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Edition-Fri Jan. 8th, 2021

Members On the Move 
A big congratulations to two of our section members who recently earned their Quarter Century status and joined the club of members with 25 years with the Association: Mike Behan, PGA Sales Representative of W&B Golf Cars and Glenn Davis, PGA Head Professional at Albany CC.  Congratulations guys!

B. Lowe Cracks Top 30 In PGA Winter Championship Event

Brian Lowe, PGA Head Professional at Catskill GC finished amongst the top 30 in the Quarter Century Championships in his age division this week as part of the PGA Winter Championship's being played in Port St. Lucie, Fl. 

Lowe finished at T28th with rounds of 75-76-151 amongst the over 70 players who competed in the Ages 65-69 Division. 

Click HERE for Full Quarter Championships Field Results

Virtual Google Meet Webinar
Wednesday, Jan. 13

Get Signed up - Wed, Jan. 13th from 10am-11am

Free to PGA Members & Associates  

Brian Bain, PGA (Regional League Manager) will discuss the changes and strategies for the upcoming 2021 season. Brian will highlight PGA Junior League, PGA. Coach, and PGA Family Cup. Approx. 1 hr in length and 1 MSR credit for class A members

Once registered, members will receive a separate Google MEET invitation and link to sign in to. 
Sign Up HERE

PGA Financial Assistance Scholarship Fund

The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship application is available now. It is open to the children and/or grandchildren of PGA Class A Members or Life Members in good standing.  The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale). The scholarship will apply to the 2021-2022 school year.

The application is accessible through PGA.org and accessible by going directly to the application site. The students who applied last year will go to the login page and login with the information they used last year. The username is their email address. The password is what they created.

A student who is applying for the first time will have to create an account to access the application. After creating the account, they will be asked for a Program Key. The program key is: PGA

• March 23, 2021 – Deadline for submitting Application
• March 23, 2021 – Deadline for submitting Supporting Documents

PGA Financial Scholarship - Apply Here

2021 Teaching & Coaching Summit
Reminder - The Summit is virtual!

The 2021 summit will bring together leaders in golf and sport to discuss the value of coaching and its future and will be a full day from 10am-3:30pm.

Deadline To Register: Wed, Jan. 20th  

Click HERE for Pricing, Info & to Register

Legislative Update

Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed

After a tense standoff, President Trump relented and signed the $2.4 trillion package containing government funding and $900 billion in coronavirus relief. President Trump issued a statement with his signature highlighting provisions he opposes that are in the bill and expressed his desire for Congress to consider a package of rescissions. By signing the 5,593-page behemoth, the president averted a shutdown of the federal government and extended various programs to support the economy and provide unemployment benefits to out of work Americans.

What's In the Bill For Clubs?

The package includes a few provisions that will be of benefit to the club community. The primary relief is an extension and enhancement of the employee retention tax credit (ERTC). The program was expanded to include businesses with fewer than 500 employees—the previous program was capped at fewer than 100. The credit was increased to 70% on up to $10,000 of wages per employee per quarter. This equates to up to $14,000 per employee in 2021.

The business meal deduction was also increased to 100% for the next two years. For those clubs that were eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the program was extended and changes were made to the forgiveness terms of the loan. It also allows those businesses receiving a loan in 2020, to take a second draw from the program in 2021. Unfortunately, the PPP is still not available for 501(c)(7) entities.

The appropriations portion of the package contained provisions authorizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL) to increase the H-2B cap for fiscal year 2021 by up to approximately 69,000 visas if it determines that the needs of the seasonal businesses cannot be met with U.S. workers. It also provides for a maximum season of 10 months as opposed to the current 9-month season in DOL regulations.

2021 PGA Merchandise Show
We know that many of you have questions about the 2021 Virtual PGA Show, January 26-29. The platform will become available for appointment-scheduling in mid-December. Click here for a current schedule of events! 
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