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November 27 - December 3, 2015

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Colorado PGA News


2016 PGA of America Scholarship Applications Available

If your child or grandchild is planning to attend college in the fall of 2016, encourage them to apply for a scholarship.


Applications must be completed and submitted online at PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 1, 2016.


Click here to access the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program.



Growth of the Game Grant Applications Available

Growth of the Game Grant Applications are available for the 2016 golf season.   Applications are available online and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.


Colorado PGA REACH Grant Applications are designed 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.


Click here to access the Application


Hajek Recognized as PGA of America Public Merchandiser of the Year

Jim Hajek, PGA Head Professional at Fossil Trace Golf Club was honored during the 2015 PGA National Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the 99th PGA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  In front of more than 700 guest at the event, Hajek was recognized for his skills and expertise in creative merchandising and marketing at his Golden, CO club.


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Click here to watch the awards video produced by the PGA of America.


Colorado PGA Professionals Celebrated at 2015 Colorado PGA Special Awards Gala

The Colorado PGA honored 18 PGA Professionals and influential members of the Colorado golf community during the Special Awards Gala at Colorado Golf Club on Friday, November 6, 2015.  The evening was highlighted by the 2015 Golf Professional of the Year, Joe Assell, Founder and President of GolfTEC.


To access the Awards Gala booklet, please click here.


To access photos from the Awards Gala, please click here.


West Chapter Award Nomination Deadline Set for November 30, 2015

Deadline Set for November 30, 2015

Time is running out to nominate deserving members of the West Chapter for the 2016 West Chapter Awards.  Given annually to exceptional golf professionals of the chapter, the awards will be handed out at the 2016 West Chapter Spring Meeting.


Click here to access the form.  Be sure to indicate at the bottom that this is a West Chapter Nomination Form.


Nominate a Deserving Colorado PGA Professional Today!

Each year the Colorado Section PGA recognizes 14 of its best professionals and subsequently nominates those people for National PGA Awards.
As a result of your nominations, the Colorado Section has brought home 8 National Awards in the past 9 years! Recognize the great work of your fellow PGA Member Professionals by nominating anyone you feel worthy of recognition among their peers.


Click here to access the Nomination Form.


West Chapter to Host Player Development Workshop at Redlands Mesa

West Chapter Members will also have the opportunity to take part in what will amount to be the “second of its kind” Player Development Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, December 9-10, 2015 at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.  The day-and-a-half long seminar will mirror the one presented at Fossil Trace Golf Club.  The seminar will be facilited by Colorado PGA Player Development Director Keith Soriano.  

“I encourage our members to register for this event through the website,” noted Colorado PGA West Chapter President Mike Mendelson.  “I feel that Keith is a wealth of knowledge in this arena and that he will be a great resource for the chapter to tap into.  I also hope for a great turnout to keep programs like this coming to our Chapter.”


Click here to access the event information page and to register for the event.


Certified Professional Class to be Hosted at Indian Tree Golf Club

The Colorado Section PGA is offering its professionals a unique opportunity to complete the course work required for Certification in General Management in a dynamic group learning environment.  Over the course of 11 weeks, we will work through the 14 required courses in the General Management Certification Series during 2 hour morning workshops held at the Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada.


Click here to access the event information page and to register for the class.


Finke Elected to Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

Ann Finke, the PGA Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Colorado was elected to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Finke, who won the 2012 PGA of America Junior Golf Leader Award, will join PGA and Champions Tour veteran Craig Stadler in an induction ceremony in the spring of 2016 as the 44 class of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.


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Johnson Wins Match Play Championship in 21 Holes

October 1, 2015 | Glenmoor Country Club

Four Colorado PGA Professionals will battle today for the 2015 Colorado PGA Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour and Sterling Cut Glass.  In the first semi-final matches, Eric Bradley, PGA Assistant Professional at Eagle Ranch Golf Club will take on Chris Johnson, PGA Director of Golf at The Pinery Country Club.  In the other match, Caine Fitzgerald, PGA Assistant Professional at Meadow Hills Golf Course will take on Barry Milstead, PGA Head Professional at Valley Country Club.

The finals and consolation match will follow the semi-finals with an expected start time of 12:30pm.


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Colorado PGA Best Practices


The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know!

Andy Hilts, PGA | Vice-President of Teaching and Education at GolfTEC

Andy Hilts is the PGA Vice President of Instruction and Education at GolfTEC.  He was named the 2005 Teacher of the Year and twice won the Horton Smith Award, first in 2008 and then in 2015.


What advice would you give to other golf professionals to encourage them to continue their education? 


Don’t try to do it all at once!  Dedicate your time to focus on one subject every year to sharpen your saw.  I think I need to borrow one form Albert Einstein too: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.” 

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