March 5, 2017
Fellow Member & Apprentices,
I hope this letter finds you doing well and you’ve all had a chance to recharge the batteries over the last few months. As spring is fast approaching, we’re all hopefully starting to kick back into gear. Over the winter, the Assistants’ Association board has been hard at work preparing for this upcoming golf season. Our goal as a Board and an Association continues to be to provide assistant professionals in the CT Section the opportunity to advance in their careers and prepare for their future in the golf business through tournament play, as well as educational and networking opportunities. I wanted to touch base with you all to provide an update on what we’ve been able to accomplish so far and what lies ahead.
Our tournament program has always been highly anticipated and the Board is fast at work to try and get a completed schedule publicized on the website. So far, we have a few events set in stone and are working to finalize the rest. The current tentative schedule is up to view now. It includes:
Spring Meeting & Sr./Jr. Blind Draw Tuesday, May 2 Lake of Isles
Season Long Match Play Wednesday, May 3 (Deadline) Great Horse
55th Assistants Championship Thursday, September 21 Twin Hills CC
In addition to these events we are looking to add a few individual events as well as securing a site for our Fall Meeting. In its second year, we are hopeful to get 32 participants into the Match Play with the final being hosted at Great Horse this year. This event is a great opportunity to network with other professionals as well play at some different sites. Please put these events on your calendar and check back with the website shortly for the finalized tournament schedule. If you are interested in hosting an individual event please reach out to our Tournament Director, Evan Lambert or myself. We are looking to host individual events in June, July and August.
Education will again be a big part of our program this year. We will have educational offerings at the Spring and Fall Meetings and do our best to couple them with a few of our individual events. On March 2nd, Chris Martinez and MW Financial hosted a financial seminar that was well received and we will continue to look for similar stand-alone educational opportunities to host. We have also been looking into creating a program to help apprentices advance with their book work as well as using our AA Fund dollars to put on an event with a keynote speaker. More information to come soon! If there is a specific educational topic that you would like to see us cover, don’t hesitate to contact our Education Director, Josh Detmer or myself.
Once again this year, the CT PGA will be participating in the CT Golf Show with the Assistants’ Association taking the lead. This event is March 24-26 at the Convention Center in Hartford. We will be operating a free lesson zone for show goers. This would provide assistant professionals who offer their time to help run the booth, the opportunity to market themselves, their facility and the PGA of America at no cost to themselves. We are seeking volunteers to fill out the days. The show runs Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. Even if you can just come for an hour, any time you can contribute would be a solid networking opportunity and greatly appreciated by the Assistants Association. Come get your name out there to the public! If you would like to be a part of this great event and opportunity, please contact me as soon as possible, we’d like to see you get involved!
I will leave you all with one last thought and that is…participation! The Assistants’ Association is reliant and thrives on participation in our events. Although we have seen a down turn over the last few years, I am positive that we can remain a healthy group if we all just participate. I challenge all of you to participate in a minimum of one event this year. We will gain strength in numbers and the value of what we have to offer can only increase. Each event we put on offers a networking opportunity and the chance to gain knowledge in your chosen career path in the golf industry. Take advantage of what is right there in front of you. I’m looking forward to a great 2017, see you all soon.
Wampanoag Country Club
President, CT PGA Assistants’ Association
Table of Contents1 - Assistants' Association
2 - President's Letter
3 - 2017 Assistants' Association Spring Meeting
4 - Assistants Association Tournament/ Event Information
5 - 2017 Fall Meeting Pro-Pro
7 - Bylaws