January 26, 2017
Colorado PGA Chip Shots
Tournament News
Tournament Registration to Open February 1, 2017

Registration for most Colorado PGA Tournaments will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  

Three tournaments will include new registration this year.  The Pro-Pro-Pro, Myran Craig Pro-Pro and the Four-Ball Match Play event will all be setup for individual registration, not team registration as in years past.

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PAT Sites Needed for 2017 Season

The Colorado PGA is looking for courses interested in hosting a Playing Ability Test in 2017.  The schedule runs from April through October and facilities must host the 36-hole test in one-day.

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Education News
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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Two-Day Rules Workshop to Offer Discounts for Groups

The Colorado Golf Association, with support from the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado, will be hosting a two-day Rules Workshop concurrent with the 2017 Denver Golf Expo.

The more guests you register, the more discounted registrations fees will be.  The following golf themed pricing structure will be utilized: Single: $75, Twosome: $100,  Threesome: $125, Foursome: $150.
G4 Summit Lineup Finalized

The 2017 G4 Summit will be held February 21, 2017 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO.  The annual event brings together representatives from across the golf industry in Colorado for a day of networking and learning in a dynamic setting.  This event is a true "can't miss" event on the 2017 calendar.

Commanding General of Ft. Carson to be Speaker

Major General Ryan F. Gonsalves, Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division & Fort Carson has been added to the list of presenters for the 2017 G4 Summit.  MG Gonsalves assumed command of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson May 14, 2015.  He will speak on Mentoring Those Behind Us.

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USGA's Hirshland to present Growing Engagement with ALL GOLFERS and the Facilities at Which They Play

Sarah Hirshland has been the United States Golf Association's senior managing director of business affairs and a member of the executive team since 2011. In her role, she oversees the global distribution of USGA-owned content through the association's broadcast and digital media functions. 

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IMPACT360 to Share Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Aubrey McCormick and Gina Rizzi will present on "Learn how to Grow the Game while Promoting Whole Value Sustainability Best Management Practices through Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting."

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Phipps to Present First Green Foundation program at G4 Summit

David Phipps, the Northwest Region Field Staff Representative for the GCSAA will be one of the featured speakers at the G4 Summit.  Phipps will present on on the First Green Foundation,  an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs - the only program of its kind in the world. 

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Colorado PGA News
Papadopolous Named to Global Golf Post All Pro Team

Ari Papadopolous, PGA Head Professional at the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club was recently named to the Global Golf Post All Pro Team.  Global Golf Post, the leading digital golf magazine in the world, unveiled its third annual PGA of America All-Pro Teams in this week's issue.

The 55 players, representing 30 PGA Sections, are the PGA golf professionals who posted outstanding performances in 2016.
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 membership in attendance at the March 27, 2017 Spring Membership Meeting will be electing three (3) new Colorado PGA Members to replace our outgoing Board of Directors this coming October. Each newly elected Board Member will serve a three (3) year term beginning this October 16th, 2017 at the Section's Fall Membership Meeting and ending three (3) years later at the same meeting.
 
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 Jim Hajek, PGA at  jhajek@cityofgolden.net and copy Executive Director Eddie Ainsworth, PGA at  eainsworth@pgahq.com.
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The key to helping us meet our mission of Serving the Member and Growing the Game is open communication with our members.  If there is something we can do to help you, something you want to share with the rest of the members or something we are doing right, let us know!

Reach out to us by replying to this email or contacting any of our staff at the following email address:

Eddie Ainsworth, PGA - eainsworth@pgahq.com
Keith Soriano, PGA - ksoriano@pgahq.com
Patrick Salva - psalva@pgahq.com
Justin Limon, PGA - jlimon@pgahq.com
Holly Champion, PGA - hchampion@pgahq.com
Colorado PGA REACH Foundation News
Volunteer Today for Denver VA Hospital Visit

The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation will host our annual Denver VA Hospital visit on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 10am to 12pm.  PGA Professionals will hand out hats (provided by the Colorado PGA) and will meet and greet with veterans as a way to say thanks during National Salute to Veteran Patients week.

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PGA of America and Colorado PGA Scholarships Available

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.

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Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado News
Colorado PGA to Host 7 Local, 2 Sub-Regional DCP Events in 2017

The Colorado PGA will host more Drive, Chip and Putt Local and Sub-Regional Qualifiers than ever before.  Seven Local, up from six and two Sub-Regional Qualifiers, up from only one last year, will be hosted across the state in 2017.

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Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Schedule Announced

The 2017 tournament schedule for the JGAC has been posted. With more than 80 tournaments on the schedule, we encourage juniors to start planning for 2017 now! 

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Employment News
Help Us Unlock the Keys to Employment
 
One of the key tools the PGA of America Employment Department uses in the Compensation Survey.  The survey is now available for you to fill out.  Earn up to two Member Service Requirement (MSR) credits for completing the Survey by the March 31 deadline.

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Sales Rep News
Sales Reps to be Listed on Colorado PGA App

Sales Reps are now able to list their name and company(s) in the Colorado PGA Directory on the Colorado PGA App.  Look for more reps to be listed as we confirm partnerships and reps sign up for the service.

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Industry News
USGA, R&A Considering Significant Rules Changes

As  first reported by Golfweek and later confirmed by Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte, the USGA and R&A are considering making changes to several key rules in an attempt to "simplify the code by which the game is played."
State and Regional News
Colorado Golf Course Equipment Manager Ed Ward Wins 2016 Edwin Budding Award

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Ed Ward, the equipment manager at city-owned Mariana Butte Golf Club in Loveland, Colo., for the past 16 years, is the winner of the 2016 Edwin Budding Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

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