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 on www.michiganpgagolf.com, Members Only, Section Meeting area.
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.