Archives for January 2013

AJGA Performance Stars

Dear MPGA Junior Tour Members,

We understand the importance of national recognition for the aspiring collegiate player. Once again, the Michigan PGA Junior Tour has partnered with the American Junior Golf Association, in which AJGA Performance Stars will be awarded to the winners at specific MPGA Junior Tour events. Earning Performance Stars will help establish your Performance Based Entry Status, and will assist in gaining entry into AJGA Open and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star tournaments. Click on the link below to view these specific MPGA tournaments, and earn your stars!

AJGA Performance Based Entry Status

Trevino named 2013 recipient of PGA Distinguished Service Award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Six-time major champion Lee Trevino, arguably golf’s most engaging personality as a competitor while quietly conducting a tireless philanthropic life, has been named the 2013 recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.

A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Trevino, 73, will receive the Association’s highest annual honor in conjunction with the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The award presentation is Aug. 7, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The PGA Distinguished Service Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

“Lee Trevino is the classic rags to riches story in golf. Throughout his life, Lee has never lost sight of his roots and his humble beginnings,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “He was a self-made player who persevered and won championships because he owned his golf swing. He has spent countless hours during his life helping others. In the history of The PGA of America, no one has appreciated or valued membership in our Association more than Lee. He is the quintessential PGA Professional – player, teacher, and humanitarian.

“It is only fitting that we honor Lee Trevino with The PGA’s highest award in 2013, a year where major championships will be conducted at Merion, Muirfield, and Oak Hill – venues where he won majors. I can’t wait until August to give Lee this prestigious award.”

Born Lee Buck Trevino in Dallas, Texas, he was raised by his mother and grandfather, a gravedigger. Trevino began picking cotton when he was 5, and advanced to picking up golf balls before he joined the caddie yard. He left school at age 14, helping raise money for his family. Trevino lived near Glen Lakes Country Club in Dallas, across from the seventh hole, in a little house with his grandfather, mother, uncle and two sisters. There was no running water or electricity. Before he would become a major force in golf, Trevino defeated all comers on a par-3 course with a taped-up Dr Pepper bottle, and went on to spend four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Turning professional in 1960, Trevino’s golf talent was spotted by PGA Life Member Bill Eschenbrenner of El Paso, Texas, who was among a group playing Mondays at the former Horizon Hills Country Club. It was there that Trevino stayed in a small motel on the property, worked behind the golf shop counter and managed the practice range.

“When I saw what a great talent he was, I told Lee that I would help him get his PGA card, which was the requirement at that time to play on the Tour,” said Eschenbrenner, the 2005 PGA Golf Professional of the Year, who ultimately signed the documents verifying that Trevino was eligibly employed.

“The PGA meant everything to Lee then, and it does now. Lee has been a giver all his life. He had those who helped him get his start in life, and he has not forgotten that. He gives back in so many ways.”

Joining the PGA Tour at 27, Trevino captured the first of his two U.S. Open Championships in 1968 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., the first of four times when legendary Jack Nicklaus finished second to him in a major. Trevino went on to win 29 times, including six majors – the 1968 and 1971 U.S. Open; the 1974 and ’84 PGA Championship; and the 1971 and ’72 Open Championship. He competed on six U.S. Ryder Cup Teams in three separate decades (1969, ’71, ’73, ’75, ’79, ’81), posting a 17-7-6 record, and went on to serve as U.S. Captain in 1985. He was the 1971 PGA of America Player of the Year and won five Vardon Trophies for season scoring excellence (1970, ’71, ’72,’74, and ’80).

In a remarkable four-week period in 1971, Trevino won in succession – the U.S. Open, Canadian Open and the Open Championship. At the height of his career, he was one of three players struck by lightning on June 27, 1975, at the Western Open. Though it severely hindered his game, he battled back through a series of operations and won 29 more titles on the Champions Tour, a run that included the 1992 and 1994 Senior PGA Championships.

“I can’t tell you how much I have cherished The PGA, and what it meant to have the start I had by having that card in 1967,” said Trevino. “I’m as loyal as any individual to The PGA, an organization whose members are called upon to do everything that you can think of – whether it’s growing the game, building courses, working behind the counter or playing.”

Trevino has maintained a passionate, yet behind-the-scenes philanthropic life, led by his affection for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, sparked through donations from winning three former Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (now St. Jude Classic) titles. On July 30, 2001, Trevino recorded a hole-in-one in the Par-3 Shootout in Gaylord, Mich., and donated $500,000 to the hospital.

He was the 1971 National Christmas Seal Sports Ambassador, a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Sports Committee. He supported the Boy Scouts of America and its Circle 10 initiative in Dallas.

For more than 25 years, Trevino has been virtually on call for countless charities, agreeing to be “auctioned” to a donor, then playing golf with groups throughout the country. Those charities assist underprivileged children, shelters for abused women, and disease prevention and research. Trevino also is an avid supporter of the military, appearing in recruiting announcements for the U.S. Marines, and participating in the Stater Bros. Heroes Challenge in Riverside, Calif., which benefits families of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Lee and Claudia Trevino live in Dallas, Texas. They are parents of a daughter, Olivia, a University of Southern California graduate, who now works at Southern Methodist University, and a son, Daniel, a sophomore at USC. Trevino also has a son, Richard, who is a businessman in Pensacola, Fla.; and daughters Tony, a club manager at Heritage Ranch in Allen, Texas; and Troy Liana, a fitness instructor in McKinney, Texas. Trevino has five grandchildren.

PGA Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

1988 – Herb Graffis
1989 – Bob Hope
1990 – No recipient
1991 – The Hon. Gerald Ford
1992 – Gene Sarazen
1993 – Byron Nelson
1994 – Arnold Palmer
1995 – Patty Berg
1996 – Frank Chirkinian
1997 – The Hon. George H.W. Bush
1998 – Paul Runyan
1999 – Bill Dickey
2000 – Jack Nicklaus
2001 – Mark McCormack
2002 – Tim Finchem
2003 – Vince Gill
2004 – Pete Dye
2005 – Wally Uihlein
2006 – Fred Ridley
2007 – Jack Burke Jr.
2008 – Dennis Walters
2009 – William Powell
2010 – Billy Casper
2011 – Larry Nelson
2012 – Dave Stockton
2013 – Lee Trevino

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

O’Donnell and Quirk join PGA of America leadership as senior directors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has named Michael O’Donnell, who has an extensive background with Nike Golf and Nike Golf Learning Centers/American Golf, as its new senior director of Golf 2.0 and Player Development. In addition, Mike Quirk, who previously served as director of Merchandising and Licensing for the U.S. Open, was appointed as The PGA’s new senior director of Merchandising.

O’Donnell, who is the founder/principle of Emfor Enterprises, a business services consulting company, will steer the industry’s retail plan for growing the game, Golf 2.0, while reporting to PGA of America Chief Operations Officer Darrell Crall. He will oversee all PGA of America Golf 2.0 and Player Development programs and promotions. In addition, O’Donnell will coordinate resources to help drive PGA member and PGA Section participation and consumer awareness. He will work closely with Allied Associations to develop, support and deliver various player development programs. O’Donnell will also identify opportunities to further the Association’s Golf 2.0 strategic plan and its position as the leading organization in growth of the game efforts.

Quirk will oversee the development and implementation of The PGA of America’s strategic initiatives and strategy for all of its merchandising, licensing and retail programs and operations including: On-Site Event Sales and Operations, Corporate Merchandise Sales, Licensing, PGA Authentic, Member Programs and Retail Development. He will work under the direction of Kevin Carter, the managing director of Business Development, to define, develop and execute The PGA’s merchandising strategy.

“The PGA of America is delighted to add to our senior management team both Michael O’Donnell and Mike Quirk,” said Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of The PGA of America. “O’Donnell brings a wealth of experience and expertise within the golf industry to drive our Golf 2.0 growth of the game and player development initiatives, which are the foundation for making golf a game for everyone. As well, Mike Quirk brings a tremendous array of retail knowledge and expertise to The PGA, after a decade of managing and steering the merchandising of world class golf operations and championships at the USGA.”

For seven years, O’Donnell served as a marketing manager for Nike Golf, in Beaverton, Ore., where he focused on brand authentication at more than 1,100 green grass facilities. In 1999, O’Donnell began a five-year stint as vice president of American Golf Corporation, in Santa Monica, Calif., where he developed, integrated and managed the golf program for the world’s largest multi-course owner/operator, with a focus on growing the game. During this time, he served on the Curriculum Committee for Golf 20/20. O’Donnell also was the head coach of the Canadian Ladies National Team from 1991-92; and the Director of Golf at Eaglequest Golf Centers in Vancouver from 1997-98, and at Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam, Canada from 1994-96.

As the USGA’s director of U.S. Open Merchandising and Licensing, Quirk managed product and vendor relations, oversaw its point-of-sale operation and worked with its merchandise volunteer program. He joined the USGA as the Merchandising Department’s assistant coordinator of operations in 2002. He was promoted to coordinator of operations the following year and moved to assistant manager for U.S. Open Merchandise in 2004, and eventually manager in 2005. He handled the daily operations of the on-site merchandise pavilion, developed an annual merchandise buy plan, directed inventory procedures and also helped design U.S. Open volunteer uniforms.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

O’Donnell and Quirk join PGA of America leadership as senior directors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has named Michael O’Donnell, who has an extensive background with Nike Golf and Nike Golf Learning Centers/American Golf, as its new senior director of Golf 2.0 and Player Development. In addition, Mike Quirk, who previously served as director of Merchandising and Licensing for the U.S. Open, was appointed as The PGA’s new senior director of Merchandising.

O’Donnell, who is the founder/principle of Emfor Enterprises, a business services consulting company, will steer the industry’s retail plan for growing the game, Golf 2.0, while reporting to PGA of America Chief Operations Officer Darrell Crall. He will oversee all PGA of America Golf 2.0 and Player Development programs and promotions. In addition, O’Donnell will coordinate resources to help drive PGA member and PGA Section participation and consumer awareness. He will work closely with Allied Associations to develop, support and deliver various player development programs. O’Donnell will also identify opportunities to further the Association’s Golf 2.0 strategic plan and its position as the leading organization in growth of the game efforts.

Quirk will oversee the development and implementation of The PGA of America’s strategic initiatives and strategy for all of its merchandising, licensing and retail programs and operations including: On-Site Event Sales and Operations, Corporate Merchandise Sales, Licensing, PGA Authentic, Member Programs and Retail Development. He will work under the direction of Kevin Carter, the managing director of Business Development, to define, develop and execute The PGA’s merchandising strategy.

“The PGA of America is delighted to add to our senior management team both Michael O’Donnell and Mike Quirk,” said Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of The PGA of America. “O’Donnell brings a wealth of experience and expertise within the golf industry to drive our Golf 2.0 growth of the game and player development initiatives, which are the foundation for making golf a game for everyone. As well, Mike Quirk brings a tremendous array of retail knowledge and expertise to The PGA, after a decade of managing and steering the merchandising of world class golf operations and championships at the USGA.”

For seven years, O’Donnell served as a marketing manager for Nike Golf, in Beaverton, Ore., where he focused on brand authentication at more than 1,100 green grass facilities. In 1999, O’Donnell began a five-year stint as vice president of American Golf Corporation, in Santa Monica, Calif., where he developed, integrated and managed the golf program for the world’s largest multi-course owner/operator, with a focus on growing the game. During this time, he served on the Curriculum Committee for Golf 20/20. O’Donnell also was the head coach of the Canadian Ladies National Team from 1991-92; and the Director of Golf at Eaglequest Golf Centers in Vancouver from 1997-98, and at Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam, Canada from 1994-96.

As the USGA’s director of U.S. Open Merchandising and Licensing, Quirk managed product and vendor relations, oversaw its point-of-sale operation and worked with its merchandise volunteer program. He joined the USGA as the Merchandising Department’s assistant coordinator of operations in 2002. He was promoted to coordinator of operations the following year and moved to assistant manager for U.S. Open Merchandise in 2004, and eventually manager in 2005. He handled the daily operations of the on-site merchandise pavilion, developed an annual merchandise buy plan, directed inventory procedures and also helped design U.S. Open volunteer uniforms.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

2013 Junior Tour Registration

Dear parents and juniors,

Membership registration for the 2013 Junior Tour season will open on January 22nd, 2013 at 8:00AM. We are still in the process of securing tournaments sites, and will post the schedule as soon as it’s complete.

Tibor, Stephen

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Stephen Tibor, and I have recently become the Michigan PGA section Junior Golf Director. I’m originally from Sterling Heights, MI, and a graduate from Central Michigan University. Throughout the past few years I’ve traveled quite a bit, and have continually expanded my knowledge in junior golf. I was fortunate enough to work for the Illinois Junior Golf Association, Mid-American Junior Golf Tour, and most recently with the Southern California PGA. I’m anticipating a great year for our program, and look forward to meeting you all. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me at stibor@michiganpga.com or by phone at 517-641-7421.