La Paloma Junior Golf Team Lights Up the Night

November 22, 2017

The La Paloma Junior Golf Team is now in its 3rd Season (2nd Fall Semester). In the nearly 18 months since we started the program from scratch at the Country Club, the team has grown from just nine juniors to as many as 18! There’s definitely an appetite for structured golf practice and matches just like there is for many of the more traditional sports: football, baseball, basketball, and soccer….

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La Paloma Featured On Local News

November 7, 2017

Television news moves pretty fast. I would know! For almost ten years, I was a sportscaster and then a morning news anchor in Lake Charles, Louisiana and then Greenville, South Carolina. So when KGUN 9 News, Tucson’s local ABC affiliate called La Paloma wanting to do a story about our GolfBoards, we couldn’t say no. This time of year, many golf courses in Southern Arizona are still Cart Path Only…

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Now What?

October 17, 2017

After a brief hiatus (having a newborn son will do that to you), one of my favorite segments is back! It’s called Diary of a USGA Rules Official, and it’s a by-product of Dr. Robin Farran. Dr. Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials. The man helps write the book! Several times each month, Dr. Farran emails out different Rules scenarios and…

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PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 5

August 25, 2017

How’s this for a “good morning?” Erik Nielsen (PGA) came to the front of the ballroom first thing this morning and suggested we check-in for our Saturday morning flights right away. My return flight takes me back through Dallas-Forth Worth (DFW), and Hurricane Harvey just happens to be a bearing down on the Texas coast. Great! I can’t help but think back to my return trip last year and the problems…

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PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 4

August 24, 2017

Day 4 is the day most of us (including me) have been waiting for. Most if not all of us here at the Level 2 Seminars this week teach lessons, and obviously, there’s a lot we still have to learn. That goes without saying. The presenters for the next two days will be Rafael Floriani (PGA), a PGA Education staff member for the last four years who was here during Level…

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PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 3

August 23, 2017

I can already tell you, after just a few days back here in Florida, that the Level 2 Seminars have a completely different feel than the Level 1 Seminars. Maybe it’s knowing what to expect or not being as stressed out about the Work Experience Portfolio, but I have to say that it’s actually been a pleasure to be here! The evenings are much more laid back, and there are…

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PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 2

August 22, 2017

Day 2 got off to a booming start with a 25-minute, high-energy breakout session on cover letters, resumes, and interviews with Bill Cioffoletti (PGA) and Michelle Hupfer (PGA) in an nearby classroom. Attendance was optional and not part of the day’s Seminar, but boy was it worth it. Leave it to Bill to make resumes sound exciting! We discussed the importance of networking and how golf professionals as a whole…

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PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 1

August 21, 2017

Today it was back to school! The school is PGA Level 2, and the place is the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A few things have changed since my first visit  a little over a year ago. Most notably, the longtime “principal” of the school, PGA Senior Manager of Education Helene Bell, has retired after 30 years! After a brief introduction by Erik Nielsen (PGA), we dove…

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Becoming a PGA Member: Step 8

August 20, 2017

Well, it’s certainly been a while! After a nearly seven-month travel restriction due to the Zika virus, my wife and I recently had our first child, which means I’ve been cleared to return to Florida for the PGA Level 2 Seminar. I’ve been through one full season working as an Assistant Golf Professional at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, and now I’m ready to further my PGA Certification. When you…

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What’s In My (Staff) Bag?

August 14, 2017

Being on staff with Callaway has been a great experience so far. It has also meant an almost complete overhaul of my bag from one manufacturer (Titleist) to another. In case you missed it, here’s a link to my Epic fitting experience at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad back in March. And, as a result of that fitting, here’s what’s in my bag: Irons Specs: Callaway Apex CF…

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