Staff

Staff

Current Staff

Ashley Barnhart
Colorado Golf Association

Managing Director, Golf Operations
Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado
Managing Director
abarnhart@coloradogolf.org

 

Ashley grew up in small town Kenmare, North Dakota. She learned to play golf on the local 9 hole course and enjoyed traveling to play the nearby sand green course with her family. Ashley started playing competitive golf in eighth grade and continued throughout her college career. She graduated from the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND in 2016 with a BA in Elementary Education and minors in Early Childhood Development and Business Administration. As a UJ golfer, Ashley was a two-time Academic All-American and was a member of the 2014-15 NAIA National Championship qualifying team. Ashley is a five-sport athlete who is passionate about competition and recognizes the true value of athletics. In 2014 Ashley served as the CJGA Summer Intern and in 2015 she served as the CGA Junior Tournament Coordinator. In May 2016, she was hired full time by the CGA.  

 

Patrick Salva
Colorado Section of the PGA

Assistant Executive Director/COO
Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado
Managing Director
psalva@pgahq.com

 

 

Patrick Salva is the Assistant Executive Director of the Colorado PGA. In his role he manages the day-to-day operations of the Section including overseeing Tournament Operations, Marketing and Communications, as well as the three pillars of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation.
 
A seasoned golf association administrator, Patrick has been a member of the staff at the Colorado PGA since the spring of 2008. He was initially hired as the Tournament Manager before moving into the role of Tournament Director in 2012. He moved into the Marketing and Communications Director role in 2014 and has served in his current role since 2016.
 
Patrick is a native of Central Ohio and attended Ohio University where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management. Outside of golf, Patrick enjoys cooking, gardening and experiencing all that Colorado has to offer.

 

Holly Champion, PGA
Colorado Section of the PGA

Player Development Director
hchampion@pgahq.com

 

Holly is an Illinois native and grew up on a family farm with a passion for golf. She has been in the golf business since 2008 when she volunteered as a Junior Golf Coach for the youth program at Mattoon Golf and Country Club in Mattoon, Illinois. Holly graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and concentrations in PGA Golf Management and Resort Management. She was also part of the MU National Championship Womenís Golf Team. Upon graduating from Methodist she was elected as a PGA Member in April of 2013. Holly has a strong passion for growing the game, particularly with junior golfers. Some of her experience with juniors includes creating a multi-tiered instructional Junior Golf Academy, coaching a PGA Junior League team, leading summer junior golf camps, and working as a Tournament Coordinator for the Illinois Junior Golf Association. Holly is married to her husband Scott and they have two dogs.

  

Scott Minta
Colorado Section of the PGA

Junior Golf Manager
sminta@pgahq.com

 

Scott grew up just outside of Chicago in the town of Naperville, Illinois. He learned to play golf at numerous public courses throughout the area and enjoyed playing with his younger brother as often as possible. Scott started playing competitive golf in his sophomore year of high school and continued throughout his collegiate career. He graduated from Judson University in Elgin, IL in 2012 with a BA in Sports Management and a minor in Business. Prior to joining the Colorado PGA, Scott was the 12-month P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, was a member of the 2016 Ryder Cup implementation team and worked a season with the Western Golf Association. In his free time, outside of golf, he enjoys to play and referee hockey.
 

 

Chase Kerlek
Colorado Section of the PGA

Junior Golf Operations Intern
ckerlek@pgahq.com

 

Originally from Florida, Chase Kerlek graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Telecommunications Production. Filling a nine-month internship with the Colorado Section of the PGA, Chase operates in the Junior Golf department managing and running tournaments. After interning in the summer of 2018 for the Section, Chase is excited to return and continue growing the game in Colorado. At a young age Chase discovered his passion for the game while taking lessons with his father and has continued to play ever since. Recognizing the impact golf can have in a young personís life, Chase truly believes that the game brings out a competitive spirit which inspires junior golfers to achieve for the rest of their career.