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Former Utah Open champ Dean Wilson reunites with Annika Sorenstam celebrating 20-years.

In 2003, Annika Sörenstam became the first woman in more than 50 years play in a PGA TOUR event at the Colonial in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. At the event, she was paired with Dean Wilson and Aaron Barber for the opening rounds connecting them as part of the storyline moving forward.

Today, officials at the Invited Celebrity Classic presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts have announced that Wilson has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the PGA TOUR Champions event and will be paired with Sörenstam as she competes in the celebrity portion of the three-day competition as the tournament celebrates the 20-year reunion of this historic moment in golf in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

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PGA Hope Training Available

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

The first step to getting involved with PGA HOPE is to attend a PGA HOPE Training Session. This is a single-day session that covers military culture and different situations you may come across while teaching Veterans and Active Duty Military (PTSD, Limb-Loss, Deafness, Blindness, Service Animals). This training session is free to all Active PGA Members and Associates and LPGA Members.

Anyone can attend this valuable training, even if you don’t plan to run your own PGA Hope program. There is NO COST to attend.

PGA HOPE Training

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Glenmoor GC

Contact Cecily Bloxham to register,

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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.

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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.

Quentin Sasser

Resiliency at its Finest: Quentin Sasser, (Utah PGA), and the Journey to Finding Purpose

Many people seek out the game of golf, but for Quentin Sasser, PGA, golf came to him. He wasn’t looking for the game as a 10-year-old, playing with his friends in a big open field in Atlanta, Texas.

However, in that same field, between Booker T. Washington High School and Pruitt Elementary, Howard Warren, a high school teacher, would show up after school and during the summer with a six iron and some golf balls, using the old oak tree as his target since the nearest available golf course was 70 miles away.

“We would always bet him a dollar that he couldn’t hit that tree,” Sasser remembers. “And that’s kind of when I really knew anything about golf, or knew anything about African Americans playing the game of golf.

“Later on, when I was a freshman in high school, he ended up being one of my teachers, and he would talk about the Blacks in the game of golf, which was Calvin Peete, Teddy Rhodes, Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder. He created a passion within me for the game. But I didn’t know that at the time.”

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Conquering the Unconquerable: How AC Cox, Utah PGA, Blends Education, Golf to Create Change

The story below, written by Utah PGA member AC Cox, is reposted with permission from the PGA of America. This story was originally published Feb. 16 on

I was born and raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast, about an hour from New Orleans. My grandfather was introduced to the game as a teenager in Mississippi when he started caddying at a local country club. 

As was typical with most caddies in the 1920s, he learned the game from being around the golfers at the club and the opportunity to play the course on caddy play days. My grandfather taught his five sons to play the game, and they all became accomplished golfers. He gave me my first golf club (which I still have) when I was 10, and I’ve been playing the game ever since.

The aspect of the game that makes me continue to return is the challenge of conquering the unconquerable. As said in the movie Tin Cup, “perfection is unattainable,” and I think this is what motivates me.

I like the dynamic of golf being an individual game played with others, and I appreciate the value of spending time alone while being with others. One bonus to the coronavirus pandemic is that it brought me back to walking when I play — something that I missed for years.

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