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NJPGA INSIDER

October/November 2015 Issue

2016 Tentative Event Calendar


Updated 01/15/2016

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PGA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
March 9th & 10th at Upper Montclair CC

 

Mike O'Donnell (Click HERE for Bio), Senior Director of Player Development for the PGA of America, will be joining us at Upper Montclair Country Club to help you gain a full understanding of structured player development programming which can address all of your consumer's needs.

 

Agenda Includes:
1. Reflecting on and challenging long-held assumptions regarding the importance of player development, the consumer’s motivations and the role of the PGA Professional at any facility
2. A review of applicable marketing principals and marketing tactics which will empower Professionals to inspire and engage with any player, regardless of their ability or position on the consumer pathway
3. An in-depth dive into structured player development programming that can address any type of consumer, with specific emphasis on the recreational player, engaged player and committed player.
4. An introduction to quantifying and measuring the financial and facility impact of your player development activities by understanding the key revenue drivers and utilizing the Revenue Scorecard.

 

This 2-day workshop which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments both days will cost $70 and earn each PGA Professional in attendance 13 PGA Required Credit Hours.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER TODAY


CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE PGA PRO WITH #ThxPGAPro

 

In celebration of its centennial in 2016, the PGA of America has started a grassroots program designated to highlight the impact made by PGA Professionals across the country.  The campaign aims for participants to share first-person accounts at ThxPGAPro.com as a way to pay tribute to the PGA Professional who have made them fall in love with the game of golf.

 

The first of this series to air was Jordan Spieth discussing his relationship with 2015 PGA Teacher of the Year Cameron McCormick.  Click the picture above to learn more about #ThxPGAPro and view the video from Jordan Spieth.


CELEBRATING THE PGA CENTENNIAL
The PGA's origin can be traced to Jan. 17, 1916, when a group of New York-area golf professionals, accompanied by several prominent amateur golfers, attended a luncheon at the Taplow Club in New York City, hosted by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker. Among those in attendance were the likes of Walter Hagen, Francis Ouimet and A.W. Tillinghast. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss forming a national organization that would promote interest in the game of golf and help elevate the vocation of golf professionals.

 

Wanamaker, who viewed the public’s growing enthusiasm for golf as the beginning of a national trend, promoted the idea of an association to help accelerate the growth of the game. Little did Wanamaker or his guests realize that they were laying the groundwork for what would become the first national all-professional golf association in the United States.

 

The PGA Centennial celebration opens with a ceremonial tee shot on Jan. 26, conducted at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Winter Garden, Florida. Representatives from the PGA’s 41 Sections and 41 PGA Junior League Golf participants of Greater Orlando will be featured in the ceremony.

 

PGA Merchandise Show attendees can experience a “Walk Through History” exhibit that will focus on the personalities and events of a century since the PGA's birth.

 

Golf Channel will help kick off a Section Spotlight Series on Jan. 27. The Series highlights one PGA Section for 41 days on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.”. Each profile features a "Get to Know the Section" and introduces the Section’s “Prized Program.” The Section Spotlight Series continues through May 3.

 

The PGA Centennial celebration concludes on May 4 with PGA Instruction Day, where six sites across the country will host clinics featuring PGA Professionals as instructors. Golf Channel will transform each clinic into a live television program.

 


2015 HERB GRAFFIS AWARD VIDEO

The New Jersey PGA Section was given the 2015 Herb Graffis Award for the second time in four years (also won in 2012). This honor, given out by the PGA of America, is awarded to the Section that has shown extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development.


CURTIS APPOINTED TO PGA OF AMERICA RULES COMMITTEE

 

NJPGA Member, and the Assistant PGA Professional at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, Robin Curtis (pictured left), has been appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee.

 

While Robin’s success as a Class A member over the past 16 years has prepared her for this prestigious position, it is equally impressive that she is the first female PGA Member to be appointed to the national Rules Committee. An active player, Robin was also the first female to qualify for the NJPGA Match Play Tournament.

 

Among her career accomplishments, Robin has been extremely dedicated to junior golf. In fact, she has remained an A-8 Assistant to allow her to explore many areas of the business in her pursuit of promoting widespread growth and development of the game. In this regard, she also serves as the Varsity golf Coach at Newark Academy High School in Livingston, NJ. As a result of her dedication and contributions to the game, Robin was honored in 2014 as the NJPGA Assistant Professional of the Year.

 

Congratulations to Robin on achieving national distinction in being selected to serve on the PGA of America Rules Committee!

 

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