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21st SFPGA President Karl Bublitz, PGA
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TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE 1 | KARL BUBLITZ, PGA PAGE 2 | ABOUT KARL BUBLITZ, PGA PAGE 3 | PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE 4 | TRAVEL PRO-AM PAGE 5 | EDUCATION SERIES PAGE 6 | JUNIOR SECTION PAGE 7 | ANDI SMITH PAGE 8 | DERRICK PAYNE PAGE 9 | FOUNDATION PAGE 10 | FOLDS OF HONOR PAGE 11-12 | SFPGA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT PAGE 13 | RULES WITH BRETT PAGE 14 | HIDDEN TALENTS: MIKE KOSTELNIK PAGE 15 | STAFF SPOTLIGHT PAGE 16 | WELCOME ABOARD!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT | KARL BUBLITZ, PGA VICE PRESIDENT | SCOTT KIRKWOOD, PGA SECRETARY | NEIL LOCKIE, PGA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT | DON MEADOWS, PGA ISLAND CHAPTER PRESIDENT | TONY LOYOLA, PGA SOUTHEAST CHAPTER PRESIDENT | PAUL CLIVIO, PGA SOUTHERN CHAPTER PRESIDENT | SHANE WARRINER, PGA SOUTHWEST CHAPTER PRESIDENT | NATHAN GROCE, PGA SOUTHEAST CHAPTER AT-LARGE | BILL SCOTT, PGA SOUTHERN CHAPTER AT-LARGE | STEVE JABLONOWSKI, PGA SOUTHWEST CHAPTER AT-LARGE | BOB RADUNZ, PGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | GEOFF LOFSTEAD
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Karl Bublitz, PGA to Take Over as 21st President of the South Florida PGA Karl Bublitz, PGA Director of Golf at Grey Oaks Country Club has been named the 21st President of the South Florida PGA after serving for the past two years as Vice President. Bublitz has taken over for Don Meadows, PGA Director of Golf at Quail Valley Golf Club, whose term as 20th President of the SFPGA ended June 19th during the Section’s Annual Meeting of the Membership held at Boca West Country Club. “The past four years have helped me to better understand the scope of our Section’s business and the reach of the South Florida PGA throughout south Florida and Puerto Rico,” said Bublitz. “I have a good understanding of the work being done in those areas and look forward to assisting where needed in my new role.” Bublitz first began serving the Section eight years ago and has since held many leadership roles, including, Member Outreach Chairperson, Southwest Chapter Board Liaison, Secretary and Vice President.
Scott Kirkwood, PGA, Karl Bublitz, PGA, Neil Lockie, PGA and Don Meadows, PGA
In addition to Bublitz, Scott Kirkwood, PGA Director of Golf at Ocean Reef Club has taken over as Vice President and former President Don Meadows, PGA will continue to serve the Section as Honorary Past President. During the meeting there was an election held for the seat of Secretary, Neil Lockie, PGA Director of Golf at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club was chosen by his peers to step into that office to begin an eight-year term as a Section officer. “The South Florida PGA is in great hands under Karl’s leadership and we look forward to what is ahead as Scott and Neil step into their new roles,” said South Florida Executive Director Geoff Lofstead. “This is a tremendous group of individuals who are very passionate about the game of golf growing it through the numerous activities, tournaments and functions the Section has to offer.” Each South Florida PGA officer serves two-year terms in each role, first being elected into office as Secretary, moving up to Vice President and finally, assuming the President role. Like most PGA Sections, the President most recently removed from office serves an additional two-year term as Honorary Past President. The South Florida PGA Board of Directors is comprised of PGA Professionals in the Section, covering areas from each of the Section’s four chapters as well as its different functional areas. The Board of Directors is responsible for providing leadership to the South Florida PGA which aims to continue to grow the game of golf throughout south Florida. Nearly 200 PGA Professionals gathered during the Annual Meeting to hear from current SFPGA officers and to participate in the officer election. To learn more about the South Florida PGA, click here.
Get to Know Your President How have your past four years, serving as Secretary and Vice President, prepared you for this role? The past four years have helped me to better understand the scope of our section’s business and the reach of the South Florida PGA throughout the South Florida community and Puerto Rico. Geoff and his Section Office team stay very focused on what I would call the seven pillars of their business: Tournament Golf, Junior Golf, Philanthropic Endeavors, Employment, Education, the Well-Being of our section members and the General Business of the Section. I now have a good understanding of the work being done in each of these areas and can assist when needed and I also know when to stay out of the way. What is some of the best advice your fellow board members and/or PGA professionals have given you as you look to take on this new role? What sticks out most is the number of times I have been told to enjoy the relationships I will make throughout my time serving: the new relationships, rekindling old relationships and strengthening existing relationships.
Why did you first get involved in the game of golf and at what point did you know you wanted to make it a career? I started playing at a young age and just loved to play and compete. I have wanted to be at the golf course every day for the last 40+ years of my life. I knew I wanted to make golf a career when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to play for a living. Since that time, I have been employed in golf in some way, shape or form. What made you want to get involved in SFPGA leadership? Initially I was personally interested in enhancing my resume and professionally interested in strengthening the image of Grey Oaks Country Club. Eight years later (2 as Member Outreach Chair, 2 as Southwest Chapter Board Liaison and 4 as an Officer) I truly enjoy serving the men and women of the South Florida PGA and being involved in the business of the section. Our membership has exceptional people, many of whom are role models to me and many throughout the section and country.
What are you most looking forward to in your time as president? Continuing to serve the great professionals of our section.
What organizations do you serve outside of SFPGA? PGA Magazine Ambassador Golf Stix Product Ambassador Please list any awards you have won. (2) Southwest Chapter Bill Strausbaugh awards (2) South Florida Section Bill Strausbaugh awards Southwest Chapter Golf Professional of the Year award South Florida Section Golf Professional of the Year award What is a fun fact about yourself? I am a closet 1970’s & 80’s music fanatic!
Bertsch and Filbert Compete in PGA Championship PGA Head Golf Professional at Hideout Justin Bertsch competed at Bethpage Black for the PGA Championship and PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Royal Poinciana Andrew Filbert joined him. Naples' Bertsch shot a final-round even-par 72 to tie for 13th at the PGA Professional Championship in Bluffton, South Carolina in Apri, qualifying him to compete at the PGA Championshipl. Bertsch shot 7369-74-72 for a 288 total. The top 20 qualified for the PGA Championship. "It's pretty special," said Bertsch, who had former Estero High and FGCU golfer David Steele as his caddie. "It's the first time I've been able to play in the PGA Professional Championship, so to finish in the top 20 the first time is really something else." Bertsch was already inside the top 20 when the day started, and when two other golfers started pulling away early in the round, he had to in essence, play not to lose. "It was difficult," Bertsch said. "Winning the tournament was a long shot to say the least. We were right on the bubble in terms of the top 20 when the day started. We knew a couple under par would be plenty good enough."
Bertsch tees it up on the range in advance of the first round of the PGA Championship.
Bertsch was even -- with a bogey and a birdie -- after nine holes, then made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, back-to-back par 5s. "As the day went on, the conditions got tougher and tougher," the 37year-old said. Bertsch followed with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15, to put him right back where he was to start the day. "That kind of got us thinking a little bit," as he put it. "I played the last three holes, which are quite difficult, real solid. I made three good pars. "My final round came down to playing smart and sticking to our strategy, and finished inside the number by two shots, and really happy to be going to Bethpage." Filbert fought hard until the end as he earned his way into his second PGA Tour event of the year. Finishing T19 firing a final round score of 71, he found himself in a playoff with six other individuals and only two spots to be had. Beginning the week, he had dreamed about making it to the PGA Championship, and now that dream had come true. Bertsch and Filbert were two of fifteen South Florida PGA Professionals who competed in the PGA Professional Championship. Six of the fifteen competing made it through two cuts into the final round. Click here to watch a recap video of Bertsch and Filbert's experience at the PGA Championship.
Filbert prepares for his first PGA Championship during a practice round at Bethpage Black in New York.
PGA Professionals and Amateurs Compete in the 2019 South Florida PGA Travel Pro-Am at Whistling Straits
This June, 21 teams traveled to Kohler, Wisconsin to take part in the 2019 South Florida PGA Travel Pro-Am supported by Linksoul. Teams in the event were comprised of one professional and three amateurs. The week featured three rounds of competition on three different elite courses. The prestigious Whistling Straits, future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup, hosted two rounds, one on the Straits Course and one on the Irish Course. Blackwolf Run, home to the 1988 and 2012 U.S. Womenâ€™s Open, hosted the third round, on its River Course. Both properties are owned by the Kohler Company and operated by The American Club. In addition to playing different courses each day, the teams were challenged by different formats. All of the professionals who participated competed in a Stableford Format where Chris Shultis, PGA Head Golf Professional at Verandah Golf Club obtained 116 points, birding his last three holes to capture the low professional title. The low team honors for the week went to Cypress Lake Country Club, led by PGA Head Golf Professional Jon Pazdera and amateurs Chuck Andrews, Rich Krichbaum, and Steve Weisberg who fired a 329 for the week. The three challenging golf courses were met with phenomenal weather to make for a great week. The South Florida PGA Travel Pro-Am is an annual trip that is open to PGA members and associates in the section and has made stops in southern Ireland and Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and will head to Scotland in 2020.
Chris Shultis, PGA, Steve Weisberg, Jon Pazdera, PGA, Rick Krichbaum, Chuck Andrews, Don Meadows, PGA
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Summer Education Series With Marty Hall, PGA
Why is it important that PGA Professionals attend the Education series this summer? The business world (which includes the golf industry) is changing rapidly and growing in sophistication and complexity. In order to stay relevant as a PGA Professional we must improve our skills to meet these ever- changing demands. Therefore the time is now to ‘up our game’. What will be offered that hasn’t been offered before? The data focused seminar is definitely a new offering. Knowledge in the 21st century comes from Big Data, understanding KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators), and Business Analytics. It’s important that we are able to both manage operation and communicate our value to our employer using data. What value does education bring to a PGA professional and how can they use this series to further their career?
Marty Hall, PGA serves as the Education Chairperson on the South Florida PGA Board of Directors and is the Assistant Director of the PGM program at Florida Golf Coast University.
Education brings added value, money, respect, and new employment opportunities to PGA Professionals-other than that it is not worth much of anything.
Is there anything about education in the South Florida section that makes it unique from other sections? We are staying on top of today’s most relevant and talked about management trends, such as managing multigenerational teams, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and data analytics. How do you see education enhancing the lives of your PGM students? The students’ lives are enhanced because they are exposed to a wide array of ideas, concepts, and techniques for both teaching the game and managing the business. More importantly, they get the opportunity to engage with other more experienced PGA Professionals. This augments their theoretical learning with real practical knowledge. Anything else you wish to add? The key to professional success is being proactive rather than reactive about your career. In addition to attending the education seminars, members need to take advantage of the programs being offered by Kathy Grayson, our SFPGA career consultant. Update your resume, hone your interviewing skills, and develop a career plan now. When the perfect job presents itself you will be ready to seize the opportunity.
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Junior Tour Section An Undeniable Bond: Brooks Keopka and Warren Bottke, PGA Click to see how SFPGA Past President Warren Bottke, PGA played a crucial role in the career of four-time major winner, Brooks Keopka.
Giles, Smith Win South Florida Junior PGA Championship, Qualify for National Junior PGA Garrett Giles of Palm City is glad he waited out a threehour rain delay. Giles almost left the South Florida Junior PGA Championship to play in a recreational basketball game because he didn’t think the golf tournament would get finished and the scores would revert to 18 holes. When play finally resumed, Giles made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to rally from a two-shot deficit and win the Boys 16-18 division. Giles shot a 3-under 68 on the Fazio 2 Course at Boca West to finish at 5-under 137. “I had no idea what the greens were going to be like after the delay, but when I saw one of my partners hit it 8 feet past the hole, I played a lot more break and didn’t hit it as hard,” said Giles, a senior at Martin County High. “It’s by far the biggest tournament I’ve won.” That partner, Jude Kim of Plantation, three-putted the last hole for a double bogey to finish at 4-under after a 69. Kim had birdied the last three holes before the delay. Andie Smith of Hobe Sound shot 73 to win the Girls 16-18 division by two shots at even par. Gloria Nip of Port St. Lucie had a 71 and finished second at 2-over 144. The winners and runners-up each qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship in July at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Ct.
Junior Tour Member Profile: Andi Smith At only 15, South Florida PGA Junior Tour star, Andi Smith is making a name for herself on a national level. Smith, from Hobe Sound, started playing golf when she was only three years old. The game, which began as a family activity, was spurred by her father who, after blowing out his knees while playing college basketball, picked up the game of golf. Smith’s father shared his love for the game with his daughter and it wasn’t too long before Smith began to excel. By age 11, Smith was competing in SFPGA Junior Tour events. Two years ago, when Smith was 13, her father passed away. The reason she first began to play golf is now her biggest motivator. At only 15, Smith is beyond her years in work ethic and in attitude. The happy and bubbly teen is always smiling and in good spirits, an attitude that is contagious to the people around her. The incoming Sophomore at The Pine School has committed to Duke. A decision Smith made based on the prestige of the school which is known for golf and academics.
Smith after winning the South Florida PGA Junior Championship at Boca West Country Club earlier this month. Smith will compete in the National PGA Junior Championship in July
Buzz about Smith first began after her appearance at the USGA Girls Junior at Poppy Hills in California in 2018, where she first met Duke Assistant coach, Jon Whithaus. It wasn’t long after that, did Duke Head Coach, Dan Brooks paid a visit to South Florida to watch Smith play in an SFPGA Junior Tour event. Smith would soon verbally commit to be a part of the Blue Devil’s class of 2026. In an effort to give back to the SFPGA, Andi often volunteers for events – Team Golf, Prep Tour and Drive, Chip and Putt - that she can no longer participate in. Having grown up on the tour, the SFPGA has become like a family to Smith, both in golf and as a person. Fellow SFPGA Junior Tour members that Smith has played alongside, have become some of her closest friends, creating a community that goes far beyond golf. The young South Florida native has a bright future ahead of her and the SFPGA will be right behind her, cheering her on every step of the way.
Derrick Payne, Growing the Game Through Community Walking into the Palmetto Golf Course Community Room, felt like walking into a family gathering. Kids playing and laughing together; parents mingling and catching up. Derrick Payne didn’t just administer a successful PGA Junior League in House League, he created a community. A year ago, Payne had 30 kids in his PGA Jr. League in House League and he wanted to aim for higher, with a goal of doubling his count. This spring Payne had 63 kids in his league, the largest in South Florida. South Florida PGA Junior Golf Coordinator Ellen Breighner attended Payne’s year-end banquet this spring and walked away encouraged by what Payne had built with his kids. The night started with Putt-Putt golf, with 60 plus kids running around the course in their PGA Jr. League jerseys, laughing and having fun with their friends. “Are you guys ready for pizza?” A mom yelled out to the kids. “No! We want to keep playing golf!” One little boy chimed out. First time in history a 10-year-old turned down pizza. Away from the course, one could find food and drinks, a silent auction, a slideshow of memories from the season and a comradery only golf can provide. Among the players and their families, were people that didn't have kids in the program and didn't play golf, rather there to show their support and appreciation for all the hard work that Payne put into the season. Once the kids and families got their fill of pizza, Payne started the presentations. First, he thanked his staff of assistants: Paul Blockoms, PGA, Seth Pearman, PGA Associate, Clint Jones, PGA Associate and Jeff Patterson, Club House Manager. Each player in Payne’s League received a yearbook and a full roster with everyone's name, phone number, email address and birthdate citing: “ The goal of this league was to create lifelong friendships.” Payne told his kids to not be afraid, encouraging them to call up a friend over the summer and go play golf together. For Payne, the game of golf is an avenue that leads to the ultimate goal – building a community of lifelong friendships.
Through all the hustle and bustle one father made his way through the crowd of kids to shake Payne’s hand. “If your goal was to give them the golf bug, consider it a success.” Golf, though an individual sport, is one that was meant to be played and enjoyed with friends. Payne’s ability to combine a fun and friendly atmosphere with the game of golf is admirable. Through PGA Junior League and Payne’s guidance, kids are able to learn a sport that they can play a lifetime and build relationships that will last just as long. PGA Junior League was designed to grow the game of golf, and I think the largest area for the growth is enhancing the love, made possible through connections and relationships that are built around it.
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South Florida Foundation Hosts 4th Annual PGA HOPE Classic
The 4th Annual PGA HOPE Classic, presented by FITTEAM Global and Raymond James took place May 9 at the Loxahatchee Golf Club in Jupiter. Over 65 golfers came together to help raise money for local veterans through the game of golf. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) was launched in 2015 in south Florida and aims to provide local veterans the opportunity to learn golf from PGA Professionals as a way of rehab and therapy. Since the program’s inception, the South Florida PGA Foundation has administered 26 programs, impacting over 475 veterans, helping to assimilate them back to normal life through the socialization and interaction the game provides. “This is an incredible event that allows us the opportunity to help our veterans,” said Rob Torrington, PGA HOPE Classic Committee Chairperson. “Many veterans suffer from PTSD and other illnesses related to trauma that make it hard for them to come out of their homes. PGA HOPE uses golf as a way of therapy to help reengage them in the community.” The PGA HOPE Classic consisted of 18 holes of best-ball play, a live auction and a cocktail reception. The event kicked off with a special veteran presentation complete with the singing of the national anthem by Jupiter Christian High School and the presentation of the colors by Jupiter Police Department. With the support of South Florida Orthopedics, the Lincoln Motor Company, First Republic, SBA and Tito's, players also enjoyed a shirt, a pair of Foot Joy golf shoes and complimentary lunch, drinks and cigars as part of the event. Silent Auction prizes such as, foursomes to prestigious courses around Florida, hotel stays and even a copcar ride-along, as well as the participant entry fee, raffle tickets and donations helped to raise more than $60,000 for PGA HOPE, the largest ever for this event. With the funds PGA HOPE will administer 12 programs in 2019, impacting more than 200 veterans. Click here to learn more about HOPE. Click here to view media coverage from the event.
South Florida Foundation Folds of Honor Since inception, the South Florida PGA section has been a long time supporter for the Folds of Honor, an organization committed to providing educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen or disabled military service members. This past calendar year, approximately 4,000 scholarships were awarded to deserving recipients across the country. Florida is the 3rd largest recipient state with 278 scholarships awarded in 2018 totaling a staggering $1,261,600. However, 87 ($435,000) fully qualified applicants in Florida were turned away because the gap of unmet need was not filled. Last year, the SFPGA had 68 facilities step forward and participate in Patriot Golf Day raising a combined $299, 504. These facilities hosted golf tournaments, played golf marathon, conducted a teaching and coaching day or simply collected donations all benefiting Folds of Honor. We ask that you join their efforts in 2019. Click here to complete a simple Patriot Golf Day registration form. As a reminder, you and your staff will receive 2 MSRâ€™s for participating. With any questions or for additional information, please contact: Sara Bush, PGA Director Golf Relations - Southeast email@example.com (910) 367-7715
2019 South Florida Foundation Scholarship Recipient: Claire Sattler The left side of the brain is usually associated with analytical thinking, including mathematics and the sciences. The right side of the brain engages the artistic and creative means of a person. It is said many people engage one side of the brain more heavily than the other and just a select few can effectively engage both to be analytical and creative. This seems to be the case for Claire Sattler, the 2019 South Florida PGA Foundation Scholarship recipient who hopes to major in engaging both sides of the brain. In 2018, the South Florida PGA Foundation began investing in the higher education of one well-deserving high school senior connected to the golf industry. This scholarship recognizes one student who shares the same mission and vision of the SFPGA Foundation, serving as an ambassador of that mission on their college campus. For Sattler, her journey with golf began at the age of three with Fisher Price golf clubs gifted to her by her grandparents. Once retired from the plastic clubs, Sattler began taking lessons from PGA Professionals, including Adam Bazalgette, Lloyd Johnson, and Jeff Nixon. By playing on the South Florida PGA Junior Tour and giving back to the Foundationâ€™s Smiling Fore Life program, Claire was connected to the Foundation before she was awarded her scholarship on June 13th. Out of nearly 20 applicants, Sattler was selected to receive the $20,000 scholarship provided by the South Florida PGA Foundation. Selected by the Foundation Board, the valedictorian of the Bishop Verot Catholic High School senior class, Sattler stood out as an excellent student. Sattler is National Merit Scholar and part of the National Honor Society. Sattler is a well-rounded leader and is driven to impact her local community. Out of the sixteen extra-curricular and governance groups she was a part of in high school, Sattler had a leadership role in almost all of them. With many accolades and merits listed on her application, a few stood out including: being the captain of her high school golf team, a 2018 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Champion, appearing in 14 different performances with the Bishop Verot Players, being a Cameron Impact Scholar Finalist, and receiving the Rensselaer Medal Award. While the length of her application was impressive, it was the heart of her application that impressed the South Florida PGA Foundationâ€™s Board the most.
Claire Sattler accepts her scholarship from Foundation Board Member Steve Waugh, PGA
“I continue to be impressed by young people that give back in a genuine way,” expressed SFPGA Foundation President Tom Wildenhaus. “To have the where-with-all to serve others at a time in her life where she has so many things going on and to do it with such passion set her apart.” The common factor of many great philanthropist involves seeing a need and fixing it; which is exactly what drives Sattler, and what drove her to create STEM4Students in 2016. “What struck me about Claire was that she created the STEM4 Students Program, recruited her friends and delivered a very impressive program that made a positive impact for the students,” Wildenhaus explained. “And she continues to make a difference in the Immokalee Community year after year.” Along with eight of her peers, Sattler developed a curriculum and provided a two-week summer STEM camp to over a hundred underprivileged first and second grade students in Immokalee, Florida. Hoping to demonstrate that there are ways to share their bilingual and academic gifts with impoverished communities, outside of just food and clothing drives. Sattler is a living example of the potential of a STEM focused career, as she begins studying biomedical engineering at Yale University this fall. Through this specific avenue of science, Sattler hopes to spend her career engineering more affordable prosthetics for underprivileged children and families. “That’s where I want to give back with those much-needed prosthetics for those families. Particularly children who need prosthetic limbs to make their lives a little easier every day.” Having watched her grandfather endure more than twenty-four surgeries in hopes of reducing his back pain, Sattler found her calling in being a part of the continued advancement of bringing innovations through the new scientific field of biomedical engineering. “There’s a lot of room to grow in the biomedical field and there’s so much work to do and that’s why I want to enter the field,” Sattler said. Sattler plans on being able to be more invested on campus and having a fuller college experience thanks to the SFPGA Foundation Scholarship. Allowing her to be more involved in extra-curricular actives on campus and engaging both sides of her brain. “At some point I will join an acapella group, I just won’t do it freshman year.” She laughed and said, “I’m a little worried about overloading myself, because I am known for that amongst my peers.” The South Florida PGA and the South Florida PGA Foundation looks forward to following the success of our young scholar and philanthropist. If you would like to learn more about Sattler click here now to hear an interview of 2019 Scholarship Recipient. To learn more about the SFPGA Foundation Scholarship click here.
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Pro Hidden Talents: Mike Kostelnik, PGA
A Steelers fan, Kostelnik enjoys drawing sports figures. "Mean Joe" (left) and "43" (right).
When did you get started in drawing? Started drawing when I was 8 or 9 years old. What subject do you like to draw most? My art is random. Anything I am sitting or looking at, I can draw but I don’t draw as well when I am drawing from memory. Sports figures are my favorite. Do you share your work with anyone? If so, has your work been published anywhere? I have been asked by friends to do drawings for them. I used to live in Pittsburgh and since it’s cold in the winter, that isn’t much good for golf so I would draw in the winter. None of my work has been published that I know of, so this may be my first!
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Ellen Breighner Junior Golf Coordinator
Ellen Breighner serves as a Junior Golf Coordinator for the SFPGA, focusing on both tournament administration and communications. Before joining the SFPGA team in April, Ellen worked at Lost Tree Club working Outside Operations. Ellen is originally from Harbor Springs, Michigan and attended Kent State University, where she played golf. You can normally find her on the golf course, but she also enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and working out.
Laurie Boddiford joined the SFPGA in January and serves as the Special Events Coordinator. Prior to beginning with the SFPGA, she worked for Jim McLean at Trump National Doral as his Golf School Coordinator and most recently worked for a travel company planning and hosting clients at major sporting events. Laurie is originally from Marietta, Georgia and went to Duke University. She enjoys playing tennis, SCUBA diving, boating, and attempting to play golf!
Welcome Aboard! Danielle Muench PGA WORKS Fellow
Hometown:Huntington Woods, Michigan College: Central Michigan University Favorite Golf Memory: As much as I enjoy playing golf, last summer I had the opportunity to teach juniors about the game. Watching their passion and progression was the most rewarding aspect. Fun Fact: My goal is to attend all four tennis majors in my lifetime.
Phillip Manaceri Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida College: University of Mary Washington Favorite Golf Memory: This past spring, the only golf tournament my parents came to watch I shot a 69 and had four straight birdies to finish in the Top 10. Why do you want to work in golf?: I'm interested in promoting the game of golf in the section and providing golfers with the knowledge of the sport and help them gain a passion for golf. Fun Fact: I am a three-time All-American.
Cole Meschede Summer Intern
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska. Home of the College World Series College: University of Nebraska Favorite Golf Memory: Standard bearer at the Barracude Championship for Davis Love III. Why do you want to work in golf?: I have loved golf all my life and I love the atmosphere of professional golf tournaments Fun Fact: I can hoot like an owl.