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

Former PGA Tour Player Rinker to Host Teaching Workshop

Women’s Leadership Summit Finalized for US Senior Open

“The Best Week of the Year” Check inside for more details!

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Colorado PGA Officers

West Chapter Officers

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

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

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

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

Ty Thompson, PGA President | 2017-2018 Crosshairs Consulting

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

Board of Directors

Andy Benson, PGA | 2017-2019 Highlands Ranch Golf Club Kyle Heyen, PGA | District 9 Dir. Hiwan Golf Club Charles ‘Vic’ Kline, PGA | Past District 9 Director Indian Tree Golf Club Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA | 2016-2018 Country Club of Colorado

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

Board of Directors

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

Jim Miller, PGA | 2018-2020 Sonnenalp Golf Club

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

Josh Miller, PGA | 2016-2018 GOLFTEC

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

Dennis Murray, PGA | 2018-2020 Valley Country Club Mike O’Donnell, PGA | 2018-2020 Fort Carson Bobby Quaratino, PGA | 2017-2019 West Woods Golf Course

Colorado PGA REACH Trustees Spencer Zinn Chairman

Anne Broholm CEO | AHEAD Tom Bauerle Owner - Colorado Golf and Turf Brad Dombaugh CEO - PSA Worldwide Corp. Walter Glover EVP/COO - United States Olympic Endowment Theo Gregory Senior Vice President - El Pomar Foundation Bob Lally Chief of Staff - YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region George Lee Managing Director – Investments Wells Fargo Scott McGraw VP of Employee Benefits Cherry Creek Insurance Group Honorable Sue Payton President - SCI Aerospace Inc. Lisa Potvin Captain - United States Navy LTG Ed Soriano, US Army (Ret) Director, Bus. Dev. Global Land Forces - Northrop Grumman Corporation Bill Vogeney Chief Revenue Officer Ent Credit Union

Chris Swinhart, PGA | 2017-2019 Thorncreek Golf Course


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

Dave Troyer, PGA | 2016-2018 CommonGround Golf Course

Independent Directors Theo Gregory Spencer Zinn

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

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What’s Inside

President’s Report

5 ”Learn from the Past, Plan for the Future, and be Present in the Present”

Executive Director’s Report


It’s Time for the Colorado PGA to Shine - Again!

District Director Report/PGA of America News


May PGA of America Update

Colorado PGA News


Scott to Step Down from UCCS Golf Management Program

12 Colorado PGA Taking Elevated Role at US Senior Open 14 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit 16 West Chapter Elects Apple and Thayer to Board Positions 17 Craig Parzybok, PGA, Enters Quarter Century Club 18 Hebinck and Buffalo Run March Forward to Salute Our Military

Career News

20 Is Your Career on Track? How Do You Know?

PGA of America News

22 WE ARE GOLF Reports 22% Increase in U.S. Golf Economic Impact Ahead of National Golf Day

Membership News

26 Member Update

Tournament News

30 Event Recaps 33 OMEGA Player of the Year List

May 2018


2018 Women’s Leadership Summit at the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Brought to you by Colorado PGA REACH Wednesday June 27, 2018 Cheyenne Mountain Country Club 9 Lake Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado

“Inspiring Greatness” ~ Elevating Exceptional Women The Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit serves as a catalyst to empower women on and off the golf course. The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is committed to the development, advancement and empowerment of women. Colorado PGA REACH is leveraging a World-Class Major Golf Championship – The 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor – and partnering with top women leaders to pay it forward to next-generation women leaders. The Summit is an investment in current and future women leaders by providing content, tools, mentoring and networking opportunities to support their career advancement. Attire: Smart Business Casual and Comfortable Shoes Schedule of Events 8:00am – 11:00am

Optional Opportunities U.S. Senior Open Practice Round Viewing & Networking Parking at Cheyenne Mountain Country Club Coffee & Danish provided at the Country Club Putter Fitting

11:30am – 12:30pm

Lunch at Cheyenne Mountain Country Club



Keynote: Fireside Chat with Tamara Lundgren, CEO - Schnitzer Steel Industries Keynote: Fireside Chat with Mary Thompson, Managing Director - G100 Companies Leadership Panel – The Mission Isn’t Complete Until the Ball is in the Hole Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot, President of Kilovolt Consulting Inc. Kathy Boe, Founder & CEO - Boecore Inc. Sandy Cross, Senior Director Diversity & Inclusion - PGA of America Colorado PGA Reach “Inspire Greatness” Scholarship Award Presentation 4:45pm – 5:45pm


Social Networking Hour

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President’s Message

“Learn from the Past, Plan for the Future, and be Present in the Present”

By Ty Thompson, PGA

It was great to be with the West Chapter a few weeks ago for their Spring Membership Meeting. Ed Marzec has done an outstanding job leading the Chapter and we look forward to his continued service as he begins his term on the Section Board of Directors. In fact, it is good to see the strong representation from the West Chapter as they will have four professionals representing them on our Board. Some of you may have heard the announcement that Adam Scott, PGM, Director at UCCS, will be moving to be the next Head Golf Professional at the Mississippi State University Golf Course. I am proud of the impact Adam has made at the UCCS program and know that the future is bright. The decision to move was prompted from personal matters and we wish he and his wife our best. As we launch into the season, I hope you are refreshed and nearing full capacity for the season. There are long days ahead so take a moment to appreciate the little things around you. I would encourage you to take a couple minutes (include your staff if applicable) and write down 7-10 things you are grateful for at your current facility. Many times the key to greater satisfaction in your job is gaining perspective. Gratitude can do that for you and for those you lead. “Learn from the past, plan for the future, and be present in the present” Enjoy the season!

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

Sign Up for IVY Pro Am on May 23 The IVY Pro Am is an annual event that pairs one PGA Professional with three members of the armed forces, either active duty or veterans. It is put on by the Colorado PGA and hosted by Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course at Ft. Carson. The Pro Am will be played on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and will begin with lunch and warm-up at 12:00pm followed by the 4-person scramble tournament at 1:30pm. In addition to playing, PGA Professionals are asked to bring along tee gifts from your golf shop for each member of your team, such as sleeves of balls, hats, shirts, etc. Following golf, there will be a hosted dinner and award ceremony. A minimum of 30 PGA Professionals are needed to best host this event. Entry for Colorado PGA Professionals is complimentary. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

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Executive Director’s Message

It’s Time for the Colorado PGA to Shine--Again! Volunteers Needed!!! By Eddie Ainsworth, PGA


very now and then I have to pause and take a moment to absorb everything our Colorado PGA Professionals do to serve our local communities and grow the game of golf. It almost seems like yesterday when, under the leadership of our Board of Directors, the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program was created and, as a Section, we hit the ground running in the Junior Golf space. Now when you think of all this Section does in the arena of Junior Golf – Golf in Schools, PGA Jr. League, Drive, Chip and Putt, and all things JGAC (Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado) – it is quite amazing.

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

To think back to when I first received an email from a young Army Captain in Iraq asking if we might possibly be able to help support a welcome Home Golf Outing for the 204th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Carson, we hit the ground running in Supporting Our Military. Now we have multiple PGA HOPE Programs across the Section, annually award a Mortgage Free Home to a Combat Wounded Veteran and host the IVY Pro-Am every May. When the call went out to the Golf Industry that we needed to become a more Diverse and Inclusive sport, the Colorado Section once again hit the ground running in our efforts to make a positive impact in this


area as well. For several years now, we have been partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) Program, where we introduce the game of golf to these college students and speak with them about how the game is good for business and life. Additionally, our Growth of the Game Grants target programs that introduce people to the game of golf who may not otherwise have a chance to learn and enjoy the sport. At the center of each and every one of these programs are our Colorado PGA Professionals that are making them happen!!! It’s our PGA Members who are going into schools, Captaining PGA Jr. League Teams, Playing Golf with our Veterans and conducting golf clinics for minority college students. It’s our Colorado PGA Professionals who are the best-of-the-best in what a PGA Professional does each and every day. Just today, I received a call from a High School Girl’s Golf parent commending PGA Professional Tom Buzbee at Gypsum Creek. Tom recently hosted a Girl’s High School Match and this parent was so impressed with the impact Tom and his

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Executive Director’s Message staff are making. He excitedly shared with me that Tom All of these happenings at this year’s Senior Open does not cut any girl that comes out for the team as bring a greater spotlight to the impact Colorado PGA he does not want any of them to give up on golf. He Professionals have in their communities. It helps us also went on to explain that in almost 50-mile-an-hour recruit support for these and other programs that are winds, Tom not only delivered sandwiches to his entire conducted through the Colorado Section and Colorado team, but to the other teams and parents as well. PGA REACH. If you are able to join us, please click Rumor has it, the sandwich was one of the best PBJ’s here to register or contact Holly Champion directly he has ever had and it at hchampion@pgahq. looked homemade. com. We promise to take I am asking each and every one of our great care of you while 727 Colorado PGA Members and our 111 you are there and don’t Tom, thank you so very much for making forget that Thursday thru Colorado PGA Associates to strongly a difference in your our Colorado PGA consider volunteering at the U.S. Senior Sunday community and for Members and a guest growing the game of Open. On Tuesday, June 26, alone, we have access to Corporate golf!!! It’s stories like these Hospitality at The Bunker. need 100 Volunteers! that separate golf from any other sport. That is In closing, I know I have why every time I get the opportunity, I brag about what already asked for quite a lot, but we need thirty (30) our Colorado PGA Professionals are doing to make a Colorado PGA Professionals to join me at the Annual positive difference in the lives of others through the Fort Carson IVY Pro-Am on Wednesday, May 23. It game of golf. will be your opportunity to play with our Soldiers and Veterans. For several of our PGA Members who play in In June, during the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor, this event annually, they say it’s their best day on the we have a unique opportunity to showcase the golf course all year. Please come join us if you’re able. Colorado Section PGA like never before. We are deploying every asset we have to exhibit the impact My thanks in advance for your consideration in that our Colorado PGA Professionals are making day-in volunteering at these events! This is truly our time to and day-out at their facilities and we need your help shine!!! to make this all happen. Therefore, I am asking each One last thing, if you get the opportunity, please take and every one of our 727 Colorado PGA Members and the time to thank PGA Professional Adam Scott on our 111 Colorado PGA Associates to strongly consider volunteering at the U.S. Senior Open. On Tuesday, June his great work at the UCCS PGM Program before he departs. He has done an outstanding job in a short 26, alone, we need 100 Volunteers! period of time and we will miss him. But rest assured, That is not a misprint, we need 100 Volunteers on the UCCS PGM Program is on the right track and Tuesday to help us deliver the Youth Golf Experience growing stronger. on Hole #1 of the West Course, as well as put on the It is absolutely my privilege to be your Executive first ever Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifier at one Director. Thank You for all you do and thank you for the of Golf’s Major Championships on Hole #18. Can you opportunity to serve. imagine what it will be like for 250 kids to putt and chip on the 18th Green with some of Golf’s Best of the Best Teeing off adjacent to them on the 1st Tee of the East Course! What an experience for our Colorado Junior Golfers!!! Needless to say, we need volunteers all week as our Youth Experience takes place Monday through Sunday, and we will also be showcasing each of the three pillars of our Foundation, Colorado PGA REACH. On Monday Night, we will be on stage with Vince Gill and Amy Grant during the Military Appreciation Dinner Concert presenting a Mortgage Free Home to a Combat Wounded Veteran. And on Wednesday, we will be hosting the Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit where our list of speakers is second to none.

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


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PGA of America Update I

hope everyone is enjoying a great spring season. It seems as if winter keeps making return engagements – at least that’s been the case in Idaho! The tournament season is starting up in many PGA Sections across the country, and the PGA of America is no different. May starts “Major” tournament season for the PGA. Look forward to the following events as we embark on a historic season for the PGA of America: 79th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship | May 22-27 51st PGA Professional Championship | June 17-20 64th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship | June 26-July 1 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship | July 9-12 43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship | July 31-Aug 3 100th PGA Championship | August 6-12 42nd Ryder Cup | September 28-30 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship | Oct. 25-28 It will be a historic season as we stage the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive, as well as the first Ryder Cup to be played in France. It should be a great Championship Season!

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


Golf Industry leaders participated in a record-high 230 meetings with members of Congress representing 40 states to discuss the game’s economic, social and environmental contributions to society during the 11th Annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill on April 25. Produced by WE ARE GOLF – the coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – National Golf Day brought together heads of golf organizations and companies from throughout the United States, including many PGA members. Coinciding with National Golf Day was the release of the new U.S. Golf Economy Report showing $84.1 billion in activity that was directly driven by golf in 2016. This represents a 22 percent rise from the report issued in 2011. The golf industry supported $191.9

billion in total annual activity, including 1.89 million jobs and $58.7 billion in wages and benefits. Demonstrating golfers’ and businesses’ commitments to charity, $39.4 billion was raised in 2016 through tournaments and other golf activities. Very encouraging numbers! I would like to inform you of a change the PGA Board of Directors has made to the PGA Constitution and Bylaws. While retaining the historically consistent requirement that individuals seeking PGA Membership be a U.S. Citizen, Resident Alien or Temporary Resident Alien at the time they gain PGA Membership, the PGA Board removed the clause that mandated the termination of PGA Membership for those who do not retain or lost their status as a U.S. Citizen, Resident Alien or Temporary Resident Alien after they gain PGA Membership. The decision resulted in the removal of the following clause in the PGA Constitution and Bylaws: APPENDIX A MEMBERSHIP MATTERS, ARTICLE V, Section 10. Citizenship The membership of Members who are no longer U.S. citizens, resident aliens or temporary resident aliens shall be terminated. In summary, individuals who gain PGA Membership as U.S. Citizens, Resident Aliens or Temporary Resident Aliens and subsequently lose that status will now be able to retain PGA Membership. In order to gain PGA Membership, individuals will continue to be required to be a U.S. Citizen, Resident Alien or Temporary Resident Alien. The PGA Global and Membership Committees unanimously recommended to the Board the removal of this termination clause as it will allow the PGA to maintain the value of an association with Members who pursue efforts internationally, while retaining the current standards of election to membership. In closing, I want to encourage any of you who have questions or concerns to please contact me. I am here to represent the PGA Member, so please don’t hesitate if I can be of service to you. Have a great Spring, Respectfully, Ron Rawls, PGA National PGA Director - District 9 Head Professional Crane Creek Country Club ron@cranecreekcc.com

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Colorado PGA News

Scott to Step Down from UCCS Golf Management Program

Adam Scott, PGA, Program Director for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Golf Management program, has announced his resignation from the position. Scott will take on the new role of Head Professional at the Mississippi State University Golf Course. Scott, received a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and professional golf management in 2007, and a master of business administration degree in 2010, both from Mississippi State University (MSU). Prior to taking his position at UCCS, Scott served as the Assistant Director of the MSU PGA Golf Management program. Prior to joining the MSU PGA Golf Management staff, Adam worked at the Mississippi State University Golf Course in Starkville, Miss.; and Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, Calif. Scott submitted the following letter to the Colorado PGA upon his resignation.

May 2018


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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

PGA Jr. League Player Scholarships Available Player registration for the 2018 PGA Jr. League season is underway. Through a scholarship program offered by the PGA REACH Foundation and DICK’S Sporting Goods Sports Matter Scholarship Grant, participation in the program is open and attainable for all. Scholarships are available to any youth participant in PGA Jr. League captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional who qualifies for financial need or has a parent/guardian in the military. Funding is available and the process is uncomplicated. More information is available by clicking here. The application is available here.

Rinker and Hanson to Co-Host West Chapter Teaching Workshop T

he West Chapter will be holding a Teaching Workshop at Red Sky Golf Club on June 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Hosting the event will be longtime PGA Tour Player and Red Sky Golf Club Director of Instruction Larry Rinker, along with the Director of Golf Jeff Hanson. The duo will focus on the philosophy of teaching golf and how to be most effective teaching members. If not already paid, registrants to this workshop will be required to pay the West Chapter dues of $75 in addition to the $30 workshop fee. Click here for more information and to register.


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Get Involved with the 2018 US Senior Open Share This Information with Your Members


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


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Youth - Drive, Chip, Putt Local Qualifier

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

Registration (greet and check in participants)

• Drive (conduct the Drive portion of the competition)

Women - Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit With a goal of “Inspiring Greatness” Elevating Exceptional Women, we will host a Women’s Leadership Summit on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The summit will include keynote addresses, networking opportunities and panel discussions with Colorado Women and Global Industry. The day will also include a free clinic, food & beverage and an opportunity to watch part of the practice round. More information is available at coloradopgareach.com/events.

• Chaperone (escort groups of participants through the competition)

Scholarship Opportunity - Supporting this commitment, the Colorado PGA Reach Foundation is investing in a promising young woman and affords top female students in Colorado the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through a $2,500 College Scholarship, attendance at the Women’s Leadership Summit and an introduction to golf. Details on how to apply for the Scholarship are available by clicking here.

• Scoring (assist staff in official scoring and awards presentations)

If you are a female PGA Professional and want to volunteer for the event, please click here.

• Chip (conduct the Chip portion of the competition) • Putt (conduct the Putt portion of the competition)

For more information and to volunteer, please click here.

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2018 Women’s Leadership Summit at the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Brought to you by Colorado PGA REACH Wednesday June 27, 2018 Cheyenne Mountain Country Club 9 Lake Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado

Keynote Speaker: Tamara Lundgren Tamara has been President and Chief Executive Officer with Schnitzer Steel Industries since December 2008. She joined the Company in September 2005 as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer and held roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Schnitzer, Tamara was an investment banker and lawyer with 25 years of experience in the United States and Europe. She was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of JPMorgan Chase, which she joined in 2001, and Deutsche Bank, which she joined in 1996. Earlier, she was a partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Hogan Lovells (then Hogan & Hartson, LLP). Tamara earned a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and a J.D. degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.

Keynote Speaker: Mary Thompson Mary Thompson is a Managing Director at G100 and a former journalist with 26 years’ experience in the broadcast industry. At G100, Mary is co-leader of BoardExcellence, a peer-to-peer educational forum for sitting corporate directors. Prior to joining G100 in March of 2017, Mary spent 16 years with CNBC covering the finance and insurance industries, as well as disasters both natural and manmade including Hurricane Katrina, the Madoff Scandal and the global financial crisis of 2008. During her time at CNBC, she received numerous awards including the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for TV Breaking News and a National Headliners Award. Mary began her broadcast career at Bloomberg Radio and Television and prior to that spent four years in sales at Fidelity Investments. Mary holds a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.

Facilitator: The Honorable Sue C. Payton Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force/Acquisition, Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense/Acting Director Defense Research and Engineering, currently President of SCI Aerospace Inc. The Honorable Sue C. Payton – change agent, acquisition expert, innovative industry leader and public servant- has over 30 years of continued success working in senior industry and government positions with military services, defense agencies, coalition partners, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Intelligence Community, Congress, universities and the media. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, University of Southern California and Nova Southeastern University with Masters Degrees in Systems Acquisition Management and Computer Information Systems.


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Leadership – The Mission Isn’t Complete Until the Ball is Holed Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot is President of Kilovolt Consulting Inc. and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Wells Fargo, Symantec Corporation, ECOLAB Inc., Parsons Corporation and Battelle Memorial Institute. Previously, Zan achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force where she accumulated over three decades of experience in space and cyber operations. Before retiring from active duty, Zan served as the commander of all Air Force cyber forces where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise; leading a workforce of 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, while conducting worldwide cyber operations on behalf of 850,000 customers. Zan was instrumental in the establishment and early operation of U.S. Cyber Command with responsibility for conducting offensive and defensive cyber activities for the Department of Defense. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree as one of the earliest female graduates the U.S. Air Force Academy, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff and Air War Colleges, as well as the Harvard Black Sea and International and National Security Programs.

Kathy Boe Kathy Boe, Founder and CEO of Boecore, Inc., is an entrepreneur with more than 25+ years of engineering and leadership experience supporting the Department of Defense. Her career began as a software programmer for a complex missile system and advanced through a series of technical and managerial roles prior to founding Boecore in 2000. Under Kathy’s leadership the company has grown to a workforce totaling 250 employees supporting a variety of mission critical programs with technical disciplines to include Advanced Software Engineering and Cybersecurity. Boecore is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a regional office in Huntsville, AL and site operations in New Mexico, California, Washington, North Carolina and Virginia. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Pepperdine University. She is married to her husband Scott and they have three beautiful children.

Sandy Cross A member of the PGA of America staff since 1996, Sandy serves as Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion and is responsible for developing, embedding, and advancing PGA’s diversity and inclusion strategies for cultural and business impact within the workforce, workplace, supply chain and the community. Sandy drives the organization’s integrated approach to diversity and inclusion, ensuring it does not run separately from the day-today business operations and decision making across lines of business. She holds a Masters of Sports Administration from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from University of Buffalo. She earned her Certified Diversity Professional credential from the Institute of Diversity Certification in 2016.

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West Chapter Elects Apple and Thayer to Board Positions A

t its Spring Membership Meeting, the West Chapter Members elected two new Board Members to serve two-year terms. Elected were Tom Apple, PGA, Master Professional at the Country Club of the Rockies, and Kenny Thayer, PGA, Director of Golf with Beaver Creek Golf Club.

When asked what it means to be elected to the West Chapter Board, Apple commented, “As a member of the Chapter for 43 years and having been on the Board more than 30 years ago, I look forward to again serving my West Chapter brethren. “From the early 70’s when the West Chapter consisted of a dozen or so PGA Professionals, it’s gratifying to see nearly 100 Members in atKenny Thayer, PGA Tom Apple, PGA tendance at recent Spring and Fall West Chapter Beavercreek Golf Club Country Club of the Rockies Business Meetings. Our Chapter has grown from a handful of 9-hole and two 18-hole courses in 1973 to include some of the finest golf facilities and golf professionals in Western United States,” continued Apple. Golf has been a mainstay for Apple having begun his career as a junior golfer and caddy in Bucks Country, Penn., at the age of six. His past is dotted with Junior Championships, college golf and PGA Tour play. Since turning Professional while at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Country Club, he has served the members at Eagle Vail Golf Club, Country Club of the Rockies, PGA National Academy of Golf and Ballentrae Golf Club, to name a few. He is the recipient of many local awards. In contrast, Thayer’s efforts were focused on the slopes where he logged 20 years as ski instructor. He got into the golf business for a fun summer job that led him to Kapalua Golf Club on the Island of Maui. After six years, he returned to Colorado where he joined the team at Beaver Creek Golf Club as Head Golf Professional and then Director of Golf. Asked the same question, Thayer indicated, “It is very exciting for me. Being a Board Member has always been something I have wanted to be a part of but have always reasoned that I didn’t have the time. I finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to step-up to the plate and be a part of the success of the West Chapter.” Thayer’s goals for his time on the Board are straightforward. “My ultimate goal for becoming a West Chapter Board Members was to get involved. I am looking forward to working with the current Board Members, learning as much as possible and helping in any way I can.” “During my time on the West Chapter Board,” said Apple, “it would be my goal to encourage the involvement and participation of each of our Chapter Members to do our part in growing and giving back to the game.” Congratulations to these two PGA Professionals and thank you for your service!


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Quarter Century Club Craig Parzybok, PGA Head Professional | Fox Hollow Golf Club


Members who have served the PGA of America with honor and pride for 25 years are elected to the Quarter Century Club. Their steadfast promotion of our great sport is recognized with a letter from the PGA President, a special Quarter Century Club certificate and a gold Quarter Century Club lapel pin. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and lived there for 22 years until my graduation from Wichita State University in 1974. What was your first introduction to the game of golf? My dad introduced me to golf at the age of 12 after six years of playing little league baseball. I took to the game right away and played on both my high school and college golf teams. Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? I was very honored to become a PGA Golf Professional largely because I’ve always enjoyed playing and teaching this wonderful game. Most of my life has been centered around golf. What makes you most proud about being a PGA Professional? I am most proud of being able to represent the game of golf at a professional level and the stature that is afforded to those of us that honor and respect this great game. Golf has provided a wonderful living for my family as well as many social benefits that we have enjoyed over the years. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity? I started my golf career with American Golf Corporation at Applewood Golf Course in 1988 as an instructor here in Golden, Colorado. Soon after, I was transferred to Broomfield, Colorado, as the Head Professional at Eagle Trace Golf Course where I stayed for five years. In 1993, I became the PGA Head Golf Professional at Fox Hollow Golf Course here in Lakewood, Colorado, and now also oversee The Homestead Golf Course here in Lakewood, which opened in 2002. Between the two courses, we offer 45 holes of very high quality golf and beautiful conditions surrounded by a 2,600 acre regional park.

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What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made? My most meaningful contribution has been the thousands of people that I have influenced both directly and indirectly from teaching them, playing with them, or simply providing for them a wonderful place to play golf. Whenever I have contact with people, I look at that as an opportunity to make their day a little better and golf is a way to make that happen. What hobbies do you have outside of golf? My hobbies include being a loving and supportive grandparent along with my wife and spending as much time as possible with our four grandchildren. I can’t think of anything more rewarding. As time allows, my wife Terri and I love to travel and spend quality time together playing golf and tennis. If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? My dream foursome would have been my family playing with Arnold Palmer. I know they would have loved meeting him and knowing Arnold, he would have loved meeting them. That’s more than a foursome but we would have had a great day!!


Colorado PGA REACH News

Hebinck and Buffalo Run March Forward to Salute Our Military T

he Supporting Our Military Pillar Award Winner for 2018 is Paul Hebinck, PGA, Manager of Golf at Buffalo Run Golf Course. What Hebinck started as a community program at Buffalo Run to engage those in Commerce City connected to the military has, in just its second year, transformed into one of seven Colorado PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Chapters. Hebinck’s respect for those who have served our country originates from his father’s service – a career Air Force man. Having grown up in a military family, he is mindful of this group’s service to our country and he endeavors to give back. So, when First Assistant Golf Professional at Buffalo Run, Jordan LeBlanc, approached him with a plan to support Armed Forces members, they set out to create a program specifically catered for them. Helpful to this process was an adaptive golf-training course that both professionals completed through the Colorado Section to more effectively instruct people that may be in need of adaptation.

“I feel honored to have Jordan, who was active-duty Army stationed in Bahrain for many years, on our team here at Buffalo Run,” comments Hebinck. “The initial concept of the program was his brainchild that resulted in the creation of the program.” The goal of the program was to encourage and invite service men and women to come out to Buffalo Run


and either improve their golf skills or, if they were a beginner to the sport, to be introduced to the game of golf. The idea was that this four-week program would be free to all active duty, veteran or retired military personnel.

“We not only wanted to teach them a skill,” continues Hebinck, “but we wanted to give them an opportunity to interact with one another, to meet new friends and to rekindle old acquaintances. Golf is just the vehicle we used to get this group of people together for social interaction while enjoying the game.” Hebinck was grateful for the Growth of the Game Grant he received from the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation to help offset on-course time, range balls and the purchase of challenge coins. He also emphasized that a large part of the success of this program was a direct result of the support he and his team at the municipal golf course received from the Commerce City community – from the citizens in general, to the leadership, to the elected officials. In the first year, participants came from every branch of

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Colorado PGA REACH News the military including the Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. The nearly 50 attendees were both active duty and veterans. When asked about the effect the program had, Hebinck responded, “It is impossible for me to speak specifically about the individual impact a program like this has because it is going to vary by individual. What I can tell you is that the feedback we got was huge thank yous. Thank you for acknowledging that we are a group in the community and that we matter; Thank you for acknowledging that our contributions to our country were significant; and Thank you for getting us together as a group so that we can have fun playing golf together.” “I think I speak for Jordan and myself when I say that as an instructor, it was truly an honor to be there and to be able to give back to those folks that have given so much to our community and to our country,” concluded Hebinck. That was last year; fast forward to this year. In 2018, the program will transition into a Colorado PGA H.O.P.E Chapter where service members will be given the opportunity to attend free golf clinics. The mission of the Salute to Military Service program is to utilize golf as a rehabilitative tool to help veterans overcome adversities and improve their physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. Veterans can learn the game of golf in a fun and interactive eight-week training program led by Buffalo Run’s PGA Professionals. Participants will again receive basic training on the game of golf covering everything from the flat stick to the boom stick. Additionally, this year, weeks four and eight will be used to get on the course to play 9-holes of golf. There will be some friendly competition and then afterward, a graduation that includes an awards ceremony and an opportunity to celebrate the program and the friends that were made

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over the summer. Hebinck’s belief in the mission of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is clear when he expresses, “For me personally, the Foundation provides an opportunity to expand the reach of golf throughout the community. In our case, it is with military personnel. I think the commitment that the Colorado PGA has made to these pillars certainly demonstrates its commitment within the community to honor our military and provide them an opportunity to either be introduced to the game of golf or to play golf with more frequency. “For me, as a PGA Member, and for the rest of the staff at Buffalo Run, it truly is an honor to be able to give back in a very small way and to say Thank You to those folks that are connected to the military and who have served our country. It really was an honor and a heart-warming experience for all of us to be out there enjoying their company and hitting golf shots with these folks. I know that we got way more out of the interaction then they did. It is one of the reasons why we got into the golf business – to be able to give back to the community.”


Employment News

Is Your Career on Track? How Do You Know?

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

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

To register, please click here To Host a Career Planning Workshop, please contact Keith Soriano, PGA at ksoriano@pgahq.com or 720.841.1006


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PGA of America News

WE ARE GOLF Reports 22% Increase in Economic Impact Ahead of National Golf Day Industry Drives $84.1 Billion in Annual Activity, 1.89 Million Jobs

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – unveiled its new U.S. Golf Economy Report at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. prior to tomorrow’s 11th annual National Golf Day. Highlighting the study – conducted by TEConomy Partners – is $84.1 billion in activity directly driven by golf in 2016, a 22% rise from $68.8B in the 2011 report. The industry supported $191.9B in total annual activity, including 1.89 million jobs and $58.7B in wages and benefits. Golf’s annual contributions to America’s economy also include: •

$34.4B in revenue from golf courses, clubs, resorts, driving ranges and other facilities (2.9% compound annual growth rate since 2011)

$25.7B in tourism spending (4.6% CAGR)

$7.2B in new home construction in golf communities (18.5% CAGR)

$6B in sales of golf equipment, apparel and supplies (1.4% CAGR)

$2.4B in professional tournaments, associations and player endorsements

(3.16% CAGR)

$1.9B in investment in existing golf facilities (4.6% CAGR)

Demonstrating golfers’ and businesses’ commitments to charity, $3.94B was raised in 2016 through tournaments and other activities. “The many positive trends show how golf is vital to the prosperity of America’s economic and social well-being,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Increases in so many categories signify the health of golf has far-reaching influence across many sectors of the U.S. economy.” The fourth report since 2000 to measure the game’s effect, research encompassed golf course operations, tourism, real estate, supplies, tournaments, associations, charitable events, capital investment and other commercial segments. The report was announced in conjunction with National Golf Day, the industry’s pinnacle event of the year that brings leaders to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s social, economic and environmental benefits to society. To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NationalGolfDay and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to support the industry and answer “why is golf more than a game to you?” More information about National Golf Day, click here.


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PGA of America News

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa to Host Premier PGA Member Championships The resort will host the 2019 PGA Cup, Inaugural Women’s PGA Cup, Senior PGA Professional Championship and 2020 PGA Professional Championship


eginning 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 also will 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 Sept. 23-29, 2019. The Women’s PGA Cup, Oct. 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. The PGA Cup and Women’s PGA Cup do not include a purse, with each team competing for their country and the right to claim two-year ownership of a silver Cup. The Women’s PGA Cup and PGA Cup will each be conducted on the Omni Barton Creek’s Fazio Foothills Course. “This is an exciting time for the PGA of America to have our best playing men and women members showcased on an international and national stage at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy. “Barton Creek offers a magnificent complex, and we are confident that its staff will be excellent hosts for unforgettable PGA Member championships.” The 53rd PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA in April 2020 will feature a 312-member nationwide field and 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.

Creek Resort & Spa. “In 2019, Omni will complete a $150 million transformation to the physical aspects of the property, ensuring the resort remains a top golf destination for many future generations.” The PGA Cup began in 1973, and the United States owns a 17-7-4 advantage over Great Britain and Ireland. However, the Americans last claimed the Llandudno International Golf Trophy in 2013, with Great Britain & Ireland winning the last two meetings: a 13.5 to 12.5 decision in 2015; and a 16-10 victory in 2017. The 2019 U.S. Team will be determined over a two-year point period spanning performances in the 2018 and 2019 PGA Professional Championships and the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championships. The five U.S. members in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup will be determined through an 18-month point system that concludes on July 31, 2019. Begun in 1968, the PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA is the showcase event for PGA Professionals and offers a $550,000 purse. The field includes players advancing from Sectional Championships, past Champions and the top 20 players and ties from the previous year’s Championship. The low 20 scorers in 2020 at Barton Creek earn a berth in the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco. The Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Golf Advisor originated in 1989, and has become one of the most popular competitions for PGA Professionals age 50 and older. The Championship has served as a stepping stone to many players to compete for a spot on the PGA Tour Champions. The low 35 scorers in the 2019 Senior PGA Professional Championship earn a berth in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the PGA of America’s greatest players, including their peers from around the world and their fans, to one of Texas’ premier golf resorts,” said David Jurcak, managing director of Omni Barton

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Merchandising Matters

Get Creative Early in the Year

Andy Benson, PGA Director of Golf Highlands Ranch Golf Club We have had many requests for Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls and are doing well with Footjoy apparel and outerwear.

Shop the most, so when we have nicer days, our sales are much better. We have sold some merchandise at low traffic/ bad weather times by special merchandise presentations at various special events like a TrunkShow at our Annual Spring Kick-Off meeting for the Ladies League along with merchandise presentations at various event functions, such as graduation and prom parties, annual golf club manufacturer’s Demo Day, etc. The cooler temps and weather are also needed at times to help move the outerwear, rain gear, umbrellas and various cold weather items that are always stocked in the shop.

Our merchandise sales are pretty dependent on the weather as that is what effects our traffic in the Golf

Spring Fitting Frenzy! Kirk Rider, PGA Head Professional Bear Creek Golf Club

equipment. Also, take this same concept and set up on the chipping/pitching green or putting green with all your new DEMO wedges and putters. This will give your golfers a chance to compare and ultimately buy. Get a head start on your Spring golf club sales and take advantage of each good day because now is the time to capitalize on increasing your revenues through club fitting. The Spring Fitting Frenzy is here!

Each year, Spring in Colorado can be unpredictable, but one thing that can be predictable is that most golfers want to get new golf clubs to start the season off right. Having a plan to have all your DEMOS and FITTING CARTS ready to go beginning March 1st is a necessity. Golfers are anxious to hit the newest clubs on the market as soon as they can. Investing in DEMOS and FITTING CARTS from at least three to four manufacturers assures that you are ahead of the curve. We have partnered with Titleist, Callaway, Taylor Made and PXG. Getting your STAFF trained properly with each manufacturer makes all of us experts, too. Take time to get knowledgeable about each company and the benefits that make them different from one another. There are so many types of steel and graphite shafts on the market, so educate yourself to be the expert, which will enhance the sale of any golf clubs. Try to schedule as many DEMO DAYS as possible and focus on one manufacturer at a time during these DEMO DAYS. Don’t dilute the experience. Have one of your trained fitting STAFF members on the practice range helping with the fittings. One idea that has worked extremely well at our facility is setting up our Launch Monitors on the range and having our FITTING CARTS available with a STAFF member. Most golfers are curious enough this time of the year to at least stop by and test their current


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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! Steven J Grove | B-8 | Maroon Creek Club | previously in the Southwest Austin T. Haley | B-8 | The Ranch Country Club | previously in the South Central Jeffery S Johnson, PGA | A-1 | Bridges Country Club (The) | previously in the Northern California Trey M. Johnson, PGA | A-8 | Vail Golf Club | previously in the Southern California Daniel J. Lee, PGA | A-8 | Cornerstone Club | previously in the 075 Andrew S. Pole, PGA | A-1 | Catamount Ranch & Club | previously in the South Florida Remington D. Post, PGA | A-1 | Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks | previously in the Southwest Robert J Shoemaker | B-8 | Roaring Fork Club | previously in the Pacific Northwest

New Members

The Colorado PGA congratulates the following individuals who were recently elected, re-elected or reinstated into full PGA of America membership. Rachel J. Cavalier, PGA | A-8 | Lakewood Country Club John Mensendiek, PGA | A-8 | The Golf Club at Ravenna Craig B. Salib, PGA | A-8 | Fort Collins Country Club Tsutomu Kevin Terada, PGA | A-8 | Eisenhower Golf Club Dennis S. Weber, PGA | A-8 | The River Course At Keystone

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. Kevin P. Carlson, PGA | A-14 | Druid Hills Golf Club | previously at GolfTEC - Centennial Matthew R Morin | B-8 | Wayzata Country Club | previously at Cherry Hills Country Club

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. Davis W. Bonner | B-6 | Topgolf - Centennial Robert R. Cooley | B-8 | Black Bear Golf Club Eric K. Hejl | B-8 | Lake Valley Golf Club

Making Moves in the Colorado PGA

Nicolas G Damiana | B-6 | Pro-Link Golf School | previously an B-8 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club Stephen R Horvey | B-6 | GolfTEC - Cherry Creek | previously an B-8 at Indian Tree Golf Club Charles H. Hough, PGA | A-1 | The Club At Pradera | previously an A-6 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course Conner B Jones | B-8 | Sonnenalp Golf Club | previously an B-8 at Sunbrook Golf Club Pierce A Klingbiel | B-8 | Red Sky Ranch | previously an B-8 at EagleVail Golf Club Richard A. Lash | B-6 | MetaGolf Learning Center | previously an B-14 at Bear Creek Golf Club David S. Lopez, PGA | A-20 | Colorado Golf & Turf | previously an A-1 at Country Club at Castle Pines Sean C. Miller, PGA | A-1 | Omni Interlocken Resort | previously an A-8 at Boulder Country Club Robert G. O’Hara, PGA | A-8 | Rifle Creek Golf Course | previously an A-1 at The Golf Club At Redlands Mesa David A. Rawlings, PGA | A-8 | Vail Golf Club | previously an A-8 at Sonnenalp Golf Club


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Membership News

Happy Birthday! May 1 John A. Williams, PGA Keith E. Soriano, PGA Kyle M. McGee, PGA

May 3 Stephen J. Wallace, PGA Jeff E. Freebury, PGA Robert D. Geisbert May 4 David W. Alvarez, PGA Billy D. Ellison, PGA Kirk R. Mease, PGA Michael J. Petrisko, PGA Alexandra R. Braga, PGA Dillon B. May, PGA Rachel J. Cavalier, PGA May 5 Gregory Frederick, PGA Craig A. Porter, PGA Douglas C. Rikkers, PGA Kenneth R. Toms, PGA Margaret A. Hartman, PGA May 6 Brian C. Lindstrom, PGA Keith C. Martin, PGA Steven C. David, PGA Nathan S. Vincent, PGA Jesse G. Hansen, PGA May 7 John E. Mescall, PGA Jason C. Murphy, PGA Benjamin D Lanting John Mensendiek, PGA Jeremiah T. Velez May 8 Erroll Miller, PGA Scott Sommers, PGA Rudy K. Castaneda, PGA Thomas B. Noonan, PGA Thomas J. Cross, PGA May 9 John M. Karamigios, PGA Kyle Heyen, PGA Penn G. Saad, PGA Jared R Tedesco May 10 Patti Marquis, PGA Edward Oldham, PGA John Vickers, PGA

May 11 Kenneth S Krieger, PGA Mark T. Kelbel, PGA Ed L. Marzec II, PGA Daniel L. Augustine David T Fletcher

Donald S Campbell, PGA Jerome M Roby Beau S. Smith, PGA Matthew B Hoffman Brett R. Wolf, PGA

May 12 Paul J. Surniak, PGA Michael A. Knights, PGA Edward R. Bodigheimer, PGA Geoffrey P. Bisi, PGA

May 23 Chad Hansen, PGA Nicholas R. Clearwater, PGA Jeffrey C. Carter, PGA Conner B Jones Jacob S. Longoria, PGA

May 13 Brian V. DallaBetta, PGA Timothy A. Tafoya, PGA

May 24 David A. Dent, PGA Jason L. Witczak, PGA

May 14 Kirk Padgett, PGA Lucas J. Brosterhous, PGA

May 25 Visanu Tongwarin, PGA Michael F. Loosley, PGA Joseph E Radulski

May 15 Terry Dear, PGA Edward Nosewicz, PGA Anne Kelly, PGA Douglas B. Rohrbaugh, PGA Steve Patterson, PGA Michael Thomsen, PGA Christopher S. Woods May 16 Tom Apple, PGA Bob Doyle, PGA David A. Rawlings, PGA Tom M. Whitney, PGA May 17 Nicholas C. Fiorini, PGA George S. Miller Jr., PGA Davis W. Bonner May 18 Eric C. Knotts, PGA May 19 John T. Wilcox, PGA Jim K. See II, PGA Arne C. Hansen, PGA May 20 Winston A. Howe Jr., PGA May 20 Ken R. Anderson, PGA

May 26 Justin D. Hensley, PGA May 27 Tucker R.B. Campbell, PGA David R. Rudary, PGA May 28 Don Corey, PGA Mickey Byrne, PGA R.J. Wiegand, PGA Kevin Vena, PGA Matthew E. Bryant, PGA May 29 Dennis C. Murray, PGA Richard G Parker, PGA Nathan M Pippett, PGA Jon D. Husby, PGA David M. Thompson, PGA May 30 Corey L. Butler, PGA Max R. Twarjan, PGA May 31 Gary G. Hallberg, PGA Scott B. Rethlake, PGA Jonathan L. Dron, PGA

May 21 Ryan J. Mahlstadt, PGA May 21 Andrew S. Pole, PGA May 22 Michael J. Zaremba, PGA

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Tournament News

Fitzgerald Fires 65 to Win the Valley CC Pro-Am C

aine Fitzgerald, PGA, Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course, finished with a 65 7-under-par to claim the top spot in the Valley Country Club Pro-Am held Monday, April 30, 2018. His game started off strong by eagling one and birdieing two of his first four holes. He shot 3-under-par on the front nine and 4-under on the back. It was obvious that the field was very competitive as is evident from the five-way tie for second place. All shooting 3-under-par 69 were Mike Northern, PGA, Life Member; Blake Sharamitaro, PGA, Assistant Professional at Riverdale Golf Club; Sherry Andonian, PGA, Instructor at Valley Country Club; Eric Bradley, PGA, Head Professional at Black Bear Golf Club; and Rich Lash, PGA, Instructor at MetaGolf Learning Center. In the Birdie Bash Team Contest where each player’s net score under par received one point, Dave Detweiler, PGA, Life Member, supported by his team of Kodi Hooper, Scott Forsyth and John Detweiler scored a total of 36 points for a first-place finish. The second place finish was as closely contested as the individual completion with three teams scoring 24 points. The teams included: Andonian with amateurs Colten Leier, Jim Carpenter and Austin Dean; Sharamitaro joined by Del Rodriguez, Dustin Snell and Cyrus Perme; and Tommy Wiles, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional at Meridian Golf Club, with Hugh McClearn, Kyle Sullivan and Dane Hamilton. Click here to check out the final scores from the event.

Fitzgerald Posts Second Win This Week at Walnut Creek Stroke Play W

inning back-to-back events is never easy but don’t tell Caine Fitzgerald that. On a cool, damp day at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, Fitzgerald, an Assistant Golf Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course, posted a steady two-under-par 70 to win his second event of the week. Caine made three birdies and just one bogey on a day that saw temperatures in the 50’s with off and on rain. His round was highlighted by a finishing birdie at the par-4 9th hole.

Finishing tied for second were Doug Rohrbaugh, PGA, Instructor at Ironbridge Golf Club, and Kyle Voska, PGA, The Links Golf Course, who both posted a one-under-par 71. In fourth place at evenpar 72 was University of Colorado Men’s Golf Team Assistant Coach, Pat Grady. Click here to view the full results.


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Tournament News

Bradley Wins Todd Creek Pro-Am With Impressive Round T

he Todd Creek Golf Club Pro-Am teed off on Monday, April 23, 2018, under clear blue skies at the first Colorado PGA Tournament of the year where the weather was agreeable.

With a 6-under-par 66, Eric Bradley, PGA, Head Professional at Black Bear Golf Club, dominted the field to claim his first victory of the year. He finished three-strokes ahead of second place finisher, Rick Cole, PGA, Head Professional at Eaton Country Club, and five-strokes ahead of Blake Sharamitaro, PGA, Assistant Professional at Riverdale Golf Club and Michael Weingartner, PGA, Assistant Professional at Thorncreek Golf Course, who tied for the third spot. Bradley birdied the 15th hole, which was his starting hole of the event. He also birdied the par-5 18th hole before posting an eagle on the par-4 second hole. Shots on four, eight, 10 and 14 also resulted in birdies, putting him 3-under-par on both the front and back nine. In the team competition, Rich Lash, PGA, Instructor at MetaGolf Learning Center, and his team of Justin Drescher, Danny Hahn and Keith Lilley completed the round at 17-under-par 127 to beat the second place team by 3 strokes. PGA Professional Chris Johnson, Life Member, with Pete Garvin, Clay Condon and Mike Morong kept the pressure on with a strong finish at 130 to claim second place. Click here to view all the results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant Professional Championship The Ranch Country Club | August 22-23, 2018 • •

Entries open - Click here to register Registration Deadline - August 17, 2018 at 11:59pm local time

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Dow Finsterwald Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 2470.4 2 | Caine Fitzgerald | Meadow Hills Golf Course | 2055.54 3 | Eric Bradley | Black Bear Golf Club | 1979.54 4 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 1807.17 5 | Geoff Keffer | Greater Golfer Development Center | 1510.47 6 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 1330.7 7 | Blake Sharamitaro | Riverdale Golf Courses | 1288.67 8 | Kyle Voska | The Links Golf Course | 1198 9 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 1145.7 10 | Peter Norwood | MetaGolf Learning Center | 946.21 11 | Jason Witczak | The Club at Pradera | 900 12 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 837.66 13 | Michael Weingartner | Thorncreek Golf Club | 792 14 | Kevin Bolles | Boulder Country Club | 768 15 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 756.8 16 | Jeff Carter | Riverdale Golf Courses | 724.59 17 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 670.5 18 | Tray Shehee | Ute Creek Golf Course | 665.13 19 | Visanu Tongwarin | Legacy Ridge Golf Course | 607.3 20 | Jacob Longoria | Cherry Hills Country Club | 600 21 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 561.91 22 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National Golf Club | 546.93 23 | Sherry Andonian | Valley Country Club | 540.8 24 | Heikke Nielsen | Golf Styles.com | 528.27 25 | Graham Cliff | Colorado Golf Club | 520.33 26 | Dan Sniffin | Omni Interlocken Resort and Golf Club | 501.01 27 | Mark Avery | The Pinery Country Club | 497

Senior Colorado PGA OMEGA Player of the Year 1 | Doug Rohrbaugh | Ironbridge Golf Club | 2470.4 2 | Mike Northern | Life Member | 1807.17 3 | Rick Cole | Eaton Country Club | 1330.7 4 | Scott Sommers | Saddleback Golf Club | 1145.7 5 | Chris Johnson | Life Member | 837.66 6 | Kevin Bolles | Boulder Country Club | 768 7 | Ken Krieger | Cheyenne Country Club | 756.8 8 | Brian Gott | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club | 670.5 9 | Ron Vlosich | Life Member | 561.91 10 | Perry Holmes | Colorado National Golf Club | 546.93

Colorado PGA Associate Player of the Year 1 | Bryan Hackenberg | Todd Creek Golf Club | 853.87 2 | Ben Lanting | Bear Creek Golf Club | 796.83 3 | Audie Dean | Littleton Golf & Tennis Club | 759.21 4 | Andrew Hebert | Indian Peaks Golf Course | 750.13 5 | Rich Lash | MetaGolf Learning Center | 613.17 6 | Tim Richardson | Todd Creek Golf Club | 479.87 7 | Jeramy Curry | The Links Golf Course | 404.83 8 | Patrick Grady | University of Colorado | 370.2 9 | Nathaniel Weber | Todd Creek Golf Club | 337.33 10 | Daniel Costenbader | Beaver Creek Golf Club | 311.4

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Platinum | $10,000 Colorado AvidGolfer Allen Walters


Platinum | $7,500

Under Armour Nancy Huppert

Gold | $5,000

Denver Golf Expo Mark Cramer


Breckenridge Distillery Mike Horan

Masek Golf Cars Jason Masek

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Silver | $2,500 Adidas/Ashworth Mike Bryant

Sun Mountain Kevin Neff

AHEAD Zach Ledvina


PTE Golf Matt Pollitt Maui Jim Sunglasses

Sterling Cut Glass

Bronze | $1,000

May 2018



Colorado PGA Pro Peaks Digital Magazine

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2018 - May Pro Peaks Magazine  

2018 - May Pro Peaks Magazine