February 23, 2017
Colorado PGA Chip Shots
Education News
TopGolf Set to Host Teaching and Coaching Summit

TopGolf Centennial will be the host of the 2017 Teaching and Coaching Summit presented by K-Vest, GolfTEC and the PGA Tour.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The event will feature two of the brightest minds in the golf industry today; Dr. Bhrett McCabe and PGA Professional James Sieckmann.  

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Register Today for the 2017 Spring Business Meeting

The 2017 Spring Business Meeting is just over a month away!  The meeting will include the election of three new members to the Board of Directors, an update on all of the programs offered by the Colorado PGA and much more!

Registration is currently open and will close on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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Former Denver Bronco Steve Watson to Present at Spring Meeting

Steve Watson, a nine-year veteran wide receiver of the Denver Broncos and currently a motivational speaker, will deliver "Go From Underdog to Top Dog by Taking the Unreasonable Path to Success."

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PXG Signs on to Conduct Product Demonstration at Spring Meeting

PXG , the premium club maker founded by philanthropist and golf nut Bob Parsons, has signed on to be a sponsor of the 2017 Spring Business Meeting.  PXG will be conducting a Product Demonstration during the meeting and on the driving range prior to start of the Pro-Pro Tournament to discuss their mobile fitting unit.

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USGA Tournament Management Club (UTMC) powered by Golf Genius Seminar to Follow Spring Meeting

Rory Luck, Regional Account Manager with Golf Genius, will host a 3-hour long USGA Tournament Management Club (UTMC) powered by Golf Genius seminar following the Spring Business Meeting.  The seminar will run from 12:30p to 3:30p on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Colorado PGA News
One Week Left to Nominate a Deserving Colorado PGA Professional for 2017 Special Awards

The nomination process for 2017 Colorado PGA Special Awards is underway.  Nominations can be made by PGA Professionals for any award.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 3, 2017.

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Last Chance to Submit Your Name as a Candidate for the Board of Directors

The process to submit your name for consideration for the Colorado PGA Board of Directors is now open. 

The deadline to submit your name as a candidate is Friday, February 24, 2017.
 
If you would like to submit your name or one of your fellow Colorado PGA Members as a candidate for the upcoming election please email Colorado PGA Secretary, Jim Hajek at  jhajek@cityofgolden.net and copy Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth, PGA at  eainsworth@pgahq.com.
1099s Mailed to All Members

As of January 31, 2017 all PGA Sections, PGA of America, and PGA Golf Enterprise Inc. (PGA Retirement Plus) 2016 1099's were mailed to over 7,800+ individuals. If you have not received yours, and believe you should have, please contact the section office.

If you received two, and one is from PGA Golf Enterprises Inc., this is your PGA Golf Retirement Plus account contributions for the year. If you have questions about this 1099, please call (800) 474-2776.
Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado News
Cherry Hills Country Club to Host JGAC Tour Championship in 2017

Cherry Hills Country Club will host the JGAC Tour Championship for the second year in a row October 7-8, 2017.  The event will feature the top-40 boys and top-20 girls on the JGAC Tour Points List as of October 3, 2017.

Colorado PGA REACH Foundation News
March 1 Deadline Looming for PGA of America and Colorado PGA Scholarships

The PGA of America and Colorado PGA Scholarship programs provide college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA Members. It encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals for the children and grandchildren of PGA Members, based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college.

The application for both scholarships is the same.

The deadline to submit all paperwork is March 1, 2017.

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Tournament News
Indian Tree Set to host Pro Only Event May 4, 2017

Indian Tree Golf Club will host Pro-only #3 on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  The format for the event will be an individual Stroke Play event with an option Blind Draw Pro-Pro.
Employment News
Update Your Employment Information Today

If you are changing your employment for 2017, don't forget to make that change at PGA.org. This should be done even if you have left employment and new employment has not been secured yet. You should also update changes to your address, phone, and email. This will also ensure that you are listed correctly in the Member Directory App and receive any email in a timely manner. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Colorado PGA Section Office at (303) 681-0742.

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State and Regional News
Changing Landscape

Topics discussed at Colorado's G4 Summit run the gamut; Junior Golf Alliance expands tourney schedule

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USGA announces U.S. Open local qualifying sites

The USGA has unveiled the list of local qualifiers for the 117th U.S. Open, a gauntlet that includes a first-ever trip to Canada and concludes this summer at Erin Hills.

The local qualifiers in the state of Colorado are:

Monday, May 8 - Willow Creek Golf Preserve (formerly The Heritage at Westmoor), Westminster, Colo.
Monday, May 15 - CommonGround G.C., Aurora, Colo.
Tuesday, May 16 - Collindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.

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Industry News
PGA of America chief Pete Bevacqua has a new role: golf sidekick to President Trump

The game is an interesting place, these days in general and this week in particular. On Monday, President's Day, the First Golfer was in the friendly confines of Mar-a-Lago, with its cooling proximity to his home course, Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla. Meanwhile, 17 miles north on I-95, PGA Tour players were setting up shop on the driving range at PGA National, where the Honda Classic will be played starting on Thursday on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, with whom Donald Trump has had a significant-and decidedly down-and-up-business relationship. On their way in, the players will pass the national headquarters of the PGA of America, Pete Bevacqua presiding.

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GolfTEC named one of Fast Company's 'Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Sports'

GolfTEC, the world leader in golf lessons, has been named to Fast Company's 'Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Sports' list as part of the publication's 2017 release of 'The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies.'

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