Colorado PGA Section and Its Golf In Schools Program Spotlighted April 15 on Golf Channel in Celebration of the PGA of America's Centennial
The Colorado PGA Section and its Golf In Schools program will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Friday, April 15, in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial.
The Colorado PGA Section partnered with the Colorado Open Golf Foundation in 2010 to launch the Golf In Schools program to bring PGA Professional golf instruction to more than 1,500 students in 10 schools, all at no cost to the students, parents or schools. The Golf In Schools program consists of three days of in-school golf instruction starting with putting then building to chipping and full swing play, culminating with a field trip to the golf facility for an on-course experience. More than 50 Colorado PGA Professionals are involved with the program, working to show that golf is a game for everyone, regardless of age, ability, gender, race or socioeconomic background.
Welsh Highlights West Chapter Award Winners
10 West Chapter Members to be Honored April 28, 2016
Ben Welsh, PGA Director of Golf at Eagle Vail Golf Club was named the 2016 West Chapter Golf Professional of the Year during the annual Spring Membership Meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016 at Pinehurst Country Club. Welsh, a PGA Member since 2003 has served at EagleVail Golf Club since early 2005. He began as the Head Professional and is now going into this third season as the Directory of Golf. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Professional at Inverness Golf Club. Welsh was active in the West Chapter for a number of years before being elected to the Secretary’s position with the Colorado PGA in 2014.
In all, ten Colorado PGA Professionals were named as West Chapter Award Winners. Each winner will be recognized during the West Chapter Spring Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Bookcliff Country Club.
Drive, Chip & Putt Registration Open
Registration for the 2017 Drive Chip and Putt is now OPEN! Boys and girls ages 7-15 are now able to sign up for one of our six local qualifiers at drivechipandputt.com. This FREE youth golf initiative aims to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants of all ages and skill levels.
Bauerle Presented Honorary PGA Membership
The Colorado PGA is happy to announce that during the annual Spring Business Meeting Mr. Tom Bauerle was presented Honorary Membership into the Colorado PGA.
Tom Bauele is the owner and operator of Colorado Golf and Turf in Littleton, Colorado. A native of Willard, Ohio, Tom spent four years in the United States Air Force, the last two of which were spent at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
Colorado PGA REACH Announces Pillar Awards
Three Members Honored During Spring Meeting
Colorado PGA REACH is happy to announce the development of the brand-new Colorado PGA REACH Pillar Awards worth five hundred dollars each. The awards, developed to give back to a PGA Professional who has gone above and beyond in utilizing the programs under a Pillar of Colorado PGA REACH, can be used to pay for your Certified Professional Program, Business Seminar, Education Program or even a personal retreat.
Growth of the Game Grants Announced
Nearly $25k Being Given to Grow the Game of Golf
It is the mission of the Colorado PGA REACH Growth of the Game Grant Program to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section PGA, that employ PGA members or apprentices in good standing, to develop and/or significantly enhance Growth of the Game programs that will attract and retain new golfers.
This year, seventeen deserving PGA Professionals and their programs were awarded grants.
Benson, Quaratino and Swinhart Elected to Board of Directors
Terms Begin in October, 2016
Three members of the Colorado PGA were elected to the Board of Directors during the annual Spring Business Meeting held on Monday, March 28, 2016. The three members elected are: Andy Benson, PGA, Bobby Quaratino, PGA and Chris Swinhart, PGA.
“The addition of these three members to the Board of Directors will certainly strengthen the group we already have serving our Association,” noted Colorado PGA President Leslie Core-Drevecky, PGA. “All the members represent some form of public facility and with the addition of Chris and Bobby, the northern part of the Denver metro area is now well represented.”