Shriners Children's Open Qualifying

The Shriners Children's Open will have 2 separate Pre-Qualifiers played at Boulder Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 and Thursday, October 5, 2023. Each qualifier will be 18-hole stroke play. Top finishers will advance to the Shriners Children's Open Monday Qualifier on Monday, October 9, 2023 at Spanish Trail Country Club.

PDR Opportunity - Introduction to Section Governance Webinar

Wednesday, October 11th
1:00-3:00PM MST

The Section Governance webinar is a great way for you, as a Southwest Section Member or Associate, to gain a "behind the scenes" understanding of the activities which support our membership.  Executive Director, Bernie Eaton, PGA, will be covering a wide range of topics.

New Event - Southwest PGA Women's Section Championship

Two rounds of 18-hole, stroke play competition will be held on Talking Stick Golf Club's Pipaash Course (formerly the South Course), November 28-29The field will be repaired based on scores after the first round.

Participants will play from approximately 6,000 yards.


September 18, 2023
Kim Paez, PGA - Interview on Golf Central/Golf Channel - 2023 Southwest PGA Section Champion. View video

September 14, 2023
Southwest PGA Section Champion Kim Paez Interview. View video

September 14, 2023
Paez Makes History as First Woman to Win Southwest PGA Section Championship Written by Abby Parsons, PGA Read more

September 6, 2023
The Southwest PGA Championship/PPC Returns to We-Ko-Pa. Read more

August 22, 2023
Instagram's Favorite On-Course Golf Games Written by Abby Parsons, PGA Read more

August 10, 2023
The Southwest PGA and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club announce partnership. Read More

Who We Are

The PGA of America is the world's largest sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in teaching and growing the game. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by conducting premier spectator events – PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and PGA Grand Slam of Golf – as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.

The Southwest PGA is one of forty-one sections of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. Its boundaries include the state of Arizona and Clark County in Southern Nevada. There are two chapters within the Southwest PGA - the Southern Chapter and Southern Nevada Chapter. Each chapter aims to further facilitate programs and support their members specific needs in those areas.


Southwest PGA Mission Statement

We exist to foster the fellowship and career development of our Section professionals, create playing opportunities and support our Foundation’s charitable programs.

Board of Directors

Steve Leonard, PGA

President Putting World

Le Ann Finger, PGA/LPGA

Vice President  

Steven Outlaw, PGA

Secretary Troon

Al Sutton, PGA

Honorary President Paradise Valley Country Club
Ben Baldwin

Ben Baldwin, PGA

Board Member IZON Technology
Ryan Lanzen

Ryan Lanzen, PGA

Board Member Pinetop Country Club
Min Park

Min Park, PGA

Board Member Talking Stick Golf Club
Abby Parsons

Abby Parsons, PGA

Board Member Country Club at DC Ranch
Kevin Reagan

Kevin Reagan, PGA

Board Member Granite Falls Golf Club
Chris Thomson

Roy Smith, PGA

Board Member Talking Stick Golf Club
Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson, PGA

Board Member Camelback Golf Club
Kiel Wolf

Kiel Wolf, PGA

Board Member Desert Mountain
Brent Lingel

Brent Lingel, PGA

Southern Chapter President Rolling Hills GC/Dorado CC
Brian Sanders

Brian Sanders, PGA

So. Nevada Chapter President DragonRidge Country Club
Mark Deatherage

Mark Deatherage

Independant Director

Section Past Presidents
2021-2023 — Al Sutton
2019-2021 — Jay Larscheid
2017-2019 — Jamey Lewis
2014-2017 — Greg Leicht
2013-2014 — Don Rea
2011-2013 — Michael Haywood
2009-2011 — Michael Wright
2007-2009 — Brett Upper
2005-2007 — Albert Murdock
2004-2005 — Joe Shershenovich
2003-2004 — Rick Price
2001-2003 — Jim Murphy
1999-2001 — Kevin Lewis
1997-1999 — Jeff Lessig

Section Past Presidents
1995-1997 — Brian Whitcomb
1993-1995 — Phil Green
1991-1993 — Ralph Bernhisel
1989-1991 — Dennis Hogan
1987-1989 — John Jackson
1985-1987 — Craig Sloan
1983-1985 — Craig Sloan
1981-1983 — Craig Sloan
1979-1981 — Ralph Bernhisel
1977-1979 — Mack McCarley
1975-1977 — Cliff Whittle
1974-1975 — Joe Bartko
1972-1974 — Don LeHew

National Past Presidents
2017-2018 — Paul Levy
2007-2008 — Brian Whitcomb
1983-1984 — Mark Kizziar

Our Staff

Bernie Eaton, PGA

Executive Director 480-443-9002 x102

Bill Ibrahim

Senior Director of Operations 480-443-9002 x101

Mike Martino, PGA

Director of Rules and Competitions 480-443-9002 x107

Hannah Kolesar

Director of Junior Golf Operations 480-443-9002 x113

Baxter Parrott

Director of Sales and Marketing 480-443-9002 x106

Mike Schoaf

Director of Communications & Technology 480-443-9002 x105

Sydney Teneycke

Southern Chapter Director 520-820-5257

Kevin McEvoy

Southern Nevada Chapter Director 702-217-5334

Southwest PGA Awards

  • Brent Lingel, PGA

    Rolling Hills GC/Dorado CC Golf Professional of the Year

    Megan Scholl, PGA

    Grayhawk Golf Club Assistant Golf Professional of the Year

    Derek Deminsky, PGA

    Forty-Niner Country Club Teacher of the Year

    Liam Hunt, PGA

    DragonRidge Country Club Youth Player Development Award

    Mark Gurnow, PGA

    Superstition Mountain Golf & CC Bill Strausbaugh Award

    Brian Jones, PGA

    UNLV PGM Program PGA Professional Development Award

    Landyn Lewis, PGA

    Tucson City Golf Player Development Award

    Samantha Sorensen, PGA

    Las Vegas Country Club Merchandiser of the Year - Private

    Greg Adams, PGA

    Prescott Golf Club Merchandiser of the Year - Public

    Andy Silcox, PGA

    Camelback Golf Club Merchandiser of the Year - Resort

    Jesse Mueller, PGA

    Grand Canyon University GC Rolex Player of the Year

    Tommi Avant

    Lone Tree Golf Club Assistant Player of the Year

    Jim Carter, PGA

    PGA Life Member Rolex Senior Player of the Year

    Southwest PGA Award Winner History

  • 2020

    John Gunby, PGA


    Al Birmingham
    Dick Hyland, PGA
    Tom Lambie, PGA
    Ron McPherson
    John A. Solheim


    Karsten Solheim


    Jerry Roberts, PGA
    Dana Garmany, PGA
    Phil Green, PGA


    Chuck McCool, PGA
    Bobby Phillips, PGA
    Craig Sloan, PGA
    Ed Francese, PGA
    Gene Lesch, PGA


    Brian Whitcomb, PGA
    John Jackson, PGA
    Roger Maxwell, PGA
    Johnny Bulla, PGA
    Willie Low, PGA


    Arch Watkins, PGA
    Dave Engelking, PGA
    Bill Farkas, PGA
    Mack McCarley, PGA
    Cliff Whittle, PGA
    V.O. "Red" Allen, PGA
    Joe Bartko, PGA
    Jack Morrison, PGA

  • The Anser Award was created by the Southwest PGA and PING in 1991 as a way to recognize individuals who have made significant and impactful contributions to advancing or promoting the game of golf throughout the state of Arizona. Over the past years the list of recipients has grown to include some of the most influential names in history of golf in Arizona.

    2022 - Lou Grubb
    2021 - Kathy Wilkes
    2020 - No Recipient
    2019 - Dana Garmany
    2018 - Tim Kloenne
    2017 - Dave Engelking
    2015 - Tom Cunningham
    2014 - John A. Solheim
    2013 - Ron McPherson
    2012 - Tucson Conquistadors
    2011 - Brian Whitcomb
    2010 - Dot Straw
    2009 - George Boutell
    2008 - Heather Farr
    2007 - Louise Solheim
    2006 - Al Birmingham
    2005 - V.O. “Red” Allen
    2004 - Willie Low
    2003 - Jay D. Woodward
    2002 - Sister Lynn Winsor
    2001 - Thunderbirds
    2000 - Bill Dickey
    1999 - Linda Vollstedt
    1998 - Lyle Anderson
    1997 - John Riggle
    1996 - Harry Cavanaugh
    1995 - Arch Watkins
    1994 - Ed Updegraff
    1993 - Bill Farkas, Sr.
    1992 - Bob Goldwater
    1991 - Karsten Solheim

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Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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