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President’s Message

Cheers To All Successes Shared Reflecting on the Past Season and Term of Office Fellow PGA Professionals,

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s we come to the home stretch of the 2020 golf season, what a year it has been! Amidst all the uncertainty that came with the course openings in the spring amid the pandemic, who would have thought that the golf industry and our game would see unprecedented growth? I am sure that many of you were bracing for impact the way I was at my club, tightening budgets and trying to predict the unpredictable. It seems now that we must shift our focus to retention of the new and returning golfers this year. I am confident that the dedicated PGA Professionals we have in the Colorado Section will rise to the challenges as we have many times, promoting and growing the game of golf! As I wrote in the last issue, it is my sincere hope that you, your families and staffs have been able to take care of yourselves and each other this year. I hope that the fall season gives you some time to reflect and recover while preparing for the future. We are living in complicated times that can prove the need for fellowship, family and some much-needed time on the golf course. Cheers to another golf season winding down!

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

Once again, this month, I want to give my personal congratulations to the featured award winners on their accomplishments: Ryan Bakken (Assistant PGA Golf Professional of the Year), Ed Oldham (Player Development), Tom Young (Youth Player Development), Matt Schalk (Public Merchandiser of the Year) and Jeff Seltz (Private Merchandiser of the Year). I am honored to share this Section with such passionate Professionals. Please read on to hear from some of our best and brightest and give your congratulations the next time you see them. Lastly, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your president the past two years. This has been the honor of my career to be entrusted with the leadership of your Colorado Section PGA, the best of the 41! My 10 years of experience on the Board, six as an officer, have been the greatest learning experiences for me, not to mention the wonderful relationships that I have gained. I believe that we have accomplished great things, including the creation of the Golf in Schools programs, Colorado PGA LEAD, the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, expansion of Colorado PGA REACH Programs to include partnerships presenting seven mortgage-free homes to veterans, among other things. All of these accomplishments belong to you, the Colorado PGA Member, and none of which I would have had the opportunity to share in without your permission to serve. Sincerely,

Ben Welsh, PGA Head Golf Professional Honorary President Colorado PGA Section 970-328-2326 (Work) 970-688-0115 (Cell)

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The SUMMIT

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The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October 2020  

In this issue of The SUMMIT, we are excited to share about the newest member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Master Professional Ed O...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October 2020  

In this issue of The SUMMIT, we are excited to share about the newest member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Master Professional Ed O...