PGA Associates

Assistants Association   

The Assistants’ Association is a division of the Iowa PGA Section. Our purpose is to prepare golf professionals for future success as PGA Members. The goal of our Association is to elevate the standards of IPGA Assistant Professionals through mentoring, networking and promoting the game of golf. We will accomplish this by providing leadership, educational opportunities, tournament competitions and building personal relationships amongst Assistant Professionals in the community.

Education Opportunity

Iowa PGA Assistants Board

Tournaments & Education

Chair – Jacob Bermel PGA (Vice President) – Pheasant Ridge Golf Course
Zach Steffen – Terrace Hills Golf Course
Deon Brown – Galena Golf Course
Tommy Vining – Hyperion Field Club
Mentor – Mark McMahon, PGA – Ellis Golf Course
Mentor – Gene Bears, PGA – Hillcrest Country Club


Chair – Jacob Shultz ( President) – Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
Melanie Tomczuk – Davenport Country Country Club
Cody Park – Tournament Club of Iowa
Michael Schrempf – Short Hills Country Club
Mentor – Mike Armes, PGA – Geneva Golf & Country Club
Mentor – Ben Splichal, PGA – Pinseekers

Additional Information

Assistants Video Meetings

  • December 15, 2020 | Virtual IPGA Assistants Montly Call | Click here
  • February 25, 2021 | Virtual IPGA Associates Call | Click here

2024 Career Advancement Scholarship​

PGA Associates and previously graduated applicants are required to submit this form and reponses to the following questions for the one year $1,000 Career Advancement Scholarship:

1. Applicant must include a self-statement concerning his/her background in golf and financial need for the scholarship award.

2. Applicant must include his/her future career goals.

3. The Scholarship Committee requests submit one recommendation – from an employer, a PGA Professional or other non-family connection to address the applicant’s leadership skills and dedication to their selected career.

The Iowa PGA Section Foundation annually awards a career advancement scholarship to assist individuals in furthering their education toward career development. Applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in the golf industry or other career requiring educational training are welcome to apply for a one year $1,000 scholarship.

Any previous high school graduate residing within the boundaries of the Iowa PGA Section and the State of Iowa is eligible to apply. The Iowa PGA Section is bounded on the west by U.S. Highway 71 and includes an area of Western Illinois from a point north of Quincy, east to near Springfield and directly north. It includes the major cities of Monmouth, Macomb, Galesburg, Moline, Rock Island, Kewanee and Galena. It does not include the cities of Freeport, Springfield or Quincy.

Scholarship winners are selected based on their experience and activity in golf, their future career goals, leadership skills and financial need.

Applcants must email of mail completed application to the scholarship committee on or prior to September 10, 2024.

Send to: Iowa PGA Section, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327
​  or         Call 319-648-0026 with any questions

2023 Career Advancement Scholarship
Congratulations to Jaclyn Wojciechowski on being selected as the 2023 Career Advancement Scholarship honoree by the Iowa PGA Foundation Career Advancement Scholarship committee.  

Wojciechowski hopes are to get through the PGA program within 2.5 years. Her ultimate goal is to continue working in the golf industry as a head golf professional and motivate as many people, especially women, as she has fallen in love with the game of golf. She wants to share her love for the game with others so they can fall in love with it in the same way that she has. She is very passionate about golf, as it has helped her through many hard times in her life. Golf has always given her a place and people to go to and that is why she appreciates the game so much.

When asked on what this means to win, Wojciechowski responded with, “”Winning this award means a lot to me. It is my long term goal to work in the golf industry and make a positive impact on as many people as I can. This scholarship will help me further my career aspirations in the industry, and it will assist with the PGA Associate program costs. The golf industry has always been a big support system to me, and I am thankful for the continued support and this gift!”

Click here to learn more about Jaclyn.

Previous Career Advancement Scholarship Recipients
2023 Jaclyn Wojciechowski
2022 Shayne Shepherd
2021 Abigail Gaudian
2020 Bailee Flory
2019 Chris Stauffer
2019 Morgan McMillan
2019 Bailee Flory