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Jim Remy missed a lot of great action on the golf course Monday, but what he and his fellow PGA officers accomplished was more than worth it. (Photo: The PGA of America)

President's Diary: Stuck indoors on a gorgeous day

In the Monday edition of his diary from Twin Warriors, PGA of America President Jim Remy discusses what he did in a conference room all day while the golfers spent their day out in the glorious New Mexico sunshine.

By Jim Remy, PGA of America President

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. -- This might have been the best weather day we’ve had since we’ve arrived in New Mexico, it has just been gorgeous all day. I know the competitors on both courses appreciated the calmer conditions and the bright sunshine. And just my luck, I’ve been in a conference room all day long for a board meeting with the District Directors and the Officers of The PGA.

In all seriousness, this is one of the most important things that we do as leaders of this association and today, it really showed the care and passion that these PGA Professionals that represent all of our members have for the association, the industry and the game itself. So in truth, being locked in a room with this group is actually a great honor. It’s a special thing to see such talented people tackle some very important and tough issues so diligently and so carefully.

I’ll provide one example. Every business and industry right now is having to make some tough decisions at it relates to a business budget. Of course, we, The PGA of America, are in that same situation. But through a great deal of careful deliberation and analysis, we were able to pass our budget for next year -- and we did it with virtually no real effect on our members.

I’m very pleased with that, I’m very proud of that. This was just one of several important items on the agenda -- and that is the necessity and the productivity of these meetings. I hate that I missed watching the golf today but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a very good day.

We are going to have a nice casual dinner tonight with the board members and their spouses, and I am excited to see them and spend time with all of them in a less formal setting. So again, the admiration and the affection that I have for the leaders of The PGA of America is tremendous, I can’t say it enough.

One other item that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. We had 312 supremely talented PGA Professionals show up here and only the top 70 and ties will make the cut when play ends today. That’s less than one in four -- that has to be one of the toughest cuts in golf to make! And the other 75% will go home and get back to their real jobs -- where they run pro shops, teach, sell merchandise and everything else that golfers rely on their PGA Professionals to do.

Think about that for a moment. These guys have roles and responsibilities that keep them from dedicating the amount of time that I’m sure they’d all love to devote to playing and getting better, but they still are able to compete on this elite stage. We are so proud of all of them and honored they represent the association in the manner that they do.

So thank you for following along, I hope you’re enjoying the golf. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it so much today, but I am excited to be out on the course watching golf tomorrow.  See you on the tee.


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