WHAT IS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLF ASSOCIATION?
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) was founded on February 4, 1899. It is a 501c3 charitable, international, amateur golf association dedicated to preserving the true spirit of golf by supporting its allied associations, conducting quality championships, and promoting activities beneficial to golfers in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.
The PNGA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of men and women, from private and public golf clubs, representing every geographic region of the Northwest. These Directors are elected by volunteer Club Representatives who are appointed by their clubs to be liaisons to the Association.
The PNGA employs a full-time staff of 14, headed by a CEO/Executive Director, with offices located in Federal Way, Washington. Under the direction of the Board of Directors and in conjunction with a number of standing committees, the staff administers the day-to-day affairs of the Association.
PNGA territory is broken down into five zones, which are: Zone 1 – Oregon; Zone 2 – Eastern Washington; Zone 3 – Western Washington and Alaska; Zone 4 British Columbia and Alberta; and Zone 5: Idaho and Montana. There are approximately 175,000 individuals at over 650 PNGA member golf clubs.
The original purpose of the PNGA was to conduct a regional amateur championship. For over 114 years, the Association has been a pioneer in developing competitions and services and its mission has grown and evolved. Today, the PNGA remains committed to being a truly “regional” organization providing benefits and services to its members and member clubs throughout the Northwest.
As a PNGA Member Club your members are eligible to compete in PNGA championships. Each year, the PNGA conducts 15, major, regional, amateur championships for men, women, juniors, and seniors throughout the Northwest. PNGA championships are recognized as among the finest amateur events in North America. Each has a long and unique history with some of the greatest names in golf as past champions, including Joanne (Gunderson) Carner, Fred Couples, and Tiger Woods, to name just a few.
Early each spring, your club will automatically be sent information about each championship. PNGA members can enter on-line through the PNGA’s web site at www.thepnga.org, or call the office to have an entry form mailed to them.
PNGA ALL ACCESS TOURNAMENT CALENDAR
Your club has the opportunity to list all of your tournaments that are open to the public on the comprehensive All Access Tournament Calendar.
The events on this calendar are promoted to all PNGA members throughout the region, so that all interested golfers may have the opportunity to participate.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER MAGAZINE
As a PNGA Member Club, each of your members have the opportunity to receive a copy of the PNGA’s upscale, glossy magazine, Pacific Northwest Golfer, as a membership benefit. Four issues will be mailed directly to their home or office. This includes our Regional Inserts – Golf British Columbia, Golf Idaho, Golf Oregon, and Golf Washington. Depending on residency, they will also receive one of these Regional Inserts directly stitched in each issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine.
To receive this outstanding publication chronicling golf activities throughout the Northwest, all your club would have to do is maintain your members’ addresses directly through your club’s handicap computer. The PNGA pledges to only use these addresses for the specific purpose of mailing our magazine and will not sell or distribute them for any other purpose. A written guarantee of this can be provided upon request.
PNGA ONLINE APPAREL STORE FEATURING CUTTER & BUCK
The PNGA has partnered with local golf apparel giant Cutter & Buck, and all PNGA members can now purchase logoed golf apparel at a significant discount. The easiest way to do this is through the PNGA’s online store.
THE HOME COURSE AND OGAGC
As a PNGA Member Club, each of your members is entitled to play The Home Course and OGA Golf Course at a reduced green fee. To receive the discount all members would have to do is show their updated Association Membership Card when paying their greens fee.
All PNGA members receive preferred rates at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.
EVANS CADDIE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Working closely with the British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington golf associations, the PNGA serves as the administrative headquarters for the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program in the Northwest. Since the PNGA established the program in the region in 1948, more than 700 young men and women caddies from Northwest clubs, who have had excellent grades and a financial need, have attended major Northwest universities on a four-year, full tuition and housing scholarship, which is currently valued at $100,000, depending on the university. Presently, there are approximately 50 Evans Scholars attending Northwest universities.
The PNGA also coordinates a significant fundraising initiative throughout the region to support our Scholars. Along with Par Club, Bag Tag, and other special contributions, the PNGA works closely with the state associations to conduct two “Evans Cup” fundraising tournaments each year. Since 1994, these events have raised over $3,000,000 for Northwest Evans Scholars.
PACIFIC COAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
In 1967, largely under the guidance of PNGA Past President, Carl Jonson, the PNGA played a key role in creating the Pacific Coast Golf Association (PCGA). Each year, the PCGA conducts one of North America’s premier amateur competitions, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. The PNGA and its Trustees to the PCGA annually selects a team of three players who compete in the Championship.
The PCGA’s original mission was to conduct a golf championship of excellence where amateurs from the western United States could showcase their skills to facilitate their selection to America’s prestigious Walker Cup team. The first Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in 1967 was sponsored by the PNGA and was held at the historic Seattle Golf Club, in Seattle, Washington. Today, the PCGA is comprised of Trustees and Executive Directors from 17 member amateur golf associations from North America and the Pacific Rim. The administrative headquarters for the PCGA is housed within the Bellevue offices of the PNGA and Washington State Golf Association. Additional information may be obtained at www.pacifccoastamateur.com.
COURSE AND SLOPE RATING
Every other year, the PNGA hosts representatives from each state and provincial amateur golf association in the Northwest and conducts a Course and Slope Rating calibration seminar to assist in ensuring standardized ratings throughout the region.
The PNGA is fortunate to have one individual on staff, among only a handful in North America, who is recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as “Master Course Raters.”
PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLF HALL OF FAME
The PNGA administers the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame and conducts induction ceremonies every other year recognizing outstanding Northwest golfers who have made extraordinary contributions to the game. Memorabilia from the PNGA’s past is displayed at Association headquarters and information about golf’s past in the Northwest can be accessed by PNGA members through Association resources.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Every year, the PNGA Championship Committee reviews the competitive records of players from throughout the region and recognizes the individuals who have compiled the most outstanding accomplishments and awards them the Pacific Northwest Player of the Year Award. One individual in each of the following categories is recognized: Men, Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Boys, and Junior Girls.
PNGA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Every year, a Committee comprised of all living PNGA Past Presidents selects a recipient(s) of the PNGA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of meritorious service to amateur golf, not necessarily as a competitive player. Along with induction into the PNGA Hall of Fame, this prestigious award is considered the Association’s highest honor.
DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS
Through unique partnerships and “co-branding opportunities,” the PNGA will, from time to time, make available to its members, various golf related discounts and benefits. This may include such things as travel discounts or the opportunity to purchase a product or service at a special price. These discounts and benefits will be promoted in PNGA publications, on the PNGA’s web site, and through various announcements.
PNGA PATRONS OF GOLF PROGRAM
Since the PNGA is a 501c3 charitable amateur golf association, unreimbursed contributions to the Association are deductible for federal income tax purposes (U.S. residents only).
To facilitate such donations, the PNGA administers its “Patrons of Golf Program.” To become a Patron, individuals simply make a donation to the PNGA at one of the various Patron levels. Along with part of their contribution being tax deductible, Patrons also receive valuable benefits, such as PNGA logoed merchandise and other amenities, depending on the level of contribution.
Most importantly, all contributions to the PNGA Patrons of Golf Program are deposited into a separate endowment fund. This special fund was established to benefit the future of Northwest amateur golf. Once the endowment has grown sufficiently, such local worthwhile activities as Junior Golf Programs, the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program, Turfgrass Research at Northwest Universities, and the various programs of the PNGA will all benefit on an ongoing basis. In addition, this fund will also help to fund the construction of Northwest Golf House, the future permanent home of the PNGA and its Hall of Fame and Museum facility.
CLUB REPRESENTATION AT PNGA MEETINGS AND SEMINARS
As a member of the PNGA, your club is entitled to 3 Club Representatives, one (1) of which must be a woman. Your Club Representatives have full voting rights and elect the Association’s 24 member Board of Directors. Club Representatives have the opportunity to formulate Association policy and attend PNGA meetings and seminars. Most importantly, they serve as your club’s liaison to the PNGA, making sure important information is disseminated and posted at your club, while also ensuring that the PNGA is aware of your club’s stand on important issues and how the PNGA might provide better service.
As a 501c3 charitable amateur golf association, unreimbursed contributions made by the volunteer PNGA Club Representatives to assist the Association with its activities, may be deductible for federal income tax purposes (U.S. residents only).
SUPPORT OF THE GAME
Through membership in the PNGA, your club, and its members have the satisfaction of knowing they are assisting the PNGA in administering and supporting important programs and charities, which benefit the game of golf throughout the region such as:
- Support of Turfgrass Research efforts at Northwest universities
- Support of Junior Golf Development
- Support of the Evans Scholarship Program at Northwest universities
- The creation of Northwest Golf House, a permanent home for the PNGA and its history