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TPGA Section News
November 29, 2017

JEAN ST. CHARLES NAMED 50th MEMBER OF THE TENNESSEE GOLF HALL OF FAME

Tennessee Golf Foundation (TGF) Chairman Jim Seabury announced today that the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame 50th member will be Tennessee’s first lady of the Rules of Golf – Mrs. Jean St. Charles of Signal Mountain, Tn.

Jean St. Charles and her husband, Pat (deceased), raised five children on Signal Mountain where Jean and all of her children still reside along with many grandchildren.

Before she fell in love with golf, Jean was an accomplished Badminton player. She began her many years of involvement in golf in 1958 when she and Pat joined Signal Mountain Golf and Club. She actively started playing in 1960, became a very good player and started on her journey toward mentoring, administration, and expert rules knowledge.

Jean is a former president of the WTGA (1987-89) which under her watch progressed to become a more structured organization in which women could test their skills competing in championships which were administered by knowledgeable rules officials, many of whom Jean personally mentored.

Jean is a member of a select group of officials who have scored a perfect score on the USGA/PGA Rules of Golf test. She has been honored by the USGA for volunteering across the country for twenty-five years. She has been a director of the Tennessee Golf Association since its merger with the WTGA in 2000 bringing her years of service to Tennessee golf to more than fifty years.

Jean's connections to other outstanding women in golf in the Southeast helped to found SWATCA (Southeastern Women's Amateur Team Championship Association) to promote competitive golf among women in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and to foster communication and interaction among the women's state golf associations of these states. While states withdrew and were added over time, Jean continued to make sure that Tennessee was represented.

Jean also helped establish the Tennessee Women's Open which has shown Tennessee to be a leader in opening frontiers for both professional and amateur women golfers across the nation.  She has served as the tournament director since the beginning of the championship.

Although Jean is currently an Emeritus Director with the Tennessee Golf Association, she is still active on the Rules of Golf committee and continues to referee and to urge all golfers to become knowledgeable of the rules.

More information regarding the induction ceremony will be released in early 2018.

OFF THE WALL by KEVIN WALLS

2017 Business Summit: How Do You Think and Handle Stress and Effective Communication 

The 2017 Business Summit is upon us and I cannot wait!   It is hard to believe that this will be our 5th Annual seminar that is designed to offer relevant education for business operations and our PGA General Managers.   Of course,  the education is not for just General Managers,  all PGA members can benefit from the quality seminars as the topics are designed to enhance the skills individually as well as for your facility and operation.  We have a record number of attendees registered and two quality speakers with Jack Matens and Ken Smithmier.  

Jack is an educator but has an extensive background in Human Resources and employee training and compliance.   Jack will speak on how to understand effective communication and how to effectively communicate with your staff and employers.  Effective communication goes both ways,  you must be able to communicate from the top to down and from down to up to be successful.  Ken has been a regular guest on the Paul Finebaum show for those college football fans that tune it to listen to the daily football analyst on the SEC Network.   Ken is retired from the medical industry where he was a CEO over several large hospitals but was involved in making a lot of key hires.   He found that doing some research and using some new methods made it successful in making those important decisions.   After retirement,  he is involved with the Judgement Index which is a system in helping identify the best candidates for key positions.

For all of you attending next week,  I hope you are ready to be engaged and leave with some great ideas that will not only help you at your facility but will make yourself more valuable.   I look forward to seeing you next week.

MEMBERS ON THE MOVE

Member

Class

Current Facility

Prev Facility

Prev Class

Michael P. Caris

B-6

GolfTEC-Knoxville

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

B-8

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Jim Vernon, PGA
Vice President

 

Jim West, PGA
Secretary

Ken Crowder, PGA
Honorary President

 

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Clayton Hromadka
Executive Director

 

Paul Stanek, PGA
Operations Manager

 

 

Adam Greeno
Tournament Director

 

Kyle Bachman, PGA
Assistant Tournament Director