Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month of June, 2014: Ron Nelson and Jane Sossamon
The PNGA is pleased to announce Ron Nelson and Jane Sossamon as the Volunteers of the Month for June, 2014. Ron and Jane have continued to contribute their expertise to many championships and USGA Qualifiers. Their willingness to travel anywhere to serve as Rules Officials has proven their dedication to amateur golf in the Pacific Northwest.
This month, Ron and Jane made the drive to Brasada Ranch in Bend, Ore. for the PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. Even with Jane coming off of shoulder surgery, the two of them did not hesitate to offer their time to help out for the entire championship week. They also made the trip to Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash. for the PNGA Men’s Amateur Championship and worked four days before driving to The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. to officiate at the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
Ron and Jane are dependable and knowledgeable Rules Officials, always remaining level-headed and fair when dealing with the Rules of Golf. Their support and effort are a big reason why our championships are a success!
Volunteer of the Month of May, 2014: Ray Monroe
Ray Monroe is the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Volunteer of the Month of May, 2014. After working primarily as a course rater, Ray was awarded the George Holland Award as the Washington State Golf Association Volunteer of the Year in 2012. This year, Ray has offered more of his time at Championships, and his expertise and unrivalled enthusiasm was on display at the PNGA Master-40 tournament the Prospector Course at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington.
The five-day medal and match play event went without a hitch, partly because of Ray’s uplifting attitude and spirit that never leaves his persona. Ray is an all-star on the first tee as a starter, mainly because of this kind and friendly demeanor among all that cross his path.
Ray excels as a volunteer because of his love for the game, and because he conducts himself as a professional where it counts most. Ray’s place on the first tee is crucial to the conduction and overall outcome of a PNGA Championship. The information he provides to players about the course conditions and local rules is essential to keep everyone on a level playing field, something he handles professionally and effectively. The added personal touch Ray provides in the conversation and interaction with the players exceeds the norm, and sets Ray apart. We appreciate his help greatly!