Colorado PGA REACH Foundation News
Braga, Hartman Take Advantage of PGA LEAD at Section, National Level The Colorado PGA has replicated the PGA of America by implementing a LEAD class program in our own Section. The official class of 2019-2020 has 11 members and are a part of the two-year leadership program. During each issue, we will introduce members of the Colorado PGA LEAD class by featuring different members each month in SUMMIT. We are starting with two of our members who have each been specially selected not only by the Colorado PGA LEAD but also at the PGA of America LEAD program. Alexandra Braga, PGA, is in her second year of the PGA of America LEAD class and Maggie Hartman, PGA, is an incoming member of the recently announced PGA of America LEAD class. Braga is currently the PGA Certified Director of Player Development at Denver Country Club. She is part of cohort IV of the National PGA LEAD program, as well as the first class of the Colorado PGA LEAD. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 2007, double majoring in Biological Sciences and Anthropology. Following college, she played professionally on the LPGA Symetra Tour until 2013. At the conclusion of her playing career, she found her love for teaching the game of golf and has specialized in golf instruction ever since. She currently resides in Edgewater, Colo., with her wife and newborn daughter.
Alexandra Braga, PGA Certified Director of Player Development at Denver Country Club has been a member of the Colorado PGA LEAD and PGA of America LEAD programs.
1) What is the most valuable thing you have learned since joining the CO PGA LEAD class? My path to the PGA may have been slightly different than that of others. I did not have a solid understanding about the governance of the PGA on the section or national level. I wanted to get involved but didnâ€™t really know how. The Colorado PGA LEAD program has been very informative and has helped me to better understand the roles of the board and officers. We have been able to attend board meetings and see the inner workings of the Section and implementation of the Colorado PGA mission and vision. 2) How do you see this helping you in the future? In the future, I hope to serve PGA Members by being on a committee and eventually the Board. I think it is important to understand how the system works, so I can be useful to the process. PGA LEAD has really helped me to understand the different roles and better prepare me to serve our Section. This program has highlighted the fact that there need to be diverse voices in leadership to help do the greatest good for our membership. The Colorado Section is one of the first sections to start their own PGA LEAD program. I think this really illustrates the forwardthinking nature of our section and leadership. I am very proud to be part of this program and a section that values diverse thinking. Hartman is a Denver native who grew up playing City Park Golf Course. She played several sports through high school but chose golf when she decided to enter the PGA Golf Management Program at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has been involved with instruction continued on page 17
Hartman gives a high five to a junior at the First Tee of Pikes Peak.