September 1, 2016 Edition
“The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” – Jackie Joyner Kersee (Track and Field Legend)
I would love to say that thing we call the 100-day war is almost over, but now-a-days it seems more like the 180-day war. The golf season is far from over, but I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy the game for yourself this fall. We still have some great tournaments left for you to enjoy and I challenge you to try to play in several of them.
- Mike Fields and his team have always put on a great show at the Titleist-Footjoy Team Championship. It is a day I know a lot of you circle on your calendar to enjoy with good friends. This year’s championship is on September 12 at Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course at Picadome. The entry deadline is September 6. …enter today, click here > >
- As part of the pro-pro series, the Tournament Series Championship has been altered to include a pro-pro aspect. For this event, you can enter as a team or as an individual. On October 3 there is only a 9-hole stipulated. However, based on your team score you can qualify for the shoot-out. If you do not qualify for the shoot-out, or enter the event as an individual, stick around and have fun watching the shoot-out. I am sure there may be some wagering on who will win the shoot-out. After the shoot-out, there will be a meal sponsored by our friends at TaylorMade-adidas (Lewis Schnauble and Steve McDonald). The second round on October 4 will be 18 holes with the team and individual champions being crowned based on their 27-hole score. The entry deadline is September 26. …enter today, click here > >
- Keith Ohr invites you to join the fun with three of your favorite amateurs at the inaugural Feeders Supply Pro-Am at Lake Forest on October 13. This new pro-am is going to be lots of fun as your amateurs shamble their tee shots and compete in the 2 net best ball event. In addition to the team score, there will be an individual professional contest. Feeders Supply is a new partner of the Kentucky PGA and for you pet lovers this is an event you do not want to miss. Join us at Lake Forest; the entry deadline is October 6 …enter today, click here > >
August 1, 2016 Edition
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer
We all got into the golf business because we love the game of golf. As our careers mature, we specialize in our areas of expertise. Some focus on teaching; others focus on operations or other areas. However, the one thing we all still have in common besides our passion for the game is playing the game. Here are a two items related to playing.
- A special thanks to the KPGA Professionals who brought a team to the PGA REACH Kentucky Pro-Am on August 1. Despite the rain, we had a great day and raised a lot of money to support our cause growing the game. Congrats to John Bachman and Blake Watts who finished as low professionals. Congratulations also to Blake Watts and Cameron Rutherford for leading the winning teams.
- Amateurs look forward to playing in their respective club championships. For PGA Professionals the club championship is the Section Championship. I want to encourage everyone to consider playing for the Section Championship you are eligible for this season. As you know we get the opportunity to play our championship at Valhalla every few years and this is the year. Regardless of the level of your game, you know you are playing your “club championship” on the same venue as the best of the best.
Kentucky PGA Professional Championship
September 6-7 at Valhalla Golf Club
Entry deadline is August 31 …enter here > >
Kentucky Senior PGA Professional Championship
August 15-16 at Winchester Country Club
Entry deadline is August 10 …enter here > >
National Car Rental Kentucky Assistant PGA Professional Championship
August 22 at Summit Hills Country Club
Entry deadline is August 17 …enter here > >
July 1, 2016 Edition
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
As PGA Professional, you are in the midst of the 100-day war. You know that crazy season in addition to the regular business you are focused on member-guests, member-members, Invitationals, junior camps, ladies leagues, etc. The truth is, it is hard to be strategic this time of year and work on business planning for next year. However, I want to encourage you to make sure you are aware of the new department of labor overtime rule. Golf operations will need to consider the impact of the rule when they prepare their budgets for the end of the year and 2017. Thus, it is important to understand the rule so that you can consider it in your strategic and budget planning.
The PGA of America has published and will continue to publish relevant information about this new rule. As a Section, we feel it is our role to bring additional awareness to you our member.
Here are five key highlights to the new regulations:
- Beginning Dec. 1, 2016, the rule guarantees time-and-half pay to any salaried employee earning under $47,476 a year ($913 a week) and who works more than 40 hours in a week. That’s double the current salary threshold of $23,660 ($455 a week).
- Bonuses and incentive payments can count up to 10 percent towards salary level determination.
- There was no change in the “white collar duties test.” Workers who earn more than $47,476 cannot earn overtime, due to them performing duties of an hourly worker.
- Automatically updates the salary threshold every three years, tying it to the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-income Census region (currently the South). The first update would be Jan. 1, 2020. Based on current wage trends, the DOL projects a salary threshold of $51,000 by Jan. 1, 2020.
The PGA of American has sent a list of questions specific to the golf industry, which will be provided to the members to provide a better understanding of the rule as it relates to the golf industry. One of the biggest questions is about golf lessons, and incentive pay affects the overall salary threshold. As these questions are answered by the Department of Labor, the PGA of America will publish this information to the PGA Membership.
Bottom-line, this is important legislation that you need to be aware of and understand. Regardless of how busy you are, please make sure to stay informed.
To help you understand the implications of the rule, the White House has created a Fact Sheet for the public. In addition, the PGA of America has designed a PowerPoint to help PGA Professionals prepare for its scheduled implementation in December.
June 1, 2016 Edition
“Service is a smile. It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug. It’s these simple acts that matter most, because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year
Do you have a passion for a charity and would like to help it out? If you do, I have an idea that should really interest you. As a PGA Professional, you can support your charity by being participating in a Kentucky PGA Golf Day. Wait, don’t stop reading, you don’t have to play 100 holes of golf to participate in a Kentucky PGA Golf Day. There are many ways you can participate and here are just a few besides the traditional 100 holes of golf that you could do:
- Alternative shot marathon
- Shorten 100 holes to 54 or 72 holes
- Skins Game with a group of members
- Count your birdies during a set number of holes
- Raffle in your golf shop
- On course contest e.g. beat the pro, hit the circle etc.
- Speed Round
Bottom line you can do anything you want, so get creative and come up with something to support your charity and the Kentucky Golf Foundation that fits your schedule and preference.
So how does it work? As a participant you raise money through friends, family, members and patrons. 50% of the net monies raised goes directly to benefit your charity of choice. The remaining 50% stays with the Kentucky Golf Foundation with half of those funds restricted for player development grants. If 20 KPGA Members made a commitment to participate in Kentucky PGA Golf Day and on average raised $2,000. The total raised for charity would be $40,000 with $10,000 set aside for player development grants.
Ready to participate? Here is all you have to do:
- Determine how you are doing to do a fundraiser
- Select the date (anytime this year until October 31)
- Pick a fundraising goal (consider 5,000)
- Register on official PGA Golf Day website
- First time participants register here https://www.pgagolfday.com/sections/kentucky/registration/
- Past participants login here https://www.pgagolfday.com/sections/kentucky/my-page
- Once you are registered for 2016 you can start promoting to your sphere of influence about your Kentucky PGA Golf Day using the promotional tools on the website.
- After you have finished your golf day, make sure to notify me so we can send your charity their allocation.
May 1, 2016 Edition
“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”
Tom Peters, Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution
Are you interested in the NEW Cunningham-Yamaha Pro-Pro Series? There is a lot of excitement about this year’s new competition designed to get KPGA Members and apprentices having fun and participating in tournaments. We have been fielding numerous questions about this new series and there seems to be a little confusion about what exactly is the Series. Today, my message is designed to give you a better understanding of the Series and encourage you to join me and participate. I guarantee you it will be fun as you get to mix it up with your fellow KPGA professionals no matter if you are veteran tournament player or a once a year player participate like me.
What is the Cunningham-Yamaha Pro-Pro Series?
The Series is a combination of four separate events. By registering for a KPGA Players Card, you are registered to be placed on a Series Team. Series Teams will be approximately ten players and will be selected by a random draw. For the random draw, players will be divided into four categories (A, B, C, D) based on their standing on the 2015 Player Rankings. Series Teams accumulate points based on how the players assigned to the team finish in each series tournament. The Series Team with the most points at the end of the season wins a “winners take all” cash pot (estimated to be $500 per player). The Tournament Committee will appoint a captain for each Series Team. The Captain’s role is to encourage their team to play in as many series tournaments as they can.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to play in all four tournaments?
No, you can play in one or all four. However, your team gets points when you participate.
How do I register for the Series?
Register for a KPGA Players Card by May 16. Teams are drawn on May 17 so those registering for a Players Card after May 16 cannot be placed on a Series Team.
Do I have to register for each individual tournament?
Yes, register for each individual tournament as you always do.
What tournaments make up the Series?
Pro-Pro Championship | May 23 at Audubon Country Club
The Pro-Pro Championship is a make your own two-pro team. This tournament is 36-holes with four nine-hole formats (scramble, alternate shot, four-ball, team total.) An optional team skins game is available for those interested in some extra fun. Bushnell is the tournament sponsor and Robb Spencer will be on site providing some great hospitality.
Pro-Pro Team (formerly the Pro-Assistant) |May 31 at Hunting Creek Country Club
The Pro-Pro Team has been expanded to include an Open division in addition to the Pro-Assistant Division. Pro-Assistant division teams must meet the same facility pro-assistant requirement. Open division teams may be composed of any two KPGA Members and apprentices. A Pro-Assistant team can also be eligible to post a score in the Open Division for an additional entry of $50. This is an 18-hole four-ball format with an optional skins game. Callaway is the tournament sponsor and Doug Schoerke and John McKenry will be on site conducting some fun engagement activities.
Tri Pro Nassau | July 18 at Cherry Blossom Golf Club
Players register as individuals. Three person teams will be created by a blind draw done in advance. The tournament is a 27-hole with three formats (scramble, best-ball and alternate shot.) The scramble and best-ball format will be played in the am session and the alternate shot will played in the afternoon session. Separate purses will be paid out for each format and overall (30% Scramble, 30% Best-Ball, 30% Alternate Shot and 10% Overall.) Cunningham-Yamaha is the tournament sponsor and Mark Jackie will be on site with his always-fun bourbon skills challenge.
Pro-Pro-Indy (formerly Tournament Series Championship) | October 3-4 at Standard Country Club
This two-day tournament is a team and individual competition. KPGA Members and apprentices can enter as a two-pro team or an individual. The team competition is 27-holes Four-Ball and the individual competition is 27-Holes Stroke Play. All players entered are automatically included in the individual competitions unless they do not return a scorecard. On October 3, everyone plays a 9-hole stipulated round. After lunch, those players on teams will be seeded for a shoot-out based on their 9-hole score. Teams are placed in one of four pods. The winner of each pod will meet in a play-off to determine the overall shoot-out winner. On October 4 all players participate in an 18-hole stipulated round. TaylorMade-adidas is the tournament sponsor and Lewis Schnauble and Steve McDonald will be on site conducting some fun engagement activities.
You became a PGA Professional because you loved to play golf, make time for yourself this year and come out and play!
April 1, 2016 Edition
“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” Winston Churchill
Sir Winston’s quote is one of my favorites. While the quote is funny, it is why so many people love to play golf…golf is a challenge. Like me, you got involved in the golf industry because you loved playing. However, somewhere along the way, life got in the way and you probably do not play as much as you once did. My question is, if we want people to play more golf how can we do that if we do not try to play more ourselves? Here are five playing opportunities I hope you will consider this year:
- Play at least once a week with your members/patrons
- Host your own PGA Golf Day event
- Play in at least one Kentucky PGA Pro-Am
- Play in at least one Kentucky PGA Pro-Pro Series event
- Bring a team to the PGA REACH Kentucky Pro-Am
Each of these opportunities will be fun regardless of how you play, so do not let the excuse be the quality of your game. Remember this is the excuse many people use and as PGA Professionals we have to be above that and share we play for the enjoyment of the game.
PGA Golf Day
We have heard from many of you that playing 100 holes of golf are just too much. However, it is important to remember PGA Golf Day does not have to be playing 100 holes. This year I am planning to get together seven of my friends and playing a seven-person alternate shot event. My team is excited about the fun day we have planned. In addition, we now have eight of us raising monies for our local designated charity. My point is, make the event fun, and involve others.
Kentucky PGA Pro-Am
Our pro-ams are great ways to entertain your members/patrons. Spending 4 plus hours with members/patron allows you to enhance relationships and demonstrate the value of you as a PGA Professional. We have pro-ams each month starting in April through August and finishing with a special new pro-am in October at Lake Forest. I trust you will play in at least one. To check out the Tournament Calendar and register for an event … click here > >
Pro-Pro Series Events
This winter your Tournament Committee designed a great pro-pro series. As you may know all the events are team events and while they will be competitive in nature, more important they will be a fun way to interact with your fellow KPGA Members. The events are the Bushnell Pro-Pro Championship, Callaway Pro-Pro Team (includes a pro-assistant division), Cunningham | Yamaha Tri Pro Nassau and the TaylorMade-adidas Pro-Pro-Indy. As part of this series of events, if you get a players card – you will be drafted to a team that will earn points based on finish and participation in each of the pro-pro series events. The team who accumulates the most team points at these series events will win the pot! A special thanks to Cunningham | Yamaha for their support of this series. …click here for more details To check out the Tournament Calendar and register for an event … click here > >
PGA REACH Kentucky Pro-Am
On August 1, our Foundation will be hosting the third PGA REACH Kentucky Pro-Am at Valhalla Golf Club. This is a great opportunity for you and your members/patrons, as you do not get to take you members to play in a pro-am on a course that has hosted PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup. It will be a great day and each amateur will received a deluxe player gift from TaylorMade-adidas. In addition to great prizes for winners, we will continue the tradition of lottery gifts, which will include tickets to the 2016 Ryder Cup! Do not delay reserving a place in the field. …click here for entry form
See you in the fairways (rough for some of us) this season!
March 1, 2016 Edition
I would like to thank everyone who attended the Kentucky PGA Spring Member Conference! We had a great turnout and a fantastic day of fellowship, learning and celebrating the Kentucky PGA. I would like to congratulate Danny Baron on being named the 2016 Kentucky PGA Professional of the Year. This is our highest honor and Danny is very well-deserving of the award. Congratulations also to all of our Special Award Winners – you are what makes our Section outstanding! For a summary of the Conference and award winners … click here > > We also ask that you complete our Spring Member Conference Survey in order to assist us in optimizing your Member Conference experience. This survey takes less than two minutes to complete and provides us with valuable feedback. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16SMC
During our Member Conference Business Meeting we collected donations for the Kentucky Golf Foundation and KPGA Fund (which supports the Player Development Grants). I am thrilled to announce we raised over $1,4000 on Monday morning! A very sincere thank you to those who generously donated to our great causes! It is crucial our Kentucky PGA members support and engage in Kentucky Golf Foundation activities. As PGA Golf Day Ambassador, Jamie DeKeuster pointed out on Monday, there are so many ways to raise money for these worthy causes that do not necessarily include playing 100 holes of golf. Please contact Jamie or myself to learn more about different ways to get involved. One great way to get involved and win bragging rights and a little cash is the Split the Pot contest. For more information on that … click here > >
On Tuesday, March 1, our Section was highlighted on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive Program as part of the PGA of America’s Centennial Celebration. The piece highlighted our PGA REACH and Kentucky Golf Foundation activities. To check it out … click here > >