January 18, 2018
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Four Colorado Teachers Named to U.S. Kids Golf 2017 Top 50 Kids Teachers Of The Year

U.S. Kids Golf announced the recipients of the Top 50 Kids Teachers Award. Three Colorado teachers were recognized with this honor:
  • Alexandra Braga, Denver Country Club, Denver
  • Alexander Fisher, The Glacier Club, Durango
  • Scott Wells, CommonGround Golf Club, Aurora
Bryan Heim, Columbine Country Club, was named a 2017 Master Kids Teacher, a designation reserved for teachers who have previously received the Top 50 Teachers recognition three times. 

A Lot Happening at the PGA Show - Including a Colorado Section Happy Hour

The Colorado PGA will once again be hosting a casual Happy Hour during the PGA Merchandise Show. The event will be hosted at the bar at the Rosen Centre Hotel from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. To get to the Rosen Centre Hotel, walk across the Sky Bridge on the far east side of the Orange County Convention Center and head to the lobby. There will be a corner of the bar reserved for our group.
If you are planning to attend the Happy Hour, please click here to let us know.
G-4 Summit Offers Impressive List of Speakers
Lineup Finalized for February 28 Event at The Broadmoor

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) MSRs. We hope to see you at the Broadmoor.

Click here to register.
Plummer, Ruddy 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. The full-day summit is sure to please and attendees will receive eight (8) MSRs.

Click here to for more information and to register
Instruction Volunteers Needed for the Denver Golf Expo

The Denver Golf Expo is 25 years old. Be a part of this season-opening event by donating your time and expertise by providing 10-minute golf lessons to attendees. The Expo takes place on February 9-11 at The Denver Mart. Volunteers are asked to fill one or more of the 2-hour instruction slots. Earn an MSR for each hour of volunteering.

To volunteer, contact Holly Champion, PGA, at the Colorado PGA office at 303-996-1591 or email at  hchampion@pgahq.com
Visit Our Vets at Denver VA Hospital on February 14
The Colorado PGA is once again hosting our annual VA Hospital visit as part of National Salute to Hospitalized Vets Week. The visit is planned for Wednesday, February 14, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We will meet at the Denver VA Hospital at 1 p.m. The Colorado PGA will provide hats and pins to hand out along with your good wishes to our heros!

Sign up now by contacting Holly Champion, PGA, Junior Golf Director - 303-996-1591 or  hchampion@pgahq.com.
2018 Colorado PGA Award Nominations Now Open

The 2018 Colorado PGA Special Awards Nomination form is now available. Take a moment to nominate a deserving Colorado PGA Member by clicking the link below. The deadline to submit nominations is February 16, 2018.
February 16 Deadline to Apply for Growth of the Game Grants

It is the mission of Colorado's PGA REACH Growth of the Game Grant Program to develop or significantly enhance programs that will attract and retain new golfers. Applications must be submitted to Colorado PGA REACH by February 16. 

Click here for more information and to link to the application.
March 1 Deadline to Apply for PGA and Colorado PGA Scholarships

The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship application is available on PGA.org. The program provides college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA Members.

Applicants who apply but do not receive a PGA scholarship are automatically eligible for the Colorado PGA scholarships and do not need to submit any further paperwork. March 1, 2018, is the deadline to submit the application for both scholarship opportunities.

V1 Coaching System For Sale
If you are looking to purchase a V1 Coaching System, you are in luck! PGA Certified Professional Billy Ellison has a used system available for purchase. It is in excellent condition and is still under warranty. It is a complete system, perfect for both indoor and outdoor instruction.
Included in the package are:
1 - Dell Latitude Rugged Laptop 1.7 GHz i7 Dual Core Processor, 14" HD 750 nit Outdoor-Viewable LCD Screen
1 - V1 Carry Case
1 - Laptop Tripod
2 - USB 2.0 HFR Cameras
2 - Computar VariFocal Camera Lenses
2 - 15' USB Cables
2 - 16' USB Repeater Extension Cables
2 - Sunpak Camera Tripods
1 - USB Desktop Mic
1 - 25' Impact Mic
1 - SIIG USB 3.0 Express Card
1 - Additional 9-Cell Dell Laptop Battery
Asking price is $4,500 or best offer. For more information, contact Billy Ellison at 970-319-9124 or billyd@pga.com.
Tournament News
2018 Colorado Tournament Schedule Available for Review

The 2018 Colorado Section Tournament Schedule is available for review. Registration for all events will open on Thursday, February 1.

Questions or comments can be directed to Justin Limon, PGA, at 303-966-1588 or email to  jlimon@pgahq.com.
Kestner-Quinlivan Win PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship
Zaremba-Rudosky Finish t20

Playing together for the first time, Darrell Kestner and Sean Quinlivan won the PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship with a 4-under 68 Wednesday, edging Gary Robison and Dennis Miller by a shot.

Colorado PGA members Mike Zaremba and Micah Rudosky teamed up and posted a 10-under-par 278, which left them tied for twentieth. 

Click here for the full story and to check out the final scores
Junior Golf News
Nearly 120 PGA Junior Golf Camps Nationwide - 4 in Colorado

The PGA of America's signature PGA Junior Golf Camps for boys and girls ages 6-17 is expanding this year to nearly 120 locations across the country - with registration now open. Four courses in Colorado offer the camps -- Family Sports Golf Course, Centennial; Park Hill Golf Club, Denver; Deer Creek Golf Club, Littleton; and Black Bear Golf Club, Parker.

2019 Drive, Chip and Putt Schedule Announced - Registration to Open January 25

The USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America officially launched the sixth year of Drive, Chip and Putt by announcing the local and sub-regional schedule for the 2018-2019 qualifying season. Online registration will be available starting Thursday, January 25.

Click here for the schedule.
Need an Inflatable...Colorado PGA Has It

What do dinosaurs, hippos, sharks and kangaroos all have in common? They are all birdie-ball inflatables that can be borrowed or rented from the Colorado PGA.

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
PGA Jr. League Captain Registration Open

Register now if you are planning to host a PGA Jr. League golf team in 2018. As player registration begins on February 1, it is important that your facility is accessible at that time. Take this opportunity to be a part of enriching lives through experiences that transcend golf.

Click here to register.
State and Regional News
The Big Time 
Fort Collins resident and former Air Force Academy golfer Tom Whitney lands spot in CareerBuilder Challenge on PGA Tour
from coloradogolf.org

Tom Whitney's background in the military, golf ability and being a former resident of La Quinta, Calif., made him a logical choice for a sponsor exemption into the CareerBuilder Challenge. And so the Fort Collins resident will find himself competing with the big boys on the PGA Tour this week.

Click here to check out more on Whitney's story
Industry News
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club First In Denver To Offer Quick.golf

Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colorado - home of the CoBank Colorado Open Championships - is the first course in Denver to offer Quick.golf - a new way to play the game. 

Click here to check out more information about Quick.golf
Peter Millar Acquires Mossimo Giannulli's G/Fore Brand

Luxury apparel brand Peter Millar announced this week that the company has acquired Los Angeles-based G/FORE, the golf-inspired sportswear and accessories brand created and designed by veteran fashion innovator Mossimo Giannulli.

Click here to read the full story.
The National Golf Foundation Announces NGF Golf 100

The inaugural NGF Top 100 Businesses in Golf is part of the National Golf Foundation's ongoing effort to highlight the vitality, size and diversity of the industry. The NGF GOLF 100 is a biennial list - not ranking - that highlights those businesses of fundamental importance to the industry, to both facilities and consumers. 

Click here to read the story.
KPMG Future Leaders Program Accepting Applications

If you know of any young women who are currently high school seniors graduating this spring, we ask you to share this opportunity with them. Applications close on January 31.

KPMG is deeply committed to the advancement, development and empowerment of women. In 2016, KPMG launched the KPMG Future Leaders Program in partnership with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, focused on developing future generations of women leaders. The KPMG Future Leaders Program will "pay it forward" to future generations of women leaders by providing leadership training to top high school senior female students from around the country preparing for their college career. 

PGA of America News
PGA Golf Management University Scholarship Program

The PGA of America announced that it will award five new PGA Golf Management University Program scholarships of $8,000 each for the 2018-19 academic school year through PGA WORKS. The awards are for individuals pursuing PGA Membership through the 18 accredited PGA Golf Management University Programs nationwide, of which the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is one. Application deadline is February 28.

Click here for the details.
Rubenstein Named Recipient of 2018 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Lorne Rubenstein, who spent 33 years as a golf columnist while writing 14 books and contributing to magazines around the world, has been named the recipient of the 2018 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.