2019 Pillar Grant Application Available
Previously Known as Growth of the Game Grants - 2/1/2019
What were in the past known as Growth of the Game Grants have been realigned to reflect the work done under the three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation. Thus, the program has been renamed the Pillar Grant Program.
Earn 2 MSRs ~ Take the 2019 PGA Compensation Survey
The 2019 PGA Golf Professional Compensation Survey is available for completion. This survey provides key information to assist with performance evaluations, contract renewals, staff budgeting and other employer/employee interactions, allowing PGA Professionals and their employers to know where they stand on the compensation scale in comparison with fellow professionals, both locally and on a broader scale based on a variety of factors.View More
PGA of America Scholarship Applications to be Available Beginning in November 2018
Apply for National and Section Scholarships Through Same Process
The PGA of America Scholarship program will begin accepting applications on November 16, 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship program provides financial assistance to the children and grandchildren of PGA Members.
The Colorado PGA Scholarship program mirrors the national program. To apply for a Colorado PGA Scholarship, please fill out the application for the National program. The same information will be used when awarding scholarships at the Section level.
The deadline to apply for both scholarships is March 4, 2019.
Colorado Membership Recipients of Herb Graffis Award
Recognized for its tireless dedication towards growing the game of golf and furthering player development, both in its community and on a national level, through the enrichment of its many successful programs, it was announced today that the Colorado PGA Section is the recipient of the 2018 Herb Graffis Award. The Herb Graffis Award is a sought-after honor among the PGA of America Sections.
President Thompson Named Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Ty Thompson, PGA, has been selected as the 2018 Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
“For me, this is a humbling experience,” starts Thompson. “I think back to my dream as a young kid of wanting to be a golf professional and it never crossed my mind that I could be an officer of a Section or win an award like this."View More
Lifetime Learner Ben Welsh Receives Horton Smith Award
Appropriately, the 2018 Horton Smith Award is being presented to Ben Welsh, PGA, Head Professional at Frost Creek Golf Club.
“I am honored to be recognized as a contributor to the educational opportunities for our Colorado PGA Members,” begins Welsh. “Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to continuous learning and to be the recipient of an award that recognizes contributions to develop and improve educational opportunities for our members is very rewarding.”View More
Success Comes with An Open Mind Says Teacher of the Year Dan Sniffin
Dan Sniffin has come a long way from his remote beginnings in the middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, to being recognized as the 2018 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year.
“Being the recipient of this award is obviously a huge honor for me – I am thrilled and shocked and everything all at once,” expresses Sniffin. “I am extremely thankful to the many professionals that have mentored me and that I have learned from. I’m also thankful that the golf community is so willing to share knowledge and ideas.”View More
Contribution and Longevity Make Kyle Heyen Perfect Recipient of Warren Smith Award
Kyle Heyen’s long and distinguished career in the golf business makes him the perfect choice to receive the 2018 Warren Smith Award.
“It is a privilege to be recognized with the Warren Smith Award,” begins Heyen. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wife, Cheryl, and I thank her for her continued support of me, my career and my passion for golf."View More
Stuart Bruening – a Mentor to Hundreds – Receives Bill Strausbaugh Award
If one were to ask the hundreds of golf professionals and outside service staff who have worked for Stuart Bruening, PGA, General Manager at The Golf Club at Bear Dance, to respond to the news that he is the recipient of the 2018 Colorado PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, you would undoubtedly hear them say things like he is a man of exceptional integrity, a great mentor and someone devoted to the golf industry. Appropriately, these statements are all listed as qualities to consider when selecting someone to receive this esteemed award.View More
Player Development Award Winner Trent Wearner Thanks Those Before Him
The 2018 Colorado Player Development Award is being presented to Trent Wearner, PGA, Owner and Director of Instructor at Trent Wearner Golf Academy. He looks at every hour of every day as being uniquely different and doesn’t know how anything he chose to do could be better than what he is doing.
“I certainly have those before me to thank for the level of success I have achieved,” shares Wearner. “None of this happens without the great people I have had the good fortune to work with during my 22 years of coaching nor does it happen without the students who have chosen to share their journey with me.”View More
Youth Player Development Award Winner, Erin Diegel, Found her Niche Working with Youth
Fittingly, the 2018 Colorado Section Youth Player Development Award is being presented to Erin Diegel, PGA, Assistant Professional at Legacy Ridge Golf Course. It is known that Diegel has a passion for anything and everything kids.
“It is such an honor to be recognized for this award by people who are in the golf business,” says Diegel. “However, none of these accomplishments were made all on my own; I didn’t do any of this by myself. I have such a wonderfully supportive staff and a department that listens to my ideas and lets me run. I thank them for trusting me.”View More
Jake O'Dell, Private Merchandiser of the Year, Thanks His Team for This Award
Offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that meets the expectations of the members at The Club at Flying Horse is part of what guided the decision to name Jake O’Dell, PGA, the 2018 Colorado Section Private Merchandiser of the Year.
“Receiving this recognition is a career milestone for me and a huge privilege for the team at Flying Horse,” states O’Dell. “We are very excited about this recognition and I see it as a big thank you to my ownership, our members, all of my mentors and especially the people that work with me now. This is a huge honor. Thank you!”View More
Hanson and Red Sky Team Claim Fourth Resort Merchandiser of the Year Honor
This is not the first time Jeff Hanson, PGA, Director of Golf at Red Sky Golf Club, has been awarded the Resort Merchandiser of the Year Award. He and his Red Sky team were also the recipients of this award in 2013, 2007, 2005 and 2004.
“Any time you are recognized by your peers is really an honor,” says Hanson. “However, this award is a complete team effort and it’s great recognition for all the work they do to affect the success of our golf shops.”View More
Public Merchandiser of the Year Brian Carlson Provides ‘Exceptional Moments’ to Guests
Head Professional at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, Brian Carlson, PGA, was selected to receive the 2018 Public Merchandiser of the Year Award. His mantra is to keep your focus on the moments that you provide to the people that you serve. It is the moments that make the difference.
“This award is a really big deal for me and my team and completely unexpected,” remarks an emotional Carlson. “We have a passion for what we do here at Walnut Creek and we love that we get to do it every single day. It is exciting to us to come up with great ideas and to be able to provide them to the people we serve. After all, it is the people who matter, both our guests and our staff.”View More
West Chapter President Ed Marzec Honored with Assistant Professional of the Year Award
The Colorado PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award is given to a PGA member or apprentice for overall performance including leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf. Knowing these criteria, it is apparent why Ed Marzec, PGA, Assistant Professional at the Country Club of the Rockies, is the recipient of this 2018 award.
“Receiving this award is very humbling,” admits Marzec. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know and visit with many of the members of the Colorado Section, initially through the West Chapter and then the Section’s Board of Directors. It is my privilege to be a part of such a vibrant and growing Section.”View More
Independent Director Spencer Zinn Honored with Vic Kline Award
The Charles “Vic” Kline Award is presented annually to a member of the Section’s Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Section. This year’s well-deserving recipient is Independent Director and Colorado PGA REACH Chairman Spencer Zinn.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” begins Zinn. “I am proud to serve on the Board as an Independent Director and pleased to be able to assist in promoting the welfare of the Colorado Section and its members. The Colorado Section has so much to be proud of, as the recent 2018 Herb Graffis Award suggests, and there is so much we can do as a Section to build on our current successes.View More
President's Award Goes to Long-Time Friend of the Colorado Section, Allen Walters
The recipient of the 2018 Colorado PGA President’s Award is a longtime friend of the Colorado Section. Allen J. Walters, publisher of the Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine, is being honored with this year’s award.
Walter’s magazine and newspaper career spans almost three decades, which includes a 12-year career with the Gannett Co. and 14 years with Media News Group, the owner of The Denver Post. Walters came on board with AvidGolfer in June of 2002, just two months after the inaugural issue, and continues as its publisher.View More
Joe Cole, Colorado Springs News Director, Helps Share the Story of Colorado PGA REACH
It is with great pleasure that the Colorado PGA recognizes Joe Cole as the 2018 Todd Phipers Media Award Winner. Cole is the former weeknight anchor for FOX21 in Colorado Spring and now handles the tasks of News Director.
Cole is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in Broadcasting with a double minor in Psychology and Speech Communications.View More
Grace, Class and Professionalism Sum Up Clayton Cole
The Noble Chalfant Award is presented to PGA Professionals for their distinguished service to the Colorado Section of the PGA. Fitting of this description is one of this year’s recipients, Clayton Cole.
When asked what receiving this award means to him, Cole stated, “The Nobel Chalfant means a lot to me because it recognizes lifetime distinction. To have the opportunity to watch past Assistant Professionals do so well once they got their opportunity as a Head Professional has been exciting and enforces for me that the training in management, operations, discipline and culture made a difference.”
Finsterwald Remains Larger Than Life in Golf Industry
Dow Finsterwald is being recognized as a 2018 Nobel Chalfant Award winner for his distinguished service to the Colorado Section of the PGA, as well as to the game of golf in general.
“The section has a lot to be proud of,” started Finsterwald who detracted from his legacy by highlighting the accomplishments of other. “One of which is, twice in the last eight years being voted the strongest Section in the country. That’s pretty strong. Keep up the good work and keep golfing.”View More
Bill Majure Recognized for Tireless Devotion to the Game
Known for his playing ability, his vision and his teaching skills, William (Bill) Majure is the essence of a recipient of the Noble Chalfant Award and is being honored this year as a Noble Chalfant Inductee.
It's hard to know where to begin when describing the golf exploits of Majure, who was born in Philadelphia, Miss., and raised in Union, Miss. After all, his accomplishments span four decades. You could, one supposes, start with his ability as a player.
Doug Rohrbaugh Claims Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year Honors
In early 2018, Doug Rohrbaugh made it a goal this year to win the Dow Finsterwald OMEGA Player of the Year and the OMEGA Senior Play of the Year Awards. He did just that as the Basalt, Colo. Professional claimed both honors following the 2018 West Chapter Championship.
“I had never won the regular Player of the Year before,” Rohrbaugh noted. “I feel like it was the only thing missing from my Colorado PGA playing resume. I came close a few times but could never play enough events to keep up in the points. After getting off to a good start this year, I told my wife that I had to go for it!” He followed that up by stating “nothing is more gratifying than achieving your goals in anything you do in life.”View More
Sherry Andonian Captures First-Ever Colorado PGA Women's Player of the Year Honors
Sherry Andonian has only been a member of the Colorado PGA for seven years. During that time, however, she has accomplished more on the golf course than any female professional before her. Andonian capped off the season with her second victory in three years at the Colorado PGA West Chapter Championship and with it, claimed the Colorado PGA Women’s Player of the Year.View More
Ben Lanting Claims Associate Player of the Year
Ben Lanting, Associate Professional from Bear Creek Golf Club in Lakewood, Colo., has earned the 2018 Colorado PGA Associate Professional of the Year Award. “It is a tremendous honor for me to have won this award. There are so many great Associate players in this section and to achieve this goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the year is a blessing from God,” Lanting said.View More
Parick Reidy Takes Home Rip Arnold Section Championship Trophy
The newly opened TPC Colorado played host to the 2018 Colorado PGA Professional Championship on September 10-12 with one of the largest field of players in recent memory. The meticulous course lived up to its TPC status by presenting the players with long yardages, tough bunkers and difficult greens. However, the Colorado PGA Professionals were up for the challenge and it was a nail biter to the end.
The Section Championship was a tournament of firsts beginning with the crowning of a first-time champion – PGA Assistant Professional Patrick Reidy, Inverness Golf Club.View More