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Advance Your Career

Major Season for MAPGA Professionals





The Impact of PGA Jr. League on Daily Fee Facilities

Cathy Kim Inspires Growth in the Game


Member To Member

Four Qualify for Jr. PGA Championship

Tournament Season Update

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Josh Tremblay, PGA Section President

The Professional Volume VI, Issue II Editor: Ben Smith Contributing Writers: Ben Smith Jon Guhl Nick Kerver Doug Wert

Dear MAPGA Professionals, I hope that your season is in full swing and that life is starting to return to some normalcy. The MAPGA Board of Directors’ recently had their first in person meeting in over a year and we even played some golf after the meeting. It was so nice to be face to face with our fellow professionals again and I look forward to seeing the rest of you over the next few months at tournaments, chapter meetings and the Section Meeting. The MAPGA should be very proud that in the last 6 weeks, we’ve had three of our MAPGA Professionals representing us in Major Golf Tournaments. First, Larkin Gross, PGA competed in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah and represented us well in his first major at a tough venue. Dick Mast, PGA competed again at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills. Most recently, Joanna Coe, PGA played in her 4th straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship held at Atlanta Athletic Club. With tournaments getting back to normal, I hope you plan ahead and sign up for some events in the second half of the season. We’ve got some great opportunities ahead with the Head Professional Championship, Stroke Play Championship and Assistants Championship at some great venues, Cattail Creek and The Federal Club. The MAPGA Section Championship is slated for September 13-15 at Westwood Country Club and River Bend Club. Remember, our total sponsorship funding from the PGA TOUR is dependent on the number of competitors in the Section Championship, so please try your hardest to make time to play. Finally, best of luck to our MAPGA Professionals competing in the Maryland State Open and the State Open of Virginia in July. 2021 is an election year for the chapters and Section…our Chapter Fall Meeting and Fall Section Meeting will include elections and please make it a priority to attend. We have some highly motivated PGA Professionals already serving on our boards but need to continue to engage new leaders with fresh ideas. I would encourage you to ask to join a Committee or run for regional director or Chapter Secretary! Please feel free to reach out with any questions and I hope to see you soon. Warm regards, Joshua Tremblay, PGA MAPGA President joshtremblay@pga.com


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The Professional Dear MAPGA Professional, Let me start by recognizing you all for your extreme efforts during these busy times infor the golf industry. While business is booming, and most if not all of you are busier than ever, I hope and pray that you have been able to take time for yourselves to relax and take a break from the grind. For some of you, that is playing golf. For others, it is time with family or travelling or with a hobby, even in short spurts. Remember, this boom is a marathon, not a sprint, so please take care of yourselves. I know President Tremblay has recognized some playing accomplishments of your peers in this issue, so I will simply offer some reminders. First, you can recognize a peer or yourself for their accomplishments in player development, teaching, merchandising, etc., through our MAPGA Awards process, which is now open (CLICK HERE). You will need to fill out a form for each person you wish to nominate and include their email address. Each nominee then will be asked to fill out an awards application for the committee to consider.


From The


Jon Guhl Executive Director

Next, we are so happy to be hosting our Section Championship this year at two premier clubs, River Bend Club and Westwood CC in Northern Virginia on September 13-15. To register, you must call PGA National at 1-800-474-2776 or click HERE. Deadline to register is August 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM. This is a hard deadline by PGA National. The number of players that play in this event not only affects the number of professionals that advance to the National Championship, but it also affects (greatly) the amount of sponsorship funding we get from the PGA Tour (which is usually in the $60,000 range). So, the more of you that play in the Section Championship, the more money you will play for in future years. These are great courses, and you deserve to play after this summer, so clear your schedule now so that you can play! I know some of you have received multiple emails from me regarding the new Compensation Survey. While we are leading the country with 58% of our members who have completed the survey, this is well short of our usual 85%. Because there was no survey in 2020, the “old” data we have in the system is from the 2018 season (as reported in 2019 survey). So, it is imperative that we replace that old data with more relevant recent data. This new survey is very short and to the point and going forward will keep your entered data populated until you change it (the idea is that you will change it when you get a raise, increase your incentives, etc). Please log in now to enter your current information. Again, please take care of yourselves and accept the gratitude of the entire golf industry for your amazing work in this booming growth period for golf. Warm regards, Jon Guhl Executive Director jguhl@pgahq.com


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ADVANCE YOUR CAREER 5 Tips to Make Your Resume Pop

By Greg Stenzel, PGA It is a great time to prepare your resume for potential If you include references, use no fewer than 4 and no job openings that may match your career preferences. more than 6. Here are a few items to keep in mind. All references should include the following items; 1. Name 1. Your resume should be a professional document that 2. Title 3. Address will effectively market YOU to potential employers 2. Keep it to the point – it’s a resume not an autobiography. 4. Phone 3. Sell the Employer what they want to buy, not what 5. Email Select references who can speak well about you and you want to sell them. 4. Approach the development of your resume from an your career. It may be someone not in the industry such as a Banker or your Pastor. Employer’s point of view. a. Target the items that are listed in the responsibilities and qualifications of the job search. Finally, make sure you send the resume in the format b. Match as many of those responsibilities with requested. Employers usually request all documents to your qualifications / skills as possible. (Telling the be placed in 1 PDF. Simply combine your Cover Letter Employer how well you do at merchandising when they and Resume into one WORD document and save as a want someone with a proven track record in Player PDF. Development will put your resume on the “no” pile. 5. Summarize your work history, capture your skills and I also suggest you take advantage of my complimentary qualifications, and highlight Your “Accomplishments”! resume review services. Send me a copy of your document in WORD and I will make my review and You can choose to use a chronological format which notes where I believe changes might be made to improve is the most widely recognized or a functional resume your document. which outlines your skills and qualifications. You may choose to use a combination of both. A functional Wishing you the best in your career. resume is typically chosen when you have a significant amount of experience, knowledge and skills. It may Greg Stenzel also be used when you have a lapse in employment or gstenzel@pgahq.com - 561-379-7724 have changed jobs frequently.

CHECK FOR ERRORS!!! I notice in your resume you said, and I quote – “I pay graet attention to detials”


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Larkin Gross, Dick Mast, and Joanna Coe compete in Major Championships

Golf ’s Major Championships are the teeing ground for the best golfers in the world. Spots are reserved for only those at the top of their game. Opportunities to play in majors are few and far between. To be a part of one of those fields is an honor and privilege. Out of the three major golf tours (PGA, LPGA, and PGA Champions) there are 14 major championships per year. Thus far in 2021, the MAPGA was represented in three of the fourteen. The PGA Championship, Women’s PGA Championship, and the Senior PGA Championship each had an MAPGA professional compete in the tournament.

decorated career while playing at Methodist University. The 3-time All-America selection helped Methodist win two NCAA DIII Team Championships. When he qualified to play in his first major championship with a 4th place finish at the PGA Professional Championship, Gross was able to play among the world’s best at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Dick Mast is no stranger to major championships, having played in well over twenty of them. He played in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship this year at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The seventy-year-old has had quite the 20-21 season. With his T33 finish last fall in the Senior Professional Championship, he was an alternate for the Senior PGA Championship and got into the tournament. In January, he won the PGA Quarter Century Championship in Florida by eight shots then recently Monday qualified for the Dick Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour where he finished tied for 38th.

Larkin Gross warms up before his first round of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island

Photo Courtesy of PGA of America

Larkin Gross, an assistant professional at Springfield Golf & Country Club, is in only his 2nd season as a PGA Professional. The 23-year-old has already made his mark as a player, winning his first professional event in 2020 and winning the APA Player of the Year. The playing success should come as no surprise, as Gross had a

Dick Mast looks over his shot on the 4th hole at Southern Hills CC

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Joanna Coe hits a tee shot during the 1st round of the Women’s PGA Championship

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THE IMPACT OF PGA JR LEAGUE IN A DAILY FEE/PUBLIC SETTING Reston National Golf Club has translated PGA Jr. League into success through supportive ownership, tracking revenue and planning ahead

By Doug Wert, PGA I have now had the privilege of serving in the golf industry for over 30 years. Reflecting back, I have to say my most enjoyable experience was working in the Daily Fee, Public, and University setting. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and engage new people, inspiring them to enjoy the facility and improving their overall experience of playing golf. I also enjoyed the privilege of offering PGA Jr. League to everyone in the local community and using it to create a fun, family-friendly environment.

Plank and Marc Weller and Kemper Sports to create a family-friendly environment through PGA Jr. League. They’ve hosted an in-house league for the past several years and averaged over 70 players each year. I recently sat down with Kris and Shaun to talk about the impact of the program. How has PGA Jr. League positively impacted Reston National Golf Club? Shaun: It is definitely one of the most impactful programs we run. The biggest part of it for us is the family involvement. It has brought the entire family to the facility. We are seeing parents take instruction and enjoying the golf course with their kids. Kris: Shaun and his team work hard to make it a family event. We set aside an entire nine holes on a Saturday evening so that the players and parents are more comfortable while playing, and this encourages them to spend more time with us. Oftentimes daily fee facilities are reluctant to give up nine holes on a Saturday afternoon. What has been the financial impact?

Kris: PGA Jr. League is an incredibly successful investment in getting local families to support us in so many different ways. This has led to them scheduling The professional team at Reston National Golf Club in more starting times together and has been a tremendous Reston, Virginia, is using PGA Jr. League to do the same. addition to our overall revenue. Shaun: We track Kris Anderson, General Manager, and Shaun Strand, each of the additional programs, and to watch PGA Jr. PGA Director of Golf and Director of the Learning League participants and family members filter into the Center, have worked hand-in-hand with owners Scott other programs has been amazing. It definitely drives


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Reston National Golf Course is an 18-hole public facility in the heart of Reston, VA more revenue into the facility by involvement in our other programs, equipment and golf shop sales, as well as food and beverage sales. The relationships we have built with the families has helped create an amazing community that extends beyond our facility.

opportunity to grow revenue in this area by providing dinner and other food and beverage opportunities while the families are here. The participation in our programs has driven our ownership to make this investment.

In closing, Kris and Shaun shared the personal impact With the lack of staffing and time at many courses of PGA Jr. League for them and their team: it is a across the country, how are you able to successfully positive part of a very busy and grinding week that helps them get up every day and have fun. As coaches, manage such a large program? it provides so many memorable personal moments for Shaun: The first thing is to plan this year for the next them. They both recommend that facilities shouldn’t year. If you get way ahead of it, you can carve out the stop with just one team. Open the doors and run your time and be ready to launch an amazing program. own league so that it is easier for your professional team Secondly, we have our parents register as coaches and and creates more of a family atmosphere at your facility! have them heavily involved. If you plan ahead, carve Your families will enjoy the convenience of being at one out the time, and get the parents involved as much as facility. Kris and Shaun can attest to the fact that it will drive revenue to all areas of your facility and help you possible you can make it happen. look like a hero to your owners. What is one specific area of increase of activity from PGA Jr. League at your facility? Doug Wert, PGA is the PGA Junior League Regional Kris: Right now our owners, Scott and Marc, are Manager. Feel free to contact him about starting a upgrading our Food and Beverage operation due to the league at your facility to see the benefits it can have on large turnout we have for PGA Jr. League. They see the your juniors.


Fellow members: I have been associated with the MAPGA since 1966, became a member in 1970, and I now am a half century member of the PGA, and a MAPGA Hall of Fame member.

Some time ago, I realized that I needed to add the letters, "PGA", after my name to correspondence and e-mails that I sent out. I realized that doctors, and attorneys added m. D. or ESQ. after their names. I began to add, PGA, about two years ago. I do not know what affect it might have had, but I do know that I worked hard to attain my privilege of using the initials and logo of our association. I would ask all of you to consider beginning to utilize this in all your correspondences. Whether it helps get someone's attention would be a bonus, but we all certainly deserve this, and should be proud to exercise this. Sincerely, Frank E. Herrelko, Jr. PGA Life and Half Century Member EXPERTS IN Hall THE GAME Member, MAPGA of Fame


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Women’s Golf Day was celebrated on June 1 and we want to highlight the work of PGA Professional Cathy Kim

By Nick Kerver June 1, 2021 celebrated Women’s Golf Day, a celebration held at 900 golf courses across 68 countries. Thanks to the contribution of many in the golf industry, women have become just as integral a part of the game as men. For Women’s Golf Day, the Middle Atlantic PGA section celebrated Cathy Kim, a PGA instructor at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia. She has been teaching for over 10 years, starting her teaching career at Sahalee Country Club just outside Seattle, before moving her teaching to Las Vegas and eventually Northern Virginia. Throughout her time as an instructor, Kim has used her passion for teaching golf to both teach new and experienced players alike and show how golf is about more than the course and the scorecard.

As a professional, Kim possesses many credentials. She is a dual member of the PGA of America and LPGA, and has competed as a pro on several tours, including the Cactus Tour, Symetra Tour, and LPGA Q-School. She placed third in the 2020 MAPGA Women’s Professional Championship, finishing just two shots off the lead. Her time as a PGA professional has followed an impressive playing career at Western Washington University, where she lettered all four years, and won two collegiate titles.

However, where Kim is most recognized today is not necessarily her tournament results, but her work in bringing women onto the course. She has instructed countless individuals across all skill levels, with the purpose of growing and expanding golf to all people. Kim’s passion for growing the game comes Kim started playing around the age from a philosophy of ‘Golf for All,’ of 10, falling in love with the game which is embraced on her website. as she played and eventually taught. She has been inspired to remain in “[Golf] isn’t an elitist sport, you the golf industry by many female don’t have to be rich, and though professional golfers including fellow there’s nothing wrong with the Koreans Se-ri Pak and Mi-Hyun country club, we need to remove Kim, and 10-time major winner the smug attitudes and let all enjoy Annika Sörenstam, alluding to the game of a lifetime,” her website Sörenstam’s work in increasing girls’ states. “Golf is for children, families, participation in golf. business, and above all, it should be fun.”

‘Golf for All’ has become more than a motto for Kim. While she acknowledges the elitist perception of the sport, more opportunities have been created for the general public through her instruction. The 1757 Golf Club features programs not available at certain country clubs around the area, a trend Kim has noticed among many public courses. “Public and municipal golf courses have been able to create programs that are inviting to everybody.” Kim said. “Through that type of programming, more and more people are able to pick up a club.” A game that has been (incorrectly) viewed as an elitist sport in the past has become just the opposite in Kim’s time as an instructor. Greater numbers of women and girls have begun to play golf and even influence how the sport is played and perceived. “I’ve seen an explosion of female golfers over the past five years,” Kim said. “Watching my book change from mainly male students to many adult females and girl students has been amazing to see. Groups that often cater to the male golfer have now been forced to cater to the


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perception of golf through trick shots, highlights of professionals, Kim’s programs, named ‘Women and many other unique elements Who Golf ’ and ‘Girls Who Golf,’ of the game. Kim uses social media allow for women of different to give lessons like she would at the backgrounds to come together course (which was especially utilized around the game in a friendly during the pandemic), while also environment. As a female instructor, promoting the fun side of golf. she has connected with her fellow students from the minute they She has built an Instagram following start their first lesson, with a secure of over 25,000, allowing her lessons environment always remaining her to not only reach current students, priority. but also expand the sport to an international audience. Kim’s social “On the first day, I will get several media presence as an instructor has different women from all different brought a more diverse audience backgrounds, and they worry about into golf, reaching interested golfers how they will be judged,” Kim said. from all over the world. “But people view my classes as nonjudgmental which makes them glad “My Instagram account is focused to take the class.” on fulfilling my mission of creating an equal access sport,” Kim said. As a Korean woman, Kim has been “I’ve been able to meet people from passionate about creating more different states and countries that I diversity in the game and strives never would have met. More faces to do so through her instruction. with different backgrounds are Not only does she strive to create posting their golf journey on social diversity among players, but among media, and that has helped diversify golf industry professionals as well. the game.” “To be able to see someone that looks like you that is playing golf, working at a course, or being on staff is helpful and makes golf less intimidating for all people,” she said.

Modern day golf provides many opportunities outside of simply competing in 18-hole tournaments. Not only are lessons available in multiple capacities, but programs such as Drive, Chip, and Putt and Social media has changed how the PGA Jr. League give an opportunity game is perceived, creating a ‘fun’ for kids to compete in a format

which allows opportunity for all skill levels. Not only does Kim enjoy teaching players who want to get involved in competitive golf, she also embraces the different variations which create access to the game. “If you were to ask someone 10-20 years from now [if they play golf] and that person said yes, you would probably then ask what type of golf they play,” she said. Kim’s teaching goes beyond fixing a swing. She builds community with the women and girls she teaches, a bond created through their status as aspiring female golfers. This community shows golf is not only a sport for all, but a community where people can talk about improving their lives, whether picking up the sport as a hobby or for competition. This community building was alluded to by Kim, particularly for her ‘Girls Who Golf ’ class. “The Girls Who Golf classes are golf-based, but that’s not the only aspect.” Kim said. “We talk about life and societal pressures they deal with as they grow up. These aspects are great as a group to talk about because it shows that you are not alone. It’s especially important as an athlete to be able to express your

Cathy Kim (left) gives a lesson at 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, VA


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recognition from many outlets within the golf industry. Kim was recognized as a top young instructor for 2021-22 by Golf Digest. She has also received several other awards, including top 25 instructor recognition from Golf magazine, and top Korean instructor. Kim is not only grateful for those awards, but understands her recognition comes from how she has influenced others through her teaching.

She strives to gives all players a positive experience from golf, regardless of skill level or age. Her community-based approach is one of her goals in creating a positive experience for her golfers. Working with students from all different backgrounds, Kim helps them become more confident and comfortable on and off the golf “To be a minority within the industry course. makes winning these awards a lot “At the end of the day, I just want more special to me,” she said. [my students] to want to come back to golf, whether that is tomorrow, or Kim’s love of golf got her into 10 years from now,” Kim said. “It’s a teaching, but her ability to connect confidence booster to say that ‘I play with others and see her instruction golf,’ and [my students] come back create a positive impact keeps her most motivated to continue and want to thrive in golf.” teaching. Her work has earned Kim


“The excitement I see and feel for any new or intermediate golfer gets me up and going in the morning,” Kim said. “To be able to share what golf can do in one’s life just as it has changed my life never gets old. I see the person that wasn’t sure she wanted to take up golf coming back week-in and week-out because they want to learn more and feel like they are a part of something.” Kim has been able to turn a passion for creating a more diverse game of golf into a reality. Her work to incorporate women and girls into golf while also connecting her students outside of the golf course has earned her recognition from both students and outside media. Kim’s work as a teacher is why the Middle Atlantic PGA section would like to recognize her for Women’s Golf Day 2021.



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Shim, Espenshade, Simon, Le Qualify for National Junior PGA Championship MAPGA Junior Golfers Will Compete In The National Championship in July

STAFFORD, Va. – Four local junior golfers have earned national qualifying spots at the 2021 MAPGA Jr. PGA Championship. Rylan Shim (Centreville, Virginia), Bennett Espenshade (Baltimore, Maryland), Sophie Simon (Potomac, Maryland), and AnPhi Le (Frederick, Maryland) will represent the Middle Atlantic Section at the Boys and Girls Jr. PGA Championships in July. This year’s Section championship was held June 2930 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. The Shim, a rising junior at St. Paul VI championship featured a four-person playoff to determine High School in Chantilly , VA the two boys’ qualifying spots. Shim, Espenshade, Jake Roth, and Aryan Vuradi all finished 36 holes at 3-underpar and advanced to the playoff. Shim and Espenshade clinched qualifying spots with pars on the first playoff hole, while Roth clinched the first alternate spot with a bogey. Shim claimed a boys’ qualifying spot after shooting 7267-139 (-3) to tie for the low score among all boys. His 4-under-par final round was highlighted by a clutch birdie Espenshade, a rising sophomore at on 18 to make the playoff and zero bogeys in his final 16 The Gilman School in Baltimore, MD holes. He will graduate high school in 2023. Espenshade claimed the other boys’ qualifying spot through scores of 71-68-139 (-3). After starting 3-over in his final round, Espenshade made six birdies from holes five through 14 and finished with four straight pars to secure a spot in the playoff. He will graduate high school in 2024. Simon shot 68-71-139 (-3), leading all girls to clinch a Simon, a rising freshman at qualifying spot. Simon’s 3-under opening round included Yale University five birdies from holes seven through 16. She made 18 consecutive pars to finish at even par during the final round, and was the only girl under par for the tournament. She graduated high school this past spring and will play collegiately at Yale University. Le had a come-from-behind qualifying bid, as she was tied for eighth after the first round, three shots out of the qualifying cutoff. She was the only girl to finish under par for the final round, shooting a 1-under-par 70. She will Le, a rising senior at graduate high school in 2022.

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The Boys Junior PGA Championship will be held July 1215 at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky, while the Girls Junior PGA Championship will take place July 27-30 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. More information, tee times, and a live leaderboard can be found on the Jr. PGA Championship website. Kearney Hills Golf Links

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TOURNAMENT SEASON ROLLS ON Tournament season is in full swing, congratulations to our winners thus far!


We have had a fantastic start to the 2021 season. Thank you to all our sponsors and host facilties for making these events possible. Make sure to sign up for upcoming events and we look forward to seeing you out on the course. 2021 SCHEDULE/SIGN UP


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Mark Lawrence & Elliott Wilson


Rick Schuller & Steve Eline




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MAPGA Staff Jon Guhl

Executive Director

Bob Heintz, PGA

Assistant Executive Director/ Tournament Director

Kristine Alonso

Collin Elphic

Claire Jansa, PGA

Andrew Gridley

Junior Golf Director

Ben Smith

Communications Manager

Caleb Kolb

Junior Golf Intern

Membership Director

Player Development Coordinator

Director of Business Affairs

Ana Olaya

Talton Cherry


Junior Golf Intern

Nick Kerver

Junior Golf Intern

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The Professional - Volume VI, Issue II  

This issue of The Professional highlights the MAPGA Professionals that played in majors, the qualifiers for the Jr. PGA Championship, and mo...

The Professional - Volume VI, Issue II  

This issue of The Professional highlights the MAPGA Professionals that played in majors, the qualifiers for the Jr. PGA Championship, and mo...

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