Staff

Staff

DIRECTORS

Keith Soriano, PGA
Colorado Section of the PGA

Assistant Executive Director | Foundation Operations
ksoriano@pgahq.com

 

Keith is a Class-A PGA Professional and Certified in the areas of Teaching & Coaching, Player Development, as well as 5 other golf operations specific fields. He joined the Colorado PGA Section Office in November 2012 after a green-grass golf career that spanned 13 years and 3 clubs, serving as a Marketing and Sales Director, Assistant Golf Professional, Tournament Director, and PGA Head Golf Professional during his time on the "front lines" of golf. Keith spent 3 years as an assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s golf teams at Monarch High School and most recently has spent 6 years as the assistant coach for the Men’s golf team at Heritage High School. Between his high school teams and his private instruction, Keith counts more than 20 students who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

Keith served a term as a Director at Large on the Colorado PGA Board of Directors prior to joining the team at the Colorado PGA Section Office. Keith’s role at the Colorado PGA is focused on Foundation development programs in support of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundations three pillars: Youth Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Military Support.

The product of a military family with a degree in Business Management with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Business Development from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Keith is married with two beautiful daughters and resides in Lafayette. Outside of golf, Keith is an avid fly fisherman - a passion he picked up from his wife.

 

Dustin Jensen
Colorado Golf Association

Managing Director of Operations
djensen@coloradogolf.org

 

Dustin returned to the CGA in January of 2015 after a four year stint with his alma mater, the University of Jamestown. During his tenure at UJ, Dustin served as the Executive Director of the Jimmie Booster Club and the Director of Alumni Relations. He also served as the men's and women's golf coach and was North Dakota's committee representative for the US Junior Amateur Championship and US Girls Junior Amateur Championship.

Prior to returning to Jamestown, Dustin served as the Director of Youth Programs (2004-2011), Assistant Director of Rules and Competitions (2002-2004) and was a summer intern (2001) for the CGA.

Dustin has been immersed in the game of golf on both a local and national level including serving as the staff in charge of the 2003 NCAA Division II Regional Championship, 2006 NCAA Division I Independent National Championship and the 2011 NCAA Division I Central Region Championship. Dustin served as the director of the Colorado High School Activities Association's golf championships and spoke multiple times at national conferences for the United States Golf Association and the International Association of Golf Administrators. Dustin was instrumental in Colorado stepping in to take over the 2011 Junior Americas Cup which was moved to Colorado at the last minute. Dustin was also a key member of group that created the Colorado Golf-In-Schools program and organized development programs for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Special Olympics, LPGA/USGA Girls Golf, The First Tee, Girl Scouts and The Challenge Foundation.

A Jamestown, North Dakota native and University of Jamestown graduate, Jensen was a member of the men's golf and track & field teams while earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Information Technology in 2002.

 

OPERATIONS TEAM

Holly Champion, PGA
Colorado Section of the PGA

Junior Golf 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 Women’s 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.


 

Ashley Barnhart
Colorado Golf Association

Manager of Junior Competitions
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 as the CGA Manager of Junior Competitions.  
 

 


Mikayla Tatman
Colorado Golf Association
USGA P.J. Boatwright Junior Intern
mtatman@coloradogolf.org

 

Mikayla is a Colorado native, born in Denver and raised in Longmont. She grew up playing a number of sports but eventually fell in love with the game of golf at the age of 13. After a successful junior golf career she went on to play Division I college golf for Colorado State University where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Mikayla has a deep passion for growing the game of golf and, in particular, helping junior golfers reach their goals, while also finding their passion and love for the game.

 


Maggie Hartman, PGA Apprentice
Colorado Section of the PGA
Junior Golf Operations Intern
mhartman@pgahq.com

 

Maggie grew up in Denver at City Park Golf Course in the First Tee Program.  She played several sports through high school but chose golf when she decided to enter the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  She has worked as an instructor a The First Tees of Denver, Pike's Peak, and Green Valley Ranch.  She worked at City Park Golf Course for under the supervision of JGAC Director, Keith Soriano, PGA.  Her internships while with the PGA PGM program include Denver Country Club, City Park Golf Course, and The Broadmoor Golf Club.  During those internships she worked in both the golf operations department and in junior golf instruction.  She has also been an volunteer coach for Denver East High School's Men's and Women's golf teams since 2013.  At UCCS, she has been active in the PGM Student Society Executive Board serving as Community Service Chair and Vice President.  One of Maggie's favorite things to see is young athletes as they fall in love with golf. She is the youngest of three in her family, all of whom grew up playing junior golf in Colorado.  

 
   


Nathan Kapaun
Colorado Golf Association
JGAC Summer Intern
jgac@coloradogolf.org

 

Nathan grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and quickly fell in love with the game of golf. He has been immersed in the game since high school. While competing at the high school level, he also taught golf to kids age 6-12 at the Fargo Park District. He also worked at a local golf course. After high school, he signed to play golf at the University of Jamestown (N.D.), where he is currently enrolled. There he is majoring in Business Administration and minor in Graphic Design. At Jamestown, he was part of the 2014- 2015 NAIA National qualifying team and was named 1st Team All-Conference in 2017 while captaining his team. Nathan is excited to be back to Colorado after interning for the JGAC last summer.

 
   


Reese Leiker
Colorado Section of the PGA
Junior Golf Operations Intern
coloradointern@pgahq.com

 

Golf has been an important part of Reese's life from a young age and helped shape who he is today.  He was a four-year letterman at Heritage High School in Littleton, CO under Coaches Nicole Poulos, PGA and Keith Soriano, PGA.  He signed his National Letter of Intent to play golf at St. Gregory's University (Oklahoma) in the fall of 2016 where he participated in 3 tournaments in the first semester of his freshman year.  He transferred to Fort Hays State University (Kansas) in the spring of 2017 to pursue a degree in political science. Reese will be part of the Colorado PGA team for the 2017 season.  

 

Partnerships & Sponsorships

Patrick Salva
Colorado Section of the PGA

Assistant Executive Director | Section Operations
psalva@pgahq.com


Ryan Smith
Colorado Golf Association
Colorado Golf Foundation
rsmith@coloradogolf.org