March 8, 2018
Colorado PGA Chip Shots
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates for the Board of Directors

During the upcoming Colorado PGA Spring Business Meeting, members will elect three Board Members. Four candidates are in the running. Please take a moment to get to know your four candidates!
Ed Marzec, PGA
Assistant Professional, Country Club of the Rockies
Education: Degrees in Industrial Distribution and Technical Communications.Certified PGA Professional - Golf Operations and General Management.

Work Experience: I began in golf as a maintenance staff employee, moved to a caddie eventually becoming a Certified PGA Member. Head Professional experience at Cordillera, Headwaters at Granby Ranch and Ballantrae Golf and Yacht Club.

Volunteer Experience: Colorado PGA West Chapter President and six-year West Chapter Board member, Boy Scouts of America, Vail Valley Junior Golf Association, 1st Tee of Eagle County and Golf In Schools.

Awards/Recognition: Junior Golf Leader-West Chapter, 2006; Horton Smith, 2011; Assistant of the Year, 2012 and 2016; Nominated for Golf Professional and Horton Smith, 2017; Professional Ski Instructor of America Trainer in Alpine and Nordic disciplines.

What should members know about you? I am an avid outdoorsman and photographer. I am ambitious and education focused to better myself and those I work with. I thoroughly enjoy interpersonal interactions where I can share the knowledge I have acquired through schooling, training and teaching.

Reason for running for the board:  The reason I am interested in running for the board is twofold. First, I feel the knowledge that I have been able to obtain during my current tenure on the Board has permitted me to be more effective in my role as West Chapter President and in my position at Country Club of the Rockies. I have gained a better understanding of how an effective board functions to serve its members, as well as the governance that is needed. Secondly, I would like to continue working with some of the brightest and most focused individuals in our Section who can help propel our Section into the future (fellow Board members and Section staff). Being able to represent fellow members, apprentices and associates as I move through my career as a PGA Professional is something I take pride in. I look forward to remaining an active board and committee member to assist in the development of our Section.
Josh Miller, PGA
Director of Operations - GOLFTEC
Josh Miller, PGA 
Director of Operations - GOLFTEC 

Education: Graduate of New Mexico State University PGA-PGM Program. Certified PGA Professional - Golf Operations, Teaching, Player Development and General Management.

Work Experience: Assistant Golf Professional at The Ranch CC, Head Golf Professional at Deer Creek GC, Assistant Golf Professional at Red Rocks CC, Certified Personal Coach the Center Manager/Director of Instruction at GOLFTEC in Golden

Volunteer Experience: VA Hospital visit in multiple years, Free Lessons at Denver Golf Expo in multiple years, Fort Carson Ivy Pro-Am

What should members know about you? I am dedicated to enhancing the PGA brand and helping PGA members and apprentices have all the support they need to be successful in their careers.

Reason for running for the board: The past three years its been great to work with the leadership of the Colorado PGA and help fulfill the mission of the Colorado PGA to serve the member and grow the game. My hope is to remain on the Board of Directors to continue to ensure the Colorado PGA remains a top section in the nation and fulfills the needs of the section's members.
Charles "CJ" Perry, PGA
Certified Personal Coach - GOLFTEC - DTC
Education: Graduate of Ferris State University PGA-PGM Program.

Work Experience: Graduated PGM in 2005, Worked at Old Marsh GC in Palm Beach Gardens, FL., Worked at Hiwan GC in Evergreen, CO, lastly, have been with GOLFTEC since 2011.
 
Volunteer Experience: Volunteered with CPGA junior programs while at Hiwan, Denver Golf Expo 10 minute lessons and helped with Senior PGA Championship at CGC.

What should members know about you? Members should know I'm part of the Tournament Committee and have been an active part of the CPGA Section for nine years.
 
Reason for running for the Board: The reason I'm running for the Board is so I can help the CPGA Section on a bigger stage and also help our Section Members.  I want to get to know more of our Members and build good rapport with everyone in the Section.  I also want to help the Tournament Committee by being on the board and being a voice for the Tournament Committee.
Dave Troyer, PGA
Director of Golf - CommonGround Golf Course
Education: B.A. Marketing, University of Colorado. Certified PGA Golf Professional - General Management.

Work Experience: I have over 25 years of working in the golf industry. Since taking a job as a Seasonal Assistant Pro out of college, I have been fortunate enough during my career to open three new courses, host a PGA Tour event, co-host a U.S. Amateur and glean wisdom from some of the greatest minds in the business.

Volunteer Experience: Colorado Section PGA Board, Church, Special Olympics, Tee It Up For The Troops

Awards/Recognition: Personal - None; Facilities I have managed/opened - Plenty

What should members know about you? That I am passionate for the game, the business and all the people involved in the golf business.

Reason for running for the board: I learned so much about the Section and the PGA of America after getting the opportunity to serve my first term on the Board that I would love a second term to put my knowledge to use and continue serving the members and growing the game in the Colorado Section. Like everyone else, I go to work each day to serve our customers and promote this great game that we all love. I have no hidden agendas and would humbly represent the best interests of the members and the game.
Colorado PGA News
Less Than a Week Left to Register for Spring Business Meeting 
Photographer to Provide Headshots

Colorado PGA will host our annual Spring Business Meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018, at Pinehurst Country Club. Attendees will hear from a number of valued partners, elect three board members and will get an update on current activities with the Colorado PGA.  Growth of the Game Grant recipients will be announced, as well as the winners of the 2018 Colorado PGA West Chapter Awards. A photographer will be on-hand to take head-shots at no cost to our members.

Don't Forget to Fill out the Compensation Survey!

The deadline to complete this year's PGA Golf Professional Compensation Survey is March 31, 2018. Completing this survey helps to ensure that one of our Association's most powerful employment tools remains effective for PGA Professionals. PGA members who complete the survey by the deadline can receive up to two (2) Member Service Requirement (MSR) credits .

**A maximum of eight MSR credits can be earned in one cycle year for completing National/Section Surveys.

Section's participation is key to ensuring the compensation information is valid and meaningful. Support of this important PGA initiative is greatly appreciated.

Click here to access the survey!
Register Now for Jani-King March Madness Pool 
Take Your Shot at Winning $500

Register now to participate in the  Jani-King Sponsored Colorado PGA NCAA March Madness Pool. The pool is open to Colorado PGA members and will be run through CBSSports.com. Jani-King provides a $500 purse, awarding $250 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third place finishers. There is no fee to register - thanks again to Jani-King!
 
Click here to register to participate in the March Madness Pool! Brackets can be completed between Sunday, March 11, and Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Playing Ability Test Schedule Finalized

The Playing Ability Test is a measure of golfing ability. The Colorado Section is offering multiple opportunities to participate in a PAT.

Click here to check out the full schedule.
Online Directory Now Available in Browser Version

The Colorado PGA Member and Partner Directory is now available right from your computer. Search for members, facilities, section staff and partner reps right at your desk. Don't worry, you can still access this information from your phone via our mobile app.

Click here for more information.
Tournament News
Tournament Season Opens with Stroke Play Events 
Boulder CC and Columbine CC Hosting Events

Registration for most Colorado PGA tournaments is now open and some events are filling up fast! Click here to check out the details of this year's schedule.

Upcoming Events:

 

Stroke Play #1 | March 26

Boulder Country Club

Registration Deadline: March 21, 5 p.m. | $105/member

 

Stroke Play #2 | April 2

Columbine Country Club

Registration Deadline: March 28, 5 p.m. | $105/member, $75/associate

 

Partner of the Week
OrangeWhip

With an OrangeWhip, anyone can make the most out of the winter months and improve without hitting golf balls. According to OrangeWhip developer and CEO, Jim Hackenberg, PGA, when he developed the OrangeWhip, his only thought was how to help golfers play better and have more fun.

Junior Golf News
JGAC Set to Deliver Subsidies for Junior Golf
Sign up for Youth on Course today!

We are excited to share a new partnership between the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and Youth on Course that is designed to bring affordable golf to junior golfers throughout Colorado. The core of the program subsidizes rounds of golf for Juniors at your facility. Our juniors get access to a sport they love, and your course fills up unused tee times without a loss of revenue.

More program information is available by contacting Holly Champion, PGA, at hchampion@pgahq.com or 303-996-1591.
PGA Jr. League Marketing Materials and Resources

The PGA is providing PGA Jr. League Captains with marketing materials, including those you can customize, to promote your program to your community and customers.

Click here then go to #4 Recruit Players and select Download Marketing Materials.
2018 JGAC Education Events Announced

As a benefit of your JGAC members, juniors are invited to participate in our 2018 Spring Education Events. These events come at no cost to juniors but they must pre-register.

Click here for the list of events.
State and Regional News
The Huge Music Festival Coming to Denver's Overland Park has a Name and Date
Denver just got a little more Grandoozy

Denver's Superfly festival will be called Grandoozy,  and it's coming to the Overland Park Golf Course September 14-16. It will announce most of its acts - including three headliners - on March 20, saving some names and other details for subsequent announcements leading up to the festival.

Click here to check out more about the music festival.
PGA of America News
Annual Distance Report Reveals Sizable Jump Across Major Tours

The 2015 and 2016 editions of the Annual Distance Report presented the increases in driving distance since 2003 as a slow creep of around 0.2 yards per year. The 2017 data show a deviation from this trend. The average distance gain across the seven worldwide tours was more than 3 yards since 2016.

Click here to read the full article.
PGA of America 'Skeptical' on Rolling Back the Ball

The PGA Tour and PGA of America both released statements Monday in the wake of a joint report from the USGA and R&A that found "concerning" increases  in driving distance over the last year. The PGA stated that it would be polling its members to understand their perspective.

Click here to read the statements.
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