Sunday, June 18th marks the first day of the 50th PGA Professional Championship held at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The SFPGA Section is represented by 12 PGA Professionals competing at the event. This is the fourth return to Sunriver Resort which was named as one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. The 605 acre resort inspired by the Scottish Highlands is situated between Big and Little Deschutes Rivers. The top 20 finishers of this event lands them a spot in the PGA Championship. Good luck to the following SFPGA Section Professionals participating in the championship; Colin Amaral, Andrew Filbert, Morgan Jewell, Chris Kaufman, Justin McCarraher, Alan Morin, Rushi Oza, Kyle Sanders, Paul Scaletta, Justin Smith, Tim Turpen, and Jeff Waber. We encourage you to follow their progress throughout the week by clicking here.
Each week nine PGA Professionals visit five local health care facilities throughout the Section through the Smiling Fore Life program. These visits give the young patients at the hospital an opportunity to get out of their room, be active and play the game of golf. As of May 2017 the program moved to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Andy Scott, PGA and Mark Hamstra, PGA stepped down as the lead instructors of this program. Scott and Hamstra have been helping out since the inception of Smiling Fore Life in Lee County. PGA Professionals from Cypress Lake Country Club, Robin Albright, Jon Pazdera, David Carse, and David Guy have stepped in to take over the Smiling Fore Life weekly visits at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Click here to read the recent news coverage of Smiling Fore Life in Lee County.
On June 20th, the SFPGA will host the Annual Meeting of the Membership presented by Discover Global Network and PGA National Golf Resort & Spa at Weston Hills Country Club. An education seminar from 9 AM – 12 PM will be held featuring Brad Steele who will discuss government regulations and how they can help/hurt a facility and Roger Mooney from Zurich who will discuss risk management at a golf course. The education portion of the day is $50 which includes all lectures, lunch and 3 MSR credits for attending. The Annual Meeting will start at 1 PM and will finish up at 4 PM followed by a cocktail reception. All attendees will receive 3 MSR credits for joining. Stay tuned for more information about the guest speaker that will be joining us! For more details including registration click here. Why should you attend? 10.Complimentary cocktail reception immediately following the meeting 9. You can obtain up to 6 Required MSR credits getting you one step closer to meeting your requirements before the cycle ends! 8. Network with your peers 7. Learn more about the programs the SFPGA administers and how they can have a positive financial impact on your facility (ie: GolfPass, Junior Golf, etc.) 6. It's FREE (the meeting) and men can ROCK their finest sports coat! 5. Learn more about risk management at your facility 4. Become more knowledgeable on regulatory measures and legislation when it comes to labor laws and wage and hour. 3. Meet new members in addition to the Section staff 2. See old friends 1. Have a voice in your Association