Player Development Committee

Committee Members

Keith Bennett – Committee Chair, Newcastle GC, 802-498-3316,

Carissa Shaw – Better Together Golf, 208-850-7188,

Evan Johnsen – The First Tee Greater Seattle,

Sara Griffin – Griffin Golf | PLU Women’s Golf Coach,

Matt Montecucco – Chambers Bay GC,

Branden Thompson – PGA Jr. League Regional Manager,


Drive transformational participatory growth through the support of National initiatives and the support of the programs of individual professionals.


Foster a collaborative working relationship among all PGA constituents and the golf industry to grow participation in the game of golf.

Utilize and support core products and services that are embraced by the members and grow participation. Build a culture that recognizes operational champions and shares their successes for the benefit of the industry.

Player development activities must account for the critical role our membership serves in player growth by creating emotional connections to the sport through teaching and coaching and creating a safe environment for youth. The paramount goals of player development should include participatory growth and increased revenue opportunities for our members looking for opportunities to work with champions of diversity and inclusion (i.e., organizations that have successfully demonstrated growth with diverse groups) is critical to the overall success of any growth of the game strategy. It is vital that facilities are welcoming to all.

For any player development program to be successful it must expand the reach of the PGA professional, increase the relevance of the PGA and our members and raise the value and importance of the profession.

2021 Goals:

  1. Promote PGA Jr. League to reach our # of participants from 2019 (pre-COVID)
  • 2019 Regular Season –1,317 Players 
  • 2019 13U Fall League – 89 players
  • 2019 17U – 135 Players 
  1. Finalize and implement a plan for Golf in Schools Sponsorship opportunities by year end 2021. 
  • Mission Statement: WWC Golf in Schools Program is designed for PGA Professionals to partner with PE Teachers to introduce golf to students. This program is taught as an “exploratory unit” with the goal to teach golf to as many children as possible. 
  • Past Financials Allotted Annually – $5k First Tee Grant, $12k GIS
  • Deadline for PGA Approval application: 30 days prior to teaching class
  • Max 30 hours per school, Max 100 hours per professional
  1. Create a Virtual Presence for the WWCPGA at the Seattle Golf Show. 
  • Work with show staff to provide PGA Junior League registration link to all registered to encourage sign ups and help us achieve goal #1.
  • Work with committee, show staff and Brian Coury to discuss “virtual” presence at the show and what it might look like and what opportunities exist.