144 Juniors to Compete in Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Championship
One hundred and forty-four junior golfers representing Colorado and New Mexico have earned an invitation to CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, CO to compete in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Sub-Regional Qualifier, to be played on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
Smigelsky Posts Comeback Victory at 2015 Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship
August 17-18, 2015
Playing from behind can have its’ advantages and disadvantages. Knowing that your play can put the pressure on those in the lead can be a huge advantage. The pressure to dig deep and make up ground can be stifling and a huge disadvantage. Dale Smigelsky felt both during the final round of the 2015 Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship but came out on top as he posted a come-from-behind victory. Smigelsky, the PGA Head Professional at Collindale Golf Course in Ft. Collins posted a two-day total of three-under-par 139 to edge a pack of players four strong.
“I played pretty strong today and didn’t really make any errors,” Dale said of his strong play. “This course really sets up well for me being a little shorter but it also played tough with the wind picking up throughout the day.”
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Fossil Trace’s Hajek Named PGA of America Public Merchandiser of the Year
Jim Hajek, the PGA Head Professional at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden, CO has been named the 2015 PGA of America Public Merchandiser of the Year.
“Many look at merchandise as something they “have to do” or as a service that is simply implied with managing a golf shop,” noted Hajek on his merchandising philosophy. “I choose to view it as something I “get to do,” somewhere the opportunity exists to set ourselves apart. Merchandising offers a tremendous opportunity for a PGA Professional to make substantial financial differences at his/her club while increasing guest satisfaction and loyalty.”
Keffer Posts Three-Peat Victory at National Car Rental Assistant Professional Championship
Omne trium perfectum; that’s Latin for “everything that comes in threes is perfect.” That phrase resonated loud with Geoff Keffer after he posted his third-consecutive victory in the National Car Rental Colorado Assistant Professional Championship. Keffer, an Assistant Professional at Aurora Hills Golf Course posted an eight-under-par 136 for a two-stroke victory on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Murphy Creek Golf Course.
“This feels awesome!” Keffer energetically stated after the championship concluded. “It was tough down the stretch; I tried to give away the three-peat, but it feels great to have won.”
Colorado PGA Announces 2015 Special Award Winners
The Colorado PGA is honored to announce the winners of the 2015 Colorado PGA Special Awards. Each individual truly exemplifies what it means to be a PGA Professional and through their efforts, the game of golf is in a better place today than it was yesterday.
The winners are as follows:
Golf Professional of the Year - Joe Assell, PGA | GolfTEC
Teacher of the Year - Dennis Murray, PGA | Valley Country Club
TaylorMade Assistant Professional of the Year - Tristen Fay, PGA | Denver Country Club
Player Development Award - Kyle Voska, PGA | The Links Golf Course
Youth Player Development Award - Rudy Castaneda, PGA | Indian Tree Golf Club
Warren Smith Award - Alan Abrams, PGA | Indian Tree Golf Club
Horton Smith Award - Andy Hilts, PGA | GolfTEC
Bill Strausbaugh Award - Kevin Sanger, PGA | Colorado Springs Country Club
Special Note - Merchandiser of the Year
The Merchandiser of the Year Awards has come down to finalists in each of the three categories; Public, Private, and Resort. Over the next month the finalists will complete a secondary set of questions and submit their follow up information. The Awards Committee will name the winner of each of the three categories in the September issue of Pro Peaks.
Assell Named Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Joe Assell, the Co-Founder, President & CEO of Denver based GolfTEC, has been named the 2015 Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
Assell’s contributions to the game of golf through GolfTEC are monumental, to say the least. He leads the company on a day-to-day basis overseeing overall strategy and multiple divisions within the company, including finance, legal, sales, technology, and marketing. The company, launched in 1995, has experienced rapid growth, often times by more than 50% annually, to become the undisputed leader in indoor golf instruction. The company has expanded into Canada, Japan, and Korea and today brings in over $80 million in annual sales.
Sharamitaro Runs Away With Stroke Play Championship presented by Masek Golf Cars of Colorado and PGA Tour
For being his first victory in a major professional tournament, Blake Sharamitaro definitely acted like he had done it before when he ran away with victory at the Colorado PGA Stroke Play Championship. Sharamitaro, a PGA Assistant Professional at Lake Arbor Golf Course in Arvada posted a two-round total of eleven under-par 133 on Monday, July 13, 2015 on the Dunes Course at Riverdale Golf Club.
Krantz & Jordaan Crowned Overall Winners of the Colorado PGA Junior Championship
Both advance on to the PGA Junior Championship in Bryan, TX
Windsor’s Cole Krantz and Cherry Hills Village native Caroline Jordaan won the two-day Colorado PGA Junior Championship Presented by Under Armor and Genesis Networks on Friday, July 10 at Indian Tree Golf Club. Each will advance on to the 40th PGA Junior Championship held at Miramount Country Club in Bryan, TX on August 3-6, 2015.
Wroblewski Storms to CoolCore Powered by Imperial Pro Am Victory
If the weather in Colorado so far this year has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. On a day full of thick haze, rain and unseasonably cool temperatures, Ryan Wroblewski posted the first win of his young playing career on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Coolcore Powered by Imperial Pro Am at the Club at Pradera in Parker, Colorado. Wroblewski, a PGA Assistant Professional at The Pinery Country Club, fired a six-under-par 66, highlighted by five birdies in his first six holes, to post a two-shot victory.
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