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Vote for the 2015-2017 Board of Directors – Absentee Ballot

Vote for the 2015-2017 Board of Directors – Absentee Ballot

Please click here to download the 2014 Board of Directors absentee ballot.  If you are not attending the Annual Meeting, you can send in your ballot by mail (no faxes accepted).  Ballots must be received by Wednesday December 3, 2014 and only members in good standing are eligible to vote. Please mail ballot in a #10 envelope, write your PGA # on the envelope for voter verification and return the completed ballot to:

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Teacher’s Forum – Local Professionals Shine at the Fall Teaching Summit

Teacher’s Forum – Local Professionals Shine at the Fall Teaching Summit

By Bill McKinney, PGA

I’ve attended several Teaching and Coaching Summits over the years, but this past one at Desert Willow was simply awesome! We had some big names including Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of Vision 54, Henry Brunton from Canada, the legendary Bill Harmon. But I’d like to highlight our SCPGA professionals who all presented beautifully with incredible insights. Here is how I’m permanently changed:

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Nicolaisen/Vogel/Radersma/Stevens Capture the E-Z-GO Superintendent-Professional-Manager Championship

Nicolaisen/Vogel/Radersma/Stevens Capture the E-Z-GO Superintendent-Professional-Manager Championship
The 2014 Professional-Superintendent-Manager Championship presented by E-Z-GO was held at the Temecula Creek Inn on the Oaks/Stonehouse Course.  Each year teams from all across Southern California come together for a fun filled day of golf to see who can stake claim to the title of Professional-Superintendent champion.  The day was filled with great food, people, weather and golf for our teams to enjoy.  Every year this event is possible thanks to our outstanding sponsors, especially E-Z-GO for their continued support of this annual event.  After the players enjoyed lunch and some free giveaways from our sponsors, they took to the course to try and be the team to unseat the defending champions from Jurupa Hills Country Club.  The team of James Nicolaisen, Jason Vogel, Gary Radersma and Scott Stevens from The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo started out on fire and kept that momentum going throughout the round to finish with an impressive -14 (130) in the modified four-ball format that took the best low gross score on each hole and combined it with the best low net score on each hole.  The  Country Club of Rancho Bernardo team needed every stroke of their impressive score, as they barely edged the defending champions who shot an equally impressive score of -13 (131) to take second place all to themselves.
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PGA Professional Eddie Merrins to receive Humanitarian Award

PGA Professional Eddie Merrins to receive Humanitarian Award

Ontario, California - Southern California PGA Professional Eddie Merrins, known as the “Little Pro,” is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award to be recognized at the upcoming 2014 Spirit of Giving Celebration held by Our Lady of the Angels Regional Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Incorporated. Merrins, a 52 year PGA Member, was the PGA head professional and director of golf at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles for 42 years. At Bel-Air Country Club, Merrins now serves as the Emeritus Professional. In the past, Merrins held positions including teaching professional at the Westchester Country Club, PGA head professional at the Rockaway Hunting Club, assistant professional at the Thunderbird Country Club and assistant professional at the Merion Golf Club. From 1975-1989, Merrins coached the University of California Los Angeles men’s golf team and was honored Pacific 10 Coach of the Year in 1982, 1983, and 1984. Throughout his career, Merrins has coached many players to the PGA Tour including Corey Pavin, Rocco Mediate, Amy Alcott, Jason Gore, and Vijay Singh to name a few. Merrins has also published multiple books including “Swing the Handle, Not the Clubhead” in 1973, “Golf for the Young” in 1978, and in 2002 produced a video collection of his first book titled “Swing the Handle Video Collection.”

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Smock Wins Title in First AAA Event of 2014

Smock Wins Title in First AAA Event of 2014

Brian Smock of Coronado Golf Course took no time at all to join the list of winners in the AAA this year. Smock played in his first AAA event of 2014 at the end of the year championship held at Golf Club of California on October 9. The AAA Championship annually closes out the AAA season, with players battling for crucial AAA Player of the Year points in one final attempt to earn a title and one of the 12 coveted spots on the AAA North/South Cup team to represent our great section against Northern California in a Ryder Cup style match. Smock made easy work of a course that challenged some of the best players in the AAA, by firing a 5-under (67) to edge Andrew Larkin, Head Coach of Occidental College men’s and women’s golf teams, who was the first player to post a score with an equally impressive 4-under (68). Smock dominated a field that consisted of 10 of the top 12 players in the AAA Player of the Year standings. Leading that group was the 2013 AAA Player of the Year Kenny Pigman of Goose Creek Golf Club. Pigman once again had an outstanding year in the AAA with three victories including the 2014 National Car Rental Assistants Championship. Pigman’s even par (72) was strong enough to hold off 2014 AAA Match Play champion, Bobby Nickell, of Monarch Beach Golf Links for his second consecutive AAA Player of the Year title. For complete results from the AAA Championship please click here.

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Griffith Park GC Celebrates 100 Years of Golf

Griffith Park GC Celebrates 100 Years of Golf

The historical gem, Griffith Park Golf Course, celebrated its 100th Year Anniversary this passed weekend as hundreds of local residents participated in live entertainment, great food, information booths, miniature golf, putting contests and the Southern California PGA Junior Golf Skills Competition.  The celebration was a great success with representatives from the Southern California PGA (SCPGA), Southern California Golf Association (SCGA), The First Tee of Los Angeles, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) all coming together to support the oldest golf course west of the Rocky Mountains. As a part of the day’s festivities, the Southern California PGA hosted their first Junior Golf Skills Competition with 78 juniors participating in the mock Drive, Chip, and Putt competition on the Griffith Park GC practice greens and the first hole of the Wilson Course.  Griffith Park GC was a tremendous host for the inaugural SCPGA Junior Golf Skills Competition and we are looking forward to a return in the future for next Summer’s DCP Local Qualifiying. Congratulations to Kristina Xu (Girls 7-11), Juliette Ruaux (Girls 12-6), Vincent Gormley (Boys 6-9), Raphael Villarama (Boys 10-12), and Michael Sharkey (Boys 13-16) for placing 1st overall in their respective divisions.  Each 1st place winner took home a brand new golf bag and medal!  A special thanks goes out to all of those who participated and volunteered to assist with the event!

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Watch the SCPGA Nike Golf Fall Teaching Summit Day 2 Live

Watch the SCPGA Nike Golf Fall Teaching Summit Day 2 Live

Can’t make it to Day 2 of the SCPGA Nike Golf Fall Teaching Summit?

Click here to watch live

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Sign up! SCPGA Nike Golf Fall Teaching Summit

Sign up! SCPGA Nike Golf Fall Teaching Summit
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