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Michigan PGA Spring Meeting

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 25 with over 300 members and apprentices in attendance. President Gary Koenes welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. Randy White gave the invocation and remembered deceased members Jason Leising, Jack Todhunter, Steve Tyler, and former Michigan PGA Member Dave Zielinksi.

District 5 Director Gil Gusweiler updated the membership on the recent PGA of America Board of Directors Meeting and Leadership Conference.

Vice President Doug White, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year end financials.

Secretary Ron Osborne acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter and half century members as well. He also congratulated the inductees into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame: Steve Brady, Dave Kendall and Ron LaParl.

Business discussions included chapter/committee reports, as well as information from Frank Chieppa, PGA of America Player Development Regional Manager, regarding Growing the Game of Golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.  Honorary President John oversaw a candidate’s forum with Brian Cairns and Kevin McKinley talking about their desire to run for Secretary. Thanks to Wholesalegrips.com for hosting the luncheon.

The 3rd Michigan PGA Teaching Summit began Monday afternoon.  Karen Keller PHD introduced the dynamics and importance of soft skills, and communication and relationship building between the teacher and the student.  Participants also discovered the value and benefits of understanding and developing their communication, thereby bridging the gap to a student’s ability to achieve their goals.

The second half was Judy Alvarez, PGA LPGA, who covered teaching golf to persons with various disabilities. Judy has written a book “`Broken Tees and Mended Hearts” about her experiences. Judy has been awarded the LPGA Section Teacher of the Year, been voted 3 times by Golf for Women magazine as a Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers in Florida. She volunteers for the PGA of America on the National Disabled Committee and National Inclusion Committee.

On Tuesday we featured Mike Bender, our keynote speaker and 2009 PGA of America Teacher of the Year. Mike accomplishments also include being ranked as one of the Top Five Best Teachers in America by Golf Digest (2011) and by GOLF Magazine (since 1996) as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America.

Tuesday ended with a roundtable discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Jordan Young, Jason Guss, Bill Baldwin, Paul Haase and Dave Kendall. The discussion was moderated by Charlie Vandenberg.

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 25 with over 300 members and apprentices in attendance. President Gary Koenes welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. Randy White gave the invocation and remembered deceased members Jason Leising, Jack Todhunter, Steve Tyler, and former Michigan PGA Member Dave Zielinksi.

District 5 Director Gil Gusweiler updated the membership on the recent PGA of America Board of Directors Meeting and Leadership Conference.

Vice President Doug White, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year end financials.

Secretary Ron Osborne acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter and half century members as well. He also congratulated the inductees into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame: Steve Brady, Dave Kendall and Ron LaParl.

Business discussions included chapter/committee reports, as well as information from Frank Chieppa, PGA of America Player Development Regional Manager, regarding Growing the Game of Golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.  Honorary President John oversaw a candidate’s forum with Brian Cairns and Kevin McKinley talking about their desire to run for Secretary. Thanks to Wholesalegrips.com for hosting the luncheon.

The 3rd Michigan PGA Teaching Summit began Monday afternoon.  Karen Keller PHD introduced the dynamics and importance of soft skills, and communication and relationship building between the teacher and the student.  Participants also discovered the value and benefits of understanding and developing their communication, thereby bridging the gap to a student’s ability to achieve their goals.

The second half was Judy Alvarez, PGA LPGA, who covered teaching golf to persons with various disabilities. Judy has written a book “`Broken Tees and Mended Hearts” about her experiences. Judy has been awarded the LPGA Section Teacher of the Year, been voted 3 times by Golf for Women magazine as a Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers in Florida. She volunteers for the PGA of America on the National Disabled Committee and National Inclusion Committee.

On Tuesday we featured Mike Bender, our keynote speaker and 2009 PGA of America Teacher of the Year. Mike accomplishments also include being ranked as one of the Top Five Best Teachers in America by Golf Digest (2011) and by GOLF Magazine (since 1996) as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America.

Tuesday ended with a roundtable discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Jordan Young, Jason Guss, Bill Baldwin, Paul Haase and Dave Kendall. The discussion was moderated by Charlie Vandenberg.

 

Bucks Run (Spring Meeting)

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Date/Host Professional

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Jon Conklin, 989.773.6830

Entry Fee/Format

$60/person

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2014 Spring Meeting

                                                            

 

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 24 with over 320 members and apprentices in attendance. President Doug White welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Bob Baldassari, PGA, Director Youth Golf Development, Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Mgr, Gilles Gagnon, PGA, Director of Golf Operations at Casa de Campo, Brent Kerstetter, Stanford Financial Services, Tim Marks, PGA, Employment Services Consultant and Chad Seymour, PGA, District 5 Director.

President White gave a brief recap of the recently attended Super Regional Meeting the officers and Kevin Helm attended. He also spoke about how the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship has expanded to Michigan, and the new pro am site, Casa de Campo. The Section is very excited to once again host the 2014 Senior PGA Championship.

Vice President Ron Osborne, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed year end financials. Brent Kerstetter reviewed the Section’s investments.

Secretary Kevin McKinley explained the MSR requirements needed by June 15, 2015, and acknowledged and welcomed new members and quarter century members.

Guest speaker Tim Marks gave a brief statistical overview of consultations and resume critiquing he gave through the winter with Section Members. He also urged those that have not completed the compensation survey to do so. Frank Chieppa and Bob Baldassari spoke about growing the game of golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.  Former MSU grad Gilles Gagnon showed a brief slide presentation about the Section’s new travel pro am in November, Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

Each of the Chapters and Committees gave a brief report, which can be found below.

Special Awards Chair Paul Lehnert presented the 2014 Special Awards winners in attendance their plaques:

Bill Strausbaugh – Dick Stewart
Merchandiser of the Year – Public  – Ian Ziska
Merchandiser of the Year – Resort – Scot Cucksey
Merchandiser of the Year – Private – Doug Brody
Assistant Golf Professional – Jeff Rachar
Junior Golf Development Award – Brian O’Neill
Golf Professional of the Year – Ron Beurmann
Patriot Award – Bob Bales
Player Development Award – Jason Guss
Teacher of the Year – Charles Vandenberg
Horton Smith Award – Aaron Waltz
Distinguished Service Award – Harry Barrett

As part of the Patriot Golf Day report, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient Rebecca Braxton, whose father was wounded while serving our country.

A luncheon was sponsored by WhosaleGRIPS.com. Attendees had a chance to see some of what WholesaleGRIPS has to offer.

The afternoon education seminar consisted of past Michigan PGA Merchandisers of the Year Doug Brody, PGA, Adrian Jolliffe, PGA and JP Westbrook, PGA, discussing skills in planning and promotion of sales by presenting products on a timely basis, and the use of specialized merchandising techniques that include display and advertising.

The second portion of the seminar featured Frank Chieppa and Bob Baldassari talking about Growth of the Game Best Practices, overcoming barriers and all of the programs offered through the PGA.

Over 110 Michigan PGA members were in attendance for the afternoon session.

2014 Spring Committee/Chapter Reports (submitted in writing)

Communications
Education
Employment
Growth of the Game
Patriot Golf Day
Special Awards
Tournament

Eastern
Northern
Western
Senior’s Organization

 

Meeting Minutes

Listed below are approved Michigan PGA Spring and Fall Meeting minutes for the last seven years. Minutes after seven years have been archived.

March 26, 2018

October 23, 2017

March 27, 2017

October 24, 2016

March 21, 2016

October 26, 2015

March 23, 2015

October 27, 2014

March 24, 2014

October 28, 2013

March 25, 2013

October 29, 2012

March 26, 2012

October 31, 2011

March 21, 2011

 

 

 

Met Section’s Hines presented 2011 Patriot Award at 95th Annual Meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. — John Hines of Middle Island, N.Y., born into a family of military veterans and inspired by the message of Patriot Golf Day, that ignited a passion to build a model local fundraising campaign, was presented today with the 2011 Patriot Award.

Hines, 53, a 14-year member of The PGA of America, is the first member of the Metropolitan PGA Section to receive the Patriot Award. The PGA head professional at Baiting Hollow Club in Baiting Hollow, N.Y., Hines was honored at the 95th PGA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

Originated in 2008, the Patriot Award is presented by The PGA of America to PGA Professionals who personify patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrate unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

The PGA Annual Meeting also honored the Colorado PGA Section, recipient of the Herb Graffis Award for exemplary achievement in player development.

The balance of The PGA of America Awards will be presented Thursday, Jan. 26, during the 59th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando. The program also will honor the following recipients:

– Don “Chip” Essig IV of Indianapolis – PGA Golf Professional of the Year
– Mary Bea Porter-King of Kapaa, Hawaii – PGA First Lady of Golf
– Mike Malaska of Gold Canyon, Ariz. – PGA Teacher of the Year
– John Rogers of Chambersburg, Pa. – Horton Smith Award
– Robert “Bob” Dolan Jr. of Chevy Chase, Md. – Bill Strausbaugh Award
– Rick Grayson of Springfield, Mo. – PGA Junior Golf Leader
– Brian Bain of Brookline, Mass. – President’s Plaque
– David Hutsell of Baltimore, Md. – PGA Professional Player of the Year
– Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga. – Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year
– PGA Merchandisers of the Year – Jeffrey Kiddie of Newtown Square, Pa. – Private Facilities; Susan Roll of Carlsbad, Calif. – Public Facilities; Hill Herrick of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – Resort Facilities.

“Our 2011 national award winners reflect the best values and qualities of our Association,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “By their career work, our recipients have left an impact among their Section peers, their respective communities and influenced others throughout the country. They are inspiring to juniors as well as aspiring professionals, which is a tradition in our profession. We are very proud to declare that PGA Professionals are the experts in the game and the business of golf.”

Born in Queens, N.Y., and raised in Port Jefferson, N.Y., Hines attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., and turned professional in 1979. He began his golf career that year by taking an assistant professional position at Harbor Hills Country Club in Port Jefferson. From 1981-1982, he served as first assistant professional at Colonie Hill Golf Club in Islip, N.Y., and competed from 1981 to 1989 on the Space Coast Tour in Florida. Hines served as a PGA assistant professional at Crab Meadow Golf Club in Huntington, N.Y., from 1988 to 1989.

He would spend a five-year period in private business, and returned to the golf industry in 1994 at the former Fox Hill Golf Club, now Baiting Hollow Club. In 1997, he earned PGA membership and was named PGA director of golf at Baiting Hollow Club. Over the past 11 years, Hines has battled from the effects of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, which sidelined him from an active competitive career.

Hines served on the national PGA Education Committee; and since 2010 has been a member of the PGA Disabled Golfers Committee. He was the recipient of the Metropolitan PGA Horton Smith Award in 2008, and the 2010 Section Patriot Award. He is the son of a retired Marine; has a son-in-law who is a retired member of the U.S. Army who served three tours in Iraq; a nephew who served two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf and has two uncles in the Marine Corps, one who served on the Color Guard in Washington, D.C.

“I was accepting a Horton Smith Award at our Metropolitan PGA Meeting, the same day that Major Dan Rooney’s video address was played,” said Hines of that 2008 meeting. “When he gave his speech about the origin of Patriot Golf Day, I was sitting with my two sons in the audience. It lit a nerve. With my family having so many veterans, it was something that touched me deeply. Our family service record goes back to World War I, and I had three uncles, and my dad, who served in World War II. We have had someone from the family serving in every conflict since World War I.”

For Hines, there was no hesitancy to deliver his passion to his club members at Baiting Hollow Club and to the Metropolitan PGA Section Board of Directors. In 2009, the Section raised nearly $125,000, the largest increase in Patriot Golf Day contributions and largest per capita total that year. In 2010, the total funds raised reached nearly $170,000.

Baiting Hollow Club raised $20,000 in 2009, and boosted the fundraising efforts to a $35,000 total a year later. That year’s Patriot Golf Day event featured 40 veterans, with 40 playing golf in the event, including honoring veterans from World War II through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the veterans arrived in a Blackhawk helicopter, two Humvees, and two armored personnel carriers. Hines partnered with Brig. Gen. Raymond Doyle, and together they inspired a four-member scramble event, where Baiting Hollow Club members played with a veteran at an entry fee of $125.

Hines encouraged the Metropolitan PGA to host Rooney, along with a family representative that had lost a spouse in service, and whose children received Folds of Honor scholarships.

“My belief is that we need to make sure that we touch everyone we can,” said Hines. “Without those who sacrificed so much, where would we be? The least that we can do is to make sure we reach out our hand to help those they have left behind.”

The future for supporting our veterans through golf, Hines said, is just beginning. “We can all do more, and develop a national tournament to take care of them.”

Hines lives in Middle Island, N.Y., and has two sons John and Taylor. Hines has three stepchildren, Kelly, Brandy and Travis.

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. 

PGA Vice President Paul Levy to be in East Lansing

PGA Vice President Paul Levy will speak at the Section’s Spring Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Eagle Eye Golf Club.

He is the President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise Company, and also is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California. He was elected PGA Secretary in 2012. Levy also briefly served as both Secretary and Interim Vice President before formally becoming PGA Vice President on Nov. 22, 2014.

Levy earned PGA membership in June 1986, and has served in a leadership capacity at both the Section and national levels since 1992. He is a dual member of the Southern Texas and Southern California PGA Sections.

From 2004-2008, Levy was a member of the PGA Board of Control. Since 2010, Levy has served on the National PGA Employment Committee and from 2009-10, on the PGA Member Relations Committee.

Levy was president of the Southern Texas PGA Section from 1998-2000, and earned the 2000 Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. He has also been named as a three-time Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient (1992, ’93, ’98); the 1999 Section Bill Strausbaugh Award winner; and the 1997 Section Merchandiser of the Year for public facilities.

From 1999-2004, Levy served as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, and was the Senior Vice President of Club Operations for Sunrise Company, the developer of Royal Oaks Country Club, overseeing properties in Nevada, California, Colorado and Texas. In 2004, Levy moved to Southern California to oversee the development of Toscana. Four years later, he became the President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise.

From 2007-2012, Levy was elected as an Independent Director on the Southern California PGA Board of Directors. In 1992, he founded PKL Golf Group Company, a golf management and development company, and served as its President and CEO.

A native of New Orleans, Levy is a 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University, where he was a three-year member of the Tigers golf team. Earlier in his career, Levy participated often in section events and in the Southern Texas PGA Assistant Championship, where he finished third in 1985, and runner-up in 1986. Levy guided a team to third place in the 1988 PGA Oldsmobile Scramble Championship.

His community involvement includes creating scholarship foundations for employees of both Royal Oaks Country Club and Toscana Country Club. Levy also has served as a member of the Southern California Golf Association Governmental Affairs Committee; was creator and director of the Fort Bend ISD PGA First Swing Program; and a member of Katy (Texas) School District Partners, which presented him with its Education Award of Excellence.

Levy and his wife, Heidi, live in Indian Wells, Calif. They are the parents of three sons: Nathan, Kristopher and Travis; two daughters: Nakayla and Destiny; and have five grandchildren.

Special Award Winners Web

MICHIGAN SECTION PGA
2013 Special Awards Winners Announced

Bath, MI – Michigan Section PGA honored it’s 2013 Special Award Winners during the Spring Meeting on Monday March 25th at Eagle Eye Golf Club.  PGA Members are nominated b their peers and finalist are determined by vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting.  The finalists then go through an interview process with the Special Awards Committee who determine the winners. Sections winner will be passed on to the PGA of America National Awards Committee for consideration of a national award.

Wally Sierakowski of Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak, MI has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the 2013 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. 

 Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professsional who by their day-to-day efforts, have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

 Aaron Waltz of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award.

     The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA member for his outstanding contributions to professional education. Waltz an 11-year member of The PGA, reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Lindert has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the President’s Plaque.
Lindert was honored for his efforts at the Section and national level for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development, which support Play Golf America initiatives.

 Shaun Bezilla of Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Junior Golf Leader Award.

 The award is presented annually to the PGA member who demonstrates their leadership within the junior golf community, reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Bezilla’s interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf have significantly impacted junior golfers and junior golf programs on a local and national level.

The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at private, public and resort golf facilities.

 Matt Barton, a PGA Professional formally at Prestwick Village Golf Club, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for private golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Paul Westbrook a PGA Professional at Little Traverse Bay Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for public golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 Michael Rey a PGA Professional formally at Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

Jason Guss a PGA Professional at Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy @ Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI, has been named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.

Guss a 10-year member of The PGA, was honored for his dedication to teaching and outstanding service as a golf instructor.

 Kevin McKinley of Treetops Resort, Treetops Village, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Patriot Award.

McKinley was honored for personifying patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

 Shaun Bezilla, a PGA Professional at Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013. 

Golf Professional of the year is awarded to members that demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, Maintain a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf. And are well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

 Paul Townsend, a PGA Professional at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013.

 Townsend, an assistant at Wuskowhan Players Club for 7 years was reconginzed for his strength as a player/teacher/merchandiser/business person and overall golf professional, contributions made to the success of the his facility, contributions to the game of golf and his character of the nominee and respect from other professionals.

Ron LaParl has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.  The Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

Ron was elected to membership of the PGA of America on June 16, 1945 and was elected to the Half Century Club in 1995.  During his 60 plus years as a PGA Member Ron has been an active member participating in section and chapter events as well as dedicating his time to a variety of positions.

Jack Berry, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Media Award for 2013. Berry was honored for all he has done for golf in the State of Michigan.  He is the former National President of the Golf Writers Association.

Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold; 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 Association enables PGA 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.

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Leicht named recipient of 2011 Conrad Rehling Award for Contributions to Special Olympics Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — PGA Professional Greg Leicht, the general manager and director of golf at Vistal Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz., has been named the recipient of the 2011 Conrad Rehling Award for his contributions to the growth of Special Olympics Golf. Leicht was honored May 29, at the Southwest PGA Spring Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Leicht (“Light”), is a 45-year-old native of Anderson, Ind., and was elected to PGA membership in 1998. He is in his 11th overall season at Vistal Golf Club and serves as secretary of the Southwest PGA Section. Leicht began training and coaching Special Olympics golfers in 2003. He also marks his ninth year as tournament director of the Arizona Special Olympics State Golf Championship. Leicht is head of the Arizona delegation to the Special Olympics National Invitational Tournament (NIT); co-founder and facilitator of the Unified Friendship Golf League; and chairperson for the Arizona Special Olympics Sports Program Committee.

“From the first practice I attended back in 2003, I have been hooked on Special Olympics,” said Leicht. “The athletes demonstrate true sportsmanship and positive attitudes toward the game. The athletes express a genuine appreciation to anyone willing to help them. The athletes are not in competition with each other, only with themselves. The athletes only see the good in everyone else. They look at competition through a different set of glasses. I have said it before that I have received more than I could ever repay.”

Encouraged to play golf at age six by his grandfather in Anderson, Ind., Leicht advanced his love of golf when the family moved to Arizona when he was 12. Leicht attended Arizona State University, and turned professional in 1994. He began his professional golf career at the TPC of Scottsdale, and would later serve at the Phoenician Golf Club in Scottsdale from 1997 through 2001. He joined Vistal Golf Club in September 2001. Leicht was recipient of the 2006 Southwest PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award and the 2009, ’10 Section President’s Plaque for contributions to player development.

“The Conrad Rehling Award is a very special award and I am humbled and honored to be associated with a program that he was instrumental in developing,” said Leicht. “His program model, which was in place in 1988, well before I was in professional golf, has changed very little. That was because he did it right from the start.”

Leicht’s entire family is involved in Special Olympics Golf. His wife, Carol, serves as administrator at Arizona’s Special Olympics State Golf Championship; and the couple’s four daughters and Leicht’s mother and father team to support all statewide Special Olympics events.

Currently, 49 U.S. Special Olympic Programs offer golf training and competition, with more than 19,000 athletes in North America. The program is offered in more than 50 countries worldwide.

“Greg Leicht has done an outstanding job in building the Special Olympics Golf program in Arizona,” said Craig Pippert, Special Olympics North America Senior Manager of Sports Development. “We look forward to working with Greg and his team for the Special Olympics North America Regional Golf Invitational this summer in Litchfield Park, Ariz. It will continue a great tradition that has developed over the past 13 years.”

About Special Olympics Golf
Special Olympics Golf, part of a worldwide sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offers five levels of competition for athletes with different ability levels. Ranging from individual skills competition to alternate-shot team play to individual stroke play, Special Olympics Golf allows athletes to grow in the game as they gain experience.

About the Conrad Rehling Award
The Conrad Rehling Award, first presented in 2005, honors the late PGA Master Professional who followed a successful collegiate coaching career at Florida and Alabama by transforming his retirement into inspiring PGA Professionals to give back to the physically challenged. Rehling died in April 2007 at age 87.

The founding father of the Special Olympics Golf movement in 1988, Rehling spearheaded The PGA of America’s efforts to introduce golf to Special Olympics. The Association and its 27,000 men and women professionals have dedicated countless hours, services and funding to the growth of Special Olympics Golf.

Conrad Rehling Award Recipients
2005 – Jesse Weeks, Memphis, Tenn.
2006 – Steve Carson, Oklahoma City, Okla.
2007 – Jeff Beaudry, Sandy, Utah
2008 – Tom Addis III, Beaumont, Calif.
2009 – Frank Selva, Orange, Conn.
2010 – Dr. Eric Wilson, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
2011 – Greg Leicht, Gilbert, Ariz.

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. 

Kalamazoo Country Club

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Date/Host Professional

Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 am Spring Meeting, Shotgun start following meeting
Dick Stewart, 269.345.0572

Entry Fee/Format

$110.00

Registration Information

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2018 Western Chapter Playing Permit/Entry Form/GAM Index Form

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