The following PGA Members are running for two At-Large 2017-2019 Southern California PGA Board of Directors positions. Voting will take place December 4th during the SCPGA Club Car Annual Meeting or through the absentee ballot below. Deadline to vote via Absentee Ballot is November 29 at 4:30pm.
*Must be an active PGA member in good standing, meeting the requirements of eligibility to vote in an election
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As a Certified PGA Member in Coaching and Teaching I would like to be part of a team that provides world-class educational curriculum, seminars, forums and training to PGA Members and Apprentices so they are equipped to best help all golfers, attract new golfers and grow the game.
The foundation of my passion for teaching and coaching began in 1977, at the age of eight, when I started working on my own game with David Leadbetter. Experiencing how David’s teaching and coaching evolved was extremely fortunate. Lessons through the years with David helped me to compete nationally on the AJGA and play in college at the University of Southern California where I graduated with a BA in History.
Upon graduation, my teaching career began as the Assistant Men’s Coach at USC. Managing daily practice, tournament qualifying and teaching some of the younger players helped me realize my passion for coaching and teaching and the joy for helping people.
After USC I transitioned to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Lake Nona and Championsgate where I mentored under David and was certified as a Senior Instructor. The opportunity to frequently be in the video room and observe David teach and coach some of the best players in the world like Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros and countless other PGA Tour Players along with corporate players, college players and juniors was priceless. Watching these players prepare for major championships, observing their daily routines of practice, conditioning and play, and learning situational short game shots proved invaluable for my coaching and teaching. The knowledge, insight, and experience gained from learning, coaching and teaching on a daily basis for nearly eight years at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy had a profound impact on my ability to help any player of any ability get results and have fun doing it.
While teaching at Nantucket Golf Club, Annandale Golf Club, Centennial Golf Club/Altadena Golf Course, Spring Creek Golf Club and Greensboro Country Club, club-fitting and club sales, practice ball sales, professional shop sales, member rounds and tournament rounds increased. Certain segments like club sales and junior golf participation significantly increased. A positive buzz, created from members taking lessons, turned into members socializing and utilizing the facilities more often. Professional staff members taught more lessons and became better teachers and players by participating in teach-ins, individual discussions, and lessons. Facilities also utilized my experience teaching on various media platforms to market new programs and initiatives. These marketing efforts attracted new golfers and new members.
If you believe my background and experience would be a fit I would appreciate meeting with you. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Joe Grohman – Navy Golf Course
For the past three years during my time on the board, I always have made representing the best interests of the section membership first and foremost in all the board meetings and events. I am very proud to be a PGA Professional and I care very much about the direction of, and the people in, our Association. It has been an honor to represent the section membership while on the Board of Directors these past three years and if given the opportunity I will continue to do my best in doing so.
Scott Heyn – Oakmont Country Club
Being a PGA Member is not just something you are, it is something that is part of you that you live every day. I received my membership in 2004, and since then I have tried to be involved and be an active part of this organization. I believe in being a leader, that is the goal I try to set for myself, as well as the kind of environment that I try to create for other PGA Professionals whether it be in the Section or at the facility that I am a part of.
I have had the honor of being a part of this great Section and my local Metro Chapter for over 15 years. I have served in multiple capacities on various committees for each level. Within the Metro Chapter I have been a member of the Board of Directors for the last 8 years, I completed a full term as the President of the Metro Chapter in 2015. Most recently I was honored again to be brought back as the current President of the Metro Chapter after the position open due to a Chapter change for the previous President.
On the Section level I have served on multiple committees including the tournament committee, the budget and finance committee. During my time as Chapter President I also served as the Chapter Representative to the Section Board of Directors. After completing my term as the Chapter President I was grateful to have been elected by the membership to the Board of Directors as an at large member. I am very proud of the strides the latest Board has been able to make for the organization and the membership. I am motivated to continue to serve as I feel the institutional knowledge that I have obtained in the first few years on the Board has prepared me to deliver even greater results to the membership.
I have been so lucky in my time as a PGA Member, and the organization has given me so much. I hope that you will allow me the opportunity to continue my service to the SCPGA Section Board of Directors. I look forward to the opportunity and the challenges!
Eric Mitchell – Anaheim Hills Golf Course
I am the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Anaheim Hills Golf Course in Anaheim California. I have been a PGA member since June of 2015. Currently, I serve on the SCPGA Apprentice Committee, Communication Committee as well as the Metro Chapter Board Secretary. In addition to these services, I am the facilitating mentor for the LaunchPAD program designed to assist current level 1 apprentices through their PGA PGM portfolios. I have also earned my U.S. Kids coaching certification.
My passion for being a golf professional has and will always revolve around mentorship and service. These two areas are the very foundation to which we conduct our careers. As we grow people help mentor us along the way and from there the drive to give back begins.
Currently, I am enrolled in the 2017-18 Class of the PGA Lead program. Through this, we learn about the power of diversity and inclusion. I hope to take these principals and empower the next generation of our golf professional to take the reigns to carry our section into the future. I truly feel the more diverse our Board becomes the better we can be as a whole.
With this, I proudly send in my intention to run for our SCPGA Board of Directors. I personally have seen the advantages of serving and how rewarding this can be towards a career. I want to be the face of a new generation of those who serve proudly and give those my age the courage to take a leap forward in their careers.