Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month of August, 2014: Andrew Tedesco
Andrew Tedesco is the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Volunteer of the Month for August, 2014.
Andrew played a vital role in August’s Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship. With the PNGA Staff split at two locations for the Girls’ and Boys’ Championships, Andrew stepped up and took on extra responsibilities at the event. Andrew, a Rules Apprentice is working his way towards becoming a USGA certified Rules Official. He plans to take attend a USGA Rules Workshop and take the test this year. At the PNGA Junior Girls’ Andrew did everything from monitoring pace of play, to updating live scores, and even walked with one of the final matches to maintain hole-by-hole scores.
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association looks forward to having Mr. Tedesco at many more Championships to come. Thank you, Andrew!
Volunteer of the Month of July, 2014: Ben Stodghill
Ben Stodghill is the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Volunteer of the Month for the month of July, 2014. Ben is one of the most decorated PNGA Volunteers and Board Members in the organization’s history. He has worked tirelessly at many PNGA championships this year, including the Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, the Pacific Northwest Men’s Master-40, and the Pacific Northwest Junior Boy’s Amateur Championship. In July, Ben travelled to Pullman, Wash. to volunteer for the entire week at the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship. Ben works primarily as a starter on the first tee at PNGA Championships, where his charm and good humor are on display every morning. He takes a professional, yet fun atmosphere wherever he goes, and this presence on the first tee is something that helps PNGA Championships run so well. Ben has a relentless work ethic, and helps out in any way that he can when on the road at a PNGA Championship.
Ben has been involved with the PNGA since 1988 when he first became a Club Representative. Since 2006 Ben has been the Chairman of the PNGA Championship Committee, and has been a Vice President on the Executive Committee since 2010. This year, Ben was honored with the PNGA Distinguished Service Award for his unparalleled commitment to the Association. Thank you, Ben!
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!