greg manley

President's Report

I’m excited to see many of you this month at the PNWPGA Merchandise Show. We have a great slate of education for you to attend, we will report to you on the business of the Section and it’s a great opportunity for networking. The support from our vendors is enormous, so please take the time to make some appointments and write some orders at the show! Telling our vendors to call you later de-emphasizes the importance of the show. Please support them during our show.

Congratulations to Russel Grove for winning our Section Championship. All of the 119 players we had sign up can agree that Circling Raven is a first-class facility. We appreciate the amazing job that Tom Davidson, Mark Nelson and their staff do, allowing us to play! I would like to thank them and to our Section staff for hosting another great Section Championship. Congratulations goes out to the other 6 qualifiers for the National Club Professional Championship next year as well. Brian Thornton, Jerrel Grow, Trevor Fox, Bob Rannow, John Cassidy and Tim Feenstra will represent our Section at the National Championship next June.

I invite you to join us for the Pro-Vendor Invitational held during the Merchandise Show week. The Home Course in DuPont, WA will be the site this year and it should be another great tournament! Grab a vendor and play in this event, it will be good for your business and good for your networking as well. We cannot thank and support our vendors enough for all that they do for us. Inviting a vendor to this event is a tremendous thank you to them!

I hope to see you very soon!

Greg Manley, PGA
President, PNWPGA

jeff ellison

CEO's Report

The Section Merchandise Show is just three weeks away, October 24-15 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.  If you were not with us the last couple of years, this beautiful building is located in Downtown Tacoma and our host hotel,Hotel Murano, is just across the street with 30 restaurants and bars within walking distance!  In addition to doing your buying for the year, you and your staff should be able to have a little fun.   We open with the Pro-Vendor Invitational at The Home Course on Monday, October 23, the Show runs October 24 and 25 and our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning, October 25.    A full education calendar is available and presented below.

The Board is continuing the effort to openly communicate Section programs to all of you so the Annual Meeting will again focus on sharing how the Section fulfilled the Business Plan in 2017.  Come early as we open the day with Pelzer Golf Supplies hosting a hot breakfast at 6:30 AM before the meeting begins at 7:30.

We’ve finalized the Education Program in Tacoma at the Merchandise Show.  On Monday, Heidi Franz Tremblay will present “Merchandising…..the NORDSTROM Way”.    She will share her 35 years of experience to help you and your team be better merchandisers.  Plan to also invite your non-PGA staff to this session!  Following the Show, we are fortunate to include a presentation by Jared Williams, Managing Director of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition.  His presentation:  “Golf USA Tee Time Coalition: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How To Make It Work For You” will show you how to work with the coalition to ensure you’re getting the most out of your online tee time distribution partnership.  If your business depends on your tee sheet, don’t miss this opportunity!  You should also invite your owner or GM to this program.  Click here for complete details on these two programs.

This Fall is a very busy time for governance in the Section.   Chapter meetings are all scheduled and an officer and I will be attending each chapter meeting.  Please feel free to ask questions, either during the meeting or in the hall afterwards.  We make this effort to speak to you, seek us out.

The 2018 Tournament schedule is well on its way to being finalized.  Click here to see what works in your schedule.

A big thank you to Tom Davidson and his team at Circling Raven for hosting the PGA Professional Championship last month. Thanks our 119 player field we played for $86,000 this year with Russell Grove capping off a great year with the $9,000 champions check!  We visit the always terrific Meadow Springs Country Club next fall….members should put this one on their schedule now.

Responding to your requests, we created a Scotland Pro-Am for 2018 highlighted by Carnoustie just two weeks after it hosts the Open Championship.  The other four courses are pretty darn good too!   Act fast, we have a short timeline for commitments.  Click here for complete information or give Jeff Ellison a call.

Entries are also out for the Holcomb-in One Las Vegas Pro-Am.  We return to the Monte Carlo with a new twist, we will stay in the newly remodeled Park MGM rooms – they are very nice – and we’ve added TPC Las Vegas to our course line up!  It should be another great week in Vegas.   Click here for more information or give Jeff or Molly a call.

The Chapter Awards Committees are hard at work selecting their Special Award winners. If you were nominated, please complete your bio and return it to the Committee.  This is not a bio writing contest.  Do your best and the Committee will work with you to secure additional information where warranted.

Enjoy the first rains of the season and a short break before you begin planning for 2018.  Plan to form a PGA Junior League team, host a Drive Chip and Putt Prep Clinic, develop your own Player Development program and spend a little time on yourself expanding your skill set.

Thanks to all of you, the Section hosted north of 223 PGA Junior League teams and 6 of the 8 kids headed to Augusta from the Drive Chip and Putt Regional at The Olympic Club came through our Section’s qualifiers!  I’m happy to report we will be hosting the Regional Drive Chip and Putt at Chambers Bay in 2018 and will also add a third Subregional in eastern Washington so the eastside kids will travel less.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Show and your chapter meeting.   Please never hesitate to reach out if our staff in the Section or Chapter offices can help you in any way.

Jeff Ellison, PGA


Grove Wins PNW PGA Professional Championship

By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs

PGA Professional Russell Grove of North Idaho College won the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship by five strokes over 2007 Champion Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC. Grove’s win earned him a $9,000 first place check, his second major of the year and a spot in the PGA Professional Championship.

The PNW PGA Professional Championship is a 54-hole competition and served as a qualifier to advance directly to the PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz USA. The 51st PGA Professional Championship will be contested at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California on June 17- 20, 2018. In addition to Grove and Thornton, Jerrel Grow of Pronghorn, Bob Rannow of Ocean Dunes Golf Links, Trevor Fox of The Golf Club at Black Rock, Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC and John Cassidy of The Home Course each earned spots to represent the Section next June.

Additionally, the low 20 scores at the 51st PGA Professional Championship will earn a place in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St Louis, Missouri August 16-19, 2018.

The field and purse were impressive! Because an amazing 119 PNW PGA members signed up for the PNW PGA Professional Championship, we played for an $86,000 purse and half the field was paid.

Competition was fierce and spots to advance were coveted. Comparing this win to his Oregon Open Invitational title won back in June, Gove said, “This one was definitely harder [during] the final round as both Brian and Jerrell put pressure on me early, and I think even felt behind at one point. The big difference, of course, being that this was a qualifier and that was my first goal was to get back to the PPC.” Grove qualified last year for his first National event after just earning his PGA Membership last June.

The win also cemented Grove's place as 2017 PNW PGA Player of the Year.

“Winning player of the year of course feels great as well. I was fortunate enough to be able to put myself in position a few times and if you do that enough good things will eventually happen. There are a lot of great players and great guys in the Section, so to receive that award is a great honor.”

Grove is a University of Idaho Vandal graduate. Ryan Malby and Ryan Benzel, who won this event at Circling Raven in 2006 and 2012 respectively, are also past college graduates of the program.

The Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup Teams were also announced after the PGA Professional Championship. Go to to view which of your friends earned a spot on these coveted teams, which will represent the PNW PGA against the top 10 amateurs on October 18-20 at Columbia Edgewater CC.

Special thanks go to Tom Davidson, Mark Nelson and Circling Raven GC for another great week. We also had some amazing Presenting Sponsors with Club Car, Mercedes Benz and Omega. Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade Golf Companies, Golf Advisor, PGA Tour also were Supporting Sponsors of this event.

Final Results

Stull Wins PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship

By Molly Cooper, PGA - Director of Tournament and Member Programs

PGA Professional Steve Stull of Richland, WA won the PNW Senior PGA Professional Championship in a SIX hole playoff against Tom Sovay of The GC at Redmond Ridge.

After making pars each on the first five holes of the playoff, Stull prevailed with a great birdie on the sixth hole to become the 2017 PNW Senior PGA Champion. “Tom Sovay is such a strong player I did not think I would win. When I made the final putt I could only think, ‘wow where'd that come from,’” said Stull of his win.

Participants entering through PGA National also qualified for the 2017 Senior Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz, where they will represent our Section on September 28-October 1 at Desert Mountain GC in Scottsdale, Arizona.. In addition to Stull and Sovay, Rick Fehr of Willows Run GC, Rob Gibbons of Arrowhead GC, Brent Murray of Oswego Lake CC, George Mack Jr of Black Butte Ranch and Joe Carranza of Aldarra Golf Club. Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC also will represent our Section as he was previously exempt.

Winning the senior division, played from a different set of tees, was PGA Professional Steve Reuhl of Bothell, WA. He won by three strokes over PGA Professional Kevin Bishop of Saint Martin’s University.

Steve Stull also captured the Hugh Starkweather award, which goes to the low player for both rounds that is 60 years and older.

The PNW PGA would like to thank PGA Professional Brent Webber and the rest of Everett G&CC staff for a wonderful week.

Final Results



Las Vegas Pro-Am Entries Now Available!

We are now accepting entries for our Holcomb-In-One Las Vegas Pro-Am.  Our annual destination event will take place March 11-15, 2018.  Get your entries in before this popular event fills! There are some fantastic upgrades this year, including new hotel rooms and a new course to play.

online entry | entry form (pdf)

Renovated Rooms

Tournament headquarters for this exciting event will be Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, newly renovated and transformed into the highly anticipated Park MGM. You’ll enjoy brand new guest rooms, as well as the casino’s 100,000+ square feet of gaming and a variety of restaurants.

The Golf Courses

By popular request, we will be returning to Las Vegas CC, as well as perennial favorite Anthem CC. New this year, we will be playing TPC Las Vegas -  the premier PGA TOUR property in Las Vegas and destination for celebrities and PGA TOUR players alike.

We’ll rolling out the red carpet this year! But the professional entry fee is still only $100. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, which includes:

  • 4 Nights lodging at the brand-new Park MGM
  • 3 Rounds of Golf w/ Carts and Range Balls
  • Welcome Reception & Awards Dinner
  • $19,000 Prize Fund (based on 24 teams)
  • Tee Prize Package

Enter Today!

We are limited to the first 24 teams. The cost increases $150/player after November 30, so enter now! Entering with TBA's is acceptable.


PNW Hawai'i Pro-Am

January 11-18, 2018

Mauna Lani North & South Courses

We are returning to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island for 7 days of surf, golf, and so much more! State Farm Jim Ostrander Agency returns to sponsor.

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OMEGA Player of the Year Points

1. Grove, Russell - 600.00

2. Cassidy, John - 517.50

3. Feenstra, Tim - 442.50

OMEGA Senior Player of the Year Points

1 Sovay, Tom - 442.50

2. Gibbons, Rob - 372.50

3. Coston, Jeff - 332.50

Assistant Player of the Year Points

1. Berg, Derek - 627.50

2. Prante, Shane - 555.00

3. Feenstra, Tim - 486.66

Hudson Cup Points - FINAL

1. Grove, Russell - 515.00

2. Cassidy, John - 388.75

3. Thornton, Brian - 372.50

Senior Hudson Cup Points - FINAL

1. Sovay, Tom - 730.00

2. Coston, Jeff - 695.00

3. Gibbons, Rob - 671.25

Holk's Highlights: Steve Stull

Life Member

Hometown:  Richland, WA

PGA Member Since: 1979

The son of a zero-handicap father and brother to a very good player and great athlete (Ron Stull – also a life member of the PGA), it was easy for Steve Stull to be inspired by the sport. He won the 1982 Washington Open and has a very strong playing record as a senior PGA Professional.

“I have been amazed at my play and am realizing God is giving me a few more good things late in life – I can’t explain it any other way,” said Stull.

He recently won the PNW Senior PGA Championship in a six-hole playoff against Tom Sovay.


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Pros on the Move

by Michelle Parish, Tournament & Membership Coordinator

Emplyoment Changes

  • Kevin J. Anderson, PGA (A-1) - from Apple Tree GC to Riverview CC
  • Jeffrey A. Bender, PGA (A-14) - from Golf Universre to Columbia Point GC
  • Andrew F Crabtree (B-8) - from Walter E. Hall to Tam O'Shanter G&CC
  • Hagen Dickinson (B-8) - from Meridian Valley CC to Twin Lakes G&CC
  • David H Putney Jr, PGA (A-1) - from Lewis River GC, Inc. to Glendoveer GC
  • Darin W Vaughan, PGA (A-20) - from Twin Lakes Village GC to Cobra/Puma Golf

Class Changes

  • Charles O. Holmes III, PGA (Tam O'Shanter Golf & CC) - from A-8 to A-1
  • John S. Kelley, PGA (John Kelley Golf) - from LMA to A-14

New Apprentices

  • Christian M Andrade (B-8) - Prairie Falls GC
  • Zachary D Spencer (B-8) The Creek at Qualchan

Newly Elected Members

  • Billy B. Bomar, PGA A-4 Prairie Falls GC


monte koch

LOVEMARKS LEADERSHIP: Creating “loyalty beyond reason”

Monte Koch, PGA of America Employment Consultant

“When dealing with people, let us remember WE ARE NOT DEALING WITH CREATURES OF LOGIC. We are DEALING WITH CREATURES OF EMOTION.” – Dale Carnegie

In the next couple of months, I hope to share my takeaways from the game-changing book called Lovemarks by Kevin Roberts. In his book, Roberts was focusing on marketing, but I hope to share my insights on how it applies to our golf businesses (no matter what type of facility).

Robert’s Lovemarks concept stated that the era of brands is over. Replacing it is the idea of creating emotional connections with consumers. In the 70s – 90s, we were taught to “build a brand.” This wasn’t only in marketing, it was a focus for golf clubs and courses too. In the book Roberts claims, “Brands are running out of juice”. He suggests that love (creating emotional connections in an environment of high respect and high value) is what is needed to rescue brands. I agree and believe we can apply it to our career field.


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Inheriting Some Money?

Blake Parrish, CFP®

“Concentration Comes Out of a Combination of Confidence and Hunger” -Arnold Palmer

When a loved one dies and leaves money to beneficiaries, It is vitally important to know the rules.  For example, if the money you inherit is inside of an IRA account, you better consult a professional before doing anything.  IRAs can be wonderful tools for saving for retirement.   If you’ve inherited an IRA, or if you will in the future, here are four things you should be aware of.

First, spouses have different requirements than non-spouses on inherited IRAs.  If you’re a spousal beneficiary, you might not have a required minimum distribution, even if you’re over age 70 ½ yourself.  It all depends on whether or not your spouse had reached age 70 1/2 in the year of death.


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