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Pro Peaks is the official digital publication of the Colorado PGA February 2019

Back to School What’s Inside Run for the Board of Directors Ritter to Highlight Teaching and Coaching Summit PGA Specialization Workshop Announced Exciting Changes to Scholarships and Grants Revenue Workshop to Include ADM Highlights

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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 | 2019-2021 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 | 2019-2021 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 | 2019-2021 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 Player Development Director Holly Champion, PGA hchampion@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1591 C (217) 232-1790 Junior Golf Manager Scott Minta sminta@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1590 C (630) 532-3230 Finance Specialist 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 4 5

Staying Current in Todays Changing World Candidates Need to Run for the Board of Directors

Membership News

6 7 7

Member Update Compensation Survey Provides Valuable Information 2019 Colorado PGA Special Award Nominations Open

Executive Director’s Report


The Starving Baker; Sharpen You Axe; Great Staff

District Director Report/PGA of America News

10 Cadillac Deal, PGA.coach, PGA Jr. League 11 Cadillac Named Official Vehicle of the PGA of America, PGA Championships

Career News

14 Limitations, Ladders & Labyrinths

Colorado PGA News

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Revenue Workshop 2.0 to Focus on PGA.coach and ADM CPGA REACH Foundation Re-Launches Growth of the Game Grants as Pillar Grants Colorado PGA REACH College Scholarship Program Expanded Make the Turn Founder Ritter to Highlight CPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit Brand New Specialization Workshop to be Delivered in Colorado PGA

Tournament News

20 PGA of America Creates Tools for Implementation of New Rules of Golf 21 Events Finalized for 2019 Schedule

February 2019


President’s Message

Staying Current in Todays Changing World H

aving just returned from the PGA Show in Orlando, I find myself seeing an industry that is constantly evolving. The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the golf business! With the everchanging technology in our world and in our game, it becomes more important every day to keep yourself educated and creative at your facility. Though the game that we play, teach and grow is hundreds of years old, it is up to you to adapt to the ways in which our customers are interacting with the game and your facilities. Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.“ That said, the Colorado Section PGA and the PGA of America are here to help. With an inspirational and exciting Spring Membership Meeting and a newly revamped national educational offering that I will highlight below, we all can encourage each other to continue learning, innovating and sharing the great game we love. The Colorado Section PGA will also will be hosting a Revenue Workshop 2.0 at Meridian Golf Club on April 3 and a Specialization Workshop at Bear Dance on April 15-16. Please reference the article later in Pro Peaks.

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


First, I want to highlight the coming Spring Business Meeting, March 25, at Pinehurst Country Club. With feedback from our members, we are changing the format of our meeting a bit. This format will offer a key-note presentation followed by smaller group breakout sessions. In the small group setting, you will be able to network and ask questions of the experts who are coming. The breakout sessions will include Ted Eleftheriou and Dan Baker from the PGA of America working with you specifically on PGA.coach and the new PGA Member Benefits as recently rolled out nationally. The key-note speaker will also host a breakout session following the presentation once that person is confirmed. We hope this new format provides a more engaging opportunity to spend a morning with fellow PGA Members and kick off your spring season. Secondly, I want to highlight the newly revamped Lifelong Learning Pathways and restructuring of the PGA Education offering. Going forward, there are three career pathways in Education, Teaching and Coaching, Golf Operations and Executive Management. New Associates beginning the PGA Education will complete Level 1 and then specify their career pathway to create a more career specific education through Levels 2 and 3. Note that all PGM Students will complete the Golf Operations pathway. Once earning Membership, you can continue your education in that pathway or another

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President’s Message by beginning the “Specialist” education program as is most applicable to your position or goals. This is an online program available to be completed as it fits your schedule. Following the Specialist designation, PGA Members can continue learning through the Certified Professional and Master Professional Programs enhancing your knowledge and providing a structure for lifelong learning and career development. I want to share that I understand that we all learn differently and sometimes, the commitment to a “program” like this can be intimidating. I think we can all agree that when you are passionate about anything, the foundation for learning is already there and it sometimes takes a little extra motivation to break through those initial challenges. I wanted to share a few strategies that may help you push on and reach your goal. 1.

Find your fascination and seek to feed your obsession.

2. Find a colleague to share the journey with you. You may find shared accountability through the process and keep moving each other toward your goals. 3. Identify a mentor and ask them for support. We sometimes forget what an honor it is to be seen as a mentor by a peer. While we may fear burdening someone by asking for help, we should seek out relationships that offer a reciprocal benefit of lifelong learning and encouragement. An anonymous but wise person once said, “If you are willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” Together we lead the Golf Industry as PGA Members and I truly believe that if we collectively encourage each other to better ourselves as individuals then we become even greater as an Association than the sum of our parts. To your success,

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

Candidates Needed to Run for the Board of Directors T

he Colorado PGA is now accepting nominations for candidates to run for the Board of Directors of the Colorado PGA. The goal set by the current board is to assemble the strongest group of PGA Professionals possible from diverse backgrounds to meet the goals of the Colorado PGA mission statement; Serve the Member and Grow the Game. For those interested in running for the board, candidates simply need to submit their name to the Secretary of the Colorado PGA, Cathy Matthews-Kane, PGA (click here). Candidates will be asked to answer a few questions so that the membership can learn more about the individual candidates. The election will be held at the Spring Business Meeting where candidates will have a chance to address those in attendance. The term of the position will begin at the Fall Membership Meeting in 2019 and will conclude at the Fall Membership Meeting in 2022. Those who are elected will receive significant board training and development, will be networking with some of the best and brightest in the business, and will help shape the future of the Colorado PGA. The deadline to submit names for candidacy is Friday, March 1, 2019.

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Membership News

Membership News An update on our Colorado PGA Members By the Numbers Members - 723 | Associates - 104 Total - 827 Male Members - 692 | Female Members - 35 11th out of 41 Sections

Generational Breakdown 1900-1926 - G.I.s 1 ( 0.1%) 1927-1945 - Traditionalists - 33 (4.6%) 1946-1964 - Baby Boomers - 243 (33.6%) 1965-1977 - Gen X - 198 (27.4%) 1978-1999 - Millennials - 248 (34.3%)

113 – Management positions (MP, A-4, A-9, A-11, A-13) 310 – 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) 116 – Life Members (LM, LMM, LMA, LMMA) 56 – 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! Alexander P. Calleja, PGA | A-8 | Country Club of Colorado Brenton R. Mahlman, PGA | A-6 | GOLFTEC - Denver Tech Center Briana P. Morris, PGA | A-8 | Denver Country Club Corey P. Johnson, PGA | A-8 | Colorado Golf Club Gianna M. Dela Cruz, PGA | A-9 | GOLFTEC Headquarters Grant R. Miller, PGA | A-8 | Lone Tree Golf Club Mackenzie R. Borowicz, PGA | A-8 | Colorado Springs Country Club Narudol P. Yoadjarust, PGA | A-8 | Littleton Golf and Tennis Club Robert J. Skvorecz, PGA | A-8 | Aspen Golf Club Ryan M. Jolette, PGA | A-8 | Cherry Creek Country Club William R. Eubanks, PGA | A-8 | Broadmoor Golf Club

Class and Employment Changes

Colorado PGA members are always on the move. The following members have changed classification within the Section in the last month. John R. Lynch, PGA | A-4 | Ironbridge Golf Club | previously an A-4 at River Valley Ranch Golf Club Vince M. Buelk, PGA | A-4 | Collindale Golf Club | previously an A-14 at Collindale Golf Club Tom F. Buzbee, PGA | A-4 | Flatirons Golf Course | previously an A-1 at Gypsum Creek Golf Course Jeremy D. Hughes, PGA | A-6 | Gypsum Creek Golf Course | previously an A-8 at Eagle Springs Golf Club Matthew R. Magley, PGA | A-1 | City Park Nine Golf Course | previously an A-8 at Southridge Golf Club Philip E. Gerlach, PGA | A-14 | Collindale Golf Club | previously the A-1 at Collindale Golf Club

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. Jordan V. Gibbs, PGA | A-1 | The Club At Las Campanas | previously at Denver Country Club John Mensendiek, PGA | A-8 | National Golf Club of Kansas City | previously at The Club at Ravenna Brian R. Thorne, PGA | A-13 | Troon North Golf Club | previously with Troon Golf

Welcome Wagon

Welcome to the following members who have recently joined the Colorado PGA.


Michael C. McCloskey, PGA | A-13 | Hillcrest Golf Course | previously in the Northern California Section Michael P. Jurca, PGA | A-4 | City of Grand Junction | previously in the Utah Section Paul Nolen, PGA | A-13 | Bookcliff Country Club | previously in the Southwest Section

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New Associates

Membership News

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. Evan M. Schultz | B-8 | West Woods Golf Club

Compensation Survey Provides Valuable Information


now where you stand on the compensation scale compared to other PGA Professionals. You may earn up to two MSR credits by completing this survey no later than March 31, 2019.

Click here to access the survey.

2019 Colorado PGA Special Award Nominations Open Nominate a Deserving PGA Member Today!


s 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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Executive Director’s Message

The Starving Baker; Sharpen Your Axe; Great Staff I

magine, if you will, you visit a new bagel shop not far from your home. You love going there because the chief baker has created a new recipe for breads, bagels, pastries and cinnamon rolls that are incredible.

Soon word gets out about this bagel shop. Crowds start forming lines each day, waiting for the new confections to come from this baker’s marvelous kitchen. The baker doesn’t have enough help and ends up trying to serve all the customers himself. He is scurrying back and forth, busy with all the requests of the people – but oblivious to what is happening to him. His exhaustion is quickly becoming burnt out. What’s worse, as you watch him for a few weeks, you see a change. This man is getting thin. Very thin. It almost seems like he is shriveling up. What’s up with that? After observing this baker for a few more hours, the problem becomes obvious. This man never stops to eat. The irony is, he is busy serving bread to everyone else, but never stops long enough to feed himself. With food all around him, he is starving. Hmmm. Does this sound familiar? So many leaders fail to tend to themselves, and eventually are unable to really serve others. They are starving intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. They can fake it for a while, but eventually they run out of gas. When they do read or listen to podcasts, it is always for someone else. They consume information for the “program,” but there’s no personal growth. They neglect to digest the content and apply it to their own lives. Their “talk” is great. Their “walk” becomes fake. The Starving Baker reminds us that leaders must feed themselves before feeding others. As leaders we must consistently spend time “Sharpening Our Axe.” This term comes from a little story about two lumberjacks who challenged each other to see who could cut down the most trees in one day. At daybreak, the first one began furiously chopping down trees. He worked up a sweat early on and by noon had cut down sixteen trees. The other lumberjack had only cut down four because he took the first two hours sharpening his axe. As he sharpened it, his challenger laughed at him knowing he was doomed to lose the bet with all that wasted time.

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

That’s when things got interesting. By early afternoon, the first lumberjack was slowing down. It took him almost an hour to cut one tree down, while his friend was picking up speed. How could this be? Certainly he was as strong as his friend. Unfortunately, strength had little to do with it. It was all about whose axe was sharper. The sharper the axe, the quicker the trees came down. By late afternoon, the second lumberjack, who had sharpened his axe, had passed his friend by several trees and won easily. Hmm. It seemed like such a waste of time to sharpen the axe in the morning, but in the long run, it had saved him time and had brought better results. As a leader, you must take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Lasting leaders practice this truth. President Teddy Roosevelt grew up as a frail kid and knew his only chance of making a difference was to become a life-long learner. He died in his sleep – and under his pillow was a book he was reading right up to his dying day. President Harry Truman grew up a bit of a nerd and came to the same conclusion. He built a plan for personal growth and practiced daily reading habits. He later said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” We here at your Colorado Section Office have the privilege of working with some pretty special people, and recently, it has been my privilege to promote two of them into new roles for our Section. Please help me congratulate Holly Champion in her new role as Player Development Director and Scott Minta as Junior Golf Manager for the Colorado


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Executive Director’s Message Section. Both of these individuals performance has been outstanding and their continued growth will definitely help all of us as a Team better support you, our Colorado PGA Professionals. Below are short bios on Holly and Scott:

Holly Champion, PGA Player Development Director Holly Champion is an Illinois native and grew up on a family farm with a passion for golf. She has been in the golf business since 2008 when she volunteered as a Junior Golf Coach for the youth program at Mattoon Golf and Country Club in Mattoon, Ill. Holly graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and concentrations in PGA Golf Management and Resort Management. She was also part of the MU National Championship Women’s Golf Team. Upon graduating from Methodist, she was elected as a PGA Member in April of 2013. Holly has a strong passion for growing the game. Some of her experience includes creating a multi-tiered instructional Junior Golf Academy, coaching a PGA Junior League team, leading summer junior golf camps and working as a Tournament Coordinator for the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Holly has also been involved with other Growth of the Game programs such as a Wounded Warrior golf program on Fort Bragg, N.C., and attending multiple trainings on Adaptive Golf Instruction. Holly has now begun to work on a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Organizational Communication. As of Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the Colorado PGA has promoted Holly from Junior Golf Director to Player Development Director so that she may provide more value to our Colorado PGA Members and learn and grow as a PGA Professional.

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Scott Minta Junior Golf Manager

Scott Minta grew up just outside of Chicago in the town of Naperville, Illinois. He learned to play golf at numerous public courses throughout the area and enjoyed playing with his younger brother as often as possible. Scott started playing competitive golf in his sophomore year of high school and continued throughout his collegiate career. He graduated from Judson University in Elgin, Ill., in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Art in Sports Management and a minor in Business. Prior to joining the Colorado PGA, Scott was a member of the 2016 Ryder Cup implementation team and worked a season with the Western Golf Association. Most recently, Scott was the 12-month P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association. His work there with junior tournaments and Drive Chip and Putt qualifiers fits right in with his job responsibilities here with the Section. As of Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the Colorado PGA has promoted Scott from Junior Golf Coordinator to Junior Golf Manager so that he may take on more responsibility and leadership within the growing Junior Golf landscape. In closing, I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your CEO and Executive Director, and ask you just one question. What’s on your reading list? Please let us know how we can help. 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


PGA of America News

PGA of America Update Cadillac Deal, PGA.coach, PGA Junior League


just returned from the PGA Merchandise Show and I must say it was an incredible week. The show kicked off with the Opening Ceremony featuring PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, along with participants and PGA leaders and staff involved in PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). It is remarkable to see the impact the HOPE program is having on our military veterans, as well as our PGA members. The show hosted 1,000 vendors, 8,000 PGA Professionals and participants from 90 different countries, including multiple allied associations and their constituents. During the week, the PGA offered over 300 education programs. The week started with the Merchandiser of the Year Conference. A couple Colorado PGA Members – Jim Hayak and Mark Pfingston – contributed their expertise to that conference where the Merchandiser of the Year National Award Winners were recognized. The 2019 Teaching and Coaching Summit was held the Sunday and Monday of “show week.” Approximately 700 PGA Members and Associates attended the summit, which from the feedback I received was extremely informative with outstanding content and messaging. The Golf Channel televised live for over three hours per day from the show for the fifth consecutive year. Golf is an 84 billon dollar business, and this show is truly the “Major” of the business of golf. If you have never attended the show, I Ron Rawls, PGA District 9 Director encourage you to make it a goal, PGA of America as it has so much to offer to all Head Professional PGA Members and Associates. Crane Creek CC


Show. Cadillac has been named the Official Vehicle of the PGA of America, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The agreement is for three years and includes on-site activation rights at these major Championships, as well as media buys on both CBS and ESPN, which will televise future PGA Championships. In support of PGA members, Cadillac becomes the third Presenting Sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship. Additionally, a grassroots program consisting of a series of club events spanning across all 41 PGA Sections will kick off this year and continue throughout the partnership. There will also be a PGA Member discount program for purchasing Cadillac vehicles. PGA.Coach At the PGA show, the PGA also announced the launch of a new coaching platform for PGA Members and Associates. PGA.Coach is a coaching platform designed to bring the American Development Model (ADM) to golf. ADM was designed by sports scientists to help support a lifetime affinity to sports and develop athletes to their greatest potential. These principals align physical and psychological development to stages, delivering appropriate skills and exercise at the appropriate time. PGA.Coach provides the platform that will help us maximize each athlete’s potential to create well-rounded athletes and develop principles that create life-long golfers and athletes for generations. Now is the time to start your journey with PGA.Coach training and gain access to all the tools you need to create passionate students and life-long golfers. Go to PGA.Coach for more information and to get started! PGA Jr. League 2019 PGA Jr. League Captain Registration is open!! With your efforts and the nearly 2,500 PGA and LPGA Professionals who captained PGA Jr. League Teams in 2018, it was a record year with over 50,000 boys and girls who participated in a great season of fun and team-based competition. For the third consecutive year, the 2018 PGA Jr. League Championship was conducted at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Congratulations to our Champions, Team California (from San Diego). Let’s continue to grow this program and make 2019 the most successful PGA Jr. League season yet!

Cadillac Named Official Vehicle of the PGA of America

Please contact me if you have any questions. Sincerely,

A partnership with Cadillac and the PGA of America was agreed upon and announced in conjunction with the Opening Day of the PGA Merchandise

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

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Cadillac Named Official Vehicle of the PGA of America, PGA Championships I

n a three-year agreement, Cadillac has been named the Official Vehicle of the PGA of America, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The partnership was announced Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in conjunction with the Opening Day of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

In support of PGA Members, Cadillac becomes the third Presenting Sponsor of the PGA Professional Championship. Additionally, a grassroots program consisting of a series of club events spanning across all 41 PGA Sections will kick off this year and continue throughout the partnership. Additionally, there will be a PGA Member discount program for purchasing Cadillac vehicles available by the close of Q1 2019. The partnership includes onsite activation rights and hospitality for Cadillac at these major Championships, as well as media buys on both CBS and ESPN, which will televise future PGA Championships. Vehicle fleets will also be provided for players, while Cadillacs will also be prominently on display at each of the Championship Shops for spectators. Cadillac will also serve as a partner for the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. Cadillac joins an impressive group of companies participating in and supporting both the Championship and Summit. The Summit brings together today’s most accomplished leaders in business, politics, sports and the media to inspire the

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next generation of women leaders. “Cadillac is known for its impressive line of vehicles and groundbreaking technology, and we’re thrilled that they have partnered with the PGA of America and some of our most prestigious Championships to present to PGA Members and golf fans alike,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “With its commitment to innovation that builds upon a storied history, Cadillac especially aligns with the PGA, our Championships and the game of golf.” “Cadillac is in a very exciting time, as we are introducing a new vehicle every six months for the next three years, so partnering with the PGA of America provides the perfect platform to showcase the brand and our expanding portfolio of luxury vehicles,” said Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl. “Additionally, the PGA enables Cadillac to reach and engage a diverse demographic with multiple large-scale touchpoints each year. We are thrilled to be re-entering the sports landscape with a premier partner in the PGA of America.”


PGA of America News

New Specialized Program Rolled Out at PGA Merchandise Show T

he PGA Specialist Program is an online, careerenhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA Members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. The program offers three specializations: • Executive Management • Golf Operations • Teaching & Coaching **Requirements of the Specialist Program include: ** Select your career path.

Complete all assigned reading and course work. The courses to complete will be listed once a career path is selected. Submit a paper that summarizes the impact and enhanced performance gained on the job as a result of your training and development. Complete a project that focuses around learning outcomes that support the certification of your choice.

All PGA members will be able to complete the Specialist Program, except for class F members. Class F members may purchase the course library and complete courses, but cannot become Specialist until after transfer out of Class F.

Once Specialist level is achieved, members are encouraged to continue their education in the Certified and Master Professional Programs. These program are the PGA of America’s highest designations and are comprised of extensive projects based on the specific specialization previously acquired. PGA Members must have at least five years of PGA Membership and five years of relevant working experience in their respective specialization in order to apply for Certified Professional status and must have a minimum of 10 years PGA Membership and 10 years of relevant working experience in their respective specialization in order to apply for Master Professional status. If you would like to speak with someone in the Education Department directly, please call (866) 8663382, option 6 or you may email PGAMEMBEREDU@ pgahq.com. Click here to begin the steps toward PGA Specialization.

Evolution of PGA Member Logos P

reviously, everyone wore the PGA Professional rocker. A PGA Professional represents the 24,000+ PGA Members as well as the 4,000+ PGA Associates. After careful deliberation by multiple Member Committees and the Board of Directors, the determination was made that this wasn’t giving enough value to the years spent becoming a PGA Member. Thus, we created a logo that better represented that work and better differentiated between PGA Member and Associates - all of whom are “Professionals”. Why the change? To better promote the PGA Member and help employers understand the value of Lifelong Learning in each of the three career tracks. Benefit to members? We’re going to focus on and promote the value of the PGA Member and members who put in the work to


become Specialists, Certified Professionals and Master Professionals to educate employers and ultimately drive value. Why were the stars removed from the Certified and Master Professional Logos? This topic was vetted extensively by the Education, Employment and Membership Committees as well as numerous Certified and Master Professionals with the decision made that the stars will no longer be a part of PGA Master Professional or PGA Certified Professional Logos. The reasoning for this change is that in this

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Revenue Workshop 2.0 to Focus on PGA.coach and ADM T

he launch of PGA.Coach was executed at the PGA Merchandise Show and will be highlighted here in the Colorado PGA at the Revenue Workshop 2.0 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Meridian Golf Club.

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to highlight the American Development Model, PGA.Coach and to highlight how to implement these programs at the facility level.

Revenue Workshop 2.0 Meridian Golf Club Wedneday, April 3, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm

The goal of ADM and PGA.coach is to maximize each athlete’s potential, create well-rounded athletes and develop principles that create life-long golfers for generations. It is a concerted effort between the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and its Golf's Governing Bodies of sport to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States. ADM and PGA.Coach are essential for growing the sport. It will allow PGA Professionals to evolve and adapt to the changes in the game and to create passionate students and life-long golfers. To register for the workshop, please click here.

continued from previous page five-star+ world of reviews we felt that branding our Certified and Master Professionals with only two or four stars would not be an appropriate representation of their skills. For PGA Members who have earned Specialist, Certified Professional or Master Professional status we will now be providing additional logos which recognize their designation in a chosen Career Path. If you have a question on which specific designation to use please contact the PGA Education team.

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Career News

Limitations, Ladders & Labyrinths “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


n my discussions with young professionals about their goals, I generally hear slightly different versions of the same story, and it goes something like this. Start in an entry level position to gain experience, move into a better role or to a better employer to pad their resume, and then finally take a management level position… seemingly for eternity. The process they are describing is the idea of Career Ladders, which sound great in theory, but probably needs to be replaced by something more relevant. Careers (and life!) are more like a labyrinth than a ladder, with surprises around every turn and many paths leading to a dead end. J.R.R. Tolkien was right…the something we end up with is not always quite the something we were after. And all of this is OK. In fact, it is better than OK, as every dead-end forces you to try a different path, and that one may be the best path! In the traditional golf industry, there was really only one path, which led from Assistant Professional to Head Professional. But the world is changing fast, and with it new opportunities have emerged. When I entered the industry in the late 90’s there was no such thing as Trackman, Golf Genius or TopGolf; but now each of those companies offers a viable career for PGA Professionals. These examples are proof that new paths may emerge that you cannot even consider today. Your success in navigating this labyrinth is made even more difficult by your limitations (both personal and professional), which reduce the number of choices you have and the number of paths you can take. Examples of Limitations include: • • • • •

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.

Geographical - limiting the number of places you are willing to live Skills - making you unqualified for certain positions Financial - salary demands exclude opportunities Values - the things that are most important to you don’t match the job description Health – you are physically unable to pursue certain opportunities

Denying any or all of your personal or professional limitations makes it significantly more difficult to navigate the labyrinth. On the other hand, identifying and embracing them is beneficial, and an important first step. In fact, this is one of the key components of the Personal and Professional Development Model. If you have already registered, you may have already completed this exercise and I hope you are enjoying the process. If not, please click the link below. A reminder that this is NOT ONLY for those seeking new opportunities, but rather for anyone who wants to align the work they do to their values, gain new skills, level up in their current role, or simply feel more in control of their future. Through this guided process, I believe you can take another step in the direction of becoming the best possible version of yourself. I also believe that act will lead to career success, personal achievement and fulfillment both personally and professionally. Let’s navigate this labyrinth together, Keith Soriano, PGA PGA Career Consultant Serving the Colorado & Utah Sections ksoriano@pgahq.com 720.841.1006


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Colorado Section Launches Its First LEAD Class T

welve Colorado PGA Professionals have begun their journey in a leadership development program designed to mentor and progress their paths into volunteer leadership roles in the Colorado Section and in their communities. At their first gathering, Colorado PGA LEAD participants began the process of building connections and developing an understanding of all that the theme of Diversity and Inclusion embraces.

Members of the inaugural Colorado PGA LEAD class are: Breighton Bardezbanian, Flatirons GC; Alexandra Braga, Denver CC; Jeramy Curry, The Links GC; Jamie Gordon, UCCS-PGM; Maggie Hartman, First Tee of Pikes Peak; Katie Johnson, Fossil Trace GC; Matthew Kloppenburg, Columbine CC; Ryan Parr, Raven GC at Three Peaks; Ashley Skidmore, The Club at Flying Horse; Leighton Smith, Leighton Smith Golf; Keith Stilwell, Cheyenne Shadows GC; and Corey Zoller, Colorado GC.

The first cohort of Colorado PGA LEAD gathered at the Golf Club at Bear Dance for the first of many classes together. Linnet Carty, Diversity and Inclusion Educator for the PGA of America and lead for the National PGA LEAD Program, delivered resourceful and inspiring content at the session.

To kick off the program and to provide direction to Colorado PGA LEAD participants, Linnet Carty, Diversity and Inclusion Educator for the PGA of America and lead for the National PGA LEAD Program, delivered resourceful and inspiring content at the first session. Her presentation – The Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion – laid the groundwork for the work to be done over the next 24 months and provided insight into the finer points of diversity and inclusion. According to Carty, understanding the dimensions of difference, exploring unconscious bias and practicing inclusion are some of the key learning objectives. “Diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being asked to dance; and Engagement is dancing to a song you really like,” explained Carty.

the same. We all have blind spots to be conscious of but by acting with intention, each person can build momentum to make a change and to create an environment of diversity and inclusion.” “We are excited to launch this first Colorado PGA LEAD class and to engage with this exceptional group of future leaders,” shared Eddie Ainsworth, PGA, Colorado Section Executive Director and CEO, during his welcome comments. “The Board of Directors and the Section have committed to invest in each of you as a leader and to help develop your leadership skills to assist in getting you ready for future service.”

“We are excited to launch this first Colorado PGA LEAD class and to engage with this exceptional group of future leaders” - Eddie Ainsworth, PGA

A dive into the primary dimensions of diversity allowed for discussions related to generational, race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability and sexual orientation differences. However, she disclosed that diversity is not just about gender or color but is also about different ideas and thought processes. Carty concluded, “The first step in the process is to be authentic. We can all tell when someone is being genuine and honest and that inspires others to do

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Colorado PGA LEAD participants will have a unique opportunity to engage in leadership and networking activities with the support of the Colorado PGA Board of Directors and business leaders inside and outside the golf industry. Designed after the PGA of America LEAD program, this two-year class will meet, either inperson or digitally, on a monthly basis to explore topics relevant to their leadership growth such as board governance, conducting effective meetings, developing a leadership presence and personal branding and promotion, to name a few.


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CPGA REACH Foundation Re-Launches Growth of the Game Grants as Pillar Grants

Former Growth of the Game Grants Aimed at Offering Funding to Attract and Retain New Golfers Apply Now for Funding!


hat were in the past known as Growth of the Game Grants have been realigned to reflect the work done under the three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. Thus, the program has been renamed the Pillar Grant Program. “We are excited to announce this change as this is the Board’s way of refocusing our grant program, along with our scholarship program, to drive the most direct support to our Colorado PGA Members,” comments Jim Hajek, PGA, Section Vice President and PGA REACH Trustee Liaison. As far as the mission of the program, that has not changed. The mission remains to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA that employ PGA Members in good standing to develop and/or significantly enhance programs that align with the three pillars of our Foundation to attract and retain new golfers. The Pillar Grant Program will provide funding to assist with the costs of providing instruction, course/facility access and PGA Family Tees ONLY. Funding will only be approved for programs that align with: Youth Development Programs such as Golf in Schools, PGA Jr. League, or other junior programs

Supporting Our Military, specifically launching a PGA HOPE program; and

Diversity & Inclusion Programs targeting women and minorities.

What the program will not fund are facility construction and/or enhancements, administrative and indirect costs of a program, individual high school or collegiate teams, or private individuals and endowments.


Because funding is designed to assist our PGA Members with the development of new programs at their facilities, only one program per facility will be approved. Also, a facility will only be eligible to receive a grant for two years within a five-year time period. Second-year funding will automatically be approved upon receipt of the Program Follow-up Report from the PGA Member and facility. Follow-up Reports, along with the financial accounting of how the funds were utilized, are due by noon the first Monday in December. Failure to meet the report deadline will automatically prohibit second-year funding. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Those interested in being considered for a Colorado PGA REACH Pillar Grant must submit a completed application to Colorado PGA REACH. A PGA Member in good standing on behalf of the facility in which the PGA Member is employed must sign and submit the application. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, February 22, 2019. March grant recipients will be announced at the Spring Meeting on March 25, 2019. Colorado PGA REACH and the Colorado Section PGA assumes no responsibility for timely delivery of applications sent via the U.S. Postal Service or any other document delivery service. Complete details of the program are available at coloradopga.com.

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Colorado PGA REACH College Scholarship Program Expanded Program to Increase Support for PGA Professionals and Their Families - Applications Due Monday, March 4, 2019


ollege-aged family members of Colorado PGA Professionals now have an additional prospect when it comes to funding their higher education! New for the 2019-2020 academic year, children of Colorado PGA Members can double dip! The Colorado Section will no longer limit our students who qualify for a National PGA Scholarship from being considered for a Section Scholarship. Thus, all children of Colorado PGA Members who qualify, whether they receive PGA of America funding or not, will be eligible to be considered for financial aid from the Colorado Section. The Colorado Section and the PGA of America continue their charitable commitment to higher education by providing scholarships to golfers and non-golfers alike. Over the last 10 years, Colorado college students have been the recipients of more than $280,000 in funding to assist them with their higher education aspirations – more than $171,000 from the Section and $109,000 from the PGA of America. The two programs work together to award college scholarships to the family members of PGA Professionals. To apply, all students must submit the application form located on the PGA of America website at http:// apps.pga.org/scholarship. Details of the two programs are as follows: Colorado Section PGA Scholarships The Colorado PGA Scholarship Program follows the same eligibility requirements as those of the PGA of America. By completing and submitting the PGA

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of America scholarship application, graduating high school seniors and college students are also fulfilling the necessary paperwork to apply for a local Colorado PGA Scholarship. As stated earlier, all Colorado applicants who qualify, whether they receive PGA of America funding or not, will be eligible to be considered for financial aid from the Colorado Section. PGA of America Scholarship Program The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program provides up to two college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA Members. Eligibility criteria includes: • • • •

A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in either high school or college. Be a child or grandchild of a PGA member in good standing. Be accepted for admission to a two-year or four-year college or university. Be enrolled as a full-time student or be accepted as an incoming freshman pursuing a full-time course load.

Additional information, along with the application, is available at http://apps.pga.org/scholarship. Should there be any difficulty in accessing the PGA of America application, please contact the Section Office. The deadline for all scholarship applications is Monday, March 4, 2019.


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Make the Turn Founder Ritter to Highlight CPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit Summit Set for March 12, 2019 at Fossil Trace Golf Club


eff Ritter, CEO/Founder at MAKE THE TURN PERFORMANCE, a Golf Channel Academy lead instructor and the National Director of NIKE Junior Golf Camps, overseeing curriculum at over 100 locations throughout North America, will be the featured instructor at the Colorado PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit presented by the Denver Golf Expo and Functional Remedies this March 12, 2019 at Fossil Trace Golf Club. Ritter will be joined by fellow Golf Channel Academy instructor Trent Wearner, PGA Director of Instruction at the Trent Wearner Golf Academy and a winner of multiple Colorado PGA Awards. “I have been following Jeff on social media the last couple of years and it is great to see what he has built with his brand and golf instruction. The golf industry has taken notice too as he has been in national golf publications and spoke at several golf industry events,” noted Josh Miller, Colorado PGA Education Committee Chair. “I am so excited for he and Trent to be featured guests at the Teaching & Coaching Summit this year!” Jeff Ritter, CEO/Founder at MAKE THE TURN

Ritter teaches out of Pronghorn Resort in Oregon and PERFORMANCE will be the keynote speaker at the Colorado has developed the “Make the Turn” curriculum to help his PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit presented by the Denver students. ‘Make The Turn’ curriculum utilizes cutting edge Golf Expo and Functional Remedies practices in learning and skill development to make the road to achievement both simple and doable for every golfer. An accomplished coach, author and speaker, Ritter is known for his unique approach to teaching the game. His passion for inspiration, body health and mental flexibility has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well but living well. A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff is a regular featured guest on Golf Channel appearing on programs such as Morning Drive. In 2016, he was studio host of PGA National Instruction Day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history. In 2014 he created the Make The Turn Weekly Challenge Series for Golf Digest TV. The program was the most successful series on the Golf Digest platform, garnering 20 million viewers. His inspiring perspective on game and lifestyle development has Jeff traveling internationally to share the Make The Turn message of living more powerfully through the game of golf. Ritter will be joined by Trent Wearner, PGA Director of Instruction and Owner at the Trent Wearner Golf Academy. Wearner, a three-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year, as well as past receipient of the Player Development Award and Youth Player Development Award, will touch on building a successful teaching business and marketing to today’s golfers. For more information or to register, please click here. Trent Wearner, winner of multiple Colorado PGA Awards, will join Ritter as a presenter during the Teaching and Coaching Summit.


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Brand New Specialization Workshop to be Delivered in Colorado PGA

New Step in Lifelong Learning Being Delivered in Classroom Setting for the First Time


uilding on the success of the In-Person Certified Professional Program delivered in the Colorado PGA for the last six years, the Colorado PGA is partnering with the PGA of America Education Department to host a PGA of America Specialization Workshop in Executive Management.

Executive Management Specialization Workshop April 15-16, 2019 The Golf Club at Bear Dance

“We’ve seen great results with our Click here for more information and to register in-person Certified Professional Program and look to continue in that same direction with the Specialization Workshop,” noted Colorado PGA Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth. “The classroom or “in-person” style of learning delivers an incredible experience where those participating in the program can not only learn from the material but from their peers in the class.” The idea behind the Specialization is to continuously improve your business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. The PGA Specialized Program is an educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA Members who are committed to excellence and furthering their career. It delivers “on-demand” access to training when your schedule permits, and reduces time and travel costs associated with traditional training. pga.org The Executive Management track provides leadership, hospitality and organizational structure while strategically managing the entire enterprise. This includes all departmental and business operations such as Club Operations, Food & Beverage, Golf Operations, Golf Course Maintenance, Membership, Fitness, Aquatics and Tennis. It also incorporates the administration of financing of the golf business.

To complete the Specialized designation, you must: •

Be a PGA Member

Pay an online course library access fee of $350 (Course library offers more than 200 courses (MSR Eligible))

Select one of three specific career paths: Teaching & Coaching, Golf Operations or Executive Management (the Colorado PGA has selected Executive Management for the first in-person workshop)

Complete the 30 Required courses within your career path selection

Complete 10 Self-Selected (elective) courses from our PGA Course Library

Submit a written project (View the project guidelines here. There is a $100 fee to unlock access)

Once Specialization is complete, the next step in your journey is Certification.

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Tournament News

PGA of America Creates Tools for Implementation of New Rules of Golf T

he PGA of America is pleased to present a set of resources to you that the USGA Rules team has put together for PGA Members, in collaboration with the PGA of America’s leadership team. These resources will assist with the implementation of the new Rules in 2019 at the local level. Here is a brief overview of what is available to you: 1. Rules of Golf Publications: As a service to the golf community, the USGA will offer complimentary copies of both the 2019 Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf and the 2019 Rules of Golf to golf associations, entities and clubs. As part of this program, PGA Members can order these two Rules publications at desired quantity and will be responsible for only the cost of shipping. The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, the replacement for the “Decisions” book, will also be available for order at cost (approximately $16 per book). As you prepare your order, please be advised that all current USGA Members will receive a complimentary Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf book as part of their member benefit. Also, USGA Member Clubs will receive two Player’s Edition books, two Rules of Golf books and one Official Guide to the Rules of Golf book after renewing their membership for 2019. Orders may be placed in two ways:


Online: www.USGApublications.com. Please note, if you have not done so already, you will need to register online to take advantage of preferred pricing and bulk ordering.

Phone: 1-800-336-4446

2. Digital Club “Toolkit”: To support the education of golfers at the club level, PGA Members can find a link to a digital club “toolkit” below. The toolkit contains the following resources: •

PowerPoint presentation for the education of club members

Digital poster on the major changes (to be printed by PGA Members)

Digital “cart sticker” on the primary changes (to be printed by PGA Members)

Short video discussing the top 9 changes that a golfer needs to know

Canned written content for communication with club members (e.g., newsletters, website articles)

Suggested social media posts to be distributed through club social media accounts

Additional assets to be delivered in early 2019 – please check the link below periodically.

PGA Members can access the digital toolkit by clicking here! Please note, in addition to this digital toolkit, USGA Member Clubs will receive a physical toolkit upon renewing their membership for 2019, which will contain copies of the three Rules publications along with a set of printed posters and “cart stickers” to promote the major changes and direct golfers to additional resources.

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3. PGA/USGA Rules Workshops: PGA Members are encouraged to attend a PGA/USGA Workshop for a comprehensive, 3-day program on all the changes to the Rules of Golf and, by doing so, earn MSR credits towards their PGA membership. PGA Members are also encouraged to become “Rules-certified” through one of the established certification options, particularly the newly established “Advanced” certification level, by either taking an exam at a PGA/USGA Workshop or at their local Allied Golf Association. For more information on this program and the upcoming schedule, please click here. 4. Colorado Golf Association Rules Seminars: The Colorado Golf Association is offering seminars at facilities around the state. The seminars are available to PGA Members and Associates at no charge. You may also inquire about hosting a seminar at your facility. For more information and the upcoming schedule of seminars, please click here. To inquire regarding hosting or to register for a seminar, please contact Robert Duke at the CGA by email. Now is the time to review the new Rules, as well as access additional resources and materials by visiting USGA.org/ rules, and by downloading the new Rules app. If you have any additional questions or requests, please reach out to the USGA Rules team by sending an email to rules@usga.org or calling 908.326.1850.

Events Finalized for 2019 Schedule T

he Colorado PGA announced the 2019 tournament schedule in the Winter issue of Colorado PGA Pro Peaks. The schedule at that time included a number of events that had not been finalized. Most of those events have now been finalized. Please find a list of events that have been finalized since the schedule was released: •

April 15 | Pro-Only #3 | Collindale GC

May 29 | Pro-Only #4 | Highland Meadows GC

June 17 | The Ranch Country Club Pro-Am

Click here to access the entire schedule

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ave you ever wanted to get paid faster? Who hasn’t!? The Colorado PGA utilizes the PGA of America Accounting Staff for all accounting needs, including paying PGA Professional for tournament winnings, instructor fees and any other time a PGA Professional receives payment from the Section.

The process is easy to setup taking just minutes. Plus, you get paid faster! To access the online form to begin setting up Direct Deposit, please click here.

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Tournament News

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 | Collindale Golf Course 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 | Highland Meadows GC

*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 | The Ranch Country Club Pro – Am | The Ranch Country Club

*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

*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


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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.

Playing Ability Test Schedule Apr 24, 2019 | Playing Ability Test # 1 | CommonGround GC May 16, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #2 | Indian Tree GC Jun 5, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #3 | Riverdale GC – Knolls Course Jun 12, 2019 | W.C. - Playing Ability Test #1 | GC TBD Jun 26, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #4 | GC TBD Jul 18, 2019 | Playing Ability Test # 5 | GC TBD Aug 1, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #6 | Coyote Creek GC Aug 22, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #7 | GC TBD Sept 18, 2019 | Playing Ability Test #8 | Cheyenne Shadows GC Sept 25, 2019 | W.C.-Playing Ability Test #2 | GC TBD

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Presidents Club | $20,000 and above Colorado Golf and Turf Tom Bauerle

National Car Rental PGA Tour

Platinum | $10,000 Colorado AvidGolfer Allen Walters


Gold | $5,000

Denver Golf Expo Mark Cramer

Breckenridge Distillery Mike Horan

Masek Golf Cars Jason Masek

Silver | $2,500 Adidas/Ashworth Mike Bryant

GolfStatus Jason Meininger, PGA

AHEAD Zach Ledvina


PTE Golf Matt Pollitt Maui Jim Sunglasses Kevin Neff

Sterling Cut Glass


Sun Mountain Kevin Neff

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Bronze | $1,000

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Colorado PGA - Pro Peaks - February 2019  

This month we feature a number of exciting education programs coming to the Colorado PGA. Jeff Ritter, Make the Turn Founder, will highlight...

Colorado PGA - Pro Peaks - February 2019  

This month we feature a number of exciting education programs coming to the Colorado PGA. Jeff Ritter, Make the Turn Founder, will highlight...