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Volume 5, Issue 5

June 2013

Executive Director Report

What a week the 74th Senior PGA Championship provided the Gateway PGA. There is so much good content about the Senior Championship in the newsletter that I will not belabor the point. I do, however, want to thank you all again for your service and promotion of the event. I know that many of you could not break Josh Riley, PGA away during this busy week but I appreciate everything that Executive Director was done to make this one of the most successful majors in PGA history. I would also like to congratulate Bob Gaus, JC Anderson, Brian Fogt, and Jerry Tucker on their participation in this year’s event. A special thank you and tip of the hat to Jesse Barge, Master PGA Professional and Bob Shogren for their extraordinary service to the Rules of Golf during the Championship.

This Issue

74th Senior PGA Championship Volunteer Thank You


Tornado Hits Whitmoor


Growth of the Game


Assistants Corner

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Rules Corner


Employment Corner

P 8


P 9-12

Time for Nine

P 13

74th Senior PGA Championship Recap Upcoming Tournaments

I had the opportunity to survey Whitmoor Country Club with their director of golf and one of the true gentlemen of our Section, Brian Maine. Tornadoes are an unbelievable act of nature and it is mind numbing to see how quickly they can change the landscape of an area and the lives of people. You will see some pictures and a description of the storms that rolled through parts of St. Louis on May 31st. I encourage PGA Professionals to let the Gateway Section know if you have been impacted by uncontrollable circumstances. We want to help you in whatever way we can and the only way to tell your story and provide assistance is by knowing. There is massive flooding across the Gateway PGA. If you have been affected by this – please let us know. The PGA of America has a Disaster Relief Fund that can be applied for by any individual member who has been affected. If approved, a one-time $5,000 grant could be awarded towards deductibles or other expenses facing you.

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P 18

Future Events

P 19

Member Updates

P 20

Section Officers Joe Schwent, PGA President

Nathan Charnes, PGA Vice-President

Benjiman Kent, PGA Secretary

Gateway PGA Staff A quick update – Bob Shogren is recovering from cancer surgery that took place right after the Senior PGA Championship. He will start five weeks of radiation soon and is hopeful to be back out on the links as quickly as possible. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. With the ups and downs over the last few weeks, we as PGA Professionals move forward at our respective positions. I am excited to jump back into the tournament season and it is always fun to meet the new Junior PGA interns and see that program jump into full swing. I hope to see you out on the course soon and remember to let us know if we can do anything to help you in anyway. All the best,

Josh Riley, PGA Executive Director

Steve Finn, PGA Assistant Executive Director

Alex Anderson Director or Junior Golf

Ali Wells, PGA Growth of the Game and Program Director

Lindsay Riley Foundation Admin Assistant

Susan Bender Membership Gateway Section | 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Ste 110 | Chesterfield, MO 63005-1360 | |

On behalf of the Gateway PGA and the 74th Senior PGA Championship, we would like to thank you for your service at Bellerive Country Club. We cannot thank you enough for your tireless effort and for taking time away from your family and/or facility during the holiday week. We hope that you enjoyed your experience and benefited from being involved in this global championship.

The Gateway PGA was tasked with filling over 80 PGA Professional volunteer positions during an extremely busy time in the golf industry. To say that you stepped up would be understating your positive impact. Your involvement was one of the main reasons this Championship was considered one of the best in Association history. PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, remarked that the 74th Senior PGA Championship was conducted at a level not seen at other championships during his service to the PGA. There is still much work to be done before the final report is delivered from the championship. However, it is safe to say that we topped corporate hospitality sales, attendance and will be right there with merchandise sales and overall revenue. One aspect of the tournament that is intangible is the service and professionalism shown by the host PGA Section. We are proud to say that we do not think this Senior PGA Championship can be rivaled.

Thank you again for your commitment to our association and for taking time out of your schedule to grow the positive perception of the Gateway PGA. We are in the process of finalizing and posting your MSR credits. You will be receiving one credit for every hour worked - up to eight credits a day. If you have any questions or do not see your MSR’s posted, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the staff.

Joe Schwent, PGA President, Gateway PGA

Joshua Riley, PGA Executive Director, Gateway PGA

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Tornado Hits Whitmoor Country Club On the evening of Friday, May 31, Whitmoor Country Club was hit with a tornado that left a mark that will forever change the look of one of Gateway PGA’s most active clubs. The tornado entered the club not far from the main entrance and left in its wake down trees, damaged homes, and a totaled maintenance building. Several homes in the area have been condemned while others have experienced significant structural damage. Amazingly, there were no deaths and only a few reports of minor injuries from a storm that dropped multiple tornados, across St. Louis, with one of them traveling a course of over 30 miles. Whitmoor Country Club re-opened the South Course on Wednesday, June 5th and has plans to re-open the North Course on Saturday, June 8th. There will be continued clean-up efforts that include fixing the massive marks left by flying debris that buried itself into greens all across the course.

Uprooted tree that took part of a cart path with it.

The maintenance building was reduced to a shell.

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GROWTH OF THE GAME “Growth of the Game” is becoming much more than a phrase in the Gateway Section. Between two Family Fun Zone Consumer events, an Executive Women’s event, Get Golf Ready PSAs and marketing efforts, and the exposure through the Senior PGA Championship, Golf Is Growing! Two consecutive days of Family Fun Zones were held (Six Flags on May 18th and Busch Stadium on May 19th) estimating a PGA brand exposure of over 300,000 people. That’s huge! Both events included fun activities for adults and kids to do together and featured Gateway PGA Professionals giving lessons and playing with kids.

Ali Wells, PGA Director Foundation Programs & Player Development

Capturing the excitement and buzz around golf and capitalizing on it is critical. Hundreds of thousands of local golfers and potential golfers have been exposed through Get Golf Ready messaging. Don’t let this opportunity for new business pass you by. MAKE SURE YOU ARE A REGISTERED GET GOLF READY HOST FACILITY AND POST ANY ADULT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ONLINE AT ACTIVE.COM! If you do not know how to do this, or would like assistance to ensure optimal exposure, please call us. Resources are available to help with applying, registering, posting, and updating your programs and facility. Women’s Golf Day This growing event is one you don’t want to miss. A free, open to the public growth of the game event, Women’s Golf Day will be held at the Quarry at Crystal Springs on Saturday, June 22nd. From 2-4 pm, ladies will receive instruction from local golf professionals (YOU!) in different parts of their game and a free happy hour following. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage new and non-golfers to take a Women’s Get Golf Ready class from you, join your ladies league, or maybe return for a lesson or round of golf. The Growth of the Game Committee is still in need of a few more instructors – contact me for more information or to help. College Skills Combine It’s Back! The successful pilot year of the College Combine encouraged us to do it again. Held this year at Old Hickory Golf Club on Saturday, June 29th, the Combine Skills Combine looks to arm young competitive golfers with a snapshot of where their game is followed with areas to improve and golf professionals that can provide those services. If you are interested in becoming involved, the Growth of the Game Committee would love to hear from you. Again, we are still in need of golf professionals to be onsite scoring tests and noting tips/areas for improvement. Contact me for more information on how to participate.

Ali Wells, PGA Foundation Operations Director

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Assistants Corner May was a great month and great start to the 2013 year for the Assistants of the Gateway Section. We kicked off our events this year with our Pro-Am at WingHaven Country Club. Nineteen teams played in the Pro- Am event this year. The day started with a Demo Day. We had a great showing of vendors to participate that included Cobra, Ping, Taylor-Made, Nike, Callaway, Titleist, and Cleveland Golf. The event itself was a 2 best ball of 4 Shamble. Congratulations to the team from Persimmon Woods and Meadowbrook who tied for 1st place at 25 under. Persimmon Woods ended up winning 1st overall by winning a scorecard playoff. The team from The Club at Old Hawthorne ended up taking 3rd place in a scorecard playoff over the team from Illini Country Club. Michael Leotta, PGA The day concluded with delicious appetizers and a silent auction. We had a very successful event and we want to thank WingHaven Country Club for hosting and their entire staff for a great experience. This month we also started the Assistants 2-Man Match Play Tournament. Nine teams are entered this year and matches are starting to be played. This event is 1 best ball of 2 match play and will be going on all season. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 3! Assistants Championship at Greenbriar Hills. Registration opens August 12. Feel free to contact any one of your committee members with any questions or concerns you might have. Your 2013 Assistant Committee Members are: Michael Leotta, PGA Chairman Illini Country Club Brandon Coffey, PGA Vice-Chairman Forest Hills Country Club George Schrage, Secretary Quincy Country Club Gideon Smith, PGA Board Liaison Quincy Country Club Ty Zimmerman, PGA Past-Chairman Westwood Country Club Andrew Jury Winghaven Country Club RJ Villafuerte, PGA Meadowbrook Country Club Richard Niedergerke, PGA Club at Old Hawthrone Austin Waibel Club at Old Hawthrone

PGA Board of Directors Approves Proposals Related to PGA Championships At the Feb. 21 meeting of the PGA Board of Directors, held at PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the Board unanimously approved three proposals related to PGA Championships. First, the Board modified the current guideline for women PGA member yardage from the “maximum of 90 percent” to “up to a maximum of 85 percent of the men's yardage” for national PGA Professional events where men and women play from different tees for the same prize money. This change should allow courses to be set up in the 78-85 percent range of the men's yardage, which should allow women PGA members to be able to fairly compete with men for the same purses from different tees.

•PGA Winter Championships •PGA Tournament Series •Section PGA Professional Championships at the host Section's option •Section Senior PGA Professional Championships and Section Assistant Professional Championships at the host Section's option •Section Qualifying Championships for the PGA Team Championship •PATs Finally, the Board approved a change to the age eligibility policy for juniors who wish to compete in PGA junior events.

Second, the Board agreed to the use of Electronic Distance Measuring Devices in the Junior PGA Championship, Junior Ryder Cup and PGA Junior Series.

The new policy: All players who are 18 years of age and under through the final round of the Junior PGA Championship, regardless of their matriculation into college, shall be eligible to compete in national PGA Junior events.

Electronic Distance Measuring Devices also are used at these PGA of America events:

The change allows for 18-year-olds to compete in national PGA Junior events even if they are in college.

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RULES CORNER The “nearest point of relief” is a term defined in The Rules of Golf. It is the reference point for taking relief from an immovable obstruction, an abnormal ground condition, or a wrong putting green. A note at the end of the definition gives guidance as to the procedure for determining the nearest point of relief. Decision 24-2b/1 clarifies the intent of the note. That decision states “In determining the nearest point of relief accurately it is recommended that the player use the club, address position, the direction of play, and swing (right or left handed) that he have used had the obstruction or condition not been there”. Frequently players will take relief without following this procedure. For example a right handed player may find his ball on a cart path near the left edge of the path. He or she lifts the ball and drops it within a club length of the edge of the path. Decision 24-2b/2 tells us this is permissible. The rules do not require the player to go through the procedure but the ball must be dropped and played from an area that satisfies the requirements of the rule. In circumstances where the ball is dropped and played from a spot that does not satisfy the requirements of the rule the player is penalized for playing from a wrong place (Rule 20/7). During the fourth round of the PGA Senior Championship, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Rod Spittle found himself in a situation where it was necessary to go through the procedure for determining the nearest point of relief. His tee shot came to rest on a cart path. The ball was about two feet to the right of center. At first glance one might think the nearest point of relief would be to the right of the path, however, Rule 24-2a informs us that interference occurs

if the path interferes with the players stance. I had Rod take the club (a #7 iron) he would normally use for the shot and simulate his stance on both sides of the path. He placed a tee on the spot where the clubhead Jesse Barge, PG rested. In this instance the nearMaster Professional est point of relief ended up being to the left of the path. Ironically, if this had been his fellow competitor Russ Cochran’s ball the nearest point of relief would have been to the right because Russ is left-handed. Rod then asked if he could use another club besides the #7 iron to measure. The answer was yes. The #7 iron was the club used to determine the nearest point of relief. He could now use any club for measuring. Rod then used his driver to measure the one club length from the nearest point of relief. Decision 20-1 tells us the club originally selected for measuring must be used for all measuring in a given situation. Thus, the driver would have been used if it was necessary to determine if the ball rolled more than two club lengths from where it first struck a part of the course and a re-drop was required under Rule 20-2c (vi).

Jesse Barge, Rules Official observes Greg Turner's drop on 18 during the second round of the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, at Bellerive Country Club on May 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America) Gateway Section | 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Ste 110 | Chesterfield, MO 63005-1360 | | 7 

Employment Corner Career Planning or “What’s Next”…

Tim Marks, PGA PGA Employment Consultant

While summer is a busy time for all of you, it is also a great time to sit back and take stock of “what’s next” and “what should I do to figure out what’s next”? Many of you reading this may have already attained that career goal, many have not, but now is always the best time to evaluate where you stand and where are you headed. Allow me to give you some ideas and tasks to perform to help you through this process. 

Get started now! Many of those who fail to achieve success do not have goals and objectives to strive for.  It is a good idea to focus on what you want your career goal to be. What is the ultimate position that interests you the most? General Manager? Head Golf Professional? Course Owner/Operator? Director of Instruction? Retail Professional? There are many positions available in our industry that lead to successes. In order to achieve them you must plan for them.  Educate yourself! Becoming certified and moving through the PGA Certified Professional Program is a great way to find out what career path you want to go down. Click here for more information on CPP 2.0. Educate yourself by putting yourself in situations of greater responsibility in your current position. Ask questions and learn how every department in your facility operates. If your desire is to learn more about food and beverage, ask for help from the person at your facility that deals with this the most and then learn how their department operates. Be the person that gets ahead by doing and becoming involved!  Determine what you need to prepare for the career path you have in mind. One of the best ways to do this is to read and understand the job description for that ultimate position you desire and to set your path based on the skills needed to accomplish the duties required. PGA Employment Services has job descriptions located on PGALinks for your use and we are also currently updating them to make them more relevant to today’s industry. The new descriptions should be available later this summer. Current descriptions can be found here.  Create a simple Career Plan.  Career goal:  To become a General Manager at a public golf facility  Possible requirements:  What are the requirements of the position, or what skills do you need to procure such a position? College Education, Certification, Food & Beverage knowledge, financial skills, etc.  Current skills and interests:  What skills do you currently possess that have you started on this path  Plan to reach career goal:  Finish a degree, complete certification, procure positions leading to the goal, etc. These are just some of the things that you can do to get a career plan started. If you need additional assistance with this, would like to learn more about it, or ask any other employment issues or questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great summer!

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great way to kick off the week of the 74th Senior PGA Championship.

Did you know that the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid was the official launch of PGA REACH, the now national initiative of the PGA of America Foundation? Well, now you do! Coinciding with this is OUR launch of a continuous PGA REACH piece to be included in the Gateway PGA Newsletter. With all of the preparation and activity surrounding the Championship, PGA REACH grew in strides and received great exposure. Prior to the Championship, PGA REACH accomplished a few “firsts”. On April 20th, the first of two Community Cleanup Days happened in north St. Louis at what’s being dubbed “the REACH Field”. 75 volunteers, Boys and Girls Club (BGCSTL) members, Urban K-Life staff and local community residents showed up bright and early for a morning of hard work followed by an afternoon cookout. One month later, more volunteers and 20 Boys and Girls Club kids helped paint handprints along the field perimeter. The final product: a clean, safe, open area where kids of BGCSTL and Urban K-Life can play golf and other activities outside! In May, the first class of the PGA REACH Education and Job Training Program was completed with freshman students of Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. Following an introduction to golf program in PE class led by Michael Brown, PGA, students were invited to commit to an eight week program at Urban K-Life. This program included outside-the-classroom assistance in math through building a miniature golf course, golf instruction and a trip to a golf course, and help with preparing job applications. We see GREAT THINGS for this part of PGA REACH in the future and can always use an extra hand, too! During Championship week, PGA REACH was given the unprecedented opportunity to transform the normal Championship Youth Clinic into an event specifically for the kids of PGA REACH. Nine Gateway Professionals came to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis to experience the Maurice Allen long drive presentation, offer group instruction, hang out with the kids and inflatables, and eat free pizza. What a

In addition to the PGA REACH Youth Clinic, over 200 hours of on-site PGA REACH representation by organization leaders and kids were logged. Championship Programs were sold as a fundraiser with a portion of every sold program coming back to the Gateway PGA Foundation and PGA REACH – over $1,500.00 was raised. A rare opportunity for both St. Louis residents and out of town visitors was the PGA REACH Play Like the Pro’s tournament. Held at Bellerive, participants could play the golf course the day after the final Championship putt was holed from the same tees as the Professionals and putt out to the same hole locations as Championship Sunday. With all proceeds going to PGA REACH, the event secured Express Scripts as title sponsor and raised over $200,000! During the Play Like the Pro’s event, all flowers on the grounds of Bellerive were available for purchase by volunteers for $10 a plant. In two hours, over 500 plants were sold – it was a tremendous success! In the midst of all this activity, I cannot forget to mention the numerous media, television, radio, marketing, and awareness plugs the Gateway PGA Section, the Gateway PGA Professionals, and PGA REACH received. You should be proud to be a Gateway PGA Professional. Congratulations on a successful week and know that St. Louis and the 74th Senior PGA Championship set a high bar for future PGA Championships. One last note, if you did not receive a PGA REACH poster at your facility, but would like to commit to displaying it and replenishing the tear pads which arrive periodically, please let me know and we will get one mailed to you. They serve to bring awareness to PGA REACH, while establishing the Gateway PGA and its Professionals as the leaders and owners of this impactful outreach. I look forward to continuing the PGA REACH conversation with you through future newsletters, but please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Ali Wells, PGA Foundation Operations Director

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PGA Reach site before clean up.

PGA Reach site after clean up.

Boys and Girls Club kids helped paint handprints.

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Busch Stadium

Six Flags

Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis experience the Maurice Allen long drive presentation.

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Golf Digest Announces Time for Nine (NEW YORK, N.Y.) - Americans are spending an average of 500 to 1,400 more hours at the office per year than their parents did. Most people have seen time for leisure activities shrink to two hours per day, maximum. But even a two-hour window of free time can be a chance to play nine holes of golf. In its June 2013 issue, Golf Digest is launching a campaign to support and encourage more nine-hole rounds. Many golfers can play nine holes even when they are busy—and a little golf is always better than no golf at all. With promotional support from the United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, Golf Digest will create a list of nine-hole-friendly golf courses that will appear at The Time for Nine list comprises courses that allow and promote nine-hole play for men, women, juniors and families on layouts that make it easy to do so. Golfers are encouraged to submit qualifying courses to or or and the list will be published at "We think golfers will play a whole lot more if they join the growing number of golfers who have come to love nine-hole rounds," says Golf Digest Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde. "The real message is, don't let the inability to play 18 pull the game away from you. Eighteen is great. But nine is fine." In addition to serving as President of The PGA of America, Ted Bishop is the general manager and PGA director of golf at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. Thus, he understands the time constraints that many people are under and is a proponent of nine-hole rounds, both as an industry leader and a golf-facility operator. "We are very pleased to support Golf Digest and the 'Time for Nine' initiative," says Bishop. "Golf can be experienced in many different ways, and I'm proud that PGA Professionals across the country are encouraging people to have fun by playing nine holes. This new effort shows the commitment that Golf Digest has for the long-term well-being of the game, and I am confident that PGA Professionals will embrace it." The USGA's support for the "Time for Nine" campaign is part of a multifaceted program that was announced in February to identify challenges and solutions regarding pace-of-play issues in the game of golf. This USGA-led set of initiatives includes: an analysis of key factors known to influence pace of play; the development of a pace-of-play model based on quantifiable data; improvements to the USGA Pace Rating System; on-site assistance at golf courses to help managers assess and improve pace of play; and the creation of player-education programs. "Five-hour plus rounds of golf are incompatible with the compressed time that many of us have available for recreational activities," said USGA President Glen D. Nager. "Time for Nine is a fun and creative start to promoting the nine-hole round of golf as a complete and enjoyable experience that is consistent with the traditions of playing the game." According to the USGA, nine-hole rounds of golf are fully compatible with both the Rules of Golf and the USGA Handicap System. For more information on how to calculate a nine-hole handicap, visit play9.

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irst off, please allow me to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all Gateway Section members and staff for your warm hospitality, outstanding support, and tireless efforts related to the successful execution of the74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. This Championship will go down as one of the most successful PGA of America events we ever have conducted, and that is due in large part to the participation and leadership of the Gateway Section. A smart man once said, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. With the weather we have had over the past two weeks, we no doubt lucked out during the Championship. **I sincerely hope that all of you and your family members made it through the recent storms safely!** While we did have 1 short suspension of play due to weather on Saturday, we were able to finish the Championship right on cue for our international TV audience! It was a compelling week of action, with big names such as Jay Haas and Kenny Perry in contention until the very end of the day on Sunday. However, it was little known Kohki Idoki, making his first competitive appearance in the United States, who came away with the Bourne Trophy. Idoki’s victory marked the first men’s Major Championship ever captured by a Japanese player! He played amazing golf throughout the week, and is definitely worthy of the title of Senior PGA Champion. Congratulations to him, and we wish him the best later this summer as he has now qualified to tee it up in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Congratulations should also go out to Mark Mielke of East Norwich, N.Y., who birdied No. 18 today to tie Jeff Coston of Blaine, Wash., for representing the PGA of America as low PGA Club Professionals. Both finished at even-par 284, as Coston closed with 72 and Mielke with 73. They tied for 28th place. St. Louis native, and Gateway Section member, Bob Gaus shot 73 today and tied for 59th. Thank you again for all of your efforts in making this Championship a success! Hard to believe, but before we know it the 100th PGA Championship will be upon us, and the Gateway Section again will be in the spotlight…a position you are all very deserving of!

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Bob Gaus led the Gateway PGA Pros who qualified for the 2013 Sr PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Bellerive CC. Gaus was the only Gateway Section Member to survive the cut. After 36 holes, Bob was 3 over par at 145, which was 2 shots better than the cut line of +5. Gaus finished the Championship tied for 59th place at 6 over par. Bob had a large gallery of fans following him each round and cheering him on throughout the event. Also representing the Gateway PGA in the Championship was JC Anderson and Brian Fogt. Both missed the cut, but enjoyed the opportunity to compete on the National level of a Major Championship in front of their hometown crowds. Jerry Tucker, Gateway PGA Hall of Fame Member, and former Bellerive CC Head Golf Professional, was also in the field and just missed the cut as well. It was great to see Jerry and have the opportunity to catch up and watch Jerry hit some great shots. Bob Gaus

Gateway PGA Members on the Bag In addition to the Gateway Section Members in the field for the Sr. PGA Championship, there were also 3 of our Members who caddied for players throughout the Championship.

Brian Fogt fired the first shot of the Tournament on Thursday morning.

Craig Bollman of GolfTec was on the bag for Club Pro Sonny Skinner from Georgia. Sonny ended up T35 at 1 over par for the Championship capping a great week of play. Mike Brasher, new golf coach at Lindenwood University in Belleville, caddied for Peter Fowler from Australia. Fowler ended T64 at +7 for the week. The third Gateway PGA Pro who caddied was Jason Woods from Birdies & Tees at the Lake. Jason was on the bag for Christopher Williams of South Africa. Williams just missed the cut by a stroke. We are extremely proud of all our Gateway PGA Members who caddied in the Championship.

JC Anderson, PGA Club Professional; watches a tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, at Bellerive Country Club on May 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

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Gateway PGA Professional Championship Persimmon Woods - Weldon Spring, MO July 22-23, 2013 Entry deadline is 5:00 p.m., EDT, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Click here to register

Senior Professional Championship Lake Forest - Lake St. Louis, MO August 19-20, 2013 Entry deadline is 5:00 p.m., EDT, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 National Car Rental Assistants Championship Greenbriar Hills - Kirkwood, MO September 3, 2013 Entry deadline is 5:00 p.m., EDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Gateway Section | 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Ste 110 | Chesterfield, MO 63005-1360 | | 16 

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That Mental Edge Comes from Exercise Golf season has arrived! Are you prepared? Ideally, we’ve all spent the winter months staying physically fit. Right? During those long months of off-season chill, we talked often about how exercise helps to increase energy, build strength and endurance, and increase flexibility. Need help sticking to your plan now that the outdoors beckons? Grab a buddy! Research shows that participation in fitness classes is highly beneficial, and in some ways, better than individual programs. Some pluses include:  Social interaction (Especially if you enlist some friends to join you!)  A safe and competent workout  A routine schedule  An accountability factor for showing up (Those friends are expecting you.)  A desire to challenge your limits (If others can do more repetitions, maybe you can, too.)  Variety – in equipment, instructors, types of exercise classes, and routines. In other words, you can have fun – but no excuses for not showing up! For added incentive, exercise relieves stress, helps you think more clearly and leaves you feeling happier. It’s never too late to begin, and no matter what level of commitment you choose, it’s going to make a positive difference. Still need convincing? Exercise helps improves your ‘mental’ golf game, too: 1. Increased brainpower: Regular physical activity improves reaction time, concentration, creativity, and mental alertness. This happens during exercise because then the body is better able to pump blood, bring oxygen into the blood stream, and enhance the flow of blood to the brain.

2. Feel better: Whether workouts are short or long, exercise can help release the body’s feelgood chemicals such as adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. These improve our mood and reduce anxiety. 3. Exercise boosts self-esteem: It makes sense that growing stronger and leaner, along with increasing our ability to do a wider range of activities, has a positive effect on how we feel about ourselves. The more you do, the more you think you can do. 4. Exercise distracts us: Cardiovascular activities, which involve using major muscle groups in a rhythmic, aerobic fashion, redirect our concentration. Think about it: While running, biking or swimming, it’s difficult to focus on problems, right? Regular physical activity can help us overreact less often, find appropriate ways to vent our frustration, and recover more quickly from stress. So, join a class, grab some friends or make new ones, and set an exercising goal to get your mental and physical self back in the game for the duration of the season. Optimal Lifestyles offers yoga classes and a variety of group fitness classes in several locations. Contact Optimal Lifestyles at 314-984-0592 and ask Barb for details about the classes.

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As of June 1, 2013


N E W A P P R E N T I CE S Dan Kohnle B-8 Stone Creek GC

Jean Roux B-8 WingHaven CC

Missy Brennan, PGA A-6 First Tee Driving Range

Sam Jonell, PGA A-6 Persimmon Woods GC

E MPLOYMENT C HANGES Name Class Missy Brennan, PGA A-6

Current Facility First Tee Driving Range(The)

Previous Facility Golf Body Performance Center

SamJonell, PGA

Persimmon Woods Golf Club

University of Nebraska Lincoln PGA Golf Management


2013 Playing Ability Test Schedule OPENED-May 30, 2013 CLOSED-June 08, 2013 1st Assistant Golf Professional Westborough Country Club Missouri $30,000.00 - $40,000.00 per Year OPENED-May 30, 2013 CLOSED-June 08, 2013 1st Assistant Golf Professional Westborough Country Club Missouri $30,000.00 - $40,000.00 per Year

The following Playing Ability Tests are scheduled within the Gateway PGA on the following Dates: Thursday June 27th Dogwood Hills GR Tuesday July 16th Stonewolf GC Thursday August 1st Stone Creek GC Thursday August 29th Eagle Springs GC Thursday September 19th Arlington Greens GC Thursday October 10th Arlington Greens GC Registration is available at

OPENED-May 15, 2013 CLOSED-June 15, 2013 Certified Personal Coach GolfTEC - Chesterfield Missouri $34,000.00 - $44,000.00 per Year OPENED-May 29, 2013 CLOSED-July 29, 2013 Golf Professional Golf Galaxy-3027-Chesterfield, MO Missouri $37,000.00 - $49,000.00 per Year

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