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A monthly review of Colorado PGA Professionals' Activities.

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  • Pro ViewOfficial Colorado PGA NewsletterA Monthly Review of Colorado PGA Professionals Activities

    April 2014

    Whats inside?Fox Hill Club Pro Am Recap

    50 for 50 - Senior Division

    Country Club Digital Network

    Junior Golf Best Practices

    PGA H.O.P.E.

    @theBuzz

    PAT Schedule

    Much More...

    #GetInWhereYouFitInWhat works for you and your facility?

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    Colorado PGAOfficersBarry Milstead, PGA President | 2012-2014

    Leslie Core-Drevecky, PGA Vice-President | 2013-2014

    Ty Thompson, PGA Secretary | 2013-2014

    Tim Lollar, PGA Hon. President | 2013-2014

    Eddie Ainsworth, PGA Executive Director

    Board of DirectorsJeff Carlson, PGA 2014-2016Matt Cohen, PGA 2013-2015Jim Hajek, PGA 2013-2014Kyle Heyen, PGA 2012-2014George Kahrhoff, PGA 2014Charles Vic Kline, PGA Past District 9 DirectorCathy Matthews-Kane, PGA 2013-2015Steve Patterson, PGA 2013-2015Ben Welsh, PGA 2014-2016Shawn Wills, PGA 2014-2016

    West Chapter PresidentDarren Szot, PGA

    Independent DirectorTheo Gregory

    ContentsExecutive Director Message

    3 Spring Means New Beginnings!

    4 Growth of the Game Grants 5 Spring Meeting Recap

    Tournaments

    6 Wherry Wins The Fox Hill Club Pro Am 6 Match Play Championships

    6 50 for 50

    7 Country Club Digital Network

    Junior Golf

    8 Junior Golf Update

    8 Best Practices

    9 Golf in Schools Training

    9 Junior Website Live

    Player Development

    10 Player Development Update

    11 Golf Operations CPP Class

    11 PGA HOPE

    Player Development

    12 Colorado PGA Certified Professionals Employment

    13 Employment Update

    Member Update

    14 Member Update 15 Chip Shots

    16 @The Buzz

    West Chapter

    18 West Chapter Spring Meeting Apprentice Relations

    18 PAT Schedule

    Weekly Videos

    20 March 12

    March 19

    March 26

    Sponsors

    21 Sterling Cut Glass

    22 Sheraton Steamboat Springs

    Omaha Steaks Hole-in-One ProgramOmaha Steaks Hole-In-One program has been discon-tinued in 2014. After a successful outcome in 2013, Omaha Steaks will continue to support the Colorado PGA in other ways, and has chosen to discontinue the Hole-In-One steak certificates.

    Thanks to all facilities that participated in the program last year.

  • 3Spring Means New Beginnings!

    Its Springtime!! Each year I get excited about the hope that comes with Spring. The grass is starting to grow and turn green. The flower bulbs are starting to push up out of the ground, the sun rising is just a little extra special, and of course if youre a golfer the excitement that builds around The Masters!! It is with this excitement and anticipa-tion that our customers come to the golf course each and every day. They come looking for that perfect day with their friends, family, business associates. What a joy it is to be in this business! People come to us looking for fun, relaxation, and quality time with others!!!

    Yes, golf is a business, but what a great business it is. We all have business goals, budgets and numbers to hit. We have to worry about the weather, both good and bad. Are we getting enough rain to keep our water costs down and our courses in good shape or are we getting to much poor weather to keep our customers away? Each of us have our own separate situations that we have to deal with. Each of us are unique and different individuals, and we manage different types of businesses within the golf business.

    Our goal and mission here at the Colorado Section PGA is to help meet your individu-al needs and assist you in any way we can so you can provide that perfect day for your customers. The theme for our Spring Meeting was #GetInWhereYouFitIn. If youre not certain about what type of programs, help and support we offer you as a PGA Member & Apprentice, please give us a call and we would be glad to come to your facility and sit down with you to discuss how we might be able to help you provide that perfect day.

    Springtime is all about new beginnings. It is going to be another great year here in the Colorado Section where we (yes, we. Lets all get out and play more this year), along with our customers, get to play golf on Gods most beautiful gardens. Where the every day or-dinary people, the men and women Colorado PGA Professionals, do extraordinary things to provide that perfect day!!

    As always, please let us know if we can be of any service or assistance to you. Or if you just need a friend to play nine holes of golf with you at your facility or here at Bear Dance some afternoon, give one of us here a call. We would love to end our day in a perfect way by spending time with you.

    All the Best!

    Eddie Ainsworth, PGAExecutive DirectorColorado PGA

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    Eddie Ainsworth, PGA Executive Director/CEO

    eainsworth@PGAHQ.com P (303) 996-1593 C (719) 761-6125

    Keith Soriano, PGA Player Dev. Director

    ksoriano@pgahq.com P (303) 996-1590 C (720) 841-1006

    Patrick Salva Mkt. and Com. Director

    psalva@PGAHQ.com P (303) 996-1597 C (303) 246-1007

    Diane Plassmeyer Business Director

    dplassmeyer@PGAHQ.com P (303) 996-1595 C (720) 271-9660

    Erin Diegel, PGA Junior Golf Director

    ediegel@PGAHQ.com P (303) 996-1597 C (303) 667-3102

    Justin Limon, PGA Tournament Managerjlimon@PGAHQ.com

    P (303) 996-1588 C (720) 390-1160

    Kaye Grant Executive Assistant

    kgrant@PGAHQ.com P (303) 996-1594

    Colorado PGA Section Staff

    Colorado PGA Foundation Growth of the Game Grants AvailableIf you are interested in being considered for a 2014 Colorado PGA Foundation Growth of the Game Grant, please submit an application to the Colorado PGA Foundation by Friday, April 18, 2014. Please click here to access the Application.

    A PGA Member or Apprentice in good standing must submit the application on behalf of the facility in which the PGA Member or Apprentice is employed. Facilities are required to be registered on the Play Golf America website with the program in which funding is desired. Follow-up programs for program participants and Get Golf Ready Programs are strongly encouraged and must be listed on the Play Golf America website, as well. The Growth of the Game Grant Program will provide funding to assist with the costs of provid-ing instruction and course/facility access.

    It is the mission of the Colorado PGA Foundation Growth of the Game Grant Program to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA, that employ PGA Members or Apprentices in good standing, to develop and/or significantly enhance Growth of the Game programs that will attract and retain new golfers.

    Please complete online application by Friday, April 18, 2014. For questions contact Colorado PGA, 303-681-0742, kgrant@pgahq.com or dplassmeyer@pgahq.com

  • 5Spring Meeting A Success!

    Important Upcoming DatesApr 14 | Valley CC Pro-AmValley - Centennial, CO

    Apr 18 | Deadline for Growth of the Game Grants

    Apr 21 | Stroke Play #1Murphy Creek GC - Aurora, CO

    Apr 28 | National Car Rental Colum-bine CC Pro-AmColumbine - Littleton, CO

    May 1 | WC - Spring Business MeetingBookcliff CC - Grand Junction, CO

    May 2 | WC - Bookcliff CC Pro-AmBookcliff CC - Grand Junction, CO

    May 5 | Match Play Registration Deadline

    May 5 | National Car Rental Lake-wood CC Pro-Am Lakewood CC - Lakewood, CO

    May 12 | US Open Local QualifierThe Heritage at Westmoor

    May 12 | US Open Local QualifierThe Broadmoor - West Course

    May 13 | US Open Local QualifierCollindale Golf Course

    May 13 | Pro-Pro-Pro ChampionshipFossil Trace - Golden, CO

    May 19 | Myran Craig Pro-Pro Cham.Colorado GC - Parker, CO

    May 21 | Fort Carson Ivy Pro AmCheyenne Shadows GC - Fort Car-son, CO

    The Colorado PGA hosted their largest membership meeting on record when nearly 350 Members and Apprentices met at the 2014 Spring Membership Meeting at Pinehurst Country Club, Monday, March 24, 2014.

    The meeting was highlighted by the election of three Members to the Board of Directors; Rick Ellefson, PGA head professional at The Club at Pradera, Scott Erwin, PGA director of golf at the Maroon Creek Club, and Jim Hajek, PGA head professional at Fossil Trace Golf Club.

    The Education Seminar was made of up three pan-el discussions with the goal to encourage those in attendance to #GetInWhereYouFitIn. The discus-sions were on the following topics; Colorado PGA Junior Golf, ColoradoPGATeeTimes.com, and Player Development. Panels were made up of PGA Mem-bers and Apprentices, Section Staff, and Industry Experts. Questions came from the audience via the web and through text messaging.

    Following the meeting and panel discussions was the first event of the year. Rob Hunt, PGA head pro-fessional and Kyle Voska, PGA assistant professional from The Links Golf Course teamed together to fire an impressive 11-under-par 59 in the two-man scram-ble.

    The day wouldnt have been possible without the support of the following partners; KBS Shafts, Imperial Headwear, PTE Golf, EisingerSmith, Sher-aton Steamboat Springs, Hole in One USA, Fairway Promotions and the Country Club Digital Network.

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    Tournament Corner Justin Limon, PGA | Tournament Manager

    Wherry Takes First Pro Am Title of the YearDoug Wherry, PGA Director of Instruction at Jakes Academy appeared to be in mid-season form when he won The

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