February 8, 2018
Colorado PGA Chip Shots
Dear Members,

Each year when I attend the PGA Merchandise Show with my team from Fossil Trace Golf Club, I have a chance to reconnect with many people, take part in industry leading education and see firsthand how our strength in numbers makes us the best membership association in all of sport. The energy from the show instills in me tremendous pride as I come back to Colorado and represent you as your Secretary. It inspires me to continue leading the Colorado PGA with the rest of our officers and board of directors as we continue to Serve the Member and Grow the Game.

As we look forward, it's our goal to assemble the strongest group of PGA Professionals possible from diverse backgrounds so that we can meet our goals. I'd like to encourage you to seriously consider joining us in our efforts by running for the Board of Directors at our upcoming Spring Business Meeting.

For those of you interested in running for the board, please click here to submit your name. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 16, 2018. We will follow up with a few questions so that the membership can learn more about you. The election will be held at the Spring Business Meeting where you will have a chance to address those in attendance.

Those who are elected will receive incredible training and development, will be networking with some of the best and brightest in the business, and will help shape the future of our association. I appreciate those who have served in the past, those who are currently serving, and look forward to working with those of you that commit to your future!

See you at the Spring Meeting!

In the spirit of the game,

Jim Hajek, PGA
Head Professional
Fossil Trace Golf Club
3050 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
jhajek@cityofgolden.net

Colorado PGA News
Help Your Peers Earn the Recognition They Deserve
Nominations for Special Awards Accepted Through February 16, 2018

Nominations for the 2018 Colorado PGA Special Awards closes in just over a week on February 16, 2018. Take a moment to nominate your peers who are deserving of recognition for their hard work!

Click here to access the Award Nomination Form!
Trying to Launch New Programs at Your Club in 2018?
Apply for a Growth of the Game Grant Today!

Are you looking to launch new programs at your club in 2018? These grants are intended for golf development programs directed toward juniors, young adults (18-30), seniors, physically and mentally challenged, women and young ladies.

For more information and to fill out a request, please click here.
Last Chance to Sign-up to Say Thank You to our Vets! 
 
The Colorado PGA is hosting its annual Denver VA Hospital visit as part of National Salute to Hospitalized Vets Week on February 14, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. The Colorado PGA will provide hats and pins to hand out along with good wishes to our heros!

Intrested? Contact Holly Champion, PGA, Junior Golf Director - 303-996-1591 or  hchampion@pgahq.com.
Don't Miss the G-4 Summit on February 28

An impressive list of speakers has been assembled to present at the G-4 Summit being held at The Broadmoor on February 28. Speakers include:
  • Dr. Michael Cooper, Director of Diversity, World Golf Foundation
    • Topic - "Diversity in the game of golf"
  • Joe Steranka, Former CEO of the PGA of America
    • Topic - "Why digital media is at the center of golf's future"
  • Ross Iverson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vail Centre
    • Topic - "Leadership and staff development"
  • Frank Vain, President of the McMahon Group
    • Topic - "Golf club industry trends"
Attendees will earn eight (8) MSR credits. 

Click here to register.
We Need Your Input!
Complete the Compensation Survey Today

Take a moment to help your fellow PGA Members by completing the 2018 Compensation Survey. This information is used by the PGA of America Career Consultants to educate employers on the fair market value for golf professionals, assist in performance evaluations and much more!

The 2018 Compensation Survey is open for you to fill out through March 31, 2018.

Click here to fill out the compensation survey!
Plummer, Rudy to Headline March 7 Teaching and Coaching Summit

The lineup for the Teaching and Coaching Summit has been finalized and will be held March 7, 2018, at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club. The featured guests will be Andy Plummer and Matt Rudy. Attendees will receive eight (8) MSRs.

Click here to for more information and to register
Are Your Kids or Grandkids in College? Don't Miss Out on Free Money! 
Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1

The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship provides college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA Members. Applicants who apply but do not receive a PGA scholarship are eligible for consideration for the Colorado PGA scholarships.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Tournament News
Esposito Jr. Caps Off PGA Winter Championships with a Victory at the Stroke Play Championship

Frank Esposito Jr. trailed by three strokes as he approached the par-5 16th tee on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club. Scott Berliner, fresh off a birdie on hole 15, had the honors and the lead. Oh, how quickly a golf tournament can flip.

Colorado PGA Professionals Michael Zaremba and Micah Rudosky placed T27 and T37, respectively.

Click here to see the results.
2018 Colorado Tournaments Now Open for  Registration

The 2018 Colorado Section Tournament Registration opened last week. Check out the details of this year's tournament schedule.

BlueGolf How To

How to Login/Re-set Your BlueGolf Password?
By logging in, a player can view transactions, print receipts, see and compare tournament stats and much more. If you have any questions about logging into BlueGolf and Tournament Registration in general, please contact Justin Limon, Tournament Director, at the Colorado PGA Section Office.
Junior Golf News
Need an Inflatable...Colorado PGA Has It

Whether you are teaching a Golf in Schools Program or planning a club event, the Colorado PGA has birdie-ball inflatables you can reserve to make your event more memorable. There is no charge to use the inflatables for Golf in Schools Programs while there is a minimal fee to use them for summer junior programs or club events.

Reserve your inflatable at least two-week in advance by contacting Holly Champion, PGA, at 303-996-1591 or email at  hchampion@pgahq.com
State and Regional News
Pebble Beach-Bound

Two players with major Colorado ties -- Shane Bertsch of Parker and former Cherry Hills Village resident David Duval -- are scheduled to make their first PGA Tour starts of the season this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

Click here to read the full story.
Represent Colorado in the Uniting Nations Cup at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta
Colorado Golf Association

The Colorado Golf Association announced a unique member event courtesy of its partnership with Vidanta Resorts. Represent Colorado golfers of all abilities by playing against other states from the USA and Mexico in this two-person, three-day championship; foursomes (best ball), four-ball (modified alternate shot) and two-person scramble. CGA Members with an active Handicap Index are eligible to participate. The event will be played April 27-29.
PGA of America News
12 Clinics Nationwide to Welcome More Women to the Game of Golf

The PGA of America announced the debut of PGA Golf Clinics for Women, a nationwide series of 12 full-day clinics intent on welcoming and empowering women to learn more about the game of a lifetime. In fact, Valley Country Club will be hosting a clinic here in Colorado on August 13.

Click here for more information.
Lisa Grimes Secures Three-Shot Victory at 2018 Women's Stroke Play Championship

Sometimes in golf, it's best not to play your best. Less can, in fact, be more and that was the case on Tuesday for Lisa Grimes, the Director of Instruction at Alexandria (Minnesota) Golf Club.
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