Message From PAO Co-Chair Bryan Kienke
I hope you all are enjoying your winter, whether that is in the sunshine state or enjoying some time away from the club with your families. It’s hard to believe that the 2017 season is almost amongst us, but before you know it we’ll be getting together at the Spring Meeting. I wanted to take this opportunity to catch everyone up on some changes that you will notice this coming season.
The PAO Board got together with Geoff Surrette this winter to talk about our goals and objectives for this year. We were all in agreement that the PAO should be more than a group of Assistant Professionals who get together to play Monday tournaments. With the support of the Section Board, we have decided to add some requirements to participate in the Tour Championship this year. As many of you know, we have the PAO Tour Championship every fall, and this is a tournament open to our top 30 players on the points list. The only monetary commitment this event has required from the players is to take care of their caddie fee the day of the event. Scott Hutchinson, a member at Lookaway Golf Club, has been kind enough to again agree to sponsor this event, along with becoming our Title Sponsor for the season. The new requirement for this year’s event is that you must fulfill an obligation in two different categories to play. The categories are Philadelphia Junior Tour and Charity. The first obligation will be to donate a few hours to one of the many Philadelphia Junior Tour events that are hosted throughout the year. You will be asked to either help out at the scoring area, with monitoring pace of play or assisting some of our younger juniors during the event. You can arrange the date which you wish to volunteer with Bobby Howie. The second obligation is to participate in either a PGA Golf Day Marathon, volunteer at one of the many Section hosted clinics, or another charitable venture that you would like to participate in. If the charitable event is not sanctioned by the Philadelphia Section or a PGA Golf Day Marathon you must submit information in writing prior to the event to the PAO Board for their approval. We understand that this is very different from years past so we wanted to make everyone aware of the changes early in the year. If anyone has any questions on this new policy please let me know.
We also will be hosting a new event this year called The PAO Open House. This event will be held in the summer season, most likely in June, and will be open to all Assistant Professionals and Apprentices, whether they are members or not of the PAO. This will be a fun day for everyone to get together and for professionals not part of the PAO to see just what the PAO is all about. The entry fee will be nominal and the focus of the day will be camaraderie and fun. Please be on the look-out for more information on this event as we get closer to the season.
The Fall Meeting will have a new format this year as well. We have had some requests to change this event and we will be having sign-ups for this event as individuals, and then the teams of 4 players will be formed at random. This will hopefully allow you to meet some new assistants whom you haven’t had the opportunity to play with before and grow our networks even further. The teams will be formed with the goal of keeping them as equitable as possible. We hope you agree that this should be a great change for our closing event.
The link for registration for PAO Membership is now open on Blue Golf. Remember to have your Head Professional fill out the Patron form if they pay for your membership so they can be recognized properly.
As always if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Thank you.
PAO Mission Statement
The purpose of the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization is to prepare the Assistant Golf Professionals of the Philadelphia Section PGA of America for future professional success as a PGA member. We will give Assistant Professionals the opportunities to prepare themselves for the playing ability test, the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Program, the golf business, and future PGA membership. This is accomplished with leadership, mentoring, support through education, networking, and tournament competition.
PAO Head Professional Patrons
PAO Patrons: Head Professionals & Directors of Golf
Special thanks to those Head Professionals and Director’s of Golf who are supporting the PAO and their assistant golf professionals. Listed below are the Head Professionals and Director’s of Golf who are PAO Patrons.
|Dave Cartwright||Trump National Philadelphia||Gary Mackay|
|Ian Dalzell||Huntingdon Valley Country Club||Trevor Bensel
|Ben Debski||Springhaven Club||Gregg Gipp|
|Bob Doria||Makefield Highlands Golf Club||Vincent Piazza|
|Joe Guillebeau||Wilmington Country Club||Earl Cooper
|Jeff Kiddie||Aronimink Golf Club||Sam Ambrose
|Jamie Komncheck||Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve||Kyle Miller|
|Tom Michaels||Berkshire Country Club||Jamie Green
|Linda Nevatt||The ACE Club||Tony Shields
|Scott Reilly||Philadelphia Country Club||Patrick Butkis
|Chuck Rininger||Lookaway Golf Club||Michael Little
PAO Premier Partner