2016 OGA Annual Meeting

2016 OGA Annual Meeting

October 24, 2016, Portland Golf Club

In attendance: OGA CEO, OGA Executive Committee, OGA staff and program chairs, Representatives from PNGA, Evans Scholar Foundation, USGA, Directors from about 100 clubs (of 300) represented.

Highlights of Reports

  • OGA members down from 50,000 in past 10 years, 40,000 members in 2016
  • Junior Golf growth: Competitive and non competitive events with 1,227 Junior Golfers (560 in 29 competitive tournaments (supported by donations)
  • “Youth on the Course” program with over 500 golfers paying $5 to play at 45 facilities
  • OGA tour participation (in state tournaments)
  • Volunteer base – 285 (tournaments, rating)
  • Hosting of 115th USGA Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club, and USGA Women’s 4 ball at Bandon Dunes during 2016
  • OGA Income on par with budget
  • 5 Rules workshops held in 2016
  • About 260 regular (real estate clubs, i.e. CWGA) and 60 associate clubs (not associated with a golf club)
  • Interactive OGA website: check out these on the website:
    • Rules of Golf Explained: http://www.usga.org/rules-hub/rules-of-golf-explained-trainers–series.html
    • Rules Quizzes: http://www.usga.org/RulesQuiz/rules_quizzes.html
    • Post a Score: http://oga.org/handicaps/post-score

USGA Report

  • “Rules Simplification Review” by 2018 (Modernization Rules project)
  • Online rules of golf videos at USGA site
  • Oregon hosted 5 qualifier events during this past year
  • One of Oregon Amateur Golfers (Monica Vaughn of Roseburg) picked as one of 8 to play in the winning 2016 Curtis Cup

PNGA (Pacific Northwest Golf Association) Report

(website: www.thepnga.org)

(Home Course: Dupont, Washington (OGA members play with reduced fee)

  • E blasts available for special offers
  • Publishes Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine
  • 15 regional championships
  • 2017 Senior Women’s Amateur Championship – September. at Waverly Country Club
  • In 2017 events to celebrate 40 years of PNGA sponsored women’s golf

Evans Scholars Report

In US: 935 in school at 20 universities

(95% graduation rate) In Oregon: 40 at U of O or OSU, 1 at Notre Dame, 1 at Northwestern. Residency completed at U of O for 31 scholars

Challenges: (Economics and Membership)

  • Challenge of a demographic shift in play
  • Trend of new golfers – not joining clubs, recreational only
  • Growing membership, sharing communication

(Membership down, not growing)

  • Tournaments for all skill levels
  • Increasing membership through 2017 membership campaign, helping local clubs grow membership (6 clubs, including CWGA shared strategies used to grow membership)
  • Keep Junior golfers playing (“University Club pilot project at Corvallis)


OGA golf fee remains at $35 (each member pays to OGA) for 2017

Where does it go?

– Handicapping/Course Rating            $8 (22.9%)

– Championships/Tour/Rules              $4.50 (12.9%)

– Marketing/Partnerships/Promo         $5 (14.3%)

– Administration                               $5.50 (15.7%)

– OGA Golf Course Support              $2 (5.7%)

– Junior Golf Support                        $2 (5.7%)

– PNGA Membership                        $1 (2.9%)

– Evans Scholarship Foundation                  $1 (2.9%)

– Debt Service and Reserve               $6 (17%)


–OGA continues to work through its 10 Year Strategic Pillars of: Brand Enhancement, Leadership and Innovation of Core Products and Services, Human Resource Development, Facilities and Program Alignment (including communication to membership)

–Have created a new OGA logo

OGA Annual Awards presented following meeting, included:

–Members of the Year; Ken Forster, Illahe Hills Country Club

and Selma Cusick, Crooked River Ranch

–Handicap Chair of the Year: Guy DeMars, Stone Creek Golf Club

–Facility of the Year: Eugene Country Club

–Golf Professional of the Year: Tracy Snyder, Rogue Valley Country Club

–Club Executive of the Year: Jeff Fought, Black Butte Ranch

–Superintendents of the Year: David Stephens, Eagle Point Golf Club

and Steve Reynolds, Meadow Lakes Golf Club

–Dale Johnson Media Award: Tom Hewitt and Conan Elliott, Alpha Media


Submitted by Sue Oberg, OGA Director, representing CWGA