Review the 2020 SCPGA Board of Directors Candidates

Eligible PGA Members Will Vote For Two At-Large Positions

Below are the five candidates running for two At-Large positions on the SCPGA Board of Directors. For the first time ever, early online voting will be available to SCPGA Members. In addition to the early voting option, a live vote will be available during the Virtual Annual Meeting.

All members eligible to vote will receive voting instructions from the Section. Please check your email for messaging from the Section using the voting platform, “ElectionBuddy.”

Chris Dunn, PGA – Urban Golf Performance

Nominator: David Kulla-Mader, PGA

I’m a Head Coach at Urban Golf Performance and have been helping grow our team into 3 locations and 45+ team members over the last 5 and half years. I’ve been learning and teaching golf for 15 years, my career has taken me to 8 states and 2 other countries. My professional vision is to inspire and nurture the spirit of golf one person at a time!

I feel my knowledge and experience could help grow the game. Also, it’s my greatest passion and I’d like to listen and learn from the PGA’s best.


Kim Falcone, PGA – La Jolla Country Club

Nominator: Bob Madsen, PGA

I am the Assistant Head Golf Professional at La Jolla Country Club and I will celebrate 25 years as a PGA Member in December, 2020.  I am currently on the SCPGA Board of Directors as an Independent Director appointed by President Letendre.  I have served on various Section Committees over the past 10 years, including Tournament, Education and Special Awards in addition to chairing the Women’s Committee. Prior to serving at the Section level, I was on the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors and also a Chapter Special Awards Committee member.

From a young age, I have known the value of serving our association. My father was a PGA Member who was very involved throughout his career, eventually serving as the Iowa Section President. I saw how rewarding it was for him and have always aspired to give back to the game, just as my dad did, through service to our Membership.  I am a recent graduate of the PGA LEAD program where I spent the last two years gaining experience and knowledge toward becoming an effective leader for our association. I am at a place in my career where I can dedicate my time to helping the Board reach their goals. I believe I have the tools and passion to help strengthen and grow our Section and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve our Members.

Ian Ott, PGA – PROVE Golf Consulting

Nominator: Mike Pearson, PGA

I have worked in the golf industry since age sixteen when I started as an outside services staff member at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club. I attended the University of Colorado and received my Bachelors Degree in business and my PGA Golf Management accreditation. I was elected to membership in January 2018 while working as the first assistant golf professional at Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, SC. While on Hilton Head I completed my Masters Degree in Finance from Duke University. In June 2019 I decided to move home to Beaumont and the Head Professional position at Oak Valley Golf Club. From there I was elected as the Secretary to the Inland Empire Chapter; in addition to my chapter responsibilities I sit on the section communications committee. In October 2019 I left my role as Head Golf Professional to found my own consulting company, PROVE Golf Consulting. We specialize in helping meet the financial needs of those employed in the golf industry and their families.

Tom Son, PGA – Arrowood Golf Course

Nominator: John Kulow, PGA

After graduating from the United States Military Academy (BS in Economics, 1994), I have accumulated over 20-years of work experience in the US Army (5-years, Captain) and in the Investment Banking Industry (16-years, Managing Director), garnering wealth of leadership, management and finance skills. Desiring to pursue a career in the golf industry, I graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Carlsbad, CA in December 2017 as a Valedictorian (4.0 GPA) and currently am a General Manager of Arrowood Golf Course (June 2017) in Oceanside, CA, embarking on an executive management career in the golf industry. In September 2019, I became a PGA as well as a CMAA Member. In December 2019, I was elected to the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the SCPGA.


Heidi Wright-Tennyson, PGA – Mesa Verde Country Club

Nominator: Tom Sargent, PGA

I am a Dedicated Class A Member of the PGA of America. Elected to membership in 1994. Currently serving as Head Golf Professional at Mesa Verde Country Club, position began in February 2018. I served as Director of Golf at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, SC from July 1994 – December 2017. I was Inducted into Low Country Golf Hall of Fame in 2020. Awarded 2015 Carolinas PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year Award. Awarded 2013 Carolinas PGA Section Player Development Award (formally the President’s Plaque). Served on 2016 and 2014 Carolinas PGA Section Awards selection committees and 2014 Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame selection committee.

Awarded 2009 Patricia L. Kellogg Memorial Volunteer Award from the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association. Awarded the honor of ‘Golf Professional of the Year’ for the Hilton Head Island Chapter of the Carolinas PGA in 2008 and 2000 by Chapter peers. Awarded 2004-2005 Region 8AAAA Coach of the Year Award for girl’s high school golf. Served as President of the Hilton Head Island Chapter of the Carolinas PGA from 2008 – 2009, served as Vice President from 2006 – 2007, served as Treasurer/Secretary from 2002 – 2005, and held the position of Tournament Chairman from 2000 – 2001.  Golf Coach for the girl’s golf team at Hilton Head High School, 2004 – 2005.

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