March 29, 2018
Colorado PGA Chip Shots
Colorado PGA News
Last Chance to Complete the Compensation Survey
Colorado PGA Ranks 20th in PGA of America

The Colorado Section is making one last push to encourage PGA Professionals to take a few minutes to complete the PGA Golf Professional Compensation Survey. The deadline is Saturday,  March 31, 2018

Working toward an 80% participation rate, currently only 303 Professionals or 45.8% of the Colorado Membership have completed the survey. In 2016, 444 Professional completed the survey and in 2017, 411 participated. Please take the time to ensure that this employment tool remains effective.

PGA Members who complete the survey by the deadline can receive up to two (2) Member Service Requirement (MSR) credits .

Master's Pool Presented by Jani-King Now Open
First of Season Long Major Championship Pool Now Open

Spring has sprung, which means the Masters is right around the corner. Thanks to our sponsor Jani King we are hosting a 2018 Masters Pool for our Colorado PGA Members. It is free of charge, the link for the rules and to select your team is below. We hope everyone can join and enjoy what should be one of the best Masters in recent memory.
Colorado PGA's Jani-King NCAA Bracket Leaders

March Madness is not complete without upsets that become memorable tournament runs and this year is no exception. Current standing in the Colorado PGA Jani-King NCAA Brackets have Geoff Keffer in first place, Phil McCarthy in second, Derek Rush in third and tied for fourth place are Keith Soriano, Thomas Noonan and Thomas Walter.

This could all change as play moves into the final-four where Best Score may be more relevant than the rankings. Geoff Keffer leads in this category as well with a Best Score of 147. CJ Perry and Kirk Rider are on his heels with scores of 132.

Tune in next week when we announce the overall winners.

REACH Pillar Recipients Awarded at Spring Meeting

Leslie Core-Drevecky, Colorado PGA Honorary President announced three winners of Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Pillar Grants during the 2018 Spring Meeting at Pinehurst Country Club. They are:
  • Paul Hebinck, PGA -- Supporting our Military Pillar
  • Erin Diegel, PGA -- Diversity and Inclusion Pillar
  • Mike Zaremba, PGA -- Youth Development Pillar
Click here to read a detailed account of the work that Diegel is accomplishing. 
Career Planning Session Coming to the Springs

The future can provide an extremely uncertain ride, but having a solid career plan in place can serve as a reliable road-map to get you wherever you would like to go.

Join PGA Career Consultant, Keith Soriano, PGA, for a Career Planning Seminar on Monday, April 16, from 9:00 to 11:00am at the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. The Seminar will consist of a presentation and Q&A regarding the importance of the career planning process, as well as highlighting important career evaluation considerations, self-evaluations and goal setting followed by elective individual meetings. Individual meetings will be planned for Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

Attendees will receive three (3) MSR points (2 for the seminar and an additional 1 for booking an individual meeting) in the Required Category.

To register,  Click Here.
Volunteer Opportunities at US Senior Open

Colorado PGA REACH will host multiple events throughout the week of the 2018 US Senior Open and we want to share the experience with you!
Your support will help to make a major impact! If you have time, we encourage you to volunteer for any number of events. 
West Chapter News
West Chapter 2018 Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 West Chapter Awards were recognized at the Colorado PGA Spring Meeting and will again be acknowledged at the West Chapter Spring Meeting on Thursday, April 19. Join us in congratulating these deserving fellow Professionals.

Golf Professional of the Year - Ed Marzec, CC of the Rockies
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year - Dave Thompson, Red Sky GC
Bill Strausbaugh Award - Jeff Boyer, Eagle Ranch GC
Horton Smith Award - Alice Plain, Vail GC
Private Merchandiser of the Year - Mark Lampe, Maroon Creek
Public Merchandiser of the Year - Alice Plain, Vail GC
Resort Merchandiser of the Year - Chris Lai, Red Sky GC
Player Development - Jim Pratt, Aspen GC
Teacher of the Year - Pete Roach, Sonnenalp Club
Youth Player Development - Steve VanDyke, Aspen Glen Club
Apprentice Player of the Year - Brandon Bingaman, The Bridges CC
Senior Player of the Year - Doug Rohrbaugh, Ironbridge GC
Player of the Year - Doug Rohrbaugh, Ironbridge GC
West Chapter Recruiting for Two New Board Members

Anyone from the West Chapter interested in serving as part of its six-person board is asked to send an email to President Ed Marzec at by Wednesday, April 4. 

Board Members CJ Rhyne and Joe Kamby have honorably served the West Chapter; however, they have met the term limits of the position. The two spots of the Board will be full-term and will run from the Fall Meeting in 2018 through the Fall Meeting in 2021.
West Chapter Spring Meeting and Pro-Pro Nearing
Registration Is Open Until April 13

The West Chapter Spring Meeting will be here before you know it! The meeting and golf are set for Thursday, April 19, 2018, and will return to Bookcliff Country Club.

Business to be conducted will be the election of two new board members, presentation of West chapter Award Winners, as well as a presentation from Colorado PGA President Ty Thompson.

Click here to register for the meeting and golf.
Bookcliff CC Pro-AM Set for Friday, April 20

The Bookcliff Country Club Pro Am will be played as a Low Gross/Low Net tournament. One PGA Professional will be drawn blindly to be combined with a team comprised of Bookcliff Country Club Members. 

Register to play by 5:00pm on Monday, April 16.
Tournament News
First 2018 Section Tournament Ends in 3-Way Tie

If the results of the Pro-Pro Stroke Play hosted at Boulder Country Club on Monday, March 26, is any indication of how competitive the 2018 Colorado Tournament Schedule is going to be, we are in for a great season! 

The three top teams posted scores of 5 under to finish the day at 65. The teams included: Heikke Nielson, Golf Styles for Less, and Kevin Bolles, Boulder; Paul Lobato, Meridian Golf Club, and Caine Fitzgerald, Meadow Hills Golf Course; and Ken Krieger, Cheyenne Country Club, and Ron Vlosich, Life Member. 

Columbine and Blackstone CC Next Up on Tournament Schedule

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:

Blackstone CC Pro-Am | April 9
Blackstone Country Club
Registration Deadline: April 4, 5:00pm | $380/team

Stroke Play #3 (Pro-Pro) | April 16
Collindale Golf Course
Registration Deadline: April 11, 5:00pm | $105/member

Todd Creek GC Pro-Am | April 23
Todd Creek Golf Club
Registration Deadline: April 18, 5:00pm | $380/team
Partner of the Week

The Denver Golf Expo has been a proud supporter and partner of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation since 2004. In that time, they have contributed $70,000 to the Foundation. 

We thank the Colorado PGA and the Colorado Golf Industry for their support of the Denver Golf Expo for all these years and we look forward to promoting the industry and the game of golf through our work at the Expo for many years to come! 

2019 Denver Golf Expo
February 8-10, 2019
Questions: Contact Mark or Lynn Cramer at 303-771-2000 or

Junior Golf News
Colorado Springs Resident Kayden Ford to Compete in Drive, Chip & Putt Finals

Kayden Ford from Colorado Springs says that the "brighter his clothes, the better he plays." Let's hope Ford is clad in the brightest clothes he owns on Sunday when he plays in the national finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta National, home of The Masters. He gets six shots -- a pair of drives, chips and putts -- on the famed 18th green to show is skills.

Not only do the 80 finalists get to play at Augusta the Sunday before The Masters but the event is televised live by The Golf Channel. And, as if there needs to be more, stars such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson will be there to meet the contestants.

Click here to read more about Kayden Ford.
Golf In Schools Fall Program Application Available

Apply Now to host a Fall Golf In Schools Program! The application procedures has been updated and streamlined. 
  • If you are applying to run a NEW program at a NEW school, please CLICK HERE for the New Golf In Schools Request Form. These submissions are due April 15, 2018.
  • If you are applying for a school program that you have conducted in the past, please CLICK HERE for the updated Golf In Schools Application. These applications are due May 15, 2018.
Questions about the program can be directed to Holly Champion, PGA, at
Download the Updated PGA Jr. League Conditions of Play Handbook

Review the important changes for the 2018 season and download the Handbook.
Update Your Junior Golf Clinics Today!

The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado website receives numerous requests for information about instructors in the area. Take a moment to update your information on the site so we can point them in your direction!

Click here to submit your program information.
Have You Signed Up for Youth on Course?
JGAC Set to Subsidize Rounds at Your Facility!

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 or 303-996-1591.
Need Help Marketing Your PGA Jr. League Programs?
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.
PGA of America News
The Ryder Cup Returns to Minnesota in 2028

The PGA of America announced this week that Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., will host the 47th Ryder Cup in 2028. Hazeltine -- site of the U.S. Ryder Cut Team's 17-11 victory in 2016 -- will become the first American venue to host a second Ryder Cup. A formal news conference will be held Tuesday, April 10.

Click here to view the social media video, which incorporates the Gold-Medal U.S. Olympic Men's Curling Team.
View Candidate Presentations and Q&A from the Super Regionals 

The four candidates for PGA Secretary presented their platforms and took part in a Q&A at four PGA Super Regionals. Watch the presentations and Q&A from each location.

Click here to watch the presentations.
Industry News
Props to the Centennial State
3 Colorado Courses Among Top 150 in the World, According to Golf Digest's Greatest International List

This week, Golf Digest introduced a new golf course ranking as it named its 200 Greatest International Golf Courses, a mixture of the publication's America's 100 Greatest and the World's 100 Greatest.

Three Colorado courses were not only included in the 200 Greatest International list, but all made it into the top 150.  Castle Pines Golf Club checked in at No. 82; Ballyneal in Holyoke was ranked No.101 and Cherry Hills Country Club was placed at No. 148.

Click here to read the full story.
Masters Field, Currently at 87 Players, On Track to be Smallest Since 1998

The Masters Tournament is set to have its smallest field in 20 years when the year's first major championship begins next week at Augusta National Golf Club. This will be the first time since 2016 that the tournament field will be less than 90 starters. In 1998, 88 players began play. In 1991, 87 players took part.

Click here to read the full story.
PGA Tour Commissioner Says Fan Behavior Discussion a Good Problem

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan reiterated his Tour's stance on fan behavior, suggesting the issue is on his radar but not an overriding concern. From the golfers' side, however, one player believes we're one incident away from a player going into the crowd a little bit and handling a situation that has crossed the line.

Click here to read the full story.