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Kay Hoey defends title at the 2014 Women’s Section Championship

Kay Hoey defends title at the 2014 Women’s Section Championship

Congratulations to Kay Hoey, PGA Apprentice at Mesa Verde Country Club on defending her title in the 2014 Women’s Professional Championship at Rancho La Quinta Country Club.  Kay Hoey, Lehua Wise PGA, and PGA Apprentice Reina Rogers were tied for the lead going into the second round at 2 under par.  Hoey shot 67 in the final round to win by six strokes over Lehua Wise, PGA of The Hideaway.  Reina Rogers, PGA Apprentice at River Ridge Golf Club placed third.

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Fergin and Stewart Battle the Wind for the Win

Fergin and Stewart Battle the Wind for the Win

The 2014 National Car Rental Pro-Am Series Professional-Lady Championship headed north to the beautiful Las Posas Country Club, where this annual event showcases some of the best PGA professionals in Southern California paired with some of the best women amateurs from their respective facilities.  Not only did the field have to battle each other, but strong Santa Ana winds made an already challenging course even tougher.  The team of Mike Fergin, PGA and Ellen Stewart from Mesa Verde Country Club played the course as if the winds were calm shooting an impressive 67 (-4) to beat the team from Oakmont Country Club of Southern California PGA Professional Champion Ryan Kennedy and Linda Pearson by one stroke.

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Swing Tip Tuesday – David Brown, PGA

Swing Tip Tuesday – David Brown, PGA

In this week’s Swing Tip Tuesday, PGA Professional David Brown of PGA TOUR Superstore, Irvine, shares an easy drill to fix chopping at the golf ball.

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Message from the President – Part 48

Message from the President – Part 48

Consider This…
We are quite fortunate to share a common vision and interest with our colleagues and friends of the LPGA. The women of the LPGA are noted teachers and players of the game and we are committed in the years that follow to sharing more time with one another while exchanging information and wisdom with our sisters. Many of our LPGAmembers are PGA Members as well and it makes perfect sense for all of us to come together and enjoy our collective company and sharing our common interests. The President of the Western Division of the LPGA is Malia Folquet and Malia is a PGA Member and Director of Instruction at the Palm Valley Country Club. She is an enthusiastic advocate of all things good about the business and game of golf.

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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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