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Minnesota Section PGA Board of Directors Spotlight

July 21, 2015

Beginning with this month, we will profile a member of the Minnesota Section PGA Board of Directors. The board is comprised of 13 individuals that work tirelessly and extremely hard to service the members of the Section as well as grow the game of golf in the state of Minnesota.

Our profile for the month of July is: Lori Money, Assistant Golf Professional and Manager at Deer Run Golf Club

What year did you join the board of directors?
I have been here since 2006.

When and what made you decide being a PGA professional was what you wanted to do?
In 1992, I was thinking about becoming a PGA professional as I had worked at a number of facilities and knew it would help my career in the golf business. I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I could pass the Playing Ability Testing as I wasn’t playing a lot since I was taking care of a 2 year old. I gave it a shot and the rest is history; became a Class A member in 1998.

What is the biggest factor or area of improvement towards growing and promoting golf in Minnesota?
I believe the biggest factor of growing the game in MN for golf professionals is time. Our season is so short in MN, when the season is open we are concentrating on day to day operations and teaching the game often becomes secondary.

A few years ago, our Section hired a player development director, Kathy Swanson, who is able to go around our Section and help those facilities that need help growing the game. I think you’ll see our Section grow in this area to help our professionals over the next decade.

I believe our Section is one of the best in the country when it comes to promoting golf in MN. We have a great social media presence, as we have the most Twitter followers of all the Sections nationally. We are one of the first Sections to have a PGA mascot for our special events, clinics, and parades. In addition, we have established many growth of the game programs through our volunteers and staff for kids, veterans and diverse communities.

As of now, the State is selling a Play Golf Minnesota License Plate at local DMVs with all the proceeds benefitting our PGA Foundation, more specifically growing the game of golf with an emphasis on youth and military as well as diversity and inclusion. Over the next few years, it will be exciting to see how our programs can benefit and what we can create in the future to keep golf strong in the future.

What is the best advice ever given to you?
If I didn’t follow this advice, I wouldn’t be in Minnesota today….and that is to not be afraid to take a chance!

Excluding the game of golf, what do you love to do when not around the course?
I am an avid sports fan….football and basketball are my two favorite sports to watch. Come fall, Saturdays consist of Badger and Irish football games and Sundays are for the Packers and Vikings games (yes our house is somewhat divided).

Lori, thank you for all you do for the Section and helping promote the game of golf in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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