PGA Associates / Orientation Committee

Committee Members

Ryan Young  – Committee Chair, Chambers Bay, 253-460-4653,

Caleb Hung, PGA National Headquarters, 360-920-1808,

Rick Blankenburg, Bellingham G&CC, 360-733-5381,

Sam Smith, Fairwood G&CC, 425-226-9700,



Meet and mentor new PGA Associates that enter the chapter and help guide them through their certifications towards PGA membership.


Our focus is to provide orientations for new PGA Associates. Additionally, contact current PGA Associates that have not met their acceptable progress on the PGA National level as well as the Section level and provide information as to the steps necessary to regain acceptable progress.

2021 Goals:

  • Assemble a committee with members spread across Western Washington to cut down on commute time for PGA Associates as well as create more orientation opportunities.
  • Contact each assistant that is under suspension and provide them with the earliest opportunities to fulfill their missing credits.
  • Inform PGA Associates individually of their status as we get towards the end of the year as well as provide information on upcoming credit opportunities.
  • Reduce the number of suspended PGA Associates to less than 20 by the beginning of the 2022 season.