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Special Awards Feature

Helping Others is Central to Mease, 2019 Colorado PGA Player Development Award Winner P

GA Professional Kirk Mease, PGA, Head Professional at Wellshire Golf Course, is the recipient of the 2019 Colorado Player Development Award. “It is very humbling to receive this award,” says Mease. “I thoroughly enjoy everything the golf industry and the game of golf have to offer. Being able to make a difference in the lives of others through this great game is what it is all about.” Mease grew up the youngest of five boys. While his brothers all played tennis, according to Mease, he defected to play golf, finding it more enjoyable than tennis. When he was just 10 years old, he and his brother would take their allowance and go to the course to play 9-holes for just $3. He cut his teeth on the game at the Twilight Golf Course at the intersection of Quebec and Leetsdale in Denver. His first golf-course job was at Park Hill Golf Course where he worked while attending college and, from there, he spent the next three years at Legacy Ridge Golf Course. He was elected into Membership on April 1, 1997, and by the beginning of 1998, he had earned his first Head Professional position at Willis Case Golf Course. From there, Heritage at Westmoor (now Walnut Creek Golf Preserve) recruited Mease to assist with the opening of that course. In 2000, he came to Wellshire Golf Course. Wellshire had originally been a country club until the Depression of the 1930’s. At that time, Wellshire and Cherry Hills both existed, however, that was more than the community could bear. In 1936, the City and County of Denver purchased the course and clubhouse (which still stands to this day) for $60,000 and it has been a public facility ever since. The City of Denver also took over the golf shop concession that was held for many years by the Hart Family. “Playing golf at Wellshire was a part of my childhood,” remembers Mease, “so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to accept a position here. I have been fortunate to be in and around Wellshire for close to 40 years.”

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Helping others is central to all that Mease holds dear. In fact, he endures his own personal challenges that have limited his time on the golf course. He experienced his first symptom of Neuro-sarcoidosis in 2000, a condition that, for him, affects his spine and brain at various times. This condition is likely a contributor to what drives Mease. He is not a quitter. When asked about his condition, he comments, “This is my new normal. With a positive mindset and the strong support of family and friends, I will continue to take life one shot at a time.” This award recognizes a PGA Member who has made extraordinary contributions and achievements in conducting and/or supporting Play Golf America initiatives. What does it mean to you to receive the Player Development Award? Receiving this award gives me an assurance that people are noticing what we are doing here at Wellshire. As with everyone in the golf industry, we are all very busy, but the entire staff here is committed to working with our HOPE Program and with the military in the Denver area. The HOPE Program is enjoyable to all, especially to us, the instructors. We all feel intense gratitude when we are able to help a veteran come out of a dark place and use golf as a tool to help them get through life. Our HOPE Fall Session has 30 participants – an all-time high for our program. We have been fortunate to have a number of noteworthy things come from our HOPE Program. We introduced Vietnam helicopter pilot, Jim Bishop, to

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The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October Issue  

This month we go in depth with some of our 2019 Colorado PGA Special Award winners with the following articles: • Living by The Golden Rule...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October Issue  

This month we go in depth with some of our 2019 Colorado PGA Special Award winners with the following articles: • Living by The Golden Rule...