Three Pillar Grants Awarded to Colorado PGA Professionals
Colorado PGA REACH Foundation is happy to announce that we have awarded our Colorado PGA REACH Pillar Awards worth five hundred dollars each to three Colorado PGA Professionals. The awards, developed to give back to a PGA Professional who has gone above and beyond in utilizing the programs under a Pillar of Colorado PGA REACH, can be used to pay for your Certified Professional Program, Business Seminar, Education Program or even a personal retreat.
The criteria were set forth for these awards by the Growth of the Game Grant taskforce at a recent meeting and the three winners of the inaugural awards were recognized during the Colorado PGA Spring Business Meeting. The recipients of these awards were as follows:
Diversity and Inclusion Pillar Grant
Phillip Linares, PGA
Instructor | Trent Wearner Golf Academy
Philip has been a longtime supporter of the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program. He has been very specific in his selection of schools with which to partner. Philip selects schools where by his estimation, the students would have little or no access or exposures to the game of golf were it not for the GIS program. Through his efforts, hundreds of children have been introduced to the game of golf in traditionally underserved communities.
Supporting Our Military Pillar Grant
Kirk Mease, PGA
Head Professional | Wellshire Golf Course
Kirk has been an active participant in the last three years’ worth of IVY Pro-Ams and is in his 3rd year of hosting PGA HOPE at Wellshire Golf Club. Kirk has engaged volunteers and staff in the support of PGA HOPE and has taken it upon himself to solicit sponsors to enhance the HOPE experience for his students. Kirk annually participates in the Visit a Vet program hosted by the Colorado PGA at the Denver VA and has attend all of the adaptive golf training opportunities hosted by the Section as well as securing a separate adaptive training event at his facility.
Youth Development Pillar Grant
Todd Marley, PGA
Head Professional | South Suburban Golf Course
Todd started 2015 with a tentative agreement to recruit PGAJLG 1 team; ended up fielding two teams in 2016. Now in 2017, Todd has 6 teams plus he’s trying to create a 16 U team. South Suburban is the primary location in the area for high school teams to host tryouts and events – Todd offers a budget-friendly rate for doing so and gladly blocks off his tee sheet for hours upon hours to make sure kids can play. Todd is an eager and willing host to our Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado events, hosting multiple events each year ranging from 10 & under events on the Par 3, to multi-day elite player events on the championship course. Todd is a junior golf leader in every sense of the term.