The 2013 Minnesota Section Spring Meeting was presented by Clarity Sound Design & Vision and supported by Haas-Jordan and Pearsons Candy Company. More than 175 Section Members
and Apprentices attended. Numbers were up from 2012 even with a winter storm that hit the area that day.
President Peter Kurvers, PGA welcomed everyone and opened the Spring Meeting with a PGA of America video highlighting the 2012 PGA of America season. Short presentations were then
given by meeting sponsors Clarity Sound Design and Vision (Tom Brandabur), Haas-Jordan (Todd Blackmar) and Pearson’s Candy Company (Michael Keller).
Chris Thomson, PGA, District 8 Director of Wilderness Ridge GC in Lincoln, Nebraska updated the attendees on the PGA’s first 100 days under the new leadership of CEO Pete Bevacqua and
President Ted Bishop, PGA. Thomson highlighted the national committee structure, US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, the proposed ban on anchoring, 2012 golf rounds played statistics,
Get Golf Ready and key PGA expenditures in 2013. Thomson also discussed issues with our PGA golf properties in Port Saint Lucie, Florida and recapped the 2013 PGA Spring Leadership
Conference and Hall of Fame Ceremony held earlier in March.
Ken Gerzsenyi, President of the Minnesota Golf Association provided an update on MGA programs including 2012 Minnesota Golf rounds information, MGA tournaments, the 2013
Minnesota Golf Show, MGA partnerships and relationships with allied associations and Play Golf Minnesota Week.
Meeting sponsor Tom Brandabur of Clarity Sound Design & Vision briefly discussed the technology being utilized for today’s meeting including products from Panasonic and About
Golf. Tom also discussed Clarity’s relationship with the First Tee and supporting golf in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.
The Members in the room were split up into two groups and conducted breakout sessions on "Marketing your Facility and Member Retention" and "Creating a fun Atmosphere at your
facility". The "Marketing your Facility and Member Retention" breakout was facilitated by Ed Heil, owner of StoryTeller Media and Communications and Jeff Munneke, Director of Fan
Relations and Guest Services with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team. (highlights
) while PGA Members Todd Kueppers
of Chisago Lakes Golf Course and Mark Foley of Manitou
Ridge Golf Course led the "Creating a Fun Atmosphere" (highlights
) breakout session.
After the breakout sessions, Peter Kurvers presented PGA Members Dan Callahan and Keith Kalny with 5-pound Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls for their innovative ideas shared during the
"Creating a Fun Atmosphere at your facility" breakouts. Peter Kurvers also presented PGA Member Mike Flaherty with a 25-pound Salted Nut Roll after randomly drawing his name from
those in attendance. Thanks to Pearson’s for supplying the candy bars as gifts.
A moment of silence was taken for two Section PGA Members, Clayton Johnson and Don Waryan, who both passed away since the 2012 Section Fall Meeting.
Two videos were shown that highlighted 2012 PGA of America Professional of the Year Mike Schultz.
Chapter, Committee, and Financial Reports were available on the Section’s website and the reports stood as written. No questions on the information were asked.
President Peter Kurvers reported to the attendees on activities of the Section and thanked the Committees and their chairs for their efforts during the off-season. Those chairs included Greg
Schulze (Education), Jeff Drimel (Employment), Lori Money (Growth of the Game), Steve Fessler (Junior Golf), and Ryan Hanford and Greg Snow (Tournament). Kurvers also thanked the
Section staff for their dedication and service to the Section.
Executive Director Jon Tollette provided an update on PGA of America initiatives Get Golf Ready, PGA Sports Academy, and Tee it Forward and how the Section ranked nationally.
Tollette also updated the attendees on the Section’s 2012 year-end financial status and sponsor support and requested the attendees to help support the Section’s 2013 sponsors.
Tollette also presented the new Section Foundation grant program (George Waters Memorial Grant Program) and discussed the components of the program and opportunities for Section
Members to receive funding for programs tied to junior golf, disabled or veterans golf, or Special Olympics golf.
Section Member and MGA Tournament Director Doug Hoffmann provided an update on the upcoming 2013 MGA Rules of Golf Seminars, Regional MGA meetings, and Turfgrass forum.
Hoffmann also discussed the US Open Championship Qualifiers taking place locally and noted that anyone conducting "Tee it Forward" could get their facility rated for those sets of tees.
Section Member Michael Zinni asked District Director Chris Thomson about Get Golf Ready and how PGA of America is measuring return on investment in this area. Zinni also requested if
available, any measuring guidelines the PGA of America may have for Player Development programs. Thomson noted that he will work with PGA of America on providing the requested information.
Section Member Kathy Swanson asked for help and the needs for instructors with the annual MWGA Junior Girls Clinic being held Sunday, April 28th at Rush Creek Golf Club.
Section Member Michael Hinton let the attendees know that he is now collecting clubs for the Section, taking over the program George Reynolds started. Please contact Michael at Columbia
Golf Course if you have clubs.
Meeting sponsor Tom Brandabur closed the meeting by introducing local musician Fred Steele, who provided entertainment during lunch.