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Volume 5, Issue 3

March 2013

This Issue It seems hard to imagine that the grass was turning green by this point last year. We are only three weeks out from the kick-off of the 2013 Gateway PGA season at the Quad Pro Event presented by Cutter & Buck. Now going on my fifth year in St. Louis, I’ve become accustom to how fast the weather can change. For all of us, I am hopeful for sunny skies and green fairways in the near future. This month’s e-newsletter has a lot of great content and opportunities to get involved with the section. We are well inside 100 days until the 74th playing of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. With that in mind, we have a nice article from Jason Mengel, 74th Sr. PGA Championship Director, and he will continue to update us through June. Along those same lines, we have an update on the PGA volunteer situation. We are so thankful to all of our PGA Professionals who have put their hands up to volunteer. We still have some spots open but we are making great progress. Michael Bechert of Nike Golf has really stepped up to sponsor our volunteer uniform. We will also take care of lunch for each of our Gateway PGA volunteers. There will be additional consumer volunteer opportunities that lead up to the week of the Championship. We are currently securing these opportunities but are looking at Busch Stadium and similar locations to host these events. I wanted to also give a quick update on PGA REACH (Recreation, Awareness, Community, and Health). The Gateway PGA and Bellerive Country Club challenged the idea that the PGA of America could create greater community impact by leveraging their championships. A collaboration between the Gateway PGA, Bellerive, and the PGA of America looks to accomplish just that. The creation of this initiative is a major reason why the PGA of America choice St. Louis two of our upcoming championships. Further, the PGA of America will be taking this initiative national at all of their future championships. The goal of our local PGA REACH initiative is to keep kids in school and to graduate young productive citizens into society. We have partnered with St. Louis public schools, Urban K-Life, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. To be successful, we must utilize the game of golf by involving our PGA Professionals and our local amateur players/facilities. Programs are underway that incentivize at risk St Louis youth for being part of PGA REACH. Successful youth participants will gain summer internships, mentors, golf opportunities, and most importantly, a clearer vision of what it takes to be successful in life. Through PGA REACH, we also look to create an inner-city golf park that can be the breeding grounds for St. Louis public school golf teams – something that is unfortunately absent at this time. A lot more information is to come but I encourage you to get involved with this growing outreach. Feel free to contact Ali Wells or myself for more information or ways that you can help make a difference.

Spring Meeting & Activities


Growth of the Game


Assistant’s Corner

P 4

Rules Corner

P 4

Education Corner

P 5

Membership Notes

P 5

Tournament News

P 6

Gateway PGA Golf Day

P 7

Employment Corner

P 8

Senior PGA Champ



P 10

Upcoming Tournaments

P 11

Member Updates

P 12


P 13

Section Officers Joe Schwent, PGA President

Nathan Charnes, PGA Vice-President

Benjiman Kent, PGA Secretary

Gateway PGA Staff Josh Riley, PGA Executive Director

Steve Finn, PGA Assistant Executive Director

Alex Anderson Director or Junior Golf

Ali Jean Wells, PGA All the best,

Growth of the Game and Program Director

Lindsay Riley Foundation Admin Assistant

Susan Bender Membership 1

2013 Gateway PGA Spring Membership Meeting, Quad Pro Event & Education Summit Spring Membership Meeting presented by Fifth Third Processing Solutions Monday, March 25, 2013 Norwood Hills CC Register HERE 7:30 AM -


8:00 AM -

Call to Meeting

9:40 AM -

Using Technology to impact your brand and facility, Doug Reichel

10:40 AM -

Updates & Reports

12:00 PM -

Lunch presented by All Star Pro Golf

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Quad Pro Event presented by Cutter & Buck – Register HERE

Gateway PGA Hospitality Night Ameristar Casino Sports Bar Monday, March 25 Let us know you are coming HERE 6:30 PM -

Join the officers, board, staff, and fellow professionals of the Gateway PGA for a casual social evening. This is a great opportunity to network, catch up, and grow the collegial aspect of our association.

Gateway PGA Education Summit Tuesday, March 26, 2012 Norwood Hills Country Club Register HERE


Bring together professionals, both internal and external to the PGA, to discuss and provide perspective on the responsibilities and opportunities that face our PGA Professionals.


Teaching and Coaching, Tournaments -Events and Outings, Career Development & Advancement.


Three (3), Two (2) hour open forum topics. Each forum will have unique presenters who will consist of both Gateway PGA Professionals and non-PGA Professional experts. The format will encourage open discussion but will be guided by the experience of the subject experts.


7:30 AM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 12:30 PM 1:15 PM 3:15 PM -



GROWTH OF THE GAME It’s been a busy winter for the Foundation and Growth of the Game Committee… even with so much snow on the ground! With quite a few updates and announcements, I’ll get right to it: Another successful Pros In Schools Program is in the books with Alton Middle School. Barbara Blanchar, Jon DePriest, and Todd Meyer spent four weeks continuing the Gateway Foundation’s yearly winter golf unit. Thank you three for another successful program! Since last month’s update, I am pleased to announce the completion of the Junior Development Tour’s Summer Schedule. Thirteen events are offered for juniors age 5-12 registered as a Mini or Novice 9 Member. As previously mentioned, some of these events are still in need of a PGA Professional instructor to lead a youth clinic and short PGA Sports Academy session before each 9 hole competition. Be on the look-out for additional details and opportunities to sign up for one of these events. In the menu of Growth of the Game events the GPGA will be hosting this year, we have two dates to officially announce! 

Women’s Golf Day will be Saturday June 22nd at The Quarry at Crystal Springs. The growing success of this event will be evident this year with all the great activities planned. Mark your calendars – multiple opportunities to participate will be available!

The Second Annual College Skills Combine will be Saturday, June 29th at Old Hickory Golf Club. More information will be coming soon.

Don’t forget to submit your equipment rental requests. All Foundation-owned equipment is available for rent to any PGA Facility. Golfzilla, Golfopotomus, and SNAG are great additions to any junior program, family night, or club event. You can find a full inventory list and rental request form by clicking here. Dates are filling up fast so contact me today to make your reservation! For questions and details about the Equipment Rental Program, give me a call! Ali Wells, PGA Director of Foundation Programs


Assistants Corner As we get closer and closer to the start of the season we are beginning to finalize our event schedule. The committee has been discussing bringing back the Assistants 2 Man Match Play this year. Sign up will be as an individual and teams will be designated to make the event fun for all involved. More details to come on this event at the spring meeting this year. We would like to welcome two new members to our committee. Rich Niedergerke and Austin Waibel from Old Hawthorn. We are very excited to have both of them on our committee going forward. As we continue to prepare for 2013 feel free to send let us know what you would like to see done for the Pro-Am and/or Championship. Send us an e-mail or give us a call because we want to provide you the best possible experience we can each and every year. We always have a need for more ideas and more volunteers for your committee. If anyone would like to volunteer please let one the members know. 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 Brandon Coffey, PGA Vice-Chairman George Schrage, Secretary Gideon Smith, PGA Board Liaison Ty Zimmerman, PGA Past-Chairman Andrew Jury RJ Villafuerte, PGA Richard Niedergerke, PGA Austin Waibel

Illini Country Club Forest Hills Country Club Quincy Country Club Quincy Country Club Westwood Country Club Winghaven Country Club Meadowbrook Country Club Club at Old Hawthrone Club at Old Hawthrone

RULES CORNER There are four rules that require "knowledge or virtual certainty" before a player can properly proceed under those rules. Rule 26-1 is the water hazard rule. If a player does not have knowledge or virtual certainty that a ball not found is in a water hazard the player cannot assume the ball is in the hazard. The ball must be considered lost somewhere other than the water hazard and the player must proceed under Rule 271.The same is true if a ball has not been found and the player wants to proceed under Rule18-1 (ball moved by an outside agency), Rule 24-3 (ball lost in an obstruction), or Rule 25-1c (ball lost in an abnormal ground condition).

she has to proceed under Rule 27-1 and incur the penalty of stroke and distance.

If a player were to proceed under Rule 26-1 he/she would be playing from a wrong place and incur a two stroke penalty in stroke play or a loss of hole penalty in match play under Rule 20-7. Since the correct procedure required a stroke and distance penalty in most cases this would be a serious breach On many occasions I have been in situations when players are of Rule 20-7c in stroke play and the player would be searching for ball. They look in the lateral water hazard but disqualified if the error was not corrected as prescribed in also in tall grass or wooded areas outside the hazard. Rule 20-7c. Obviously if they are searching in these other areas there is not knowledge or virtual certainty the ball is in the water hazard. At the end of five minutes the player then wants to drop a ball To learn more about "known or virtually certain" read two club lengths from the point where the ball last crossed the Decisions 26-1/1 and 26-1/1.3 margin of the lateral water hazard. I have to tell the player he/ 4

Education Corner Golf season is almost here!! With that being said our education schedule for this winter is wrapping up and we have some great events In March for our membership to take advantage of! I want to take a moment to thank David Kohlberg who put on a great business seminar at Bogey Hills CC this past month. We welcomed Fred Harre from Northwestern Mutual to come and discuss financial opportunities

to those that attended. It was a great seminar and we thank David for making that happen. This winter we have had great attendance for all of our s eminars so I want to thank all of our membership for making that happen. The education of our golf professionals is a very important part of the Gateway PGA and that is why I am very excited about the attendance thus far! We have a few more beneficial events in March so please mark your calendars now!!

March 12

Being the Most Effective with Demo Days Seminar The Falls Golf Club

March 14

USGA Rules of Golf Seminar

Annbriar Golf Club

March 18

GHIN Handicap Seminar

Old Hickory—visit for more information

Membership Notes The 2013 Tournament Calendar and Directory is at the printer and will be available to pick up at the Spring Business Meeting on March 25. The PGA of America assists us in organizing and populating the facility and member sections based on the information they have in their database. We hope that your information is listed correctly because it was taken directly from the updates done by members and apprentices when their employment and contact information is updated in PGA Links. If you have any problems getting it done in Links you can call the office and I will help. This year we are very excited to announce that the entire calendar will be available in digital form on the GPGA website. You will be able to find it easily and use it as a resource along with the printed calendar. A big plus for adding the calendar to the website is that we will be able to update information throughout the year. We will be able to keep employment up to date, any facility additions or deletions, any change in lines the sales reps carry, and so forth. The digital calendar is another important reason to keep your employment information current. We will have the MSR cycle and requirements posted on the website inside the calendar. You can also view it at The current cycle ends June 15, 2015 so there is time to make sure you get the credits required. As always there will be ample education opportunities offered plus many ways to earn credits through participating in section and foundation activities. The PGA of America now processes all payments the section makes to facilities, vendors, members and apprentices. They require a W-9 form from all facilities and vendors with payments due from the section. If your facility has never hosted a section activity I will send a W -9 form to be completed and returned. This is a one-time requirement; the completed forms are kept on file here and at the PGA. Members and apprentices do not need to fill out a form. If you want to have payments directly deposited by the PGA I will send you the form to fill out. Check requests and invoices are sent to the PGA A/P department for processing each Wednesday. Vendors, members and apprentices with direct deposit forms on file can expect payment several days sooner than having checks mailed. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact us.

Golf Shop Assistant

Player Services/Cart Attendant

Glen Echo Country Club

Glen Echo Country Club

Contact: Barrett Martens (314) 383-1500

Contact: Barrett Martens (314) 383-1500 5

PGA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Gateway PGA Section would like to thank all of the Gateway PGA Professionals who registered to volunteer at the upcoming Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive. We are still in need of volunteers to help make this tournament run smoothly. We have lots of openings Friday-Sunday for the Range and Practice Green areas. We also have a lot of teaching slots available in our Kitchen Aid Fairway Club and Mercedes Benz Performance Center. If you are unable to help out on the weekend we do have several spots available during the week. Please consider taking the time to come out and support the PGA and take part in this memorable experience. Nike is sponsoring shirts for all of the Volunteers, which will need to be ordered ahead of time, so if you are available please register HERE as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty with the registration process or have any questions about volunteering please contact Lindsay Riley at

2013 Playing Ability Test Schedule The following Playing Ability Test are scheduled within the Gateway PGA on the following Dates; Thursday April 4th Eagle Springs GC Thursday May 9th The Orchards GC Thursday June 27th Dogwood Hills GR Tuesday July 16th Stonewolf GC Thursday August 1st Stone Creek GC Thursday August 29th Eagle Springs GC Registrations are available at September & October dates will be announced at a later date.

2013 Gateway PGA Tournament Schedule The Gateway PGA Tournament Committee is pleased to announce the schedule for the upcoming season. The 2013 calendar presented a couple of challenges not faced by the Section in recent years as the 2013 Sr PGA Championship comes to Bellerive CC in May. After some juggling of dates and venues, all of the traditional Pro-Ams have been retained, all Majors are scheduled, and there will be one less Pro-Open than 2012. The biggest change is the moving of the Pro-Ladies to a Tuesday, June 25th, at St. Clair CC. Please make plans early to attend this event as we are going back to a single 10 am shotgun start and with Tuesday being "Ladies Day" at most clubs, might be an advantage to Members being able to put together teams to attend. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SCHEDULE 6

Gateway PGA Golf Day Marathon We are excited to announce that Gateway PGA Golf Day Marathon has already raised over $3,000! We currently have 14 Gateway Professionals registered to play 100 holes in one day during the week of May 6th through the 13th. This year we are supporting Ranken Jordan – A Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Hospice of Southern IL, and growth of the game efforts in Outstate MO and Northern IL. Annbriar GC will be hosting our first annual PGA Golf Day ProAm on Oct 7th. Ozzie Smith will be there to play golf and present checks to the charities. We have set the bar high and hope to raise over $100,000 this year. We need your help in keeping this Marathon alive. Last year we had 50 Gateway PGA Pros, play 100 holes in one day, raising almost $88,000 for charity. Your hard work and dedication made a huge impact on our chosen charities as witnessed during the check presentation dinner at WingHaven CC. There were tears in the eyes of the charity representatives as they accepted their checks. Consider taking part in a great fundraiser, and challenge yourself to help those in need. If you were a participant last year just login using your username and password and your page will be reset. If you are new to PGA Golf Day this year please visit and you will be able to create your own personal page. The website will direct your donors on how to make online donations and it will automatically email your donor a tax receipt letter. Once you have created your page you will want to follow the instructions on how to add a signature line to your emails. The signature line will show your fundraising goals and progress. On you will find current information about the PGA Golf Day Pro-Am and other incentives. You will also find information and links to our chosen charities for 2013. A portion of the donations also go to support your Tournament Program, Gateway Junior Golf, and Education. Brett Moomey is off to a great start having raised $1,200 with Nathan Charnes a close second. “Today is a great day to sign up. Our goal is to get 80 pros raising money this year. Everyone benefits from our fundraising. Every dollar counts and everyone knows someone willing to donate. All for one and one for all.” Mike Suhre Any questions about PGA Golf Day Marathon donations or website help please contact Lindsay Riley


Employment Corner TIME IS MONEY! I know we have all heard the title above, “TIME IS MONEY” phrase when referring to a “lost opportunity” or when a day “gets away” from us. As you are preparing for 2013, what are you thinking about for the year? How are you setting yourself up for success and to make a difference, not only for yourself but also for your employer? Are you on both ends of Communication? As an employee, do you know what is expected of you for 2013? If you employ people, have you laid out your plan for them? I am a firm believer to have a chance at being successful involves planning. We have all heard the term “Circle of Life”. In Player Development speak the “Circle of Life” are the steps to player development that include Communication, Analysis, Planning, Marketing, Execution and Tracking, and how the steps in this circle need to be put into place for a successful outcome. The main thrust behind all of this was to get you to think about Golf 2.0 or as I like to refer to it as “Player Development”. However, the more I thought about the sequence of these steps, the more it occurred to me that virtually every facet of your business needs this sequence. The logical first step in this process is Communication. This can be in the form of changing your style of communication for 2013. Are you planning on doing a better job of meeting with your staff (if you are a Head Professional or GM)? It could also apply to anyone who oversees the Outside Service staff. One of the main reasons things do not work out in our jobs is the lack of communication. Does your employer/ board lay out a clear, understandable vision? If not, it is not too late to address this and ask for chance to meet so you can better understand what the expectations are moving forward. Time and time again I have heard from the employer when a change has been made in the management of the facility that there was a “communication breakdown”. Typically, the employer will say the employee knew what was expected but did not perform or accomplish what we wanted them to do. PLEASE!! Do not let this be you! Make sure the first step you take today will be the right step in Communication. If you are in a position of overseeing anyone at your place of work, do your part and make sure expectations are clearly defined and the culture you are trying to establish is laid out in a written format but also verbalized in a face-to-face meeting. Get the year started out on the right step! Communicate!! This will not guarantee that “Time is Money” but it will increase the likelihood of success! PS- Please fill out the 2013 PGA Compensation Survey! Your fellow PGA Members really need you to do this so the data collected portrays as accurate a reflection as possible!! The Employment Consultants need you to participate so that we can help you when working with employers. Remember, the survey is completely confidential and we do not share this information with employers while a PGA member is employed. The information is proprietary to you the Member! THANK YOU!! Please contact me if you have any questions or if you need any help with employment or career planning! Tim Marks, PGA Employment Consultant 815.630.5196 – office 8

74TH SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY KITCHENAID UPDATE As you hopefully know by now, the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be contested at Bellerive Country Club May 21-26. The best players in the world over the age of 50, including the likes of current Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Mark O’ Meara, Steve Elkington, Rocco Mediate and many more will come to St. Louis to compete for the legendary Alfred S. Bourne Trophy and the title of Senior PGA Champion. It has been over twenty years since the PGA of America has contested one of your Major Championships here in the Gateway Section. The 1992 PGA Championship, won by Nick Price, was a fantastic showcase of the passionate support for golf that can be found in this community. From the time I arrived here in St. Louis to prepare for this Championship, it was obvious that the support from all levels of the community - corporate, civic, consumer, member professionals, etc. - would be just as great this time around. It is the support of this community which has allowed the groundbreaking initiative PGA REACH to be launched this past year. The energetic leadership team comprised of the Gateway Section staff and your fellow PGA professionals working together, has exponentially raised the bar for the impact that can be generated in connection with your Championships. It should be a major point of pride for all Gateway Section members that PGA REACH is being rolled out into other PGA Championship host sites, and will become a major focus of the PGA Foundation nationally. PGA REACH will definitely be top of mind with your national PGA of America leadership team as they travel to St. Louis this spring. Other aspects of the Senior PGA Championship are also being positively impacted by the generous support of this community. We recently broke the all-time Senior PGA Championship corporate hospitality sales record. Additionally, we are currently outpacing 8 of the last 10 Senior PGA’s in terms of ticket sales to date. On the volunteer side, nearly 2,000 people have signed up to work during the Championship! We are hitting the stretch run of our planning efforts. It is hard to believe that in less than three months, a tee is going into the ground, the Championship will be underway, and before we know it someone will be lifting the Bourne Trophy on the 18th green. There is still time for you to get involved in the Championship. Please connect with Josh, Steve, Ali or any of the other Section staff and they will let you know what opportunities are available. Feel free to stop by the Championship Office at Bellerive and our staff would be happy to provide you with any additional information regarding your Championships. We hope to see all of you May 21-26! Jason Mengel Championship Director PGA of America 9

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Stretching Toward Opening Day

As a golfer, you’re no doubt ready to get back to the game after a long winter absence – but be smart about it in order to prevent injuries. Before you dash out to hit those buckets of balls and squeeze in as many rounds of golf as the spring-like weather permits, take time to warm up. If you can make stretching a priority in your fitness routine, your muscles and ligaments will become stronger and will thank you. As an added bonus, you’ll move much more freely and feel more confident on the tee. How to Warm-Up The first step is to move in place and until your body feels warm. Then practice a golf swing slowly. This movement promotes muscle flexibility. Next, begin to stretch the arms, legs, hips, back, chest, shoulders, wrists, fingers and neck. To stretch a muscle, you want to move it slowly, like pulling taffy through a full range of motion. 

Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds with no bouncing.

Don’t force muscles to stretch.

Make Stretching a Daily Routine As a golfer, you need to stay limber and continue exercising to increase flexibility—this helps you perform a better turn in your swing. Keep the stretching and flexibility routine up on a regular basis—i.e., work on it daily! Try mixing in a yoga class once or twice a week so you’re sure to work all the important muscles. Once you see the difference stretching makes in your game, it will become an essential part of your daily routine. And with proper stretching, you’ll be ready for opening day with confidence, flexibility and a swing that fuels your game! If you need help developing your flexibility routine, contact Optimal Lifestyles Inc. at 314-984-0592 for information on class schedules and individual sessions.


After stretching, hit a few balls. Feeling loose? Then you’re ready to play your round. Remember to stretch when you finish, too. It will help you to avoid being stiff or tight from the repetitive golf motion. The same stretches work both before and after your game.

Optimal Lifestyles, Inc is a health and fitness consulting company and fitness education sponsor for the Gateway PGA. Optimal Lifestyles, Inc. provides personal training, golf fitness and yoga for golfers. The information provided by Optimal Lifestyles is for educational purposes and should not replace care or advice of a physician. Please check with a physician if you are starting an exercise program or suspect you are ill.


2013 Gateway PNC The 2013 Gateway PGA PNC will be held at Persimmon Woods GC on July 22-23rd. We are happy to return to such a great venue for this event. Registrations again will be through PGA Links and be announced at a later date.

2013 Tournament Committee We are happy to announce that Scott Brauer will be the new Tournament Committee Chairperson. Brett Moomey will be assisting Scott through the transition period. Anyone who is interested in serving on the Tournament Committee should contact Steve at the Section Office. Mike Brengard will continue to serve as the Senior Chairperson, but we are looking for interested Seniors to participate on the Committee, particularly those 50-59 years old. Interested parties should also contact Steve at the Section Office. 11

Thursday, March 14

Tuesday, March 12 Effective Demo Days Moderator: David Kohlberg, Callaway Golf Topic: Career Goals/ Financial Outlook Place: The Falls Golf Club Time: 9-11:30 Cost: No Charge Lunch will be served immediately following the seminar. Lunch is sponsored by Callaway Golf & the Gateway PGA To Register contact: David Kohlberg 314-412-1095

Tuesday, March 26

USGA Rules of Golf Seminar Moderators: Jason Barge, PGA and Bob Shogren, Cost: $15 per person Time: 9 am to 3 pm Seminar Information: 8:45 Check In 9:00 – 11:10 Rules of Golf Town Hall Discussion 11:15 – 12:00 Lunch 12:15 – 2:15 On Course Rules Discussion 2:20 – 3:00 Comments, Questions & DiscussionLocation: Annbriar Golf Club Waterloo, IL

Gateway PGA Education Summit Topics: Teaching and Coaching, Tournaments -Events and Outings, Career Development & Advancement. Structure: Three (3), Two (2) hour open forum topics. Each forum will have unique presenters who will consist of both Gateway PGA Professionals and non-PGA Professional experts. The format will encourage open discussion but will be guided by the experience of the subject experts. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Brian Schmersahl 314-550-4146

March Birthdays Name Myles Beckett

Employer Sullivan CC

Timothy Curran

Lake Forest CC


Jarrod McKay

Bogey Hills Golf & CC


Name Employer Martin Krulatz The Club at Old Kinderhook

Class B-4

Class B-1

William C. Scarborough, PGA Douglas R. Warden, PGA Scott M Kunz James G. Miali, PGA Mark S. Ryan, PGA Terry Clark, PGA Michael R. Wukitsch Christian J. Nava, PGA Zackary D. Potts, PGA Brandon L. Coffey, PGA Bob Goalby, PGA John D Prange, PGA Bradley J. Benney, PGA Benjamin E. Biersner, PGA Curtis L. Goss III Mark S. Waltman, PGA Christopher M Liszewski

3/1 3/3 3/4 3/5 3/6 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12 3/14 3/14 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/16 3/16 3/17

Matthew R. Hass Ryan E. Martin, PGA David Levine, PGA M. Todd Miller, PGA Mike R. Miller, PGA James Grimes, PGA Steven Liter, PGA Richard L. Niedergerke, PGA Wayne M. Ockovic, PGA Brad Hulett, PGA James D. Cochran, PGA Kevin J. Triefenbach, PGA Brian Stitch, PGA Jason A. Woods, PGA Josh A. Crowell, PGA Larry W. Emery, PGA Richard Shaiper, PGA 12

PGA Financial Assistance Scholarship Beginning November 15th the PGA Financial Assistance Scholarship will be available online. PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program Fact Sheet Graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of PGA members are invited to apply online at the home page (before you log in) of to be considered for financial support for college through the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following depending on the class level of the student: High School Graduating Senior 

High School Cumulative Grade Point Average – must be at least 3.4 (60% of the scholarship weighting scale). This number is to be an unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale.

ACT and/or SAT test scores (30% of the scholarship weighting scale)

Extracurricular activities in high school such as sports, clubs, student government, community service, part time employment, etc. (10% of the scholarship weighting scale).

Current College Student (has not reached their senior year in college) 

College Cumulative Grade Point Average – must be at least 3.4 (60% of the scholarship weighting scale)

Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA (30% of the scholarship weighting scale)

Extracurricular activities in college such as sports, clubs, student government, community service, part time employment, etc. (10% of the scholarship weighting scale)

The amount and number of scholarships is determined by the availability of funds, and may vary from year to year based on these factors and IRS guidelines. In 2012 eight $5,000 scholarships were awarded and 126 $2,000 scholarships were awarded out of 848 applications. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the PGA Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is for accredited Universities or Colleges in the United States only. The application process is live online ( between November 15, 2012 and March 15, 2013 and students are asked to wait until they are in possession of their most current grade report (first semester) or transcript before applying. The applicant must enter the students Social Security number and the PGA affiliated parent or grandparents PGA ID number to gain access to the application. After submitting the online application, the applicant must have postmarked by March 15,2013 to the below address a sealed official school grade transcript that shows their GPA information and ACT/SAT test scores (if a high school applicant) to: PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship ProgramAttention: Linda Bennington Grant and Scholarship Specialist 100 Avenue of the Champions Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418 888.532.6661; 561.624.7612 or e-mail: PGA members can check out the Scholarship Search Tips for additional listed websites to help you with your scholarship search by visiting the homepage of Benefits/PGA Scholarship Program. CLICK HERE for the additional search tips. CLICK HERE for college preparation websites and other scholarship assistance information.


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