April 5, 2018
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Colorado PGA News
Keffer Mounts Win in Colorado PGA March Madness Pool

Congratulations are in store for Villanova and for our own Geoff Keffer, PGA, Greater Golfer Development Center, for a successful run at a March Madness win. Keffer topped the list of Colorado PGA participants with a total score of 147, followed closely by second and third place finishers, CJ Perry, PGA, and Kirk Rider, PGA, respectively, each with scores of 132. 

A couple March Madness statistics:
  • 30 of the 180 Colorado participants successfully predicted a Villanova win.
  • Just 0.00003% of all players correctly picked all four final teams - #11-seed Loyola busted many of the brackets.
Thank you again to Jani-King for sponsoring the Colorado PGA NCAA Brackets. Jani-King provided a $500 purse - $250 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third place.
Jani-King Sponsored Masters Pool In Play

For those PGA Professionals who chose to participate in the Colorado PGA Masters Pool, you will receive a link with the Pool spreadsheet later this morning. With the hard part done, now you can sit back and watch your players zoom up the leaderboard. 

If you do not received the link, please contact Scott Minta at sminta@pgahq.com.

Thanks to our sponsor Jani-King for making this friendly competition available to the Colorado PGA Members. 
Mental Game Workshop for Golfers

If you want to take your game or that of your students to the next level, then you can't afford to miss this workshop. Hear strategies to help you overcome pressure and fear at this hands-on education and training seminar. Also, learn drills and techniques to grow a strong mental game that will serve you well on the course! Walk away with a better understanding of how the brain works and what you can do to get out of your own way.

Featured guest speaker will be Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., a sports psychologist for U.S. Olympic teams and professional golfers across the country. Her reputation comes from extensive experience with designing and implementing specific mental training programs on the subject of peak performance, team leadership, group dynamics, communications and motivation to develop more effective practices for consistent top performance on the course.

The workshop will be held April 14 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at The First Tee on 525 North Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs. The cost to attend is $90 per person. RSVP online at www.leightonsmithgolf.com or contact Leighton Smith, PGA, at pro@leightonsmithgolf.com. MSR credits are available.
Career Planning Session Scheduled in Vail Valley

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 Tuesday, May 22, from 9:00 to 11:00am at Red Sky Golf Club-Fazio Course. 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, Tuesday or Wednesday, May 22-24.

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.
Loeffler Joins Morning Cup of Golf This Week

PGA Professionals Stan Fenn and Doug Perry will host PGA Life Member Bill Loeffler, PGA, on Morning Cup of Golf this Saturday, April 7, shortly after 8:00am. With the Masters kicking off this week, conversation about Loeffler's Masters experience will definitely be a topic of discussion.

Tune in to Morning Cup of Golf at 600KCOL or  iHeartRadio.com on Saturday from 7:00am-9:00am!
Ready to Volunteer at the 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!
West Chapter News
How Golf Swing Movements Relate to Common Injuries
Juarez to Present at West Chapter Spring Meeting

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

Presenting on a topic of great interest to many, guest speaker Physical Therapist Sean Juarez, PT, DPT, TPI, will talk about how golf swing movements relate to common injuries and how to avoid them. Sean is Level 2 Medical Titleist Performance Institute Certified and enjoys working with the golf population to help return them to pain free play. He spent his full professional career practicing in an outpatient orthopedic setting, initially in Arizona and then moving back to his home State of Colorado. 
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
Longoria Wins Columbine Stroke-Play Tournament 

Jacob Longoria, PGA, Assistant Professional at Cherry Hills Country Club, played a stellar round of golf on Monday, finishing with a 3-under-par 69 at Columbine Country Club. For the day, he carded six birdies and one eagle but it was the back nine where he capitalized on his win. After an opening nine of even-par, Longoria finished 2-under-par on the last 3 holes to record his 3-under-par on the back nine.

Doug Rohrbaugh, Ironbridge Golf Club, and Geoff Keffer, Greater Golfer Development Center, tied for second with rounds of 1-under-par 71.

Collindale and Todd Creek Next Up on Tournament Schedule

The Colorado Tournament season is underway. Click here to check out the details of this year's schedule.

Upcoming Events:

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

Valley CC Pro-Am | April 30
Valley Country Club
Registration Deadline: April 25, 5:00pm | $380/team
Junior Golf News
Ford Finished 6th in Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals

One of just 80 junior golfers overall to earn a spot in the Finals at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia -- the home of this week's Masters -- Kaden Ford from Colorado Springs finished sixth out of 10 competitors in the Boys 14-15 division. That ties the best showing ever by a Coloradan in the event.

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  hchampion@pgahq.com.
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.
Youth on Course Program Is Good for Facilities
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 hchampion@pgahq.com or 303-996-1591.
Industry News
Where the All-Time Greatest Local Players Rank On Career Money Lists for Major Tours

With the Masters on tap this week, a look at where the most prominent players in the history of Colorado golf stack up is being reviewed in a statistic seldom mentioned anymore: career money leaders on the major professional tours. See where Jonathan Kaye, Hale Irwin, Steve Jones, Brandt Jobe and Kevin Stadler stack up among the greats.

Masters Play Begins

The 2018 golf season is in full gear as fans from across the world descend on Augusta National this week for the 2018 Masters. This year's tournament features a loaded field with some pretty familiar names all looking to claim the elusive green jacket on Sunday evening. Click here to see a list of the 15 best bets to win the green jacket.