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

Tournament Schedule Released What’s Inside Awards Nominations Now Open Scholarship Applications Available Year in Review Highlights PGA of America Moving to Frisco PGA Junior League Update

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Colorado PGA Officers

West Chapter Officers

Jim Hajek, PGA Vice-President | 2019-2020 Fossil Trace Golf Club

Brett Gagnon, PGA Vice-President | 2019-2020 Red Sky Golf Club

Ben Welsh, PGA President | 2019-2020 Frost Creek Golf Club

Dr. Phil Brown President/Founder, Six Points Consulting

Jeff Boyer, PGA President | 2019-2020 Eagle Ranch Golf Course

Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA Secretary | 2019-2020 Country Club of Colorado

Brad Dombaugh CEO - PSA Worldwide Corp. Walter Glover EVP/COO - United States Olympic Endowment

Luke Brosterhous Secretary | 2017-2019 Catamount Ranch and Club

Ty Thompson, PGA President | 2019-2020 Crosshairs Consulting

Ed Marzec, PGA Honorary President | 2019-2020

Board of Directors

Andy Benson, PGA | 2017-2019 Highlands Ranch Golf Club Jeff Boyer, PGA | 2019-2020 Eagle Ranch Golf Course Bob Doyle, PGA Past District 9 Director Life Member Kyle Heyen, PGA Past District 9 Director Hiwan Golf Club Charles ‘Vic’ Kline, PGA Past District 9 Director

West Chapter Board of Directors

Bill Keller Lieutenant Colonel USAF, Retired

Jacques Deyoe, PGA | 2017-2019 Aspen Glen Club

Bob Lally Navy Captain, Retired

Alice Plain, PGA | 2018 - 2020 Vail Golf Club

George Lee VP - Ameriprise Financial Services

Kenny Thayer, PGA | 2019-2021 Beavercreek Golf Club

Adam McDiarmid Regional Manager - Business Banking - UMB

Colorado PGA REACH Trustees

Jim Miller, PGA | 2018-2020 Sonnenalp Golf Club Josh Miller, PGA | 2016-2018 GOLFTEC Dennis Murray, PGA | 2018-2020 Valley Country Club Mike O’Donnell, PGA | 2018-2020 Fort Carson

Dominic Karaba President - Specialty Lending and Business Banking - UMB

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

Steve VanDyke, PGA | 2018-2020 Aspen Glen Club

Ed Marzec, PGA | 201-2020 PGA Member

Theo Gregory Senior Vice President - El Pomar Foundation

Spencer Zinn Chairman

John Andrew Brigadier General USAF - Retired Dan Bennett Investor/Partner, Southwest Greens Management

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

John Bond President, BOOST Performance Consulting Agent, ReMax Urban Properties

Chris Swinhart, PGA | 2017-2019 Thorncreek Golf Course

Anne Broholm CEO | AHEAD

Dave Troyer, PGA | 2016-2018 CommonGround Golf Course

Tom Bauerle Owner - Colorado Golf and Turf

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 Judy 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

Independent Directors Theo Gregory Spencer Zinn

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What’s Inside President’s Report 5

Board Continues Dedication to “Serve the Member, Grow the Game” in 2019

Membership News



Member Update Executive Director’s Report

What’s Inside

District Director Report/PGA of America News

Career News

Colorado PGA News

Tournament News

Junior News

8 Frisco, Texas; A defining moment in the History of the PGA of America 10 PGA of America Relocating Headquarters to Frisco as Part of Innovative Public-Private Partnership 14 #7 in Your Program, # 1 in Your Heart 12 It’s Scholarship Application Time ~ Don’t Miss This Financial Assistance Opportunity 12 2019 Colorado Section Special Award Nominations Open 16 Meridian Golf Club, Web.com Qualifiers and Major Championships Highlight 2019 Schedule 18 2019 Colorado PGA Tournament Schedule Released 20 Colorado PGA Jr. League - Colorado PGA Professionals Seeing Success Leads to Another Record Year

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President’s Message

Board Continues Dedication to “Serve the Member, Grow the Game” in 2019 F

irst, I want to wish all of our Members a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year. As we bring 2018 to a close, I hope your tee sheets and lesson books were full and your 2019 looks promising. The golf industry seems to be in a healthy place and as a PGA Member, YOU have the skills and education to capitalize on this time for yourself, your family and your facility. I want to take this opportunity to share with you the specific tasks that your Board and Committees are undertaking this off-season to ensure that the Colorado PGA Section continues our mission to “Serve the Member, Grow the Game.” Your Board and staff have combed through the survey feedback and identified these major areas of focus for the coming year. I want to thank our Board of Directors and Committee volunteers for their time and expertise as we focus on continual improvement of our services and innovative ways that our Association can provide benefits and opportunities to you.

Ben Welsh, PGA President Colorado PGA Head Professional Frost Creek bwelsh@pga.com P | (970) 328-2326 C | (970) 688-0115


The Membership Committee will be focusing on the creation of content for the new Colorado PGA Lead Program. The committee will also consider various new ideas for some Member/Associate mentoring programs, as well as conducting a review of the Constitution and Bylaws to clarify membership classifications and policies. The Tournament Committee will begin by helping the staff to set the tournament schedule for the year, reviewing formats, dates and venues. The nearly finalized tournaments schedule is included in this issue of Pro Peaks. This committee will also be

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President’s Message researching tournament tee policies in regards to senior and women’s yardages, in addition to the Players of the Year points system. Recommendations will be brought to the Board of Directors for final approval before any changes are made. The Education Committee will be reviewing the entire educational schedule. The committee will consider location, content and cost of all past events while considering new educational opportunities in an effort to offer the most relevant programs possible. New Lifelong Learning Pathways offered by the PGA of America will be examined, in addition to seeking ways to enhance our local education with “Specialization” workshops. The Awards Committee is comprised of the past year’s award winners along with two representatives from the Board of Directors. This committee has been tasked with a review of the nomination and selection processes. Improving communications with the membership around this process will also be a focus. The Finance Committee will be exploring ways to communicate the financial operations of the Section with the Membership. The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) is a partnership between our Section and the Colorado Golf Association to execute the immense offerings of Junior Golf in Colorado. The programs offered include Youth on Course, PGA Jr. League, Drive, Chip, Putt and the competitive Series and Tour. The Historical Committee will be preparing a master plan for updating the Section’s Historic Area at The Golf Club at Bear Dance. There will also be a focus on the selection of Noble Chalfant Awards recipients and Colorado Golf Hall of Fame annual nominations. The Executive Committee will be assisting other committees in brainstorming ways to increase the rate-ofparticipating in the Membership Survey and ways to use technology to improve communications within the Section. In addition to these member-based committees, I think it is important to mention and thank our Colorado PGA REACH Board of Trustees. Chaired by Independent Director Spencer Zinn, this group not only gives personally to our charitable efforts but extends our network, expertise and ability to impact our communities. Colorado PGA REACH directly impacts the lives and professions of our Members through Scholarship programs, Growth of the Game Grants and provides other income opportunities through programs like Golf in Schools. This committee will conduct a review of all its programs with a focus on increasing funding and expanding the influence of all initiatives. While the wheels have been set in motion for the coming year, I assure you that the Staff, Board and Committees value your input. We are a “Member Association” and the true value lies in who we are, which then allows us to do what we do. I couldn’t be more proud to work with this group of incredibly smart, dedicated and passionate people as we enter the next year of the Colorado PGA. Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

Ben Welsh, PGA Frost Creek - Head Golf Professional President - Colorado Section PGA 970-328-2326 (Shop) 970-688-0115 (Cell)

Section Office Closed The Colorado PGA Section Office will be closed beginning on Friday, December 21, 2019. The office will remain closed until Thursday, January 3, 2019.

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Membership News

Membership News An update on our Colorado PGA Members By the Numbers Members - 721 Associates - 100 Total - 821 Male Members - 685 Female Member - 36 11th out of 41 Sections 110 – Management positions (MP, A-4, A-9, A-11, A-13) 307 – Club Professionals (A-1, A-2, A-7, A-8) 109 – Instructors (A-6, A-10, A-12, A-14) 23 – Expanded Career Paths (A-15 thru A-24) 115 – Life Members (LM, LMM, LMA, LMMA) 57 – Other Categories (A-3, A-5, HM, IN, F, RM)

New Members

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! Colin M. Miller, PGA | A-8 | Club At Cordillera Valley Course Grant R. Miller, PGA | A-8 | Lone Tree Golf Club William R. Eubanks, PGA | A-8 | Broadmoor Golf Club

Class Changes

Colorado PGA members are always on the move. The following members have changed classification within the Section in the last month. Tom F. Buzbee, PGA | A-4 | Flatirons Golf Cours | previously an A-1 at Gypsum Creek Golf Course Paul Nolen, PGA | A-13 | Bookcliff Country Club | previously an A-13 at Sewailo Golf Club Gregory W. Kohr, PGA | A-1 | Heather Gardens Golf Course | previously an A-8 at Legacy Ridge GC Jon D. Husby, PGA | A-11 | UCCS PGA Golf Management | prevsiuoly an A-1 at Cheyenne Shadows GC

On the Move

Colorado PGA members are always on the move. The following members have relocated outside of the Colorado PGA. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Blake C. Sharamitaro, PGA | A-1 | Family Golf & Learning Center | previously an A-8 at Riverdale GC Justin M. Blomberg, PGA | A-24 | Honma Golf USA | previously an A-8 at Red Sky GC Geoffrey P. Bisi, PGA | A-8 | Vintage Club | previously an A-8 at the Roaring Fork Club Stephen B. Crane, PGA | A-8 | Terravita Golf & Country Club | previously an A-8 at Hiwan Golf Club James M. Boyd, PGA | A-8 | Tehama Golf Club | previously an A-8 at The Club at Cordillera Jared R Tedesco | B-8 | Troon North Golf Club | previously a B-8 at The Golf Club at Bear Dance

New Associates

The Colorado PGA welcomes our newly registered associates. Associates in the PGA of America are responsible for upholding the mission of the PGA, to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. Jason R. Maddox | B-8 | Mariana Butte Golf Course Edward J Sheptak | B-8 | Eagle Ranch Golf Club


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Executive Director’s Message

What’s Inside? T

his time of the year has been called “the most wonderful time of the year.” In October of 1963, Andy Williams released this now classic Christmas song written by Edward Pola and George Wyle and is still the most popular version of the song, as it has been released by numerous artists across all music genres. Christmastime comes with the excitement of wondering what’s inside all those wrapped packages under the tree. For many, it will be a wonderful time of the year, sharing with family and friends. My family and I will share in these traditions, as it is a special time for us, as we also get to celebrate the birth of my son who was born on December 23, and this year we will celebrate our first Christmas with our ten month old granddaughter. For many, this is also the time of year for reflection, a time for us to take inventory on what’s inside of us. Leaders cannot perform well if they fail to see the gold inside of them. Good leaders take personal inventory of their God-given gifts. This shapes their self-image and, consequently, their results.

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

Just over 50 years ago, the Golden Buddha was discovered in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. It was an accident. For years, a huge, ugly Buddha sat in the middle of town. Visitors put empty cola cans and other trash at the base of the stained statue; candy wrappers and other waste lay around it. Then one day, a priest decided to move the old statue inside to clean it. In the moving process – it cracked. As the pieces began to crumble, his crew noticed something underneath the concrete shell. They pulled the shell away and were shocked. Inside they found the world’s largest chunk of sculptured gold, standing eight feet high! For years that huge chunk of gold was there – but no one knew it. Instead, little attention was paid to the statue. It got dirty. Weathered. It was used to store trash. Would this have been done had people recognized what it was storing inside? Everyone was ignorant of the valuable “inventory” the concrete shell contained. We are a lot like this concrete statue. Our real value is inside, if we would only take inventory of it. Taking inventory is no small undertaking, but it pays great dividends. Once you know what you’ve got, you can go about your business with confidence. The same is true for leaders. The bottom line? Sometimes gold is disguised as garbage. Our influence depends on finding the gold inside. Find your gold, and lead from your strengths. From my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season. It is indeed an honor to serve each and every one of you. Very Respectfully,

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA Executive Director/CEO - Colorado PGA 6630 Bear Dance Drive - Larkspur, CO 80118 eainsworth@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1593 | C (719) 761-6125

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PGA of America News

Frisco, Texas

A defining moment in the history of the PGA of America


hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the holiday season. It is a great time of year, and it gives us all a chance to take a breath, relax a little, enjoy our families and get re-charged for the new golf season, which will be here before we know it. Some exciting news was made public in early December as the City of Frisco, Texas, and the PGA of America made the announcement that the PGA of America is moving its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to the City of Frisco. The new headquarters will anchor a 600-acre, mixed-use development that, when it opens in 2022, will include two championship golf courses, a short course and practice areas totaling 45 holes; a clubhouse; as well as a 500-room Omni Hotel and 127,000 square-foot conference center. The PGA of America is teaming with Omni Stillwater Woods; the City of Frisco, along with its Economic and Community Development Corporations; and the Frisco Independent School District. The vision we share with our partners at the City of Frisco and Omni Stillwater Woods is incredibly compelling. Frisco is one of the best-rated and fastest-growing communities in the country. To say Frisco is passionate about sports is a major understatement. In Frisco, we will be more centrally located and part of a major media market where our neighbors Ron Rawls, PGA will include dozens of corporate District 9 Director headquarters. PGA of America Head Professional Crane Creek CC


The new PGA of America headquarters will initially employ at least 100 people at the Frisco-based headquarters. Approximately 100 PGA of America staff will remain in Palm Beach Gardens largely in operational roles. Maintaining a presence in Palm Beach Gardens, which has been a wonderful home for many years, is important to our fabric and is the ideal solution for our people and for the PGA of America.

The City of Frisco, Tex., and the PGA of America made an announcement that the PGA of America is moving its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to Frisco, Tex.

The championship golf course will be designed by Gil Hanse, whose recent work includes The Olympic Golf Course in Brazil. This course will be able to handle majors, but also be available for Member competitions and general play. We will have another championship golf course for public and Member use, designed by Beau Welling, who has had a long-term design relationship with Tiger Woods. The property will also include a nine-hole short course; and world-class practice, education and training facilities – all licensed and operated by the PGA of America. In addition, the campus will be the new home of the Northern Texas PGA. With better connectivity between Sections through embedded state-of-the-art technology, there will be promising opportunities to pilot new programming for all 41 Sections of the PGA of America. This announcement of a modern, Member-focused headquarters in Frisco will be a defining moment in the history of the PGA of America. Aligning with worldclass partners in a world-class location is a once-in-alifetime opportunity. Without question, this new facility will better position us to serve our Members. We hope to generate significant Member use at this property, with a home of which all PGA Members and Associates can be proud. Please remember that I am here to serve you, the Members and Associates of the PGA of America. If there is anything I can do or if you have any questions about the new PGA Headquarters, please don’t hesitate to contact me, ron@cranecreekcc.com. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! At your service, Ron Rawls, PGA District 9 Director PGA of America Head Professional Crane Creek CC

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PGA of America News

PGA of America Relocating Headquarters to Frisco as Part of Innovative Public-Private Partnership T

he PGA of America is moving its headquarters from Palm Beach County, Florida to Frisco, Texas, the ‘2018 Best Place to Live in America,’* where it will anchor a 600- acre, mixed-use development with an initial investment worth more than half a billion dollars.

Today’s announcement follows votes by the Frisco City Council, its Economic and Community Development Corporations and the Frisco Independent School District (FISD) board of trustees. The PGA of America will initially employ at least 100 people at the Frisco-based headquarters. Under this agreement, two PGA Championships, two KPMG Women’s PGA Championships and potentially a Ryder Cup will be held in Frisco. This groundbreaking agreement is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over the next 20 years based on a city commissioned tourism feasibility study.** The study considered the economics of golf course activities, including tournaments, plus the additional impact from the new conference center. The PGA of America is teaming with Omni Stillwater Woods (OSW), a joint venture led by Omni Hotels & Resorts with Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital; the City of Frisco, as well as its Economic and Community Development Corporations; and the Frisco Independent School District. “Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America,” said Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America. “Everything great starts with a dream. This is the beginning of a bold, new journey as we bring together world-class partners in a world-class location – to deliver innovative and differentiated experiences for our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals, golfers of all abilities and our staff.”


Two championship golf courses, a short course, and practice areas totaling 45 holes; a clubhouse; Class AA office space; a 500-room Omni resort and 127,000square-foot conference center; a technologically advanced retail village; parks and open space plus several miles of trails, will complement this unique, signature development. The PGA’s Northern Texas Section will also move to PGA Frisco, where state of the art connectivity will provide opportunities to pilot promising new growthof-the-game programming for all 41 Sections of the PGA of America. A welcoming gateway at Frisco’s northern border, the upscale development will be located at Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive, approximately one-third of a mile south of U.S. 380. The 600 acres are primarily situated within 2,500 acres being master planned by Hunt Realty Investments. The development will be open to the public, as well as golfers. The entire project will have an initial, estimated public-private investment totaling more than $520 million. The PGA of America will invest $30 million to build its 100,000-square-foot global headquarters and education facility. OSW will invest $455 million to purchase the land, construct the hotel, conference center, retail space, parking facilities, and golf courses. The golf courses, clubhouse, practice areas and associated public facilities will be owned by the city. More than 300 FISD high school golfers will practice at the facility on a weekly basis. The agreement calls for the City of Frisco and its development corporations (each funded by a half- cent of Frisco’s sales tax) and FISD to contribute no more than $35 million toward development of the public facilities (City of Frisco, $13.3 million; Frisco Economic

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PGA of America News Development Corp. (FEDC), $2.5 million; Frisco Community Development Corp. (FCDC), $13.3 million; and FISD, $5.8 million). The City of Frisco will also provide performance incentives, which include a portion of hotel occupancy, mixed beverage, sales and property taxes generated by the hotel and associated retail on the site for a 20-year-period. These performance incentives are estimated to total between $52 million and $74 million. Additionally, the State of Texas will contribute all the hotel and sales tax, along with a portion of mixed beverage tax collected on the project for 10 years. The state grant total, provided through Chapter 351 incentives, is valued at more than $62.5 million over 10 years. FEDC is also investing $14.3 million over a 15-year period for the PGA of America’s headquarters relocation, job creation and PGA tournament incentives. The initial 25-year agreement calls for the land and conference center to be publicly owned by the City of Frisco and operated by OSW, which will pay $100,000 a year in rent to the city. That lease will increase two percent after the fifth year of the development agreement. OSW is responsible for all maintenance and capital expenses while retaining revenues. Omni Hotels & Resorts will own and operate the resort. “For years, the PGA of America has served its membership all across the nation where they engage their local communities, and help to raise over $4 billion annually,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The decision to relocate their headquarters to Texas because of our business-friendly climate is a welcome one. I thank the PGA of America for the new jobs and investment that they will bring to the City of Frisco, wish them continued success, and welcome them to the Lone Star State, the home of champions.” “Today is both historic and transformational for the City of Frisco,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Not only will this signature development change the future of Frisco’s northern landscape, it will transform the sport, growing a new generation of pros, fans and golf enthusiasts. As Sports City, USA, we’re thrilled to partner with another world-class brand like the PGA of America. We’re also honored Omni is, once again, committing such a huge investment in our community, recognizing the potential to grow entertainment, tourism and economic development in one of the fastest-growing cities in America.”

of TRT Holdings, Inc., parent company of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Omni is known for its elevated service and amenities, including golf, and this resort, alongside the headquarters of the PGA of America, promises to be a first-class development that will attract thousands of people per year.” “This is a tremendous opportunity for all of North Texas,” said Robert Elliott, co-founder, Stillwater Capital. “Stillwater Capital is proud to play a part in conceiving and delivering a grand vision for this unique development.” “This is yet another example of the public entities in Frisco coming together with private partners to provide unprecedented experiences for young people,” said John Classe, Frisco ISD School Board President. “The opportunities available to students in Frisco ISD are simply unmatched in Texas and across the nation. We’re excited about what this partnership means, not just for our students, but the community.” “As co-developers of Fields, Hunt Realty and Karahan Companies, along with our investors, are committed to creating a world-class, mixed-use planned community with the 2,500-acre Fields development, and we are proud to have facilitated the land sale for the new premier Omni Hotel, PGA of America headquarters and championship golf,” said Chris Kleinert, President of Hunt Realty Investments. “We are thrilled to play a part in this transformational project in Frisco, and we welcome the PGA and its employees to Fields.” The golf courses are expected to open in summer 2022. The hotel, convention center, and other facilities are expected to open within six months of that date. The development will host the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2023.

“Partnering with the PGA of America and City of Frisco to build a brand new, luxurious golf resort in north Texas is an unprecedented move in the strategic growth of our company,” said Blake Rowling, president

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It’s Scholarship Application Time ~ Don’t Miss This Financial Assistance Opportunity T

he Colorado PGA and PGA of America Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship application is available. Children and grandchildren of PGA Members planning to attend college in the fall of 2019 are encouraged to apply for this financial assistance. In 2018, between the two scholarship programs – Colorado PGA and PGA of America – 19 Colorado high school seniors and college students who applied for assistance through these programs were awarded $43,250 for the 2018-2019 school year. To simplify the application process, the Colorado PGA program follows the same conditions as those of the PGA of America. Those applicants who qualify but do not receive PGA of America assistance receive financial help from the Colorado Section. For all criteria details, frequently asked questions and tips on completing the application, visit the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program.  The deadline for all applications to be submitted is Monday, March 4, 2019.

2019 Colorado Section Special Award Nominations Open Nominate a Deserving PGA Member Today! As you review the successes of your facilities 2018 golf season, please take a moment to also consider the accomplishments of your staff, your peers and your colleagues. I’m sure many of them are deserving of being recognized for what they achieved in 2018. Now, submit their names as nominates to be considered recipients for a 2019 Colorado PGA Special Awards. All nominations must be submitted on or before Friday, February 15, 2019. The Colorado Section presents a number of Special Awards to its members. To review the criteria for each award, you can go to https://coloradopga.com/awards. Annually, the following awards are given: • • • • • • • • • • •

Golf Professional of the Year Teacher of the Year Horton Smith Award Bill Strausbaugh Award Youth Player Development Award Merchandiser of the Year – Public, Private and Resort Player Development Award Assistant Professional of the Year Charles ‘Vic’ Kline Award Warren Smith Award Todd Phipers Media Award

There are many deserving individual who are strong candidates to be considered for recognition. Make your nominations today by clicking here!!!


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Career News

#7 in Your Program, # 1 in Your Heart A different take on Goal Setting Over the course of the past year and a half, I’ve had hundreds of conversations with PGA Members and Associates about their 1-3, 3-5, 5- 10 and 10+ year goals. Without fail, the discussion tends to revolve around 4 topics: 1.

Title: Position the professional wants to attain


Location: Area/Region they want to work

3. Environment: Specific facilities, professionals or companies they’d like to work for 4.

Compensation: What they’d like to earn

All of these items are important, and all of them are specific and measurable goals that one can aspire to. What stands out is that these are often desired outcomes, not necessarily larger, allencompassing life goals. It’s true; the mere act of committing to a set of goals is a HUGE step in the right direction for Career Planning. But what if there’s more?

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.


With the benefit of time, mentors like PGA Member Eric Jensen and the perspective gained through experience, I’ve taken a bit of a different approach to goal setting. I’ve shared this approach with a few professionals and the revelations have been astounding. What if your goals were not about where you wanted to be or what job you wanted to have but more about what kind of life you wanted to live? Through job changes, different forms of leadership and self-discovery, I began to approach goal setting differently. To be clear, what follows is my story; everyone’s experience is different and in no way, shape or form would I ever say that one can’t realize

personal goals or have a fulfilling personal life while holding the positions I have been fortunate to hold. What I am saying is that my understanding of the investment in time and effort required of me to execute the responsibilities of those positions led me to the conclusion that a different path would better suit my life. My Story I’ll take you back to late 2007. I was newly married, in my sixth year at Coal Creek Golf Course and my second year as the Head Professional under the management of Western Golf Properties. I knew my mission, I knew why I was a golf professional – to impact others through the game of golf. What I didn’t have was a goal that wasn’t associated with an outcome. What became my goal was simple, and it had nothing to do with golf – I wanted to be able to coach my kid’s soccer team when the time came. I had played soccer my entire life and early on, my father was my coach. For the balance of the time, he was a fan. I wanted to be both for my kids as well. Fast forward to the end of 2009. The City of Denver was hiring for a Head Professional at City Park Golf Course. I prepared, practiced, applied and was selected. We didn’t have any children to coach yet, but my mission of impacting others was being fulfilled. As a function of pursuing my mission, other opportunities presented themselves. For example, being recognized for the efforts of my team and earning Player Development Awards, which led to an interest in Section service and eventual election to the Board of Directors. The term I spent on the Board gave me insight into the work the Section staff was doing. I realized the magnitude of the impact they had on others through

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Career News the game and in my opinion, they had control of their time and schedules. The balance of my time spent on the Board and on committees was used to fill the gaps I had in understanding Section operations and Member relations – these were my intermediate goals. When the opportunity came in 2012 to apply for a position on the Section team, I was ready. Five years at the Section allowed for the fulfillment of my mission and created the flexibility to realize my family goals. Those years included some of the most impactful moments of my career. With our first child now home, I longed for even more autonomy and control of my time.

Having a goal that wasn’t tied to a professional outcome changed everything. At every stage and every stop in my career, I compared my circumstances to my goal.

2. What options exist that get me closer to how I want my life to look? 3. What skill gaps are preventing me from pursuing those options? 4. How will I close those gaps and who can help me along the way? 5. How can I leverage where I am and what I’m doing to move closer to my goal?

At the beginning of 2017, the position I’m in now was created to serve Members in Colorado and Utah in a very personal manner. For me, it is the ultimate intersection of increased impact and goal-oriented flexibility; of my mission and my goal. The growth, opportunities, intermediate goals and change I have experienced thus far during my career prepared me for what I do today; but the GOAL of what I wanted my life to look like was the guiding light through it all. The Takeaway

1. Does what I’m doing and how I’m doing it align with my goal?

6. Am I willing to make the move if and when a new opportunity presents itself? The dogged pursuit of a holistic goal revealed the development plan that made me into a well-rounded professional who is passionate about helping other PGA Members and thanks to the growth the plan required, I’m well equipped to do so. As for the goal? This summer, I was there, coaching soccer when #7 took the field and scored her first goal. I know how I’ll set my next goal… how about you? If you looked at Goal Setting differently, what could YOUR life look like? Let’s meet and find out together. Keith Soriano, PGA Soccer Coach

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Meridian Golf Club, Web.com Qualifiers and Major Championships Highlight 2019 Schedule T

he Colorado PGA is excited to released the 2019 tournament schedule. The schedule is full of exciting events from March through November! The highlight of the year will once again be the Colorado PGA Professional Championship returning to Meridian Golf Club in Englewood, CO. The Jack Nicklaus designed course will be hosting the championship for the third time in the past ten years.

One of the biggest additions to professional golf in the state over the past decade will be the launch of the Web.com Tour event, the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes. The event will take place the week of July 8-14, 2019, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year TPC Colorado will host the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes agreement is in place through 2023. The tournament on the Web.com Tour for the first time in 2019. Additionally, sister course will mark the first Web.com Tour event contested in Highland Meadows GC and Riverdale Golf Course will host Monday qualifiers the week of the championship. (Photo courtesy of Devin Sena) Colorado since 1996-97, when the Colorado Classic was played at Riverdale Golf Club in Brighton. (Note: the Colorado PGA does not have any automatic qualifiers into the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes.)


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Prior to the event, the Colorado PGA will host two Monday qualifiers. The events will be held concurrently at Highlands Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, Colo. and Riverdale Golf Course (Dunes) in Brighton, Colo. Look for more information on registering for these events early in 2019. The slate of other Major Championship venues in the Section promises to deliver challenging tests of golf while providing fun opportunities to get out and network with fellow professionals:

Wednesday–Thursday, June 19-20 | Colorado PGA Women’s Championship | Glenmoor Country Club

Monday–Tuesday, July 29 - July 30 | Colorado PGA Assistants Championship | Walnut Creek Golf Preserve

Monday–Tuesday, August 12-13 | Colorado PGA Senior Championship | Inverness Golf Club

Monday-Wednesday, September 9-11 | Colorado PGA Section Championship | Meridian Golf Club

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 1-2 | West Chapter Fall Meeting & Championship | Aspen Glen Club

There will be a number of Professional events throughout the schedule as well. Thorncreek Golf Course, fresh off a year-long redesign, will host the Pro-Pro-Pro Championship on May 13, 2019. Colorado Golf Club, set to host the 2019 US Mid-Am Championship, will again host the Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship on May 20, 2019. Four strokeplay events will again start the year with stops at Boulder Country Club and Columbine Country Club, with two facilities still to be determined. The schedule consists of 14 Pro Ams throughout the year aimed at giving members an opportunity to bring out their members, guests or other amateur partners. These events, designed as one-day memberguest events, will take place at some customary clubs Thorncreek Golf Course, fresh of a year-long remodel, will play host to the Pro-Pro-Pro Championship on Monday, May 13, 2019. while visiting some courses that have not hosted in recent history, like the Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Colorado Cup, the annual Ryder Cup event between the Colorado PGA and Colorado Golf Association, will return to The Broadmoor in 2019. The West Course will play host to 20 members on each team (8 open, 8 senior and 4 women). The CoBank Colorado Women’s Open and the CoBank Colorado Senior Open have swapped dates again. The Women’s Open will be hosted May 29-31, 2019, while the Senior Open will move to August 28-30, 2019. The Colorado Open will remain in it’s normal position of July 25-28, 2019. All the events will continue to be hosted at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in northeast Denver. Registration for Colorado PGA tournaments will be available February 1, 2019.

The Club at Flying Horse will host a Pro Am on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Look for updates on the schedule on the Colorado PGA website and through the weekly Chip-Shots email.

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2019 Colorado PGA Tournament Schedule Released Monday, March 25 | Spring Business Meeting & Pro-Pro | Pinehurst Country Club Monday, April 1 | Pro-Only # 1 (Pro –Pro) | Boulder Country Club Monday, April 8 | Pro -Only # 2 | Columbine Country Club Monday, April 15 | Pro – Only | TBD Thursday, April 18 | W.C. Spring Meeting & Pro-Pro | Bookcliff Country Club Friday, April 19 | W.C. – Pro-Am #1 | Bookcliff Country Club Monday, April 22 | Inverness G.C. Pro-Am | Inverness Golf Club

*April 28 – May 1 | 52nd PGA Professional Championship | Belfair, Bluffton, South Carolina

Monday, April 29 | Valley C.C. Pro-Am| Valley Country Club Monday, May 6 | Lakewood CC Pro-Am | Lakewood Country Club

*Tuesday, May 7 | US Open Local Qualifier #1 | Collindale Golf Course

*Thursday, May 9 | US Open Local Qualifier #2 | CommonGround Golf Course

Monday, May 13 | Pro-Pro-Pro Championship | Thorncreek Golf Course

*Monday, May 13 | US Open Local Qualifier #3 | Walnut Creek Golf Preserve

*May 13-19 | 101st PGA Championship | Bethpage Black

Monday, May 20 | Myran Craig Pro-Pro Championship | Colorado Golf Club Wednesday, May 22 | Ft. Carson Ivy Pro-Am | Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club

*May 23-26 | 80th Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship | Oak Hill CC

Friday, May 24 | W.C. – Pro-Pro Championship | Cordillera - Valley

*Tuesday, May 28 | US Senior Open Qualifier | Valley Country Club

Wednesday, May 29 | Pro-Only | TBD

*Wednesday – Friday May 29 – 31 | CoBANK Colorado Women’s Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Monday, June 3 | Ptarmigan C.C. Pro-Am | Ptarmigan Country Club Monday, June 10 | Pro Lady | Red Rocks Country Club Monday, June 10 | Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Tournament | Denver Country Club

*June 13 – June 16 | US Open | Pebble Beach Golf Links

Monday, June 17 | Pro – Am | TBD

*June 18 – June 23 | 65th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship | Hazeltine National Golf Club

Wednesday – Thursday, June 19-20 | Colorado PGA Women’s Championship | Glenmoor Country Club Monday, June 24 | Pro – Am | TBD


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*June 27 – June 30 | US Senior Open | Warren GC at Notre Dame

Monday, July 1 | Club at Flying Horse Pro-Am | Club at Flying Horse Monday, July 8 | Web.com Open Qualifiers | Highland Meadows GC & Riverdale GC – Dunes

*July 11-14 | Web.com TPC Colorado Championship | TPC Colorado

*July 11-14 | Wyoming Open | Airport Golf Club

Monday, July 15 | Fort Collins C.C. Pro Am | Fort Collins Country Club Wednesday, July 17 | PGA REACH Invitational | The Golf Club at Bear Dance Monday, July 22 | The Club at Pradera Pro-Am | The Club at Pradera

*Wed. – Sun. July 25-28 | CoBank Colorado Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Monday – Tuesday, July 29 - July 30 | Colorado PGA Assistants Championship | Walnut Creek Golf Preserve Monday, August 5 | Pro-Am | TBD Tuesday, August 6 | W.C. Stroke Play Championship | Eagle Ranch Golf Club Monday – Tuesday, August 12-13 | Colorado PGA Senior Championship | Inverness Golf Club Monday, August 19 | Greeley Pro-Am | Greeley Country Club Monday, August 26 | Cheyenne C.C. Pro -Am | Cheyenne Country Club Tuesday, August 27 | W.C. Pro-Am #2 | Aspen Glen Club

*Wed. – Fri. Aug. 28 – Aug. 30 | CoBANK Colorado Senior Open | Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

Monday-Wednesday, September 9-11 | Colorado PGA Section Championship | Meridian Golf Club

*September 14-19 | U.S. Mid-Amateur | Colorado Golf Club

Monday, September 16 | Ridge at Castle Pines North Pro - Am | Ridge at Castle Pines North Monday, September 23 | Pro-Assistant Championship | Hiwan Tuesday-Wednesday, October 1-2 | West Chapter Fall Meeting & Championship | Aspen Glen Club

*October 3 – October 6 | 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship | Omni Barton Creek

Monday, October 7 | Pro-Scratch Championship | Black Bear Golf Club Monday, October 14 | Fall Business Meeting & Pro-Pro-Pro-Pro | Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club Wednesday, October 16 | Colorado Cup Matches | Broadmoor Golf Club – West Course Monday, October 21 | Omni Tri-Am Championship | Omni Interlocken Resort & Golf Monday – Wednesday, November 11-13 | Vegas Pro-Am | Paiute Resort

*November 14-17 | 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship | PGA G.C.

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Colorado PGA Professionals Seeing Success Leads to Another Record Year


hank you to everyone who was involved as a Captain or Coach of a PGA Jr. League team this year. 2018 was the most exciting year we have seen in PGA Jr. League and that can be credited to the individual golf professionals and facilities bringing families together around this unique format. With a high level of flexibility for the Golf Professional to tailor the program to meet their needs, we saw a record number of Captains and Players participating this year. This drove direct value to our local captains of over $450,000 and saw almost 2,000 kids participating in the team format of golf that will help keep them engaged in a sport that can last a lifetime. As we look forward to 2019, there are a few exciting new features that will continue to make PGA Jr. League even more valuable to the golf professional, our local course and to the kids that make up the future of the sport. Colorado PGA Jr. League Continues to Shine

2018 saw continued success for PGA Jr. League in Colorado. We saw a record number of captains and facilities hosting teams and saw player participation increase by 29 percent. While there are many factors that help to make this program such a hit with kids and families, there is one common denominator that every PGA Jr. League team has, and that is a Colorado PGA Professional. At the end of the season, our parents are invited to participate in a program survey. While there are many common program elements that they applaud (fun, friends, format, team, etc.), I am proud to see them mention the element of the program that sets PGA Jr. League apart from all other sports. Positive comments about the “Captain, Coach and PGA Professional� consistently appear when parents talk about what they like about the program. Professional coaching is something that sets us apart from most other youth sports but is undoubtedly the biggest contributing factor leading the program to a Net Promoter Score in Colorado of 75 percent, which puts it up there in the ranks of Amazon, Costco and Apple. To all of you who have participated in PGA Jr. League before, Thank You for helping make it such a success. 2019 Improvements Set to Enhance Program Value New Seasons The regular season has been expanded, and you can now start as early as March 1 and end as late as July 31. Also, following a pilot program in 2018, PGA Jr. League will now be fully supported for anyone looking to keep the excitement going with Fall Rec Leagues. New Mobile App While the PGA Jr. League mobile app provided some great features for running your teams, we have decided to phase out the branded app and begin encouraging our captains to download and use the Sports Engine mobile app. All the old features from the branded app will be available, but there are a lot of new great additions offered by upgrading to the Sports Engine flagship platform. It is now easier than ever to schedule, organize and communicate everything you need to your season by using the power of your smartphone. Safe Sport Act To comply with the new federal abuse training laws that comes into effect in 2019 under the Safe Sport


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Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado News Authorization Act, the PGA is adopting a company-wide online abuse prevention course that must be completed prior to working with any youth in a National PGA Youth Program. The education component has already been implemented as part of PGA Jr. League Captain Registration. To learn more about the Act and the new standard of care that affects youth-serving organizations, go to PGA.org. Steph Curry & Alex Morgan Announced as New Ambassadors Golden State Warriors All-Star and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Alex Morgan have been named the newest PGA Jr. League Ambassadors. As the first non-professional-golfer Ambassadors for PGA Jr. League, Curry and Morgan will leverage their widespread fan bases to promote the program to an audience that may not be familiar with the sport of golf. They join Ambassadors Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, all of whom are committed to growing youth golf. Captain Resource Center We are launching an all new Captain Resource Center to provide a one-stop-shop for everything you need to run your team and be successful. Please check it out at www.pgajrleague.com/crc and bookmark the site for easy access in the future. The goal is to simplify your work flow and identify the strategies and tools you need to have the best season yet. The Captain Resource Center will feature tools for helping you become a captain, find kids and families, and run your season. There is also a dedicated section for captain testimonials and best practices. Captain Registration for 2019 is now open, so please visit the Captain Resource Center to get started. Captain & Coach Jerseys Our captains and coaches have asked, and we are now fully capable of supporting both home and away jerseys for captains and coaches. Every Captain that registers a program at their facility and fields a team will receive complimentary home and away jerseys. Additionally, all coaches will have the opportunity during coach registration to purchase additional jerseys in pairs for a total of $30. Thank you all for your continued support of PGA Jr. League. If there is anything we can do to assist you with implementing PGA Jr. League at your facility, or with getting more out of your current programming, please reach out. Holly Champion, PGA Junior Golf Director Colorado PGA 303-996-1591 hchampion@pgahq.com

Anthony Vitale, PGA Regional League Manager PGA of America 561-323-7910 avitale@pgahq.com

Save the Date!

A number of PGA Junior League meetings will be hosted in early 2019 to highlight the program. These meetings will help you with how you can get the most out of PGA Jr. League in 2019 while highlighting what’s new this year. Both returning captains and prospective captains will benefit from this group discussion on how to turn your facility into a community center using PGA Jr. League. Our veteran captains will be encouraged to share what has worked for them in previous seasons, and those new to the program will have the chance to ask questions. Look for more information in early 2019 about these meetings!

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Colorado PGA - Pro Peaks - Winter 2018  

This month we announce our 2019 Tournament Schedule and highlight our Awards Program, Scholarships, news from the PGA of America and an upda...

Colorado PGA - Pro Peaks - Winter 2018  

This month we announce our 2019 Tournament Schedule and highlight our Awards Program, Scholarships, news from the PGA of America and an upda...