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PGA of America News

Fall Updates October brings the Senior PGA Professional Championship

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would like to start off by congratulating the Colorado PGA Golf Professionals who qualified for the Senior PGA Professional Championship. Congratulations to Jeff Hanson, Doug Rohrbaugh, Michael Zaremba, Micah Rudosky, Bill Hancock, Dale Smigelsky and John Ogden. The Championship will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, October 15-18. It is great to be returning to playing member championships, although it will be somewhat of a different environment as we deal with protocols that will be in place to ensure the safety of all players. Good luck to all of you; I’ll see you there! ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting will officially be held virtually this year. While it will be different, it allows us the opportunity to conduct our association’s business, as well as conduct the election for National Secretary, Vice President and President. I encourage you to set the time aside on Thursday, October 29, to watch your association governance in action. GOLF EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND I want to give everyone an update on the Golf Emergency Relief Fund. During Phase 1, which ran from mid-April to mid-May, $4,133,000 were awarded. That averaged to $1,233 per grant for 3,351 grants awarded. During Phase 2, which started May 27th, $3,670,366 has been awarded to date, which is an average of $1,825 per grant for the 1,825 grants awarded. In total, over 5,000 grants were awarded totaling almost $8 million. The PGA of America contribution totaled $7.5 million. MEMBER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM During these challenging and stressful times, an important resource available to our PGA Members and Associates is the Member Assistance Program. The SupportLinc Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a company-sponsored resource that helps you deal with life’s challenges and the demands that come with balancing home and work. SupportLinc provides members and associates with confidential, professional counseling for a wide array of personal and work-related concerns, including short-term counseling, legal and financial consultation, dependent care referrals and technology-based resources to assist in every aspect of life. You can call SupportLinc toll-free at 866-4PGAMAP (474-2627). You will be immediately connected to a licensed SupportLinc counselor who can provide you with assistance. SupportLinc is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are logged into PGA.org, you can access the Member Assistance Program website directly through the Benefits & Tools area. Login information is not required. You can also access services through pgamap. com. You will need to enter “pga” as the login name. The password is linc123. As we start heading into the “off season,” I want to reiterate that I am here to serve you, the members and associates of the PGA of America. I will be the District 9 Director for only a few more months, but if there is anything I can do or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, ron@cranecreekcc.com. Ron Rawls, PGA District 9 Director PGA of America Head Professional Crane Creek CC

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

The SUMMIT

Profile for Colorado PGA

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - September 2020