Melissa Hatten, PGA

Melissa Hatten selected for PGA LEAD class

Melissa Hatten, a PGA professional at Tuhaye – Talisker Club near Park City, has been selected to be a part of the PGA of America 2023-24 PGA LEAD class.

Established in 2016, PGA LEAD is the Association’s leadership development program, created to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to volunteer leadership roles at the Chapter, Section and national levels of the Association. PGA LEAD also helps PGA Members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

This 18-month leadership development program reinforces the PGA of America’s commitment to create a game, workforce and industry supply chain that better mirror America’s demographics. More specifically, the PGA is committed to inclusive governance, environments, systems and structures that create the opportunity for all PGA Professionals to develop, grow and lead.

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PGA of America Issues Statement on USGA/R&A Distance Proposal 

The PGA of America has released the following statement regarding the recent Distance Proposal from the USGA and R&A:

As we have previously stated to the USGA and the R&A, we are strongly opposed to any rules changes that will make the game less fun for recreational golfers. Regarding this specific area of interest, we are pleased that there is no longer a focus on changing or modifying the ball or clubs that recreational players may use.

We are not in favor of bifurcation and do not anticipate individual club’s implementing such a Model Local Rule as it is meant for elite players.

In regards to the PGA Championship, 2026 is still a long way off and until we know the specifics of the proposed Model Local Rule we are not in a position to make that determination.

Click here for USGA/R&A Distance Proposal Includes Model Local Rule for Elite Competitions

PGA Frisco Buying Summit

PGA Buying & Education Summit – Frisco, TX

Utah PGA Section Members are invited to be among the first in the industry to experience the Omni PGA Frisco Resort at PGA Frisco, the new Home of the PGA of America, as the host venue for the 2023 PGA Buying & Education Summit in Frisco, Texas.

From sunrise to sunset, the schedule will offer plenty of opportunities to:

  • Meet with a curated group of apparel, accessory, equipment, technology and golf lifestyle brands
  • Learn through education sessions at the State-of-the-Art Professional Development Center
  • Participate in experiential networking opportunities across the expansive PGA Frisco campus

Each evening will offer a chance to unwind but stay connected through a Demo Night, fashion show, nightly industry networking events and fun golf competitions at the PGA District, which features The Dance Floor, a lighted 2-acre, putting course; The Swing, a lighted, 10-hole, par-3 short course; The Ice House with six live hitting bays; Lounge by Topgolf featuring Topgolf Swing Suite technology and a variety of virtual games; and the tech-focused, high-touch and data-driven experience of the PGA Coaching Center.

Join us at PGA Frisco to learn, source products and network, while experiencing the new home of the PGA of America. 

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March Utah PGA Monthly

The best salespeople in the golf industry think of themselves as partners of PGA Professionals they work with, as opposed to merely trying to sell them products. The Utah Section PGA benefits from many longtime relationships with salespeople in the territory, including some who are Section members.
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PGA of America Debuts Player Engagement Pathway for PGA Professionals to Target Golfers of Every Age and Skill Level

The PGA of America is doubling down on its mission to serve its Members and grow the game through its integrated pathway of Player Engagement products designed to help PGA Professionals connect with golfers at every age and skill level.

PGA President John Lindert said, “The integrated Player Engagement pathway provides programming that takes players of all skill levels through their personal golf journey. It provides a framework for PGA Professionals to create a welcoming golf environment at every level of a player’s journey.”

The PGA Player Engagement pathway is built upon and guided by the principles of the American Development Model (ADM), a proven long-term athlete development model designed by sports scientists to help foster a lifetime affinity to sports and develop athletes to their greatest potential. PGA Coach was developed to provide golf industry professionals a full suite of resources, tools and trainings around the ADM and more. For more information please, click here.

To view the PGA Player Engagement pathway, click here.