Feature photo above: South Central Section Executive Director Brian Davis, left with scissors, and Section President Michael Henderson, cut the ribbon on the new home of the PGA South Central Section Monday morning in Broken Arrow.
Dignitaries from the Broken Arrow and Tulsa chambers of commerce, the Tulsa Sports Commission, the PGA of America and officers of the PGA South Central Section were on hand Monday morning for an official ribbon cutting and dedication of the new PGA South Central Section offices next door to Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow.
The 4,300-square foot building was built on the site of the previous section headquarters, a cramped building intended to be temporary office space which actually was used for nearly 25 years.
The new building offers storage, a spacious conference room and office space for the section executive director and his staff, who have been operating out of temporary facilities at Forest Ridge during construction.
“This will be a permanent building to hold staff, host functions and consolidate all of our resources and send them out to our members,” said Michael Henderson, owner of The Golf Club of Edmond and current president of the South Central PGA Section. “It also raises our profile when we’re looking for strategic sponsors and partnerships to have a nice facility like this for meetings.”
The South Central Section is one of 41 PGA sections and comprises all of Oklahoma, Arkansas and the southern third of Kansas. Although an awkward geographical area, Tulsa is generally considered the easiest meeting point for pros from Wichita, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas and other section population centers.
Brian Davis, executive director of the section, and Joyce Cherblanc, office manager, were both excited to be soon moving into the new section home, which still needs to be furnished and will be open for business in February.
PGA professionals on hand for the dedication included Barry Howard, the section vice president from Hot Springs, Ark., Paul Eiserman of Pinnacle Country Club in northwest Arkansas, Michael Boyd of The Club at Indian Springs, Dennis Bowman of Pryor Creek Golf Course, John Hron of Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Alan Hager of The Trails CC in Norman, Jim Young of River Oaks CC in Edmond, Vince Bizik of Patricia Island GC on Grand Lake, Troy Hendricks of Wichita public golf courses, among others.