The Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and is the philanthropic arm of the Colorado PGA Section, one of 41 geographical sections of the PGA of America. The Colorado PGA is home to 825 PGA Professionals and Associates dedicated to serving and growing the game of golf.
The Youth Pillar of COLORADO PGA REACH seeks to improve and advance opportunities for youth. Introduction to the sport at an early age has proven to provide great opportunities in the area of education, health and wellness, and character building.
COLORADO PGA REACH programming will ensure that cost doesn’t prohibit youth from entering the sport and will serve as a central role in the golf industry’s effort to introduce the sport to youth of all ages and backgrounds in a safe, fun environment.
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is an introductory program at absolutely no cost to the students and no cost to the schools. The program, in partnership with the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, has been bringing golf to schools for the past four years where over 38,000 kids have been introduced to the game in over 160 schools.
The program is built on the synergy created between the participating school, the PGA Golf Professional, and the host Golf Facility. The program offers:
Colorado PGA Golf in Schools is supported by the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, and the curriculum has been developed, in part, by our partnership with youth development and education experts with Aurora Public Schools.
In 2014, the Colorado PGA introduced a team-format youth golf program with outstanding participation results. More than 350 junior golfers across the Front Range experienced golf in an innovative team format. With ambitions of expanding the program exponentially over the next few years, the Colorado PGA is pleased to partner with PGA Junior League Golf to continue the tradition of a team-focused opportunity for young players to enter the game.
PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under. PGA JLG features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition.
Golf’s version of Little League baseball has seen significant growth since its inception as a pilot program in 2012. PGA Junior League teams consist of at least 10 players, managed by a PGA Professional, with each player receiving a uniform and PGA instruction. The format is focused on fun and recreation, and is a great way to begin in the sport.
Local Leagues consist of a minimum of four teams. At the conclusion of the regular season, an All Star team for the league is chosen. Those All Star teams compete for the Regional Championship with the Regional winners moving on to compete for the National Championship.
Multiple major champion Rory McIlroy has recently signed onto to become an ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf.
The Military Pillar of COLORADO PGA REACH seeks to improve the physical, mental, and social rehabilitation of our military heroes and their families through the sport of golf. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be excellent for activity and competition, but has also allowed military personnel to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides. In recognition and thanks for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, the Colorado PGA has, and will continue to engage in the following Military initiatives:
The Colorado PGA recognizes the need for qualified, well trained professionals to take part in any and all efforts related to our Military Pillar. As such, the Colorado PGA has partnered with the PGA of America and the Adaptive Golf Academy of Tampa to provide adaptive golf training to PGA Professionals and industry partners. Classroom and downrange training, along with hands-on experience with volunteer wounded warriors enables our PGA Professionals to better help those with physical and mental challenges as a result of their service.
Helping our Patriots Everywhere (HOPE) is a year round program designed to keep interested veterans playing golf in order to embrace their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being. PGA Hope includes an introduction to the sport of golf, golf instruction, playing opportunities and social events.
The founding chapter of PGA HOPE within the Colorado Section borders is located at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course at Fort Carson and was launched in 2014. The Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Ft. Carson serves as a temporary assignment for soldiers who are recovering from major service-induced injuries. Through a partnership with the WTB at Ft. Carson, and with the support of the PGA Professionals at Cheyenne Shadows GC, the PGA HOPE program was able to provide an introductory golf experience, playing and social events for more than 100 wounded warriors and their families all at no cost to the soldier or their support system.
In coming years, the Colorado PGA hopes to expand the HOPE Program across the Section boundaries to serve our wounded heroes in all of our communities.
If you are interested in being a part of one of the Colorado PGA HOPE programs, let us know by CLICKING HERE.
Each year, the week of February 14th has been designated “Visit a Veteran” week by the Veterans Administration. The Colorado PGA and its Member Professionals have taken up that charge. For each of the past 5 years, PGA Professionals have come together, with the support of our partners, to spend a day at the Denver VA, visiting veterans in all areas of the hospital to simply spend a few minutes thanking them for their service and providing them with a Colorado PGA hat and lapel pin, a small token of our gratitude.
Diversity and inclusion are core values and a focus of COLORADO PGA REACH and we embrace the spirit of differences.
We work each and every day at the Colorado PGA to have our commitment to diversity and inclusion resonate throughout the organization, the activities, programs and business we conduct. We strive to look through a lens of diversity and inclusion at all times. As the Colorado PGA serves its members and grows participation in golf, we help drive the awareness that golf is in fact affordable, welcoming and fun for all individuals regardless of age, gender, ability, background or lifestyle.
Each year COLORADO PGA REACH awards Pillar Grants to local PGA Members and golf facilities that offer programming that strives to make golf inclusive of people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and for individuals with disabilities. In 2018, more than $30,000 in grant funding was distributed to Colorado PGA Members who had developed programs and opportunities that met our strict Diversity & Inclusion guidelines.
In support of our commitment to ensure that the future of our industry is served by the best and brightest, we are pleased to announce the formation of a Diversity Scholarship Program. Beginning in 2015, Colorado PGA REACH will partner with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professional Golf Management Program (UCCS PGM) to award a Diversity-based Scholarship to produce future golf industry leaders from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program provides high school, college and graduate-level students with an intensive look into the corporate world of elite sport. The program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum aimed at increasing knowledge of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and providing participants with personal and professional development.
The Colorado PGA has partnered with the United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME program to introduce golf as a career enhancement option to a dedicated group of diverse college-age students enrolled in the USOC’s sports leadership program. The introduction of golf as a vehicle for professional development by PGA Professionals to a group of high-performing students is crucial to the diversification of both the participant base of golf and to the future leaders in the sports industry.
In partnership with the PGA Professionals at the venerable Broadmoor Golf Club, the students are introduced to golf in a dynamic, hands-on immersion day during which they are provided instruction by volunteer PGA Professionals and have a unique opportunity to take part in a leadership mentoring session with golf industry leaders and peers. The program was so successful in 2014 that several members of the FLAME program have elected to accept internships at the Broadmoor for 2015.
Inspiring Greatness ~ Generational Diversity – That’s the theme of the Colorado PGA REACH Women’s Leadership Summit being held on Monday, July 15, 2019, at The Country Club of Colorado. Headlining the event is Anna Liotta who engages the hearts, minds and spirits of her audiences as she discusses Generational Diversity.
The event is open to any and all females regardless of their connection to the game of golf. PGA Professionals and Associates are encouraged to attend to learn from business leaders outside of the golf industry. So, please share this information with your friends and colleages and plan to spend a day with other inspiring and successful women discussing Generational Diversity and hearing from our panel of women business leaders.
Also, this is an additional opportunity for female high-school seniors progressing toward a four-year undergraduate degree or a female college student with at least one full year of school remaining in the 2019-2020 academic year to compete for a $2,500 scholarship. See the additional information below.
Securing Keynote Speaker, Anna Liotta, to present a topic that is so relevant today is very exciting. Anna engages the hearts, minds and spirits of her audiences. while challenging them to answer the question, “What is worth giving my full being to?“.
Take a moment to watch this short video of Anna’s Generational Keynote. We are sure you will be propelled to join us for this day of enlightenment and education. Click the image to view.
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The Golf Club at Bear Dance will be hosting the Colorado PGA REACH Invitational. Once again, Colorado PGA REACH, in partnership with Mile High Golf Trail Fore Pack, will be presenting a mortgage-free, move-in ready home to a deserving Veteran during a pre-golf ceremony. This can’t-miss event is a one-day, all-inclusive tournament that partners a team of three amateurs with one of our Colorado PGA Professionals in a fun, casual environment. Player gifts this year include a pair of FootJoy Golf Shoes and Callaway Golf Balls.
Register here: Colorado PGA REACH Invitational.
Davis, Talaga, Kenealy, Faulkenberry and Gunnersen Add Expertise as Trustees
The Colorado PGA Reach Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its Board: Dr. Stephen Davis, Mike Talaga, Eric Kenealy, Major General Barbara Faulkenberry and Tom Gunnersen .
Davis has always had a passion for serving his community, which is what inspired him to earn his Eagle Scout rank while growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He was awarded the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s highest award for community outreach for his work around the world. Davis is part of the Cheyenne Mountain Dental Group in Colorado Springs.
Talaga joined Janus Henderson Investors as a Credit Analyst in 2015. Prior to this, he served as a Vice President for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Investment Bank where he helped corporate and private equity clients originate and execute capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions.
Kenealy serves as Chairman of Mackinaw Holding Corporation, a private equity investment group specializing in acquiring and operating businesses in the Rocky Mountain region. He was also a success operator of multiple Massage Envy locations from 2005 until 2019, where he was recognized for developing several of the top performing stores in the United States.
Faulkenberry is an independent director at two public companies. She has led organizations as diverse as a 37,000-person global air logistics operation to the Air Force’s sole leadership development college for officers. In 2014, Faulkenberry retired from the United States Air Force as a Major General after a 32-year career.
Gunnersen has been helping clients address their financial goals for the last two decades. He began his career as a financial advisor with Edward Jones, was recruited by UBS Financial Services and is currently with Wells Fargo Advisors. Gunnersen earned his degree in Economics at the University of Buffalo.
Recipients of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation’s Pillar Grants were announced during the 2019 Spring Business Meeting on Monday, March 25. The mission of the Pillar Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to facilities within the geographic boundaries of the Colorado Section to develop and/or significantly enhance growth of the game programs that align with the Three Pillars of our Foundation to attract and retain new golfers.
“Following the direction of our Board of Directors and our Colorado PGA REACH Foundation Trustees, we updated the grant program this year to support programs that directly align with the three Pillars of our Foundation – Youth, Military and Diversity & Inclusion,” comments Ben Welsh, PGA, President of the Colorado Section. “We couldn’t be more proud of the programs that were selected and to support our PGA Members in using the resources raised by our Trustees to further grow the game of golf here in Colorado and make a direct impact on the communities they serve.”
Grant awards and Foundation Pillars align as follows:
• Youth Development Programs – Golf in Schools and PGA Junior League;
• Supporting Our Military Programs – PGA HOPE; and
• Diversity & Inclusion Programs – Specifically reaching, benefits and involving Women and Minorities.
Colorado PGA REACH Trustee Chair, Spencer Zinn, continues by saying, “I believe I speak for the entire Board of Trustees for Colorado PGA REACH when I say that we are very pleased to be able to support all of these programs through our grant program. It’s programs like these, and the many outstanding Colorado PGA Professionals that run and facilitate them, that are the driving force behind the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation being responsible for moving the needle in growing the game of golf in Colorado.”
The Colorado PGA REACH Grant and Scholarship Committee recommended to the Board of Directors the approval of the following Pillar Grants:
• Leighton Smith Golf – Leighton Smith – “Swingin’ Teens” High School Mentor Program
• Legacy Ridge Golf Course – Joseph Carlton – Golf Westminster Youth Player Development
• Flatirons Golf Course – Tom Buzbee – Tuesday Morning Youths
• River Valley Ranch/ Youth Golf Colorado – Stephen VanDyke – Golf in the Park
• Eagle Vail Golf Club – Ryan Flamm – Ladies on the Links
• The Golf Club at Bear Dance – Cyrus Twete – PGA HOPE
• Buffalo Run Golf Course – Paul Hebinck – PGA HOPE
• Fossil Trace Golf Club – Jim Hajek – PGA HOPE
• Plum Creek Golf Course – Bo Heidrick – PGA HOPE
• Vail Valley – Ryan Flamm – PGA HOPE
• 1st Tee Pikes Peak – Maggie Hartman
• 1st Tee Denver – Scott Rethlake
• 1st Tee Green Valley Ranch – Matt Byrant
“It has always been the goal of the Foundation and our Trustees to increase the level of financial support we are able to provide to our Colorado PGA Members. Through recent growth of our Colorado PGA REACH Foundation, we’re now able to give back to our Colorado PGA Members and their families more than ever. We couldn’t be more delighted to share this growth and we will continue to look for additional ways to support our membership,” said Jim Hajek, PGA, Vice-President of the Colorado Section and Board Liaison to the Colorado PGA REACH Board.
Colorado PGA Members continue to do a great job of reaching potential golfers through Golf In Schools Programs. In the spring session alone, nearly 6,800 students are being given an opportunity to swing a golf club through instruction during physical education classes.
In the last six months, Northern Colorado has experienced a large expansion of its Golf In Schools programs with sessions now being held in elementary schools in Johnstown, Berthoud, Fort Collins and Estes Park, to name a few. Between Fall 2018 and the Spring 2019, 11 new schools in Northern Colorado have signed up to participate in this free program.
Golf In Schools participants getting a closer look at the science
golf-course maintenance by watching a cup-cutting demonstration.
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