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2020-21 Committees

Established to foster networking and camaraderie between Assistant Professionals and Associates in the Section. Key goals include:

  • Mentoring all Assistants working towards PGA Membership and setting positive examples for all aspiring PGA Professionals
  • Assist Associates with their education in the PGA/PGM program
  • Promote the Assistants Championship to maximize participation
  • Annually raise funds for the GSPGA/AL vs NW FL PGA Assistant Cup Matches
  • To raise awareness of the PGA through community involvement in PGA REACH Gulf States


Committee Members:
Greg Sonnier, Chair

The Special Awards Committee will establish policies and procedures for the Gulf States PGA Special Awards Program. With the assistance of the section staff they will promote participation of the overall membership by nominating fellow PGA professionals for special awards that celebrate specific areas of achievement through a professional’s previous employment year. The committee will select award winners by a majority vote and will also be engaged and determine the appropriate venue and format to celebrate the Awards Program.

Committee Members:
Mike Raby
Chris Burkstaller
Kyle Carpenter
Robbie Gueringer
Jason Prendergast
Sean Racki
Adam Scott
VJ Trolio
Matt Williamson

The role of the Finance Committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for the organization. Typical task areas include budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.

The Section Vice President shall serve as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Committee Members:
Tim Basel, Chair

The Hall of Fame Committee is responsible for recognizing those individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the Gulf States Section, the PGA of America and the game of golf.

The Hall of Fame Committee is also responsible for submitting Section Award winners for the respective National Award.  In the event a Section Special Award winner is not eligible for the National Award, they shall determine an applicant from previous Special Award winners who is eligible and ensure an application is submitted.

Committee Members:
David Lee (Past Pres)
Ken Lindsay (Past Pres)
George Cascino (Hall of Fame)
Jimmy Gambliln (Hall of Fame)
JT Crawford (President)

The Membership Committee is responsible for collaborating with committees, sections, special interest groups, and membership, Board and staff liaisons on key strategies, challenges, and needs in order to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement and retention.

The Section Secretary shall serve as Chair of the Membership Committee.

Committee Members
Jake Narro, Chair

To keep our Past President’s engaged and utilize their knowledge of Section history and leadership through the Council.

Council Members:
Ben Nelson, Chair

PGA REACH Gulf States is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Gulf States PGA. The mission of PGA REACH Gulf States is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.

Committee Members:
Jim Dorman, Chair
Reg Adams
Gamon Manne
JT Crawford
Marie Gateley

To organize and administer educational opportunities that train and develop golf professionals and to monitor MSR Member status and the effectiveness of these opportunities, while providing observations and recommendations.

Committee Members:
Matt Williamson, Chair

Mentoring Subcommittee: To organize and administer educational opportunities that train and mentor Associates and to monitor PGA PGM status and the effectiveness of these opportunities, while providing observations and recommendations.

Mentoring Subcommittee Members:
Marie Gateley
Zach Tate
Blake Thomas

To represent our Senior (50+) members on the Tournament Committee, in Board Meetings, as well as Business Planning Meetings.

Committee Members:
Bill Baker, Chair

To evaluate, monitor and improve all aspects of tournament operations within the Gulf States Section. To provide Rules of Golf awareness and education to all GSPGA Section members and associates. To be accessible to chapter members for feedback concerning tournament operations and rule interpretations in order to provide accurate information at Committee Meetings.

The Tournament Committee will be made up of the Tournament Committee Chairperson (Section Vice President), both Chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents and two (2) at-large members selected by the President (one from LA and MS each).

All Section tournament information, entry forms, and on-line registration links can be found on the Gulf States PGA website. All National tournament information can be found at

Committee Members:
Tim Basel, Chair
Bill Baker
Matt Brunetz
Robbie Gueringer
Adam Scott
Greg Sonnier
Matt Williamson
Blake Hatfield
Nick Ellison

Rules Subcommittee: The Rules of Golf define the Committee as the person or group in charge of a competition or the course. The Committee is essential to the proper playing of the game. Committees have the responsibility of running the course on a day-to-day basis or for a specific competition and they should always act in ways that support the Rules of Golf. This part of the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf provides guidance to Committees in fulfilling this role.

While many of the duties of a Committee are specific to running organized competitions, an important part of the Committee’s duties relates to its responsibility for the course during general or every day play.

Rules Subcommittee Members:
Mike Raby, Chair

The Committee’s goal is to promote interest, participation and enjoyment in the game of golf for Louisiana and Mississippi youth and monitor the effectiveness of current junior golf programs. The Committee’s focus is to educate and encourage GSPGA Professionals as a way to positively impact the lives of juniors through the game.

Committee Members:

Will Heirtzler, Chair