,250.00 71-69-69--209 -7 $2,150.00 71-67-71--209 -7 $2,150.00

Broomfield, CO

Nashville, TN

T6 Jeff Hanson

Edwards, CO

T6 Jeff Gallagher

Henderson, NV

T10 Doug Rohrbaugh T10 Mike Northern

70-70-68--208 -8 $4,250.00

71-69-70--210 -6 67-73-70--210 -6 $1,600.00 68-71-71--210 -6 $1,600.00 66-71-73--210 -6 $1,600.00

Carbondale, CO

70-70-71--211 -5 $1,200.00

Colorado Springs, CO

72-69-70--211 -5 $1,200.00

T10 Rick Cole

Eaton, CO

T10 Jim Carter

Scottsdale, AZ

T10 Mike Zaremba

June 2018

68-72-71--211 -5 $1,200.00

Pueblo West, CO

71-68-72--211 -5 $1,200.00 70-66-75--211 -5 $1,200.00


PGA of America News

Cole and Lanting Tie at Fort. Collins C.C. Pro-Am I

t was a strong field at the Ft. Collins Country Club Pro-Am on Monday, May 14, with seven players contending for the top three spots. Leading the way in the PGA Professional Contest at 2-under-par 69 were Rick Cole, PGA Head Professional at Eaton Country Club, and Ben Lanting, Assistant Professional at Bear Creek Golf Club, who tied for first place. In a five-way tie for the third place and carding a 1-underpar 70’s were Blake Sharamitaro, PGA Assistant Professional at Riverdale Golf Club; Zane Zwemke, PGA Head Professional at Saddle Rock Golf Course; Ben Honaman, PGA Head Professional at Lakewood Country Club; Andrew Hedrick, PGA Head Professional at Country Club at Castle Pines; and Mike Northern, PGA Life Member. The team contest was won with an 18-under-par by Tray Shehee, PGA Director of Instruction at Ute Creek Golf Course, with his team of Rick Smith, Mike Shorey and Leigh Shorey. The team contest utilized a 3-2-1 Net Team Contest; 1 score on Par 3’s, 2 scores on Par 4’s and 3 scores on Par 5’s. Thank you to host PGA Head Professional Tristan Fay, his staff and the membership of Fort Collins Country Club for hosting the event. Click here to check out the full results

Hackenberg, Milstead and Rohrbaugh Tie at Lakewood C.C. Pro-Am


he Lakewood Country Club Pro-Am on Monday, June 4, finished with three PGA Professional splitting the first-place purse. Bryan Hackenberg, Assistant at Todd Creek Golf Club; Barry Milstead, Head Professional with Valley Country Club; and Doug Rohrbaugh, Teaching Professional at Ironbridge Golf Club, all finished the round two-under par 69. On the heels of the trio and finishing fourth place with a round of one-under-par 70 was Rudy Casteneda, PGA Head Professional at Indian Tree Golf Club. Rounding out the top five with a tie at even par rounds of 71 were Chris Johnson, PGA Life Member; Scott Hart, PGA Life Member; and Scott Sommers, PGA Head Professional at Saddleback Golf Club. In the team event, Joseph Carlton, PGA Head Professional at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, led his team of Jay Anderson, Troy Segal and Andrew Caldwell to a victory at 18-under-par, two shots ahead of the secondplace teams. The team contest utilized a One (1) Low Gross and One (1) Low Net format. Thank you to host PGA Head Professional Ben Honaman, his staff and the membership of Lakewood Country Club for hosting the event. Click here to check out the full results

Rohrbaugh Wins Pro-Lady Event D

oug Rohrbaugh, PGA Teaching Professional at Ironbridge Golf Club, won the Professional Contest of the Pro-Lady on Monday, June 11 at Red Rocks Country Club with a score of 1-under-par 70. Hot on his heals were Zane Zwemke, PGA Head Professional at Saddle Rock Golf Course, and Bobby Quaratino, PGA Head Professional at West Woods Golf Club, who both carded rounds of even par 71’s, one stroke behind Rohrbaugh. In the team event, Geoff Keffer, PGA, Assistant Professional at Greater Golfer Development Center, led his team of ladies - Rochelle Keffer, Wendy Veto and Sue Hopkins - to a victory at 19-under-par, one shot ahead of the second-place teams. The team contest utilized a Two (2) Low Net Shamble format. Thank you to host PGA Head Professional Chris Schafer, his staff and the membership of Red Rocks Country Club for hosting the event. Click here to see the results.


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Tournament News

Dow Finsterwald Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 3603.4 2 | Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills Golf Course | 2497.37 3 | Eric Bradley | Black Bear Golf Club | 2442.04 4 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 2128.67 5 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 2091.2 6 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer Development Center | 2075.17 7 | Blake Sharamitaro | Riverdale Golf Courses | 1762.67 8 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 1528.7 9 | Kyle Voska | The Links Golf Course | 1351.5 10 | Jason Witczak | The Club at Pradera | 1239.83 11 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 1155.66 12 | Peter Norwood | MetaGolf Learning Center | 1141.21 13 | Zane Zwemke | Saddle Rock Golf Course | 1069 14 | Visanu Tongwarin | Legacy Ridge Golf Course | 1023 15 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 998.3 16 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 953.7 17 | Sherry Andonian | Valley Country Club | 941.97 18 | Jeff Carter | Riverdale Golf Courses | 894.59 19 | Barry Milstead | Valley Country Club | 871.5 20 | Tray Shehee | Ute Creek Golf Course | 865.13 21 | Graham Cliff | Colorado Golf Club | 851.53 22 | Michael Weingartner | Thorncreek Golf Club | 842 23 | Kevin Bolles | Boulder Country Club | 818 24 | Ben Honaman | Lakewood Country Club | 727.67 25 | Doug Wherry | Jake’s Academy | 718.07 26 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 704.41 27 | Joseph Carlton | Legacy Ridge Golf Course | 698.2

Senior Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 5885.9 2 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 3371.7 3 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 3323.17 4 | Jeff Hanson | Red Sky Golf Club | 2198 5 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 2155.66 6 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 1801.7 7 | Doug Wherry | Jake’s Academy | 1423.07 8 | Barry Milstead | Valley Country Club | 1396.21 9 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 1378.7 10 | Michael Zaremba | Desert Hawk at Pueblo West | 1266.5

Colorado PGA Associate Player of the Year 1 | Bryan Hackenberg | Todd Creek Golf Club | 1576.87 2 | Ben Lanting | Bear Creek Golf Club | 1469.33 3 | Audie Dean | Littleton Golf & Tennis Club | 1244.21 4 | Rich Lash | MetaGolf Learning Center | 1030.67 5 | Tim Richardson | Todd Creek Golf Club | 866.37 6 | Andrew Hebert | Indian Peaks Golf Course | 800.13 7 | Jeramy Curry | The Links Golf Course | 594.83 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

June 2018



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Membership News

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! Dane M. Allen, PGA | A-8 | Castle Pines Golf Club | previously in the Southwest Section Stephen J. Arendt, PGA | A-1 | TPC - Colorado | previously in the Aloha Section Michael J Civitate | B-8 | Ridge at Castle Pines North | previously in the Southwest Section Kelly Cobb, PGA | A-8 | Broadmoor Golf Club | previously in the Carolinas Section Timothy S. DeBarge, PGA | A-8 | Catamount Ranch & Club | previously in the Carolinas Section Anthony F. Del Dotto, PGA | A-8 | Country Club at Castle Pines | previously in the Southern Cal. Section Michael D. First, PGA | A-8 | Telluride Ski & Golf Resort | previously in the Georgia Section Orrin M. Googins, PGA | A-6 | GOLFTEC - Lakewood | previously in the Rocky Mountain Section Steven J. Grove, PGA | A-8 | Maroon Creek Club | previously in the Southwest Section Justin D. Hensley, PGA | A-8 | Castle Pines Golf Club | previously in the Southwest Section Russell R. Herndon, PGA | A-6 | Country Club of Woodmoor | previously in the Southwest Section Daniel J. Lee, PGA | A-1 | Cornerstone Club | previously in the Met Section Kevin J. Quinn, PGA | A-8 | The Ranch Country Club | previously in the Northern California Section Penn G. Saad, PGA | A-8 | Roaring Fork Club | previously in the Southern California Section

New Members

The Colorado PGA congratulates the following individuals who were recently elected, re-elected or reinstated into full PGA of America membership. James M. Boyd, PGA | A-8 | Club At Cordillera Valley Course Steven J. Grove, PGA | A-8 | Maroon Creek Club Kristopher C. Kodys, PGA | A-8 | Boulder Country Club Eli L. MacKay, PGA | A-8 | Country Club at Castle Pines Alexander J. Reynolds, PGA | A-8 | Maroon Creek Club Austin J. Thomas, PGA | A-8 | The Fox Hill Club Dennis S. Weber, PGA | A-8 | The River Course At Keystone Matthew K. Williams, PGA | A-8 | Colorado Golf Club Thomas E. Young, PGA | A-1 | Black Canyon Golf Club At Montrose

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 Apprentices

The Colorado PGA welcomes our newly registered associates. Associates in the PGA of America are responsible for upholding the mission of the PGA, to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. Below are the names of men and women who have recently registered as associates in the PGA of America. Breighton S. Bardezbanian | B-8 | Flatirons Golf Course William E. Bellerdine | B-8 | Pueblo Country Club Cody L. Kent | B-8 | The Golf Club at Ravenna Moon S. Kim | B-8 | Meridian Golf Club Jonathan D. Muff | B-8 | Buffalo Run Golf Course Joshua R. Nelson | B-6 | GOLFTEC - Cherry Creek

June 2018


Membership News

Making Moves in the Colorado PGA

Clayton M. Aurzada, PGA | A-1 | Highland Meadows Golf Course David A. Rawlings, PGA | A-8 | Vail Golf Club Dennis S. Weber, PGA | A-8 | The River Course At Keystone Matthew R. Malone, PGA | A-8 | Roaring Fork Club Michael D. First, PGA | A-8 | Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Michael E. Weingartner, PGA | A-8 | Thorncreek Golf Course Orrin M. Googins, PGA | A-6 | GOLFTEC - Lakewood Stewart G. Koch, PGA | A-8 | Boulder Country Club

Happy Birthday! June 1 Robert E. Stong, PGA Matthew K. Williams, PGA

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Junior Golf News Tournament News

Just Like Last Year Davis Bryant, Hailey Schalk repeat as champions at Colorado Junior PGA; Cal McCoy, Caroline Jordaan also qualify for national Junior PGA Championship by Gary Baines - 6/13/2018 he 2018 major championship season for the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado started off a lot like how the 2017 year ended. And, for that matter, how the 2017 season began.


For the second straight year at the Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Club, the titles in the Colorado Junior PGA Championship went to Davis Bryant of Aurora in the boys ranks and to Hailey Schalk of Erie in the girls division. Bryant became the first boys player to win consecutive Colorado Junior PGAs since Steven Kupcho in 2010 and ‘11. And Schalk became the first girl to repeat since Steven’s sister, Jennifer Kupcho, did the honors in 2012 and ‘13. Jennifer Kupcho, of course, recently won the women’s NCAA individual title.


Overall, Bryant is the fourth boy to win the Colorado Junior PGA twice in a row, while Schalk is the seventh girl. “To do this two years in a row is awesome and amazing. It’s a great feeling,” said Bryant, who was likely competing in his final JGAC major as he has conflicts with the remaining tournaments in 2018. “To play as consistently as I have and to win by four shots ... I was real motivated after last week when I got second place to Dillon (Stewart) at the AJGA. That motivated me to come here and take care of business, which I was able to do.” Sai Schalk: “It’s really cool to win two years in a row because that doesn’t happen very often. For me to do what Jennifer Kupcho did is really special.”

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Junior Golf News Even more notably, both Bryant and Schalk have won the last four JGAC majors in which they’ve competed. “That’s pretty cool,” said Bryant. “It’s like a grand slam in a way. To win four (straight) that I’ve played in ... it hasn’t really sunk in yet. But I’m really happy I was able to get it done.” Schalk likewise relishes that feat. “I’m definitely proud of that accomplishment,” said the junior-to-be at Holy Family High School. “It’s cool to be able to win my last four because that just doesn’t really happen (often).” Adding even more to the significance of Bryant and Schalk’s victories on Wednesday, their dads -- Matt Bryant (Green Valley Ranch Golf Club) and Matt Schalk (Colorado National Golf Club) -- are Colorado PGA general managers, making their kids repeating in the Colorado Junior PGA all the more appropriate. On Wednesday, after taking an eight-stroke lead into the final round, Davis Bryant prevailed by four shots. And after leading by three after two rounds, Schalk emerged with a six-stroke victory. In both cases, it continued an early-season trend of relative routs in the top junior championships in Colorado. Last week in the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior, the boys margin of victory was six and the girls seven. And at last month’s girls state high school tournaments, the margins were seven (5A), six (3A) and, in the lone exception, one (4A). On a windy final day at Eisenhower GC, Bryant shot a 1-over-par 73 to post a 6-under 210 total. The 18-yearold, who will play his college golf at Colorado State University beginning in the fall, made two birdies and three bogeys on Wednesday. “Today was the hardest round I’ve played in a while,” Bryant said. “Knowing you have an eight-shot lead, and the last thing you want to do is blow the lead. It crept in my head a little last night. “But I love this golf course. I play real well here. I understand the greens and know where to miss it and where not to miss it. I did a really good job of that over the three days.” Cal McCoy of Highlands Ranch, a University of Denverbound golfer, crept within three strokes of Bryant with three holes left on Wednesday and checked in at 214 overall after closing with a 69. “I wanted to catch Davis, but I knew it was going to be very hard to do, especially with how well he can play,” McCoy said. “I just wanted to put some pressure on him and make him think a little more over some short putts and some drives. If I caught up to him, great. If I didn’t,

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I knew second is, I guess, good enough. Even though you want to win, it’s tough when you’re eight back with one round left.” Jack Castiglia of Lakewood, who recently advanced to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, placed third at 221 after a final-round 73. In the girls division, the 16-year-old Schalk shot her second consecutive 77 to finish at 228. The two-time 3A state high school champion made 13 pars and five bogeys on Wednesday. Caroline Jordaan of Lakewood, the 2015 Colorado Junior PGA Champion, was runner-up at 234 as she sank a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to edge out 2017 4A state high school champ Lauren Lehigh of Loveland. Jordaan posted a final-round 80 for a 234 total, while Lehigh placed third at 235 after a 79. “I definitely tried to come in first, but I struggled on the front nine a little bit,” said Jordaan, who will play golf at DU starting in 2019. “I tried to keep it together on the back to get in the top two.” In addition to the Colorado Junior PGA Championship titles being on the line on Wednesday, the top two boys finishers and the top two girls landed spots in the national Junior PGA Championship that will be held in Kentucky. The national girls tournament is set for July 9-12 at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington and the boys for July 31-Aug. 3 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. Valhalla has hosted three PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup. Bryant and McCoy gained the boys berths and Schalk and Jordaan the girls. Bryant finished 14th in the 2017 national Junior PGA, while McCoy and Schalk missed the cut in their respecive tournaments. Jordaan missed the cut on her first trip to the national Junior PGA, in 2015. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m happy I ended up getting a spot because I didn’t play my best golf. I’m happy it worked out in the end.” Said McCoy: “It feels pretty good” to go to a national championship. “Whenever you’re playing for a bigger tournament, there’s always added pressure. This year I want to do a little better, but the first stage was to get into it, and I’m feeling pretty good.” Another Coloradan who has landed a spot in the national Junior PGA is Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village, who’s competing this week in the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship in Park City, Utah.


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