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Four Battle for Match Play Championship

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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Movers, Shakers and Money Makers Registration Closes Soon

The Movers, Shakers and Money Makers will be hosted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at The Broadmoor beginning at 8:00am.  The featured guest speaker will be Karl Mecklenburg, the former All-Pro linebacker for the Denver Broncos.  Karl will speak on the elaborate on his time as part of a team with the Broncos and how his experiences can be applied to the team at a golf facility.


An 18-hole Scramble will follow on the West Course.


Registration can be done by team for those planning to play in the golf tournament following the seminar or by individuals planning to attend the seminar only.


Registration for the Movers, Shakers and Money Makers will close on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12 noon.  Please click here to access the Event Information Page and to register for the event.




Keffer Overcomes Voska to Win West Chapter Championship Victory

Geoff Keffer, PGA Assistant Professional at Aurora Hills Golf Course made the long trek to the Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship presented by Colorado Golf and Turf, Greg Norming – DUNNING and Woodbridge Realty to win the championship for the first time on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Keffer rode the momentum of a brand new putter to post back to back rounds of four-under-par 68 for a 36-hole total of 8-under-par 136.

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Rohrbaugh Wins Third Consecutive Colorado PGA Professional Championship

The list of players to have won three Colorado PGA Professionals Championships is a short; Ken Krieger and Ron Vlosich are the only two players to have done so.  Doug Rohrbaugh, PGA Director of Golf at Ironbridge Golf Club took a huge step to adding his name to that last after he fired his second consecutive three-under-par 69 during the second round of the Colorado PGA Professional Championship. 



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Pfingston Wins Public Merchandiser of the Year

Mark Pfingston, PGA Head Professional at The Golf Club at Bear Dance has been named the 2015 Colorado PGA Public Merchandiser of the Year.  This is the second award for Pfingston and the third for the Golf Club at Bear Dance as Pfingston previously won in 2005 and the club won the award in 2004. 


Pfingson, who has been a member since 2002, spent the beginning of his career at military golf courses as his wife served in the United States Air Force.  He began at Andrew Air Force Base in Maryland before stints at Cypress Lakes Golf Course at Travis Air Force Base and The Warren Club at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He served as an Assistant Professional at the Chevy Chase Club before joining the team at The Golf Club at Bear Dance in early 2003.

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West Chapter’s Swan Named Resort Merchandiser of the Year

Colorado is known far and wide as a winter wonderland; rightfully so.  Many places in Colorado sit covered in snow much of the year and enjoy just a brief jaunt into the heat of summer.  Nowhere is that more true than in Crested Butte, Colorado which makes it all the more impressive that Mike Swan, PGA Head Professional at The Club at Crested Butte has been named the 2015 Colorado PGA Resort Merchandiser of the Year.


“Being at one of the highest elevation golf courses in the United States presents its unique challenges”, noted Swan.  “We only see real golf traffic at our facility from the end of June until the end of August.  A majority of our guests will walk through the shop only once per year.”

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Bear Creek’s Kirk Rider Named Private Merchandiser of the Year

Kirk Rider, the PGA Head Professional at Bear Creek Golf Club in Denver, Colorado has been named the 2015 Colorado PGA Private Merchandiser of the Year.


Rider, who began his career in 1991 in the golf industry in his home state of Indiana as an Assistant Professional at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis, hired by Dennis Murray to join the staff at Bear Creek Golf Club in 1997.  He spent twelve years as an Assistant Professional under Scott Walter before taking over the role of Head Professional and Golf Shop owner at the beginning of 2012.


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Walters Named Todd Phipers Award Winner for the Second Time

The Colorado PGA is proud to announce that Jerry Walters, host of In The Fairway on 104.3 The FAN radio in Denver is the 2015 Todd Phipers Award Winner.  Named after the last Denver Post sports writer, the Todd Phipers Media Award recognizes individuals for their contributions in the area of promotion and public awareness, and has helped to elevate the status of the PGA professional and Colorado Section. Contributions to the Section programs, scope of exposure and results of exposure are considered.  This is the second time Walters has won the award.

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Laura Named Colorado PGA President’s Award Winner

Kevin Laura, the CEO of the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, has been named the 2015 Colorado PGA President’s Award winner.  The President’s Award is given annually to an individual who through their efforts and contributions have promoted and enhanced the PGA Professional, the Section, and the game of golf and contributed to the betterment of the golf professional vocation.

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16 Advance to Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Championship

144 Juniors teed it up at the 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier at CommonGround Golf Course on Sunday, August 30, 2015.  Two juniors in each age and gender division will move on from CommonGround Golf Course to the Regional Championship, to be held at Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, CA, September 19, 2015.


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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.”

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